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Book Review: Blue Moon Bay

Title: Blue Moon Bay
Author: Lisa Wingate
Publisher: Bethany House
Date: February 2012
ISBN: 978-0764208225
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: Laura V. Hilton

Heather Hampton is a Seattle architect looking for a Valentine’s Day engagement to her boyfriend, Richard. Yet when a promotion hinges on the sale of the family farmland, Heather is anxious to get her hands on the money-but her mother balks. So Heather ditches Richard, on his birthday, and heads to the last place she ever wanted to go. She plans to return home the next day, signed contract in hand.

But her trip to Moses Lake, Texas, isn’t without incident. Richard breaks up with her via the phone in the airport. At the bus station, Heather’s purse and all her ID are stolen, leaving her stranded and at the mercy of a dentist. Things go from bad to worse when she discovers the family steeped in secrets.

And where does handsome banker Blaine Underhill fit in to all this? He’s opposed to Heather’s project, and Heather begins to wonder if Blaine and her family are crooks. The truth might cost her everything.

Blue Moon Bay is the most recent book set in Moses Lake by Lisa Wingate. I fell in love with her writing in Never Say Never, and I was glad to get the opportunity to read this novel.

Lisa Wingate develops very real, three-dimensional characters that could be walking and talking on the street right now. Her attention to detail brings you into the setting, into the characters’ emotions, and pulls you along to the end.

If you’re looking for a spell-binding, lyrical, and engaging contemporary romance, then Blue Moon Bay is a book you shouldn’t miss. Discussion questions are included.


Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children.

Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan; and the first book “Patchwork Dreams” in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House released in April 2011, the second book, “A Harvest of Hearts” in September 2011, and Promised to Another in April 2012. Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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