Sometimes love takes you on an adventure completely off the map.
Mallory Hale’s life quickly veers off course when she falls hopelessly in love. After a whirlwind romance, Mallory finds herself leaving the bustle and action of Capitol Hill for the remote town of Moses Lake, Texas-with husband, stepson, and a U-Haul in tow.
A sweet, mishap-filled journey into marriage, motherhood, and ranch living ensues, and Mallory is filled with both the wonderment of love and the insecurities of change. But what she can’t shake is the unease she feels around her husband’s new boss, Jack West. Jack’s presence-and his mysterious past-set her on edge, and when hints of a scandal emerge, Mallory finds herself seeking answers . . . and comes to realize that the middle-of-nowhere home she wasn’t sure she wanted is the very place she’ll risk everything to save.
For a reader there is nothing as satisfying as opening a new book to page 1 and having the first lines jump of the page and hit you between the eyes. The opening paragraphs of Lisa Wingate’s book had me launching for my pencil to underline (yes, I’m one of those people) and commit the phrases to memory. Thus began my first foray into Lisa’s writing and what I discovered is a writer who knows how to captivate with sensory description versus literal description. I felt my way through the first few chapters, intrigued by both the characters and the rhythm of the story. Lisa’s subtle humour and the nebulous mystery surrounding Jack West enticed me to prevail with the story when my interest began to wane midway and I am happy that I saw it through to the exciting resolution. The charming and precocious inhabitants of Moses Lake were the perfect mirror to Mallory’s ingenuity and resilience. Her adorable stepson Nick stole many scenes but was not outdone by his dreamboat scientist father who dotes on both his wife and child. A satisfying read that has encouraged me to explore the other novels in this series.