Reviewed by Amanda Schafer
Mallory is just going about her life in Washington D.C. and working on Capitol Hill when she literally runs in to a handsome man who draws her attention. The next thing she knows, she getting married to Daniel and is a step-mom to Nick. But what she doesn’t expect is the sudden move to Moses Lake, Texas to work for Jack West.
Daniel seems so excited about the new job that Mallory can’t voice her reservations about working for a man who provides such sketchy details about the position. When they finally arrive in Texas, Mallory is completely disgusted by the condition of their new house. Jack West, however, seems nonplussed about the mouse and roach infestation and the fact that scorpions have set up home in the bedroom! Jack only offers one important stipulation to the job and house: NO ONE is allowed on Firefly Island where his former wife and stepson had lived and died. Mallory is aware of the speculation surrounding the sudden disappearance of Jack’s wife and son many years before. But why does he want them to stay away from Firefly Island? Trying to set all of that aside, Mallory dives into fixing the house so that it’s livable while Daniel heads off to work each morning with Jack.
While Mallory is adjusting to her new life and fixing up the house, she meets Al (a neighboring ranch woman) and several ladies from town who work with the youth from the struggling area of Chinquapin Peaks. It is to these new-found friends that Mallory turns to for help when Jack West is involved in a terrible accident with his son Mason. Mallory and Daniel suspect that Mason is the one who caused Jack’s accident and Mallory sets out on a dangerous plan to prove that she’s right. Thankful for her contacts in Washington, Mallory is able to figure out what Mason is up to before he can get to her too.
Firefly Island is a very good book with some mystery, some intrigue, and several areas of hilarity all mixed throughout. I was shocked at the end of the book to find out that Firefly Island is part of a series based in Moses Lake, Texas…and that this was the third book in the series! Lisa Wingate does a great job writing a book in a series and filling the reader in so that they don’t feel like they’re missing chunks of the story! There was enough background in each sub-story that I felt it could be a stand-alone novel if needed. I’m looking forward to the next Moses Lake installment, but I’m also anxious to go back and read the first three in the series.
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was receive