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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Grandma's Guest Review: Firefly Island

   Firefly Island begins with Mallory Hale working in D.C. and meeting Daniel, whom she falls in love with to become a rancher's wife in small-town Texas.  Mallory becomes an instant wife and mother as her life changes dramatically--a whirlwind romance, new husband and stepson, and a move from D.C. to a ranch in Texas.

   As part of her desire to connect with the world outside her small town life, Mallory starts a blog with the help of her friends and becomes "The Frontier Woman."  It was a bit hard to get past the parallels between this story-line and the real life story of a well known blogger and author: 

 "Suddenly the world that had been small and isolated was large again, filled with people who wondered about what might happen when a former apartment-dwelling city girl was dropped in the middle of ten thousand acres without a superhighway or a Starbucks in sight" (p. 165).
   My mom, who is a fan of this genre, commented that it was hard for her to imagine the adventures chronicled in this novel because everything is so unplanned, spontaneous, and hasty.  She did, however, find the story to be fun and inspiring and would read other books by Lisa Wingate.  Mallory believes she is where God wants her to be and ultimately understands God's reason for putting her is Moses Lake as events unfold toward the end.  

Discussion questions are included for book clubs.

{The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.}