Wednesday, February 4, 2009

for CFBA - 'Word Gets Around' by Lisa Wingate

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Word Gets Around

Bethany House (February 1, 2009)


Lisa Wingate


Lisa Wingate lives in central Texas where she is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books. Her novel, Tending Roses, received dozens of five-star reviews, sold out ten printings for New York publisher, Penguin Putnam, and went on to become a national bestselling book. Tending Roses was a selection of the Readers Club of America, and is currently in its tenth printing.

The Tending Roses series continued with Good Hope Road, The Language of Sycamores, Drenched In Light, and A Thousand Voices. In 2003, Lisa’s Texas Hill Country series began with Texas Cooking, and continued with Lone Star CafĂ©, which was awarded a gold medal by RT BOOKCLUB magazine and was hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “A charmingly nostalgic treat.” The series concluded with Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner.

Lisa is now working on a new set of small-town Texas novels for Bethany House Publishers. The series debuted with Talk of The Town and continued with Word Gets Around. A new series is also underway for Penguin Group NAL, beginning with A Month of Summer (July 2008), and continuing with The Summer Kitchen in July, 2009. Lisa’s works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, The Literary Guild, American Profiles, and have been chosen for the LORIES best Published Fiction Award.


When Romance Is In the Air, Word Gets Around Lauren Eldridge thought she'd wiped the dust of Daily, Texas, off her boots forever. Screenwriter Nate Heath thought he was out of second chances. Life's never that predictable, though. Cajoled by her father, Lauren is back in town helping train a skittish race horse set to star in a Hollywood film. But the handsome screenwriter gives her more trouble than the horse. And Nate is realizing there's a spark of magic in the project--and in the eyes of the girl who is so good with horses. Daily, Texas, has a way of offering hope, healing, and a little romance just when folks need it most.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Word Gets Around, go HERE

What people are saying:

"Lisa Wingate writes engaging stories that strike the heart. God has gifted her with a marvelous talent and I, for one, am most grateful."
Debbie Macomber, New York Times #1 bestselling author

**I really didn't think I was going to enjoy this book. I'm not a real big fan of romance novels - Christian or otherwise. I have always known that most books will have some romance in them, however, the romance is usually secondary to the plot. If the story line is strong, you can overlook the romance tripe. So, you're probably wondering, 'why did you even take your valuable time to read this book?'

I have to be honest. I liked the name of the book. I liked the fact it was set in 'small-town' America. I even liked that it had something to do with horses. However, once I got it, I started doubting myself again! I thought to myself, 'this is just going to be another one of those romance garbage novels with vague references to the Lord and no overtly graphic scenes - hence the 'Christian' label.'

I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised! While there is some romance - the book is so much more than that. As I packed my virtual bags and headed to Daily, I had no idea what was awaiting me there...much like the characters in the book! I so enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the storyline, but I still wasn't 100% sold until the very end. Ms. Wingate did a bang-up job at the end. So much so, I suggested our oldest daughter read the book, which is huge in and of itself because we encourage the girls to stay away from romance novels. Obviously, I can't share the ending with you, but you'll be glad you stayed...and no skipping ahead or peeking at the ending! I look forward to going back to 'Daily, Texas' one day with Lisa Wingate to see how the fine folks are doing down there.

As we roll into the cafe to catch up on what has been happening 'round town, I'll pass on the offer of fried catfish, but I'll certainly belly up for a slice of some pecan pie!