You know that moment in the week when you just pull up to your favorite bakery and decide to treat yourself to a thick slice of cheesecake? Or that half hour you find to take a walk along the water’s edge and admire the birds and the sailboats and the sun’s glint on the water as the wind gently lifts your hair?
Well, that’s what it is like when you give yourself the gift of curling up with a Lisa Wingate novel. It’s like a warm cup of tea and a crackling fire or a stroll along the beach or an afternoon catch up with an old and beloved friend in a charming little coffee shop. It’s a gift to yourself, and let’s face it, every now and then a treat can really lift your spirits, shift your perspective and shed fresh light on your own story.
Lisa’s newest, Firefly Island, is truly a treat. It pulls you in from the first paragraph which begins with a hilariously awkward/adorable love-at-first-sight scene, and it keeps you eagerly hanging on to every sweet mishap and sharp turn from the new couple’s sudden and headfirst leap into marriage, to Mallory (the protagonist’s) introduction to parenthood to the uprooting of all that they know as they travel across the country to a new job in a very rural lake community in Texas where there are more than a few mysteries – and some potential danger – on the land where they have come to work and to live. You’re hooked already, aren’t you?
Add to this a blog, an important community cause, sister ties, Charleston references, an overbearing Mama, some wonderfully quirky girlfriends and a book club which keeps sisters together in spite of the miles between them, and you’ve got a treasure of a story.
I’m a believer in the power of a good book club to build and strengthen relationships because I’ve experienced it. Six years ago, a new friend from my daughter’s new school invited me to join a small book club she and two other ladies were starting. Each of the three could only invite one friend, and we’d read a book a month during the school year (but not over December for the obvious reasons) and meet in someone’s home for dinner and to discuss the story each month. Whoever hosts, picks the book.
I can’t tell you what a joy our meetings have been and how we’ve grown from hardly knowing one another to helping one another through life’s ups and downs. (There’s an endocrinologist, a psychiatrist, two attorneys, and a real estate developer in the group… so between them I’ve got every issue I’ll ever need help with covered!)
C.S. Lewis said we read to know we’re not alone, and I believe we read to feel more alive. Reading offers all of the human emotions (love, fear, jealousy and joy) without any of the physical risks. Sharing stories somehow provides a safe place to reveal who we are, to reveal our own personal journeys, as we discuss the story we’ve shared together. There’s something magical about it. It’s like breaking bread together. We are suddenly revealed and bound to one another, as our minds, bodies and souls are nourished. It’s beautiful. No wonder it was the mode in which Christ chose to teach and transform hearts.
Treat yourself to Firefly Island this winter, friends. Or better yet, enjoy it with your own Sisterhood of the Book. Mallory’s story is every woman’s story. By connecting with her, I assure you, you will connect with one another.
**WIN A COPY OF FIREFLY ISLAND AND BE INDUCTED INTO THE PRECIOUS PEARL CLUB, TOO! (to learn more about Precious Pearl Club, click here)**
To celebrate the release of Firefly Island, Lisa’s publisher is giving away 5 copies of Firefly Island (one each day) and Lisa is inducting a new Precious Pearl Club member each day!(adorable groundhog not included)**
To ENTER: answer the question of the day: Like Mallory, has your life ever taken a sharp turn and you wound up somewhere you’d never imagine you would live? Leave a comment and share your Sisterhood Of the Book with us!
For more info. on Beth Webb Hart’s new novel, Moon Over Edisto, click here