I am not sure when I was so enchanted by a book, except last year there was one called According To Their Deeds, which I raved about. Well, this one is just as rave-worthy and is definitely a keeper! I give it five stars and I rarely do that, ever.This story spoke to me on so many different levels. If you have never lived through a hurricane, then you won’t identify as well with the first part of this book. Lisa Wingate captured the true essence of all hurricane die-hards. If we live “far enough” from the coast we never think it will be “that bad”. Category 1 is “Just a little rain”, Category 2 is “Just a little blow and some rain”. We actually pick up our skirts when it come to Category 3-5. Wingate pegged it though.There is only one draw back with this book. If an author wants to capture not just the flavor, but the blood of a people, then the author must live with them for a little while. Wingate didn’t quite get the blood of the Creole or Cajun people that Kai and Donetta ride the bus with. I lived in Cajun Country for 26 years and it wasn’t exactly on the nose, but I seriously doubt anyone who does not live in South Louisiana would notice.Daily, Texas has some truly wonderful characters. They are believable and so earthy that they smell as fragrant as a spring rain. Donetta Bradford has a glorious sense of humor and Kai learns a lot from her. This story is better than warm sweet rolls and coffee. I think it is the best one yet!There are just a very elite few authors who you can trust enough to buy a book just because their name is on the book. One day I’ll write a post on this club. For now, rest assured, Wingate has graduated to the “Buy it because her name is on it” group. You won’t ever be disappointed.

Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, includingTending Roses, A Month of Summer, and The Summer Kitchen. Lisa and her family live in central Texas. Visit www.lisawingate.com

See other reviews by Gina Burgess at Upon Reflection 

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