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Lisa Wingate Books In Order

Publication Order of Tending Roses Books

Tending Roses (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Hope Road (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Language of Sycamores (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Drenched in Light (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Thousand Voices (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Texas Hill Country Books

Texas Cooking (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lone Star Cafe (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Blue Sky Hills Books

A Month of Summer (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Summer Kitchen (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond Summer (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dandelion Summer (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Daily, Texas Books

Talk of the Town (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Word Gets Around (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Never Say Never (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Moses Lake Books

Larkspur Cove (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Moon Bay (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Firefly Island (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wildwood Creek (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Carolina Chronicles Books

The Sea Glass Sisters (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Prayer Box (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tidewater Sisters (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Story Keeper (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sandcastle Sister (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sea Keeper's Daughters (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sisters (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Outer Banks Short Stories

A Sandy's Seashell Shop Christmas (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Before We Were Yours (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist and bestselling author that has been widely recognized not only for her successful books but also her efforts to promote greater kindness in the United States.


When Lisa Wingate was a child, she dreamt of becoming an Olympic gymnast. However, those dreams died relatively quickly and for good reason. For one thing, Lisa wasn’t particularly enthused by the prospect of doing back flips.

As far as she was concerned, there was a mental block of sorts that kept her back from throwing her body around in such risky postures. But, like most kids her age, Lisa kept dreaming and begun planning her rodeo career.

Luckily she had the sorts of parents that had the foresight to try and ground her in reality. Some people think that Lisa’s path to publishing begun on her wedding day. The author was fortunate enough to marry into a large family from the South filled with storytellers. And she admits that life with her new family kept her consistently inspired to sit down and let her imagination manifest on the page.

However, Lisa Wingate’s journey to publishing success began several years before her wedding day. The author doesn’t think there was ever a time when she didn’t write. Even before she started school, Lisa was already writing. Nothing could dissuade her from the activity and she had the fortune of attending Peasley School, Northboro, Massachusetts.

The school itself was nothing special; however, what made Lisa’s experience at the Institution memorable was her encounter with a teacher by the names of Mrs. Krackhardt. As a shy transfer student, Lisa did not have it easy.

However, having a teacher like Krackhardt helped immensely because she gave Lisa all the encouragement she needed to write. In fact, the teacher went so far as to write on Lisa’s report card, predicting that she would see her student’s name in a magazine one day.

Whether or not the encouragement drove her, Lisa distinctly remembers being shocked by the joy she felt at having an audience for her writings. It was all the push Lisa needed to begin taking her writing seriously.

Like most authors, Lisa Wingate meandered a bit. She started out in journalism. That laid the groundwork for her to become a technical writer. Before long, she was married and busying herself with caring for her sons.

Even thought Lisa Wingate had always dreamed of becoming a professional author, it didn’t look like she would ever get to write her first book. Then her grandmother came over to keep an eye on things while her first child was still a small baby.

The pair took to planting flowerbeds out front. One day, the baby became so fussy that it proved impossible for Lisa and her grandmother to work. So they retired inside and, as her grandmother sat in her chair, rocking the child to sleep, she began to talk to Lisa about her life.

The tale she told became ‘Time for Tending Roses’. This was Lisa Wingate’s first mainstream story. Fans first caught a glimpse of it in 2001, published by Penguin Putnam. That laid the groundwork for Lisa’s future. She found that there was plenty of inspiration to be found in between cleaning up after her boys, doing the laundry, managing family meals and going to football games.

Lisa still treasures that precious moment with her grandmother all those years ago. Not only did it create a deeper connection between them but it created a pattern that Lisa Wingate would continue to follow for years to come.

Every story that Lisa has ever written was inspired by an event or occurrence in her life. And that is what makes writing so exciting for the author. Once she zeroes in on a point of inspiration, she never knows what story will emerge out of it and how it will eventually progress. She basically goes with the flow.

Like most writers, Lisa Wingate crafts stories with the intention of entertaining her fans. However, more than that, Lisa wants to leave her readers feeling hopeful and optimistic about life.

She knows just how dark the news can get and she encounters so many reasons on a daily basis to lose faith in the world. Lisa views her books as a way to fight that perception of the world by uplifting readers and adding some color to their world. Lisa finds that she is able to lift her readers up because she is surrounded by so many wonderful people who keep lifting her up.

Lisa has received nominations for the Carol Award, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award and Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize to mention but a few.

+Tending Roses

Kate Bowman has a difficult task. She is expected to convince Grandmother Rose to get off her Missouri Farm and move into a nursing home. Even after she temporarily moves her family to the farm in hopes of cutting through her grandmother’s stubborn nature, Kate knows that the idea of leaving her home would bruise the old lady in more ways the one.

It isn’t long before Kate begins to despair. But then a silver lining comes her way. Kate stumbles upon her grandmother’s journey, a beautiful book that starts to provide Kate a glimpse into the old woman’s world.

This is Lisa Wingate’s first novel. The book is a short simple read with a straightforward message about the importance of family. Kate Bowman takes center stage. Kate is a woman who uses her maternity leave to go see her grandmother. Because the two haven’t been close since Kate’s mother died, she struggles to connect to her grandmother. But then she finds the old woman’s diary and begins to learn a few unexpected things about life.

+Larkspur Cove

Andrea Henderson is a social worker that moves to Moses Lake with her son. Andrea wants to forget her shattered past and find a new sense of purpose in a new community.

Mart McClendon became the Moses Lake Game Warden to escape the tragedy he suffered in Southwest Texas and for which he cannot forgive himself.

Andrea and Mart are drawn together when they embark on a mission to identify a mysterious little girl that suddenly appears in town.

This book is a blend of mystery, suspense and romance.


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