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Secret at Arrow Lake

Reviewed by Lisa Lickel

"...hardly a conventional mystery unless you counted the mysterious lack of clients at the B&B, which was gorgeous, by the way. Recommendation: Skip to the last half hour."

Mia Williams grows up without a daddy. The other kids at school tease her, and she leans more heavily into the fantasy world of wanting to be just like the dad in Mom’s stories about her MIA journalist father.

Ten years later the story picks up with Mia, now a journalism major at the local college, while Mom still runs the popular Arrow Lake Bed and Breakfast. When Mom dies in a tragic car accident, Mia must face keeping the business running while trying to continue with her studies. A stranger, a big-time journalist entrepreneur buying up local newspapers, arrives in town about the time of the accident and chooses the ArrowLakeB&B as his headquarters. Lo and behold, this man, whose name is Daniel Williams, address: same city as MIA Daddy, drives up in a car damaged by a deer hit and run, or so he says.

It’s not a far jump to Mia’s late mother’s friends to quickly come to conclusions that this Daniel Williams is the man who left Mia’s mother high and dry and pregnant, and they start spreading the gossip around the Texas community. With the whole town against him, Williams gives in to pressure and takes a paternity test, all the while claiming he knows nothing about Mia or her mother. In a sweet last twenty minutes or so, Mia is threatened by the big sleaze on campus, things get righted—even things that weren’t wrong—and all gets better with the world.

I spent the first half of the movie wondering where we were until I finally read “Texas” on an envelope address and realized the constant mumbled telephone greeting was “Arrow Lake Bed and Breakfast.” I wanted to like this movie a lot, and while I could look beyond the C-level filming and editing, and the B- to C-level characters, I had a hard time with skin-tight costuming and the C and D-level dialogue. It was hardly a conventional mystery unless you counted the mysterious lack of clients at the B&B, which was gorgeous, by the way. Recommendation: Skip to the last half hour.

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Lisa J. LickelLisa Lickel lives in Wisconsin with her high school teacher husband in a 150-year-old Great Lakes ship captain's house. She is active in more than one historical society, belongs to writing and reading clubs and is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin, the magazine of Wisconsin Regional Writers. A graduate of the Christian Writer's Guild, she has written newspaper features and magazine articles, radio theater, and authored several inspirational novels. Find her online at http://lisalickel.com, http://wisconsinauthorreview.blogspot.com, http://reflectionsinhindsight.wordpress.com, and Facebook.