Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Title: Lost Lake Author: Sarah Addison Allen Publisher: St. Martin's Press Pages: 294

I've been a huge fan of Sarah Addison Allen for a long while now, and Lost Lake does not disappoint. Allen's novels are at once magical, yet realistic - the real world mixed in with just enough of the supernatural to make it believable. I first met the  main character, Kate, in Waking Kate- Allen's novella which serves as a prequel of sorts to Lost Lake. Recently widowed, Kate finds herself being swept up into the world of her mother-in-law, a wealthy and ambitious real estate agent. As her mother-in-law slowly takes over her life, Kate finds herself packing up her belongings for the move when she runs across a letter from her great aunt Eby, which her mother had hidden. In the letter, Eby invites Kate to visit her at her South Georgia Lake resort, Lost Lake. The background for her most fond childhood memories, Lost Lake looms in Kate's mind as an oasis in the sea of confusion her life has become.  Suddenly, she and her daughter, Devin, pack all their belongings and head out for Lost Lake. Part adventure, part coming home, this story weaves the tale of not only Kate, but those who make Lost Lake their home, and those who return year after year. Not only is this a wonderful story, it is also a very interesting character study. I especially loved Selma. As the story begins, the reader finds her to be pretty unlikable- home-wrecker with a dour personality. However, as more and more of her life is revealed, Selma becomes not only likable, but thought-provoking. This is a great story and I highly recommend it.

Read this story if...
*you love Southern Fiction
*you love Sarah Addison Allen novels
*you love realistic fiction with a little magic mixed in
*you love stories of mothers and daughters

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