Monday, February 17, 2014

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
St. Martin's Press
Publication Date:  January 21, 2014
Date Read:  February 16, 2014

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

This book was a solid 4 star read.  Sarah Addison Allen definitely knows how to tell a compelling story weaving the past, the present, and a little bit of magic.  Grief plays a major role in this book but this is not a sad book.  Instead, I found this book to be one of hope.

The story starts with Kate waking up.  Kate is not waking up from a night of sleep but from a year of extreme grief.  She basically shut down when her husband was killed and has allowed her mother in law, Cricket to take over.  The day that Kate is waking up is in fact also the day that she is scheduled to move into her mother in law's house.  Kate's daughter, Devin, finds a postcard just before they are supposed to leave from Kate's great aunt Eby, the owner of Lost Lake.  Kate feels drawn to Lost Lake and decides to take her daughter and go right away.

When she arrives at Eby's resort, she learns that her aunt has agreed to sell Lost Lake.  At the resort Kate meets an interesting group of people and learns a few things about her family.  She becomes reacquainted with Wes, the boy she met when she visited the resort when she was 12. 

The author has created a story with wonderfully rich characters.  I would love to spend a summer at Lost Lake watching Selma work her magic with the men, Devin run around in her tutu and cowboy boots, Bulahdeen planning parties, and Eby taking care of everyone.  The way that Kate, Devin, Eby, Cricket, and Wes are dealing with grief was very realistic for me.  Each of the characters handled things a bit differently but in an authentic manner.   The only thing that the book seemed to be missing for me was a bit of unpredictability.  I had a basic idea of what was going to happen in the book early on and there were no surprises.

I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  It is a great example of magical realism written by a wonderful author.  

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