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Lost Lake Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 21, 2014
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“You will love going to Lost Lake with Sarah Addison Allen and meeting all the fascinating characters who live there. This book is filled with mystery, magic, and wonderful surprises!” ―Fannie Flagg
“Lost Lake is a love note to second chances, hopeful and entrancing, and I couldn't put it down.” ―Joshilyn Jackson
“This endearing tale just may be Allen's wisest work yet.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“Readers will want to release their cares and woes for full immersion in this novel's magical setting.” ―Library Journal
“Light, sweet and sparkly.” ―Kirkus
“All of the magic of Allen's previous books is present in this latest treasure, a feast of words. The author has the ability to capture the soul of her characters and make them relatable to every reader. This is a story of love, loss, grief, and starting over--it is truly a treat to be savored.” ―RT Book Reviews
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I loved the multi-generational tie in between the different ages of the women, all with baggage and a past, making them hide behind others and some which are controlling their lives. They all have given up on their dreams for other people. It takes a little girl, some magical past moments, sacrifice, and facing the truth in order to bring new relationships to fruition. This book will make you smile and cry at the same time.
When Kate and her daughter finds this post card from her great aunt Eby, it comes at just the right time as they journey back to Lost Lake and the magical summers of long ago. Each has a special place in their heart for this Lost Lake Inn quaint property as a developer fights to take it over for new development.
First let me say, the novella pulled me in, the emotional video about this book found on Sarah Allen Addison’s website and her heartfelt story and journey with cancer, as this is her first book since her illness. What an inspiring story and so commend her for her perseverance and the time and thought it took to write this thought provoking, emotionally charged, and fabulous novel.
I have a passion for mountain and lake cabins (as when I travel, I always choose quaint cabins), as they offer privacy, solace, and the magical sounds of nature.Read more ›
On the positive side, the author has a delightful sense of place and character. The images she constructs of the "Lost Lake" are idyllic and serene and the sorts of places we'd all like to end up in our old age. She also has a brilliant touch with characters as you find yourself loving her nice characters right away and stirring up a good bit of visceral annoyance at her bad ones. I despised Cricket and Lazlo practically from the first utterance of their names.
To the negative side, despite all her carefully constructed place and person the story is terribly cliche. Within the first 20% or so of the book it's clear exactly what's going to happen and there's not even an iota of drama or doubt about the whole thing. It's rather frustrating as a reader given just how well the characters are put together. Also, the book has this tenuous thread of the supernatural that runs through it which rather breaks continuity. Everything seems realistic enough until there's a blip that doesn't quite fit. Generally speaking I'm OK with the supernatural but the thread of it in this case seemed just a bit too brittle.
In summary, I liked the book but it had its clear disappointments. I'd hoped for something a little less story-book. It certainly doesn't call for car chases and explosions but at least one unexpected twist would have been helpful. It's a good book for a long Saturday afternoon when it's too wet or too cold to be doing anything else more amusing.
PS: This is a negative review.Read more ›
The novel is made from two stories that are intertwined; the main character Kate, a year ago lost her husband and since then she is not able to go over it. For this reason, she is somehow not present enough in life of their daughter Devin who became quite tied to her grandmother, Cricket, Kate’s mother in law.
The other story tells reader about Kate’s great aunt Eby who in the sixties together with the man of her life bought a hotel in Georgia called Lost Lake where they lived happily for many years. When she was 12, Kate spent one wonderful summer there and when in present time she will find a postcard Eby sent her, Kate will decide to go again to Lost Lake with her daughter to might in that way make a change in her life and find comfort.
They two will drive to Lost Lake finding out if her aunt is still renting out cabins; there they will meet all kinds of interesting characters such as local guy who fell in love with Kate when they were both kids, a woman who knows how to seduce men and special cook from France. And Kate will discover that this magical place from her childhood still holds a bit of magic for what is left of her once happy family...
Sarah Addison belongs to the authors whose books are often mockingly called chick lit, although they are often as well read by men that likes drama and romantic plot. “Lost Lake” is one of such novels that have the same features as her earlier novels, therefore not surprising is popularity that novel experienced in the short time since it was released.Read more ›
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Love Sarah Anderson Allen books. Look forward to whatever she writes next! Was a fan of Alice Hoffman and was looking for similar type books. Read morePublished 12 days ago by slovalvo1
I just love a sweet, good book with a happy ending and that is what you always get with Sarah Addison Allen. Read morePublished 20 days ago by D. Blake
She’d been slumbering for a year; the world around her had been carrying on without her. Her mother-in-law Cricket tried to transform Kate’s daughter Devin, as she saw fit and... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Live Outside
Great book. Sarah Allen is a wonderful author. She brings you right into her books with the characters that you feel like you knowPublished 24 days ago by J. Green
While Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favorite authors, this one was a little disappointing, but not for any specific reason.
Kate is in a fog. Read more
Here's a lovely interlude in a small, southern (swampy) resort town with eccentric, loveable characters galore and a touch of magic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kbirdlincoln
A very relaxing read. Easy whimsical reading with a touch of yesterday and the feeling of needing family and others.Published 1 month ago by Theresa Lane-cherry