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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125001980X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250019806
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (451 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Kate has been lingering in a fog throughout the year since her husband died, and it is only when her manipulative mother-in-law threatens to hijack her life that Kate begins to snap to. When her wardrobe-challenged eight-year-old daughter, Devin, discovers an old letter from Kate’s great-aunt Eby, the pair go on the lam to Lost Lake, Eby’s dilapidated resort camp tucked deep in the south Georgia swamplands. Long widowed, with dwindling funds and a diminishing guest roster, Eby may be forced to sell her fading haven to an unscrupulous developer, until Kate’s arrival gives her a new lease on life. While guests and townsfolk prepare a farewell send-off they hope will perversely convince her to stay, Devin receives perplexing clues from the lake’s loquacious alligator. One would need a heart of steel, or the skin of an alligator, not to fall in love with Allen’s beguiling cast of misfits. A surefire star of feel-good fiction, Allen always manages to nimbly mask her potent messages of inspiration and romance beneath her trademark touches of mirth and magic, but this endearing tale of surprising second chances may just be her wisest work yet. --Carol Haggas

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Praise for Lost Lake:
 
“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
 
Praise for Sarah Addison Allen's Novels:
 
“Sarah Addison Allen writes tantalizing fiction.” —The Roanoke Times
 
“Allen has a fairy-tale-making genius.” —Asheville Citizen-Times
 
“Allen will bewitch fans of Alice Hoffman and Laura Esquivel.” —Booklist
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More About the Author

Sarah Addison Allen is the New York Times Bestselling author of Garden Spells (2007) The Sugar Queen (2008) The Girl Who Chased the Moon (2010) The Peach Keeper (2011) and Lost Lake (2014). Her new novel FIRST FROST will be published in January 2015. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

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80 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
As usual I received this book through the kindness of someone's giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Pursuant to that, my candid opinions follow.

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.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Judith D. Collins on January 24, 2014
Format: Audible Audio Edition
This was my second book by Sarah Allen Addison, as Waking Kate was my first (a novella I would highly recommend as background) for this magical and captivating story of Lost Lake!

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scave31 on March 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
All of Allen's books leave me with the same feelings...nostalgic, wistful, and happy. Like her other novels, Lost Lake is a little bit magical and full of fun and quirky characters that suck you into the book and make you never want to leave. Their stories span years, and Allen weaves them together seamlessly, with a touch of fantasy to charm you. Once you've experienced a Sarah Addison Allen book, you'll wait very impatiently for the next one!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nikon on May 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Not everything has to be intense....I loved this story, have seen comments that there is too much"magic" in these books....that's why I read, to escape from reality! Loved it as much as every other novel she has written
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Format: Paperback
“Lost Lake” by Sarah Addison is new novel from beloved author of women fiction, full of romance, drama and special charm that are all characteristics of her works.

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.
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