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The House by the Lake Paperback – March 29, 2016
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About the Author
Ella Carey is a writer and Francophile who claims Paris as her second home. Her first book is Paris Time Capsule, and her work has been published in the Review of Australian Fiction. She lives in Australia with her two children and two Italian greyhounds.
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Anna is living in San Francisco, and leads a normal life. One day, her ninety-four year old grandfather, Max, reveals a secret from his past...he tells Anna that she is actually from an aristocratic family, but that the family lost everything during World War II. Anna is completely shocked, and is even more shocked when he asks Anna to go to Germany to retrieve something he has hidden there more than seventy years ago. She does not understand why he never revealed this before, and she wonders why it suddenly so important to him. Curiosity and loyalty has her agreeing to do what he asked of her. After she arrives in Germany, she meets a man, Wil Jager, who helps her to do what she set out to accomplish. In the process, Anna learns more about her grandfather, and more secrets are revealed.
The story alternates between the WWII era, and present day...and vividly explains what happened so long ago and why it is so important to Max. It is also a story about regrets, family, and following your heart. I truly couldn't read this book fast enough, and now that I've finished, I know it is a story that will stay with me for a long time. So many people don't know their family history, and after reading this, I can understand why. People that lived through that era often found it easier to stay silent and keep their heartache hidden rather than to talk about their history and reveal their pain. I highly recommend this book!
I was given an advance digital copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ella Carey created some very interesting and well rounded characters and cast their story in a time leading up to the second world war and investigated and told by characters in 2010. I have learned to quite like this time/point-of-view shifting in books. I do know others don't like it, but how much they miss.
The house by the lake is what most would call a mansion owned by a rich land owner. At time time leading up to WWII, the eldest son, Max, is torn between love of family, and country, and concern over Hitler. Max also falls in love with the grand daughter of a famous French courtesan, which presents its own problems.
So, now Max is 94 and asks his grand daughter to go back to "the house on the lake" and retrieve something. She goes and the plot thickens.
Of course, there is a blossoming love story between Anna and the attorney who serves the family that bought the estate after the Russians let it go. It's complicated ... and compelling.
I encourage anyone considering this book to read it, or listen to it. I actually added it to my list of books to read, after I get through about 30 others.