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Lost Lake: A Novel Paperback – January 6, 2015
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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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Most of the characters were well-developed but they acted/reacted in predictable ways. Unfortunately you could see where each character was going to end up well before you got to the end. There was one reveal that surprised me involving the hero but, I will not discuss it as it would be a spoiler for anyone who wants to read the book.
Overall while I would recommend this for a summer read, it really did leave me feeling ambivalent about reading any more of the authors books.
Her daughter, Devin, too young and full of life's possibilities to doubt the magic around us, helps her mother find the love of the man who she met as a girl --all with the help of a boy-turned-alligator.
It is the stories of all the people who have lost their way in life who find themselves and their true loves and desires at Lost Lake -- a beautiful setting for friendship, love, and finding what means the most to them. A truly captivating story, one that I would certainly recommend.
I haven't yet read a book by Ms. Allen which I didn't find myself entwined in and immersed in until I had absorbed every word.
Brava, Ms. Allen. Brava.
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