Sunday, March 30, 2014

My take on: Lost Lake

"Ever read a story that you simply can't imagine how it will end? This place is like that. The best things in life are like that." -- Pg. 201

That quote from Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen is one of the best out of the whole book. The writing has an addictive quality to it. I wasn't quite sure what I was reading or where the story was going. It's a contemporary novel but there are also hints of magical realism. I was definitely enjoying the ride and I had to keep going to see where I would end up.

Lost Lake, a picturesque lakefront property in a small Georgia town, is where all the drama goes down. For Eby Pim, Lost Lake is where she and her late husband, George, built their lives. They bought the property soon after getting married. Lost Lake is where Lisette, a mute French woman, found a new life. Lost Lake is where Eby's friends, Jack, Selma, and Bulahdeen, could find a little peace. Lost Lake is also where Eby's niece, Kate, and her daughter, Devin, find themselves again.

Kate is still reeling from the death of her husband Matt. Her overbearing mother-in-law Cricket is controlling everything in Kate's life, including Devin. The house she shared with Matt has been sold, Devin is going to the best private school in town, and they are moving in with Cricket. Her life has been put into order, and Cricket would not have it any other way. Deviating from the plan could ruin Cricket's political aspirations. Devin is waiting for Kate to wake up, she's waiting for Kate to deviate from the plan. She has to before Cricket snuffs the creativity and spunk right out of Devin. Of course, Kate wakes up. A long-forgotten postcard from her aunt Eby provides the spark. It's been decades since Kate saw her beloved aunt. Now is the perfect time for the real Devin to shine and for Kate to enjoy life again.

Eby is at a crossroads in her own life. Lost Lake isn't what it used to be. A few loyal summer vacationers still come by, but Lost Lake has been losing money for years. Eby has just agreed to sell the property to a big-time land developer. But is it really what she wants? Is she ready to let go of Lost Lake? Is Lost Lake ready to let go of her?

There is definitely something unique about Lost Lake. This place seems very empowering to everyone who goes there. Kate finds the strength to stand up to Cricket. In a figurative sense, Lisette finally finds her voice and lets go of her painful past. Devin can be who she is in her vibrant tutus and shirts. Wes, a childhood friend of Kate's, finally starts to forgive himself for a mistake he made in the past. I think Eby learns her true worth and how much she means to the people in town. Lost Lake seems to bring out the best in people. It's definitely a place worth visiting, so go ahead an pick up a copy of this book!!

Rating: Superb

Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher (St. Martin's Press). Lost Lake is the March selection for She Reads

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