Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Genre: Adult Fiction, Magical Realism
From Goodreads: From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a novel about heartbroken people finding hope at a magical place in Georgia called Lost Lake.
Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it’s the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn’t believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake’s owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake’s magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life? Because sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And sometimes you never even know they were lost . . . until they are found.
What I thought:
“When your cup is empty, you do not mourn what is gone. Because if you do, you will miss the opportunity to fill it again.”
I read Sarah Addison Allen’s debute novel, Garden Spells, shortly after it was released and fell in love with the author and her writing style. I have since waited with anticipation for every book she has released. While Garden Spells, will always be my favorite (yes, I have read it many, many times) all of her books are light, sweet reads with loveable, eccentric characters and a touch of magic. I love to get lost in the worlds she creates.
Young widow, Kate Pheris, wakes up from her intense grief to discover she has lost a bit of herself. In the year that she has been grieving the loss of her husband, she has given up control of her life and her daughter, Devin, to her take-charge mother-in-law, Cricket. But when Devin finds an old postcard for Lost Lake, Kate remembers a summer she had spent there as a little girl and, on a whim, packs up for a road trip to Lost Lake with Devin only to learn, once they arrived, that her Aunt Eby, the owner of Lost Lake, has just decided to sell the property.
If you have ever read a book by Sarah Addison Allen, you will come to expect a cast of quirky characters and Lost Lake has them. Lost Lake is home to Kate’s Aunt Eby and Lisette, her life-long friend and Lost Lake’s silent French cook. Its visitors include a pair of eccentric ladies, Selma and Bulahdeen, who’s constant banter kept me smiling, Wes, the boy Kate had spent the summer with when she was a girl, and an alligator.
Lost Lake is about self-discovery, healing, forgiveness and hope. Lost Lake is about creating your own journey and then following that path.
“You can’t change where you come from, but you can change where you go from here. Just like a book. If you don’t like the ending, you can make up a new one.”
But before you read Lost Lake, you may want to read a short ‘prequel.’ Waking Kate is a very quick introduction to Kate, before her world was changed by grief. This tiny little novella is only 38 pages and a free download on Kindle and Nook.