Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lost Lake

Lost Lake
Sarah Addison Allen

Lost Lake

Genre: Women's Fiction

Summary (from Goodreads):  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?

Sometimes lost loves aren't really lost. They're right where you left them, waiting for you to find them again.

Review:  I thought I would love this book - I've enjoyed other books by this author, and the title, cover, and description are beautiful - but it fell a little flat for me.  The writing is quite lovely, the characters are quirky and charming, and the setting is evocative and mysterious.  So what was the problem?  I think the author tried to detail too many interesting characters.  I especially would have loved to delve further into Kate and Eby's lives, learning more about their pasts and what brought them to make the decisions that they did.  Quite a few sections were written from the point of view of the other characters (Lisette, Devin, Jack, Wes, Bulahdeen, Selma and Cricket), and while they were very interesting, well-thought-out, charming characters themselves, there just wasn't enough information about them.  I really liked them, and I can see why they were each important in the story, but if they were going to be so important, then I wanted much MORE about them. 

Rating: 3.5 stars

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