Book Review: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Lost Lake (click book for product page)
By Sarah Addison Allen
Published: 1/21/14
Book received free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones

Finish Time: 4 nights.  Actually 3, and one afternoon.  This was a quick read, not too challenging, but so sweet.  And I had to confirm, especially being in Georgia, the setting of this book, but Lost Lake(or Suley, GA) is sadly not a place.  Although they were only in black & white on my Kindle, the postcards that began each section were so cute and could have been real, but from my quick Google search, are not.

Since I will not make it to a Tuesday to do a Teaser Tuesday from this book, I thought I would share one two.  Not only are these great teasers, they really are words to live by and help me describe the overall greatness of this book.  The book is full of these little nuggets!

“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.”

“If we measured life in the things that almost happened, we wouldn’t get anywhere.”

The full description can be found below, but the story follows Kate Pheris, a young widow, and her 8-year-old daughter Devin.  (Similar to my name and my 1st dogs name!)  After mourning her husband for a year, she finally “wakes up” and with no ties to her current place of residence in Atlanta (other than an over-bearing and controlling mother-in-law), she find an old post card for Lost Lake, and decides to make the 4-hour drive down there.  She soon is thrown into the lives of her great-aunt Eby, her mute best friend Lisette, many other quirky long-term guests at Lost Lake and other locals.

The very beginning of the book introduces Eby, the owner of Lost Lake, her (now late) husband George, on their extended 8-month honeymoon to Paris and other spots in Europe in 1962.  It begins seeming like it would be a mystery as they save a girl from near suicide, but it quickly fast forwards to the present and doesn’t beat around the bush at what happened.  Not bad, just unexpected, as books that tend to begin that way, seem to take the whole book to explain it!   Eby and George both came from families with a lot of expectations (mostly financial), and they make the decision, upon return from their honeymoon, to give it all away and invest in a little lake getaway – Lost Lake.   Fast forward many years and Eby’s great-niece Kate shows up at just the right time as Eby is considering selling the place.  Her past, present, and future all rally together to celebrate Eby and Lost Lake.

A bit predictable, but such a sweet story.  The characters were all very developed for a short book and all so unique (you’ll love Selma and Bulahdeen).  There were a few love stories woven in.  Devin brings the youthfulness to the story and what may be confused with an active imagination ends up being a critical point in the book.  I found myself smiling and really satisfied with the ending.  If you have a few days (or even just a few hours), I would really recommend this book to put a smile on your face, you’ll like it!

Description from Amazon:

From the author of New York Times bestseller Garden Spells comes a beautiful, haunting story of old loves and new, and the power of the connections that bind us forever…

The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.

That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.

It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing  Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.

Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve,  before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she’s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.

One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren’t sure they needed in the first place:  love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended.  Can they find what they need before it’s too late?

At once atmospheric and enchanting, Lost Lake shows Sarah Addison Allen at her finest, illuminating the secret longings and the everyday magic that wait to be discovered in the unlikeliest of places.

As I just searched for the author – Sarah Addison Allen – I found this little eBook here that says it’s a tie in to Lost Lake.  Bonus!  I’ll let you know what I think!  I’m definitely intrigued enough to pick up some of her other books, which doesn’t happen often for me!


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2 responses to “Book Review: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

  1. Great review, especially the quote, this book sounds fab. Sad that this isn’t really a place though.


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