this is a wonderful and magical book, reminiscent of Alice Hoffman who just happens to be one of my favorite authors. I first came across Sarah when I read "Garden Spells" and was immediately hooked so I knew I would enjoy this book, and so I have! From the very beginning when a picture postcard describing lost lake enchants two generations of women... I knew that I also wanted to be enchanted and take the journey to lost lake. I love the idea of a second chance at life and at love. Kate literally wakes up one day zombie like after the death of her husband. While her mother in law is packing up her and her daughter Devin's house right from under her, she realizes what she has become and The time she has lost. She immediately goes looking for her daughter who she finds playing and scrounging around in an old trunk and they discover a post card of Lost Lake her great aunt Eby sent her from long ago that she never received, asking her to come and visit her on the lake like she used to do when she was just a child. After realizing she had been neglecting herself & her daughter for too long they jump in the car and head to the lake only to find her aunt is selling her beloved lost lake. old age, the death of her husband and financial problems have made it too difficult for Eby to care for the resort by herself anymore. The lake ends up enchanting everyone though and with the help of family, the town, Parisian food, magical love charms, cypress knees, old friends, even older ladies, stubborn yet timid men and an alligator with a box, lost lake becomes lost no more.
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St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin
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This is Sarah Addison Allen's best book yet. It's the story of Kate, her great (however many times) aunt Eby, Devin, Lisette, Bulahdeen and Selma. You think it's just about Kate but Ms. Allen does such a wonderful job of incorporating the interconnectivity and importance of these women and you just know the story wouldn't be the same without one of them. Devin, Kate's daughter has found a postcard from Eby that Kate had never seen that has a picture of Lost Lake her aunt's camp and a note that tells Kate she's welcome to come to the camp anytime for a visit and so she decides to visit Eby so her daughter can have a brief respite before they begin their life with Kate's oh so demanding mother-in-law. Lost Lake is Kate's last best memory and wants Devin to have the experience of the magic or childhood that she had. I of course had to love this story because Ms. Allen understands a book lover as only another book lover can and includes that into her story seamlessly. I also enjoy coming away with that feeling of hope I get after reading Ms Allen's novels.
This was my second boo...
This was my second book by Sarah Allen Addison, as Waking Kate was my first (a novella I would highly recommend as background) for this magical and captivating story of Lost Lake!I loved the multi-generational tie in between the different ages of the women, all with baggage and a past, making them hide behind others and some which are controlling their lives. They all have given up on their dreams for other people. It takes a little girl, some magical past moments, sacrifice, and facing the truth in order to bring new relationships to fruition. This book will make you smile and cry at the same time. When Kate and her daughter finds this post card from her great aunt Eby, it comes at just the right time as they journey back to Lost Lake and the magical summers of long ago. Each has a special place in their heart for this Lost Lake Inn quaint property as a developer fights to take it over for new development. First let me say, the novella pulled me in, the emotional video about this book found on Sarah Allen Addison's website and her heartfelt story and journey with cancer, as this is her first book since her illness. What an inspiring story and so commend her for her perseverance and the time and thought it took to write this thought provoking, emotionally charged, and fabulous novel. I have a passion for mountain and lake cabins (as when I travel, I always choose quaint cabins), as they offer privacy, solace, and the magical sounds of nature. I especially love cabins in Georgia and NC, as formerly lived in a log cabin in Big Canoe, GA, and for many years have vacationed at Mitchell Cottages in Highlands, NC, as well as the Old Creek Lodge (unfortunately, it no longer there as the same developer of Old Edwards Inn and Spa has purchased the land to build new construction), which makes us all sad as this property held many memories, as did Lost Lake to their past guests. Sarah thank you once for believing in magic after all you have been through in your personal life and for sharing this heartwarming story with your readers. We all believe in miracles; however, we sometimes get lost in the process and nice to remind us with friends and family we can survive.Looking forward to reading more from this author and have already added a number of her older books to my must read list. A well written story of love, loss, forgiveness, and most importantly -second chances!
Another feel good book...
Another feel good book by Sarah Addison Allen. If you have ever read any of her novels you know that she takes damaged people and with a bit of magic resurrects them into new and better lives. In this story a widow, Kate finds a post card and decides to take her young daughter Devin on a last spur of the moment trip before turning her life over to her controlling mother in law. They head to Lost Lake, a ramshackle resort in Georgia owned by Kate's great aunt Eby. By the time Kate arrives she finds that it's about to be sold to a developer. Various people gather to have a last hurrah before the property is sold. As the novel unfolds everyone's story is told with a little bit of magic. My favorite part was the alligator who lives in Lost Lake and Devin's relationship to it. All of the characters stories combine to add rich layers to the story. Even characters I didn't think I would care about ended up fascinating me. The author excels at her character development. It is amazing what a complex story she is able to tell in relatively few pages. If you are looking to escape life for awhile take a trip to Lost Lake.
Lost Lake by Sarah Add...
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen; ROOT; (3 1/2*) I am a Sarah Addison Allen fan. When life becomes too challenging, berefit, busy or dreary, her books & stories can simply carry the reader "away from it all". I have enjoyed all of her books and this one was no exception. It doesn't seem to matter the plot, the story line, whatever; she always gives the reader great & well rounded characters. Her novels are magical but yet realistic, the real world mixed in with just enough of the supernatural to make it believable. This one gives us the story of a young widow with a very cool & in a world of her own daughter. The mother in law is wealthy & interfering. She has convinced Kate, the young widow, that she is not strong enough to make good decisions for herself & her daughter and that they should move in with her. In packing up her house Kate's daughter finds an old post card from Kate's great Aunt Eby that Kate's mother had apparently hidden from her many years prior. The card invites Kate to return to her Aunt Eby's Lost Lake resort any time she wants. Kate's most cherished childhood moments & memories are of summers spent there. So rather than move in with her mother in law, Kate decides that she and her daughter will return to Lost Lake to see if it is indeed still magical. Once there we meet some truly wonderful characters. First there is Aunt Eby herself who is now in her 80s & widowed. She is still tall, lean & lovely. She continues to run the neglected resort. We meet Lisette, born without a voice box & thusly cannot speak, who followed Eby & her husband George from Paris to Lost Lake and is the cook for the guests. We meet Wes who was Kate's dear friend & playmate the summer she spent at Lost Lake. He's not changed much. He is now the proprietor of a pizzeria and has a repair business. Then there is Jack who has come each summer & is very quietly & timidly in love with Lisette. We also get to meet Bulahdeen, who has recently had to put her husband in a special facility for Alzheimer patients, and her friend Selma, the man hungry red head looking for Mr Right # 8. (Yes, that's right. Number eight.) These two are quite the characters and I enjoyed them tremendously. They added a lot of spice to the story. They have been coming to the resort since Aunt Eby & Uncle George bought it. But times & things have changed over the years. Kate is shocked to find how run down the resort has become though she still loves it and she & Devin, her daughter, help as much as they can and are very surprised & shocked to find that Aunt Eby has decided, much to the chagrin of the regulars, Lisette and the community to sell. It has just become too much for her to handle. You will be surprised at all of the many back story-lines going on in this one story. This is not deep literature but it is a story that takes you out of yourself and we all need that now and then. I loved reading it and hated for it to end. I recommend it for those reasons stated above. I actually felt good when I had finished reading it and I haven't felt good in several months so that has to say something.
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