Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review: Lost Lake

Title Lost Lake
By Sarah Addison Allen
Genre Adult magic realism
Pages 296


First Sentence "Wake up, Kate!"



Synopsis
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? (From Goodreads)

What it has going for it
I love Allen's books. Let's just get that out of the way. I love how magical and perfect they are. Realistic? No. They're full of hope and happy endings and, let's face it, life isn't that way at all. But that's what makes Allen's books so wonderful. When life in all its dreariness gets you down, you can count on Allen to lift you up with humor, magic, and happy ever after. Lost lake starts out rather sadly. It seems that all the characters are a little lost a, a little out of hope but with the help from a alligator/boy and a little bit of magic everything turns out OK. While this one wasn't my favorite Allen because nothing in it really hit home with me at this time in my life, I still loved it. It was just what I needed and I flew through it. I'm determined to read more of Allen's books now.

What's lacking
Like I said, this one didn't have some hidden message that struck home with me. So, while I loved it, it didn't move me. When I read The Sugar Queen by Allen, it totally hit home with me. That one will always have a special place in my heart. I'll remember Lost Lake, though. It sounded so magical and warm and safe. I really have no complaints.
Yea or Nay?
Yes, I'd recommend Allen's books to anyone. 

12 comments:

  1. It's so good to have those few special authors who, even when they don't give their best, still manage to make us feel better about everything. I'm glad Allen is such an author for you and I'm happy you enjoyed this even if it wasn't your favorite.

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  2. I think you're the third person who has recommended Sarah Addison Allen on their blog. I think I have some of her books on my goodreads TBR pile. I shall move this one up. It's hard to recapture the feeling of a treasured book. Even if it's another story by the same author. Glad that it was still one you could enjoy.

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    1. You really need to check her out.

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  3. I have yet to read any of her books but I do have Peach Keeper on my list. I had the benefit of getting to meet her at a book convention and she was the sweetest person ever!

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    1. Oh cool that you got to meet her. I haven't read The Peach Keeper yet.

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  4. I love Sarah's books too! I'm glad you enjoyed Lost Lake. I think this is the only one I haven't read. The Sugar Queen will always have a special place in my heart, too...I've actually been meaning to reread it for ages.

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    1. Yes, a re-read is definitely in store.

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  5. I've never read anything by this author, but her books sound like ones I would enjoy. I'll have to pick up THE SUGAR QUEEN since that one stuck out in your mind. Thanks for the rec!

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    1. Yes, start with that one. She's a great author.

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  6. I've never read anything by Sarah, but sometimes you just need a guaranteed HEA so I'll keep her in mind!

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    1. She's my go to for a good fun book.

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