Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

From the author who gave us Garden Spells, Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and The Peach Keeper, comes her new novel Lost Lake.

Excited is the word I would like to use when I got my hands on this book, Sarah Addison Allen, has held my reading-hand since I first stumbled across Garden Spells; leaving me in complete awe of this extraordinary author. 

Lost Lake is a story of being lost and ultimately finding your way home, through grief, ghosts and food, Allen takes her readers on the most amazing trip. Having taken a break from writing for two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Sarah Addison Allen explores what it truly takes to get your life back.

We meet Kate, who has just woken up from a year of grieving.  When Kate's daughter, Devin, a quirky child of whimsical dress sense, finds a hidden postcard address addressed to Kate from her aunt Eby Pimm - Kate and Devin's adventure begins here. Packing the car and venturing off to Lost Lake, a holiday resort where Kate spent a summer when she was young; owned by Eby. When they arrive they find themselves belonging more to the quirky resort than they have ever belonged before. 

In the meantime, Eby has agreed to sell Lost Lake to a shrewd developer, because after a lifetime of happy memories she feels it's time to travel. So she has notified her regulars that this will be the last summer Lost Lake will be open, and so enter the colourful cast of characters so real and vivid they almost kiss you on every page.

Sarah Addison Allen has a remarkable talent for making the reader feel like they are watching an interaction from the dinning room table, and perhaps I am biased, but she truly captures a setting, mingled with secrets, ghosts and a sliver of magic.

"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 make up a new one."  Lost Lake


If you are a fan, you need to add this to your collection.


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