Lost Lake

Allen, Sarah Addison

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lost Lake
"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? Because sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And sometimes you never even know they were lost . . . until they are found"--

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781250019806
Characteristics: 296 pages ;,25 cm


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Dec 02, 2014
  • KISSfan1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If there's not a sequel to this, there easily could be. Very "real" and funny characters in this book.

Apr 25, 2014
  • jewelsoflife rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this story, found a childlike magic to it.

Apr 13, 2014
  • LaughingOne rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Kate’s husband died the year before and Kate has just awakened from a lost year. Her daughter Devin finds a post card in a trunk in the attic, a postcard sent to Kate from her Aunt Eby, a postcard Kate has never seen before. In an attempt to start pulling her life together (and get out from under the influence of her mother-in-law), Kate and Devin take a sudden road trip to visit Aunt Eby at her Lost Lake Cottages, where Kate spent a wonderful summer when she was 12. Allen has described the setting, the characters, and a plot with intriguing detail, eccentric characters, including an alligator. What is the magic realism in this novel (besides the alligator)? You’ll have to read the novel to find out.

Mar 28, 2014
  • kndrdsprt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Easy read. Nice character development. Will read other books by this author.

Mar 04, 2014

I really enjoy all of Sarah Addison Allen's books. Good to hear that she is in remission.

Mar 04, 2014
  • hania4987 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The spark is back!

“Bulahdeen ignored her. "I taught literature for nearly forty years. The books I read when I was twenty completely changed when I read them when I was sixty. You know why? Because the endings changed. After you finish a book, the story still goes on in your mind. You can never change the beginning. But you can always change the end. That's what's happening here.”

Feb 28, 2014
  • karcoldelharvic5 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book kept my interest, but I would have been happier with a more defined ending.

Feb 23, 2014
  • artemishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lost Lake is Sarah Addison Allen's newest book, and I was glad to see that her fight with cancer didn't impair her ability to spin a good yarn.

This book has all the typical hallmarks for an Allen book: magical realism, location as a character, set in the South, delves into relationships (especially family connections), and has a touch of romance. It's charming and sweet, and a bit fluffier than Garden Spells (still my favorite of hers).

I was a twinge disappointed in the pacing, though. I felt like the first half did a great job of setting up characters and place, and the last half bull-rushed through the revelations and aha moments. I had hoped to enjoy the sensation of being charmed just a wee bit longer.

Still, it's a sweet read. I always recommend Allen as an author, and I think this would be a good first book of hers, if you were interested in easing into them.

Feb 22, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think this might be Addison Allen's best book since her first, GARDEN SPELLS. A wonderful mix of her brand of just-there magical realism, community, friends, and family. I thought I knew where the book would go, and the ending did just enough of what I wasn't expecting to make it perfect. I was sad to have this book end.

Feb 22, 2014
  • Bearwomyn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If a butterfly flaps her wings over here, does a tsunami happen over there? If a desolate French girl attempts suicide on a bridge, does she rescue a podiatrist decades later? Here we have a tale of 3 generations of women, their men and an alligator whose lives converge, challenge and inform the journeys of those around them. Tis no mistake, I think, that they intersect one another at beautiful, moss-heavy Lost Lake. A charming story with bits of magik nudging us along the way, creatively imagined and tauntingly possible magik, as only Addison can pen. We have dances on frozen water-ways of Amsterdam, an alligator box, mislaid fire, cypress knees, a murderous marble armoire, greed, generosity, forgotten folk, misused charms and an 8 year old with bent fairie wings. A fast read that unwinds while we wait for the ceiling to give us it's next bit of advice. –– For more of my book reviews, please join me at https://www.facebook.com/TheEndBookReviews

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