Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Lost Lake" by Sarah Addison Allen

In the summer I usually look for more lighthearted material to read.  It's summer, it's hot, and I want something I can pick up and put down in between all summer has to offer.  I read a synopsis of this book online and it seemed to fit the bill, so I picked it up at my local library.
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Summary:  Kate lost her husband in a tragic accident and spent the following year numb with grief.  She stopped living a 'normal' life and even left the day-to-day care of her eccentric daughter Devin to her overbearing and appearance conscious mother-in-law.  The day Kate and her daughter are scheduled to move in with her mother-in-law, Devin finds an old post card for Lost Lake, Georgia in an old family trunk.  That post card inspires Kate to visit a resort from her childhood to look for healing in the place she spent her best last summer.

What I Liked:
  • The book was fast paced and easy to read---perfect for picking up and putting down when I needed a break from working around the house.
  • The cast of characters was interesting and very entertaining.  Bulahdeen and Selma were entertaining and unique while Lissette's story was quite tragic.
  • The setting captivated my imagination.  It was very easy for me to put myself at Lost Lake and imagine what I would do if I was there.
  • Upon further reflection, I'd love to read a book based on Selma's life.
What Drove Me Nuts:
  • The story was a little lighter than I anticipated.  I felt the author could have delved more deeply into the characters.  They were all so interesting that I wish she has spent more time on their back stories and what brought them all to Lost Lake.
  • I didn't care for Kate's love interest.  He had very little personality and I found the basis of their attraction odd.
Rating:  This would be a good book to bring along to the pool or camping.  It's easy to put down and pick back up without skipping a beat.  This is also a book that won't easily offend anyone, so would be a good book to pick up and pass along to Grandma.

Reviewed By:  Tami

Also Read By:  "The Girl Who Chased the Moon"

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this review - it was very helpful for me. I'm stuck with audio books and it is hard for me to sift through the titles let alone find ones light enough to not overwhelm (but not too light). You are pretty much a reading goddess so I knew this one could fit the bill. Unfortunately the library didn't have it online but I got one of her other books instead and it is going well. I may reserve Lost Lake and another on CD for later.