Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fantasy, Fiction, Magical Realism
From beloved bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen comes her long-awaited new novel, Lost Lake, about heartbroken people finding hope at a magical place in Georgia.
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?
Sometimes lost loves aren't really lost. They're right where you left them, waiting for you to find them again.
A little something sweet and magical
Since Garden Spells, I have been a big fan of Sarah Addison Allen’s particular brand of magical realism. Her stories always feel so personal to me; I slip into the worlds she pictures with an easy grace, led entirely by her. So I was surprised to find myself stutter-stepping into the pages of Lost Lake.
Set in Suley, Georgia, Lost Lake is a multi-generational family story, at the heart of which is love and money (or, rather love of money). Eby Pim was one of the lucky ones – marrying a man for love who just so happened to have money, as well. But her family, more specifically the women in her family, have always hungered for fortune – and now want Eby and her husband George to return home from their European honeymoon and toe the line, so to speak.
In present day, the young widow, Kate Pheris (Eby’s great-neice) has discovered a rebellious side of herself after “sleeping” through the first year following her husband’s sudden death. While looking through an old trunk during the preparation for a move, Kate’s daughter, Devin, finds an old postcard to Kate from Eby, sent several years earlier and hidden from Kate for all of that time. Together, they set off to find Lost Lake – the cottage resort that Eby and George own. Forgotten memories of a childhood visit creep back to Kate, who finds that her daughter and she are both blooming in the humid lake air.
Lost Lake has the beautiful lyric voice that I have come to love so much, as well as heart, family, romance, and magic. And yet, I feel as though I didn’t enjoy the story as much as I have enjoyed previous books by Sarah Addison Allen. Still one of my very favorite authors, still a must-read writer, simply a story that didn’t resonate as strongly for this reader.