Published by St. Martin's Press on January 21, 2014
Genres: Magical Realism
Source: Owned, Owned Audible Book, Read in 2014
Now a New York Times bestseller.
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.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
There is nobody who does magical realism better than Sarah Addison Allen. Whenever I read her books I just want to slow down time so that I can live every moment of every magical word.
Lost Lake is going on my list of book places I wish I could live in- alongside Hogwarts, the Night Circus, and Lucky Harbor. The lake and its inhabitants are charming and quirky and sometimes messed up, but in a charming and quirky way. The magic in the story is both subtle and all consuming. No matter how much heartbreak is experienced, I was still trustful that Allen would find a way to mend all hearts in the end.
If you haven’t read a book by Sarah Addison Allen yet, then you need to. For reals. I’d start with Garden Spells, but every book lover should read Sugar Queen. And then The Girl Who Chased the moon and the Peach Keeper then Lost Lake, then First Frost. Maybe Lost Lake while you’re on vacation this summer, and First Frost when Fall comes around. Or First Frost after Garden Spells, since it’s a sequel. Just read her books is basically the point I’m trying to make. 😉
Lost Lake was one of those books that I was saving until a rainy day, because I knew I’d love it and wanted to save it for a time when I needed a magical book, something to lift my spirits. That’s also why I still have First Frost in my queue. It’s not that I don’t want to read it, I do so much it’s almost a longing type feeling, but we all have times when we just need a book to make us feel the opposite of how we are, and so I’m waiting to read First Frost… but also because I wan to re-read Garden Spells.
This was my first audible encounter with narrator Janet Metzger, but I liked her just fine and would listen to her again.