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Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen w/ GIVEAWAY

Lost LakeLost Lake. Finished 3-19-14, rating 4.25/5, fiction, 294 pages. pub. 2014

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.

from Goodreads

There are so many things to love about Allen’s writing.  She has a light, lyrical quality that encourages fast and happy reading.  And even though I always consider her books happy, she embraces difficult topics, like how to move on when who you love has died.  Her characters are always so true and somewhat quirky and the icing on the cake is the magic that movies the story along.  All of these make her books a delight to read.  This was no exception.

Kate, her lively daughter Devin, and her great-aunt Eby are great anchors to this story of never giving up.  Strong females at different stages in life but able to lean on each other as family.  Kate, once she had woken up from her year of grief, saw Devin’s spirit and let her be exactly who she wanted to be.  It was heartwarming.

Lost Lake made me wish it were a real place so I could make my reservations today.  I loved the idea of the whole town getting behind Eby so she doesn’t sell her property.  I loved each unique character’s back story. They were all engaging.  I loved the romance of Paris.  This is great Southern fiction with charm and the magic of childhood.

My only complaint is that  it needed to be longer.  It felt somewhat unfinished, or maybe just hurried.  Or maybe it’s just that I didn’t it to end because I have to wait so long for another one to be written!

There’s a Facebook Quiz to see which character you’d be and I got Kate- “Who you are now is not who you started out to be. Your life is a journey. You follow the signs. Even when you’re lost, you don’t lose faith that you will get to where you’re supposed to be eventually.”  If you take the quiz come back and tell me what character you got, I’d love to know!

I received this book from She Reads.  Go on over and see what other bloggers think about this one.

I ended up with two copies of this one so I’m giving one away.  Let me know you want it by leaving a comment and including your email address. And if you want to earn extra entries you can visit (or revisit) yesterday’s Lost quiz.  I’ll draw a winner Monday at noon.

 

March 26, 2014 - Posted by | 4 Star Books |

29 Comments »

  1. I love her books!
    Jpetroroy at gmail dot com

    Comment by jpetroroy | March 26, 2014 | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on infodespacho.

    Comment by infodespacho | March 26, 2014 | Reply

  3. I’ve never read her work but I’m really anxious to. I met her and she is just charming. No need to enter me.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | March 26, 2014 | Reply

  4. Well said! You capture in your review much of what I myself enjoyed about this novel.

    Comment by Katherine Scott Jones | March 26, 2014 | Reply

  5. I agree with everything you said about this book. I loved it.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | March 26, 2014 | Reply

    • I’m not surprised we agreed 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  6. I have yet to read this series. It’s on my must read list though. Maybe someday!

    Comment by Literary Feline | March 26, 2014 | Reply

    • It’s not a series. They are all separate books, they just share a magical element.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  7. I’d like to read this one.

    Comment by Word Lily | March 26, 2014 | Reply

  8. I haven’t read anything by Sarah Addison Allen yet either but I keep seeing wonderful reviews.

    Comment by Leslie | March 26, 2014 | Reply

  9. I’ve not read her work but I would like to do so. Please count me in.

    Comment by Mystica | March 26, 2014 | Reply

  10. Hi Stacy! As I think I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely love Sarah’s books! Don’t have this one yet and would love to win it. .. Catardiff at aol dot com … I think I first picked up one of her books because of one of your reviews. Have you read any of the Ladybug Farm series by Donna Ball? It’s light and upbeat reading, like Sarah. Also love Beth Hoffman (Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt). As always, your generosity is much appreciated..

    Comment by forestsprite | March 27, 2014 | Reply

    • I’m so glad that I started you on your SAA journey! That makes me feel good. I’ll add the Ladybug Farm series to my wishlist. Thanks forthe recommendation!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  11. I loved it too and I got Kate in the quiz 🙂

    Comment by Teddyree | March 27, 2014 | Reply

  12. I enjoyed this book as well.

    Comment by postingfornow | March 27, 2014 | Reply

    • The monthly books are consistently great, aren’t they?

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  13. I’ve read a couple of her books, and they just don’t do it for me. I don’t hate them, but I don’t fall in love with them either. But boy does she have her fan club. I am definitely in the minority.

    Comment by sandynawrot | March 27, 2014 | Reply

    • It happens. There are books I feel like I should love that annoy me 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  14. pick me pick me please!!!! I ADORE Sarah Addison Allen but have not had a chance to get this book yet! email address: stacy@thenovellife.com

    Comment by Stacy (The Novel Life) | March 27, 2014 | Reply

  15. This book would be wonderful. Thanks for this giveaway.

    Comment by anne | March 28, 2014 | Reply

  16. She is one of my favorite authors. As soon as I finish one of her books, I am anxious for the next one to be published. I think Garden Spells is still my favorite, but Lost Lake was great too.

    Comment by Rosemary Wolfe, NoChargeBookbunch | March 30, 2014 | Reply

    • Garden Spells still my favorite too 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  17. Would love to read this! cytljjb @ gmail com

    Comment by Christa | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  18. […] now for the winner of Sarah Addison Allen’s latest, Lost Lake (chosen by my friend […]

    Pingback by Blogging from A to Z and a WINNER! « Stacy's Books | March 31, 2014 | Reply

  19. It says a lot that you wanted it to be longer. I’ve heard great things about this author but I haven’t read any of her books yet. Sounds like I need to change that!

    Comment by Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) | April 5, 2014 | Reply


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