Goodreads: 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.
Started and finished this book last night. It is my fourth Sarah Addison Allen book – I have one more to read that I’m looking forward to and that is “The Sugar Queen”.
Lost Lake transports you to that ideal little getaway where anything is possible. I like to imagine that there really are places like this – magical places where life is full of love, meals shared with friends, and fireflies. If there was, I don’t think I’d ever want to leave.
OK, the plot isn’t overly original but the characters are dynamic – I loved them! Eby made me wish my mom and grandmothers were still alive – oh how little I appreciated them when I had the chance and now it is way too late. But that is beside the point – her people are colorful, festive and lost. Their stories intertwine as each of them reveal their reasons for returning to Lost Lake year after year.
Allen once again manages to bring that little whisp of supernatural into her story – something fun yet subtle enough to be almost believable. I didn’t want Lost Lake to end because I felt like I found a piece of myself between those lines.
It isn’t my favorite of her books – I believe Garden Spells is still that – but it is good and worth reading on a sunny day at the beach. I give the book an A.