Lost Lake

Lost Lake From the author of the beloved bestseller Garden Spells comes a beautiful haunting story of old loves and new and the power of the connections that bind us foreverThe first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lak

From the author of the beloved bestseller Garden Spells comes a beautiful, haunting story of old loves and new, and the power of the connections that bind us foreverThe first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.That was half aFrom the author of the beloved bestseller Garden Spells comes a beautiful, haunting story of old loves and new, and the power of the connections that bind us foreverThe first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.That was half a life ago Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby s past Her husband George is long passed Most of her demanding extended family are gone All that s left is a once charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.It s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve, before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss Now she s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ag

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  1. New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small town sensibility.Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter In college, she majored in literature because, as she puts it, I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction It was like being able to major in eating chocolate After graduation, Allen began writing seriously Her big break occurred in 2007 with the publication of her first mainstream novel, Garden Spells, a modern day fairy tale about an enchanted apple tree and the family of North Carolina women who tend it Booklist called Allen s accomplished debut spellbindingly charming The novel became a Barnes Noble Recommends selection, and then a New York Times Bestseller.Allen continues to serve heaping helpings of the fantastic and the familiar in fiction she describes as Southern fried magic realism Clearly, it s a recipe readers are happy to eat up as fast as she can dish it out.Her published books to date are Garden Spells 2007 , The Sugar Queen 2008 , The Girl Who Chased the Moon 2010 , The Peach Keeper 2011 and Lost Lake 2014 and First Frost 2015 From BN

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  1. Sarah Addison Allen writes books that you want to keep after you finish them to read them again again Wishing she would write a few sequels to Garden Spells to keep that story going onward Love Love Love her writing

  2. 5 Magical Stars I don t really know what this it with this author, but every book of her leaves me with a smile on my face and this book was no exception The stories have always some magical aspects, and backgrounds so sweet and perfect, that makes impossible not wanting to be a part of these book worlds This was a beautiful story about a mother and a daughter, about a small town, about friendship and loyalty About healing, and forgiving and romance and the magic that surrounds all of it I can t [...]

  3. Finally, I read it I ll try to post my review soon, but I ll just say now that I really loved it I really can t wait for it DAnd finally, there s a cover

  4. You can t change where you come from, but you can change where you go from here Just like a book If you don t like the ending, you make up a new one Lost LakeI read so much heavy stuff that it was nice to escape into this lovely story about a woman trying to start a new life after her husband s death Kate and her daughter, Devin, find an old postcard from Lost Lake, Georgia, which is where Kate spent a wonderful summer when she was a girl On a whim, the pair drive down to see if her aunt is stil [...]

  5. In 2011 Sarah Addison Allen was shocked to hear that she had advanced stages of breast cancer In the acknowledgments she speaks about how that frightening diagnosis brought her to an amazing place in life She happily reports that she is in her second year of clear scans This books feels like her journey to healing The themes deal with overcoming insurmountable obstacles, healing emotional scars, and redemption There is a magical quality, not only in the actual story, but in the writing as well.W [...]

  6. A delightful story, beautifully told, about love and life and death The author knows how to write interesting characters who are all just a little quirky or original As a reader you care about them and need them to form relationships and live happily ever after.As usual in her books the author writes several magical scenes The most important of these take place on the dock where there may or may not be an alligator trying to communicate something urgent and important There is also a ghost sittin [...]

  7. It is impossible for me to give this book any lower than a four star rating Her characters are so interesting, have very poignant back stories and are always fully fleshed people brought to life among the pages Her books are quirky, magical, and comforting I finished this with a smile on my face and a big awwww Love the cover, the title and the place itself Love the little girl Devon and all her amazing outfits This author s novels always have such a unique touch, something that makes them so al [...]

  8. This book was okay, but didn t pull me in like I was hoping it would To me, Sarah Addison Allen s books always look good on the outside with their pretty covers and titles, I mean just look at The Girl Who Chased The Moon Pretty Sometimes my judging a book by it s cover pays off Other times, the old adage has it right I was hoping to get some of that prettiness and southern charm in Lost Lake but I didn t really feel connected to the characters There were quite a few who each needed time to be [...]

  9. Originally reviewed here Dear AuthorI am a huge fan There s just no use starting out with any other introduction than that A clever friend gifted me a copy of Garden Spells several years ago, and it was love at first sight I quickly devoured each of your successive books, and while I can never quite decide if The Peach Keeper is my favorite or if The Sugar Queen owns that spot, what I do know is I have loved each one of your beautiful stories So it was with great pleasure I sat down with this la [...]

  10. Originally posted at The Book NymphoKate Pheris lost her husband, Matt, in an accident over a year ago She s just emerging from her fog of grief, tuning into the world around her for the first time since Matt s death, only to find that her mother in law has taken complete control of her life and her 8 year old daughter, Devin When her daughter finds some old correspondence from her great aunt Eby Pim, Kate is reminded of the wonderful summer she spent with her at a place called Lost Lake She sud [...]

  11. Lost Lake Cottages at Suley, Georgia, was almost a hidden place, discovered by people who needed its magnetism to recover from their own tumultuous lives It was a place where stories could have new endings each time the visitors went there over many years But Eby did not advertise, and the regular guests got older and passed away one by one, leaving Eby at a crossroads to finally sell The nearby town, with its old secrets and cultural eccentricities, unknown to younger generations, had other way [...]

  12. 3.5 stars For me, Sarah Addison Allen books are like a cozy blanket or hot chocolate They are my comfort food version of reading, and I can t get enough of them There is just something so warm and inviting about her style I m not sure if it is the Southern charm or the magical realism, but I m always in sort of a happy daze while reading this author s stuff However, while Lost Lake was predictably good and nicely narrated, it just didn t have the WOW factor of some of her other stories.I ll talk [...]

  13. 3.5 4 stars a beautiful story, with a sense of peace and hope in it and a touch of magic It s a story that s easy to sink into, a pleasant dream or a nice getaway with people to help you pass the time This one is one I realized I loved it than what I thought I did while reading it make sense Lost Lake is one of those places that s just there there s a sense of being constant, having it s own personality It s presence is quiet but trusting, offering you a getaway from your life even if it s only [...]

  14. I can always rely on Sarah Addison Allen to carry me away to a place I can get lost and submerge myself into a comforting read Her light touch creating characters and setting with a sprinkle of magic makes this story sparkle Lost Lake is about new beginnings and confronting the past to illuminate the future.

  15. The books I read when I was twenty completely changed when I read them when I was sixty You know why Because the endings changed After you finish a book, the story still goes on in your mind You can never change the beginning, but you can always change the end.At this time of year I tend toward lighter reading, not enough energy to dive into deep or emotional subject matter and this fit my mood perfectly Lovely storytelling, quirky and lovable characters and while the plot is predictable, you go [...]

  16. Quando o nosso copo est vazio, n o nos lamentamos pelo que desapareceu.Porque, se o fizermos, perdemos a oportunidade de o encher outra vez p g 265 Tamb m s o assim os livros escritos por Sarah Allen N o devemos lamentar termos acabado um, caso contr rio perderemos a oportunidade de ler outro.

  17. Another great book from Sarah Addison Allen, it s magically beautiful Now I have to tell you, there is a bit of predictability to this book BUT it is the journey they take to get there that makes it so worth the read There are two stories at the beginning of this book that eventually intertwine the story of Kate who a year ago lost her husband and has been sleepwalking through life not being present in her or her daughter Devin s life, in fact, in that year she has let her mother in law, Cricket [...]

  18. She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another Wednesday, January 02, 2013 OMG Sarah has a new book And it s due for this year Thank God it s 2013 I already put 5 stars and added the book to my favorites I mean come on Each of Sarah s books have lingered with me afterward and has been read and re read so many times that there is no point of adding anything but 5 stars I totally cracked the spines, I need to buy [...]

  19. Must Get I got a BN gift card it has Lost Lake written all over it I finally picked up this lovely story, I read it in 1 day I was thinking it is about broken people fixing each other, then realized it is like Pink s song We re not broken, just bent, and we can learn to love again I loved every character, well, except the Uncle Even those that seemed a bit on the shaky side of my love, redeemed themselves I really hate loving a book so much I finish it in a day, sure glad I got it with a gift ca [...]

  20. This story It s nice.I liked it.But I didn t love it You know what I did love, though That cover Good grief, it stole my vision and I had to stare at it a lot So dreamy There s nothing wrong with with this tale except for the part where there s an alligator Gah Those things I do no feel friendly toward them but I think in this case, I got too wrapped up wanting to get to the end that I failed to appreciate the meat, ya know I mean, by the halfway point, you know there s one perfect ending and an [...]

  21. The pre chorus of St Jude by Florence The Machine goesAnd I m learning, so I m leavingAnd even though I m grievingI m trying to find the meaningLet loss reveal itIt is the most played song on my phone right now, and it captures the essence of Lost Lake perfectly.Lost Lake is the story of two generations of women, Kate and Eby, and Lost Lake Cottages Driven by loss, grief and indecision, Kate goes to Lost Lake Cottages to give her daughter her last best summer There she reconciles with her great [...]

  22. A writer who paints a whole gorgeous canvas with her words writes of one nostalgic summer in the south when dreams and love, old and young, regrets and redemption all come to Lost Lake.After experiencing the wonder and magic of Garden Spells, it was only a matter of time before I dove in once again to a book world this author created I slowly connected with this story, but once I did I was a goner Lost Lake is an old lake resort near a small town and is hidden away save for the people who magica [...]

  23. My rating 4 of 5 starsI received this book free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Sometimes, all you need is something to believe in Kate has lived in a slumberous state since her husband passed away a year ago She wakes one morning and feels truly awake for the first time since the accident and looks around to realize her life has ran away from her while she was asleep Her mother in law has sold her house, has [...]

  24. Lost Lake, where everything is possible, where you connect with your inner child, where endings are one s choice This book is about second chances, healing processes, hope, and redemption The author s writing has the same beautiful and magical quality as Barbara Delinsky works Allen is a wonderful storyteller just like Kate one of the characters The characters are so compelling and believable, you bond to them in many different form I absolutely loved Devin, she s such a bright little girl, a wi [...]

  25. 3.5 stars Arc provided by St Martin s Press through NetgalleyIt s a universally known truth that i love Sarah Addison Allen writing style I love the voice she gives to her stories, the way her characters are crafted and, basically the way she creates the most vividly real scenarios.She s definitely a word painter She uses earth tones to do it, but then all of a sudden she sprinkles her canvas with fairy dust and enchanting elements that just leave me well and truly hooked This just baffles my ra [...]

  26. As usual I received this book through the kindness of someone s giveaway in exchange for an honest review Pursuant to that, my candid opinions follow.On the positive side, the author has a delightful sense of place and character The images she constructs of the Lost Lake are idyllic and serene and the sorts of places we d all like to end up in our old age She also has a brilliant touch with characters as you find yourself loving her nice characters right away and stirring up a good bit of viscer [...]

  27. I received a copy of this book for free from St Martin s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Lantern lights are basically my favorite thing in the entire world they really do create a magical atmosphere, so I was a sucker for the cover of Lost Lake and had to read it from the moment I saw it Plus, I m a big fan of Sarah Addison Allen And I loooove lakes.Like heat from a fire, the closer to water you are, the stronger you feel it.What could go wrong Lost Lake is set in Suley, Geo [...]

  28. After you finish a book, the story still goes on in your mind You can never change the beginning But you can always change the end What a powerful statement it s true though isn t it We can t do a darn thing to change how our lives began but we always have the power to change how it ends This was just one of many, many quotes and passages that I highlighted throughout the book I m not sure why, but the wisdom in this book spoke to me It s about loss, grief, moving forward and taking charge of yo [...]

  29. 4.5 rating I really really enjoyed this story Sarah Addison Allen always finds a way to write adult fiction in a very children s fiction kind of way It s beautiful what she does This is her BEST book in my opinion for 3 reasons 1 The characters were wonderful Loved Selma and Bulahdeen 2 The setting was gorgeous and sweet 3 The message was universal In the acknowledgments section Allen mentions she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has now been in remission for 2 years I have been a fan of all [...]

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