Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Book - 2014
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Seeking solace in a Georgia lakeside cottage with her eccentric eight-year-old daughter, recently widowed Kate wonders if the area's almost-magical ability for sparking romances has been imagined before experiencing a poignant renewal.

McMillan Palgrave

Now a New York Times Bestseller

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 forever…

The 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 ago.

One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren't sure they needed in the first place: love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended. Can they find what they need before it's too late?

At once atmospheric and enchanting, Lost Lake shows Sarah Addison Allen at her finest, illuminating the secret longings and the everyday magic that wait to be discovered in the unlikeliest of places.

& Taylor

Seeking solace in a Georgia lakeside cottage with her eccentric 8-year-old daughter, recently widowed Kate wonders if the area's almost-magical ability for sparking romances has been imagined before experiencing a poignant renewal. By the best-selling author of Garden Spells. 125,000 first printing.
"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"--

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781250019806
Branch Call Number: FIC Allen
Characteristics: 296 p


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Jan 30, 2018

I love all Allen's books. I enjoyed the characters in the book so very much. They were believable, funny, I could imagine the atmosphere, the lake and the tired buildings. Enjoy!!!

Jun 19, 2017

Really enjoyed "Garden Spells" so decided to read this book also and it was a great read. Great storyline and it moved along nicely. Recommend it as a great summer novel.

Mar 26, 2017

Love Allen's books.. She has a way of bringing the characters to real life. My favorite, however, is Garden Secrets

Oct 12, 2016

A friend recommended 'Garden Spells' and I really enjoyed it so I thought I'd try another book by this author. I'm so glad I did because 'Lost Lake' was such a wonderful story and I fell in love with the characters. It truly deserves 4-5 stars!!

TSCPL_MichelleM Jun 03, 2016

Enjoyed this book. It's not my favorite from Allen, but still got caught up in these character's stories.

Very funny and moving book. Characters very well developed and loved to see the bond that developed between Kate, Devin, and Wes. Resonated a lot with my own childhood!

Apr 28, 2015

page 43

KISSfan1969 Dec 02, 2014

If there's not a sequel to this, there easily could be. Very "real" and funny characters in this book.

Apr 25, 2014

I enjoyed this story, found a childlike magic to it.

LaughingOne Apr 13, 2014

Kate’s husband died the year before and Kate has just awakened from a lost year. Her daughter Devin finds a post card in a trunk in the attic, a postcard sent to Kate from her Aunt Eby, a postcard Kate has never seen before. In an attempt to start pulling her life together (and get out from under the influence of her mother-in-law), Kate and Devin take a sudden road trip to visit Aunt Eby at her Lost Lake Cottages, where Kate spent a wonderful summer when she was 12. Allen has described the setting, the characters, and a plot with intriguing detail, eccentric characters, including an alligator. What is the magic realism in this novel (besides the alligator)? You’ll have to read the novel to find out.

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