Author: Sarah Addison Allen


Book Review: Lost Lake

May 7, 2014 Book Review, reviews 8

Book Review: Lost LakeLost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 21, 2014
Genres: Fiction, Magical Realism
Pages: 296
Source: Giveaway Win
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Sarah Addison Allen can take a situation that seems coincidental and turn it into a thing of magic.   That saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” applies to all of Allen’s novels.

When your cup is empty, you do not mourn what is gone.  Because if you do, you will miss the opportunity to fill it again. 

Kate has been in mourning for a year after losing her husband to a tragic bicycle accident.  While Kate has been in a fog, Her mother-in-law Cricket, a force to be reckoned with, has stepped in to help Kate by arranging the sale of her home, the bicycle shop, and the care of 8 year old Devon.

On the day Kate and Devin are to move into Cricket’s home in a ritzy neighborhood of Atlanta, Devon finds a postcard from Kate’s aunt welcoming her back to Lost Lake campground anytime.  On a whim, Kate & Devon drive to south Georgia in search of  Lost Lake and Kate’s Aunt Eby.  Weaving in and out of Eby and Kate’s story we learn how Lost Lake came to be such an integral piece in so many lives, from Jack, the introverted podiatrist who has visited for 30 years to Bulahdeen, the English Literature professor from “the end of the world” {also known as the wrong side of the tracks} to Lisette, the Frenchwoman who followed Eby and her husband from Europe to the humid heat of south Georgia and to Eby herself, with her calm reassuring ways and superbig heart.  Allen’s characters have such life breathed into them it’s as though I’ve known them all my life.

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 can make up a new one.

It is the gentle method in which we learn the back stories of each character that Allen truly shines.  Allen is truly adept at revealing the plot layer at a time.   The magic-infused stories are filled with such hope and love and light, I always feel good about the world after reading one of her novels.  She seems to really “get” the slow easy way of life in the mountains and the uniqueness of an individual.  Highly recommended for anyone who likes a feel-good story and/or Southern Fiction.

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Free prequel to Lost Lake available as an ebook ~ Waking Kate

Many thanks to She Reads for the giveaway!