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Lost Lake
2014
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Characters
Eby Pim (Female), Innkeeper, Widow, Trying to save her property, a collection of lakeside cabins, from being sold to a real estate dedveloper
Kate Pheris (Female), Widow, Mother, Spent a summer when she was 12 at a cabin on her Aunt Eby's property; returns to the lake with her daughter
Genre
Fiction
Domestic
Suspense
Southern fiction
Topics
Childhood memories
Regret
Aunts
Real estate developers
Innkeepers
Summer vacations
Single mothers
Second chances
Loss
Grief
Hope
Setting
Georgia - South (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

For decades, Lost Lake has been a magical summer retreat. Now it's a dilapidated resort in danger of being sold to a land developer. Before her Aunt Eby sells it, recently widowed Kate brings her eight-year-old daughter, Devin, to Lost Lake. Kate spent one wonderful childhood summer there-including meeting a boy named Wes-and it seems like a place where she and Devin can heal. Allen (Garden Spells) portrays both a sense of history and continuity in this tale of change, growth, yesteryear, and second chances. Although Janet Metzger's strong Southern accent is a perfect fit for the setting, some listeners may experience difficulty differentiating among some words. Still, this is a well-paced reading. Verdict Of interest to Allen's fans and listeners of family, old times, and second chance tales. ["A solid novel that reads so quickly it will leave fans wishing for more, more, more!" read the review of the St. Martin's hc, LJ 11/15/13.]-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

In Allen's (Garden Spells) atmospheric fifth novel, a widow and her daughter find healing at a quirky summer resort. For the year following her husband's sudden death, Kate Pheris sleepwalked through life, barely able to care for her eight-year-old daughter, Devin. Kate's overbearing mother-in-law, Cricket, stepped in, selling Kate's house and arranging for Kate and Devin to come live with her. On moving day, Kate unearths a postcard from Lost Lake, a resort in Suley, Ga., where her great-aunt Eby owned a group of rental cabins. More than that, it was where Kate spent her "last best summer." Finding the postcard wakes her up. On a whim, Kate decides to take a detour to Suley with Devin, having no idea whether Eby and the cabins will even still be there. They are-Eby's decided to open the cabins for a handful of her regulars for one final summer before selling to a real estate developer. Kate and Devin are immediately taken with Lost Lake and Eby's guests, an assortment of oddballs and misfits. When a magical alligator directs Devin to a treasure box submerged in the lake, it sets off a chain of events that uncovers 15-year-old secrets and cements Kate and Devin's ties to the resort. The overused family business-versus-developers trope doesn't particularly add to the story, and Allen's trademark mystical touches are not as effective as usual, but her eccentric cast of characters and charming Southern setting will win readers over. Announced first printing of 125,000. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
From the author of  New York Times  bestseller  Garden Spells &nbspcomes a beautiful, haunting story of old loves and new, and the power of the connections that bind us forever... &nbspThe 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.&nbspThat 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.&nbspIt's a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing &nbspLost 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.&nbspLost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve, &nbspbefore 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 fingersso long ago.&nbspOne 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&nbspwhat they need before it's too late? &nbspAt 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.
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