New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
296 pages ; 25 cm
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
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|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|
|Real estate developers|
|Georgia - South (U.S.)|
|2000s -- 21st century|
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Library Journal Review
|A year after her husband's death, Kate emerges from the fog of grief just in time to make one seemingly simple choice that changes everything. Upon finding a decades-old postcard from her Great Aunt Eby hidden in the attic, Kate and her eight-year-old daughter Devin leave the confines of Atlanta to explore Lost Lake in Suley, GA, and oh the adventures they have! A collection of quirky characters, all with wisdom to share, bring this story to life, and none shy away from the chance for even greater personal growth. But the star of this show might be its geographical sweet spot. Soon after the first page, readers will want to release their cares and woes for full immersion in this novel's magical setting. Who wouldn't want to spend time in one of the relaxing -cabins, dine by the lake, and enjoy the unique fellowship found around this campsite? -VERDICT A favorite author (Garden Spells; The Peach Keeper) has returned with a solid novel that reads so quickly it will leave fans wishing for more, more, more! [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/13; 125,000-copy first printing; library marketing.]--Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2013. 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.|
|From the author of New York Times 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 fingersso 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.|
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