Review: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

Posted July 4, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Review: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Lost Lake
by Sarah Addison Allen

5 Stars


Released: 21 January 2014
Series: Lost Lake #1
Published by St. Martin's Press
Pages: 296
Format: Hardcover


“…she [Sarah Addison Allen] gives me books that are full of magic and imagination; making what can seem mundane into something beautiful and extraordinary” ~ Under the Covers

Newly widowed Kate and her eight year old daughter Devin need a place to escape and heal and Lost Lake is the perfect place for it. Owned and ran by Kate’s great Aunt, who she hasn’t seen since she was a child, Kate’s fondest and most magical memories of childhood all take place in Lost Lake. But Lost Lake is facing its last summer with only the few stalwart, eccentric, yet aging campers ever returning. Lost Lake was a place for magic, dreams and imagination something Kate believe she has long since lost, can she save not only Lost Lake but also her herself?

Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favourite authors, she gives me books that are full of magic and imagination; making what can seem mundane into something beautiful and extraordinary. Lost Lake is no different, reading it, it made me nostalgia for places and even times I have never been and left me smiling and feeling full of hope.

The cast of characters in this book varied from age eight to eighty, each bringing their own eccentricities and brands of magic; from boys turning into crocodiles to charms that will snare you a husband. The motley cast of characters kept the book interesting as you see everything from different perspectives from the young and innocent Devin to the older, yet not necessarily wiser campers.

This was a touching book, full of hope, love, family and magical realism, if you need something comforting yet extraordinary to delve into you should definitely give Lost Lake a shot, it won’t disappoint you.


About Sarah Addison Allen

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, Sarah 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, 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 Sarah's accomplished debut "spellbindingly charming." The novel became a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection, and a New York Times Bestseller.

After publishing four bestselling books in five years, Sarah took a hiatus when she was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer at age 39. She returned to writing with her 2014 bestselling Lost Lake. She is now in remission. In 2015, she revisited the popular setting of her first book. First Frost continues the story of the Waverely Sisters from Garden Spells.

With 2 million books now in print and translated into 30 languages, Sarah continues to serve heaping helpings of the fantastic and the familiar in fiction she describes as "Southern-fried magic realism." Her books to date are: Garden Spells (2007), The Sugar Queen (2008), The Girl Who Chased the Moon (2010), The Peach Keeper (2011), Lost Lake (2014) and First Frost (2015).


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review


hmmm will have to read more about this before deciding…thank you!