February Book Club: Lost Lake

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Kate has spent the last year basically asleep after she retreated deep inside her mind following a tragic event. On the morning she “wakes up,” her daughter finds a postcard addressed to Kate from years ago that she’d never received from her great aunt Eby. The postcard was from Lost Lake, the land Eby and husband turned into a lakeside getaway, and the last place Kate can remember being truly happy. On an impulse, she and her daughter decide to take an impromptu road trip, unbeknownst to her controlling mother-in-law who they are supposed to be moving in with that morning, and rediscovers her love of life while finding herself and an old flame along the way.
In Lost Lake, Allen weaves a magical tale of life and love and loss, of finding your inner child, and ultimately, happiness. Through perfectly coincidental critical circumstances and crossroads in every character’s life, each of them finds happiness with the help of one another, and they all come out on top.
I’ve loved every single book I’ve read by Sarah Addison Allen. She writes magical realism, a delectable combination of a touch of fantasy and magic and everyday reality. Her books provide the perfect getaway read, not too heavy but not too light. Her writing is beautiful and makes you feel like you’ve read an intelligent piece of work while keeping the material light enough and interesting enough to make for a quick read and one you won’t want to put down until you’re finished!

Did anyone else read Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen this month? She also published a free short story as a prelude to Lost Lake in the Kindle store! If you read it, what did you think of it? Have you read any other works by Sarah Addison Allen?

Some contenders for next month’s book club:
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
The Guersney Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

Does anyone have a preference or another suggestion?


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