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Lost Lake

Lost Lake

Scritto da Sarah Addison Allen

Narrato da Janet Metzger


Lost Lake

Scritto da Sarah Addison Allen

Narrato da Janet Metzger

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4/5 (85 valutazioni)
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8 ore
Pubblicato:
Jan 21, 2014
ISBN:
9781469222004
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

From the author of the 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 lifetime 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 it's not enough to keep Eby from calling this her final summer at the lake, and relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand. 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 fingers so 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.

Pubblicato:
Jan 21, 2014
ISBN:
9781469222004
Formato:
Audiolibro


Informazioni sull'autore

SARAH ADDISON ALLEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, The Peach Keeper, and Lost Lake.  She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.

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  • (4/5)
    Every Sarah Addison Allen novel immediately goes onto the must have list. If I had to choose an author’s books to live in, I’m pretty sure Allen would be number one, because the romance, the light humor, and the little bit of magic make the atmosphere utterly delightful. The world of a Sarah Addison Allen is like the real world, only better, with magic working on your side to make sure things turn out just fine. Lost Lake may not be my favorite of Allen’s novels, but all of those characteristic elements remain, guaranteeing a fun read that will leave you a little bit happier than when you started.Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions.
  • (4/5)
    Kate has lost her husband, Devin her father, and her mother to a year of grief. On the day Kate and Devin were to move into Kate's mother-in-law's home, they impulsively plan a trip to Kate's Great-Aunt Eby's lakeside resort, a place where Kate fondly remembers one magical, childhood Summer. Waiting for them there is Eby, tired of struggling and finally willing to sell the resort, Wes, Kate's childhood friend, and a bunch of resort regulars and townspeople who want to make this last Summer the best of them all. This is a lovely, soft story about dreaming, healing, and magic--the kind that waits for decades and the kind that's always inside you. (Provided by publisher)
  • (4/5)
    A great adventure through San Francisco in search of both friendship and books. What's not to like? :)
  • (4/5)
    Ah, Sarah Addison Allen. She was my first glimpse into the world of magical realism and, so far, the best I've read in the genre. Her ability to seamlessly weave real life situations with magical undertones is something beautiful! I've yet to find a book of hers that I didn't love at least a little bit. True to form, Lost Lake was perfectly gorgeous.

    Allen transports the reader to a hidden gem. A place set apart from the busy day to day workings in the city. A place untouched by time and technology. Lost Lake was a haven that I was more than happy to get lost in. I loved that it was a place for misfits. I'll get to the characters themselves in a minute, but I'll assure you that this setting couldn't have been more for fitting for them. What better place for magic to happen than a place that already feels magical on its own? I adored Lost Lake. I actually found myself wishing it were a real place.

    On to the characters, in all their misfit glory. The underlying theme here is one of loss and moving on. Eby, Kate, Devin, Wes, and all the rest of these wonderful characters, were each a puzzle piece in the overall theme. I was impressed at how well they all came to life, despite the fact that there were so many. I found myself quickly caught up in the mini background stories of each character, secretly hoping that things would work out for them. It's hard work enough to write one character who the reader can connect with. To write a large cast, and write them well enough that I loved each one of them in turn? Well, you have this reader's heart.

    I can't say too much more, because then I'd be treading into spoiler territory, but trust me when I say that there's a lot to love between these pages. We chose this for our first book club pick of the year, and I'm thrilled that we did. Each chapter is a treasure trove of discussion points, and the story is brilliant. To previous fans of SAA, I think this is something you'll enjoy! To new readers, don't be afraid to start here. Lost Lake is well worth your time.
  • (5/5)
    This book was so perfect for me that I don’t feel like a completely objective reviewer. I’ve recently realized that I love books where people’s lives intersect in such a way that they all help each other become happier. This is one of those books. Like The Wedding Bees and other books with a vivid, happy atmosphere, the author clearly chose her similes and metaphors carefully to add to the mood she’s trying to create. There was a little more conflict than in The Wedding Bees, conflict which largely involved two particularly dislikable characters. Although I adored The Wedding Bees for what it is, the addition of those protagonists made this a slightly less fluffy book. The main characters really got a chance to grow as they learned to stand up to the dislikable characters when it was necessary for their own happiness.

    Another bookish love I’ve recently discovered is the genre of magical realism. I think I love magical realism so much because I like happy stories and there isn’t much that’s more optimistic than magic that you almost believe could exist. I actually would have liked to see the details of the magic fleshed out a little more than they were, but it was pretty well done. It was certainly internally consistent and there are a few things that hint at a magical system connecting the different magical events. At the end of the book, I didn’t feel like it was something new and spectacular. It was, however, a perfect comfort book, superbly written and a delight to read.

    This review first published on Doing Dewey.
  • (4/5)
    I loved it. Just a good, satisfying, uncomplicated story.
  • (5/5)
    Ms. Allen does not disappoint again! I loved this book! You need to read this book!
    The characters, the story, everything was great!
  • (4/5)
    What a very lovely book, one filled w/ love, loss, anger, redemption, magic, and adventure. This is the continuation of the short story: "Waking Kate" after Kate has awakened and has gone to search for her Great-Aunt whom she had met as a child.

    As I stated: Kate has awakened from a year's deep sleep, brought on by the death of her husband. During that time her mother-in-law has taken complete control and rearranged Kate's life. Kate's daughter has taken the brunt of the take-over.... forced to stop wearing the clothing she loves, forced into a school she hates. Their house and business has been sold and they are in process of moving in w/ the mother-in-law, when Kate stumbles upon a post card that her Aunt Eby had sent to her years before, inviting her to come stay at Lost lake whenever she wishes...... Kate's mother had been so resentful of her Aunt's happiness, that she hid the postcard away.....

    On the way to their new life, Kate decides to stop at Lost Lake for a short visit w/ her Aunt Eby..... and the magic adventure of healing the past begins.......

    I enjoyed the story as it felt as if I was there. I enjoyed most of the characters and even the ones I didn't care for well written, all came to life for me.... I liked that the magic was dispersed throughout the story and was not only real for one particular character. I was able to figure out a good portion of what was going on, but this was not written as a mystery. This is a good story about awakening to the possibilities of changing one's own life story!
  • (3/5)
    She definitely has a formula....
    Tragic heroine, evil queen, gentle good fairy-lady, disbelieving moment, strong handsome dude.
    Sigh.
    Nice, but I've had enough.
  • (3/5)
    First off, thank you to St Martin's Press and LibraryThing Early Reviewers for a copy of this book. Although it arrived after being published, I appreciate the opportunity to get my hands on a copy. Thank you!

    I love Sarah Addison Allen. I fell in love with her first book and look forward to anything and everything she writes. When I heard her new book was delayed due to health issues, I tried my best to wait patiently. Although, I have to admit not very successfully!

    Unfortunately, I just didn't fall in love with this book. The magical element of the story just didn't feel like they were as developed as in her other books. I just wanted the magical element here to feel more important to the story and to have that element wove a little deeper into the story line. One of the magical elements plays a big role in the end, but I wanted a deeper understanding.

    And perhaps that's my problem in a nutshell. I felt like the magic just wasn't explained as well as I wanted. I wanted more of the magic and instead it was just a small wisp of smoke that played throughout the book

    I enjoyed the actual story of Lost Lake and a nearly lost great-aunt. The small community in the cabins, the small town, and the intersection of lives and one last chance to have happiness for many in the story was beautiful written.

    In the end, I have to say this was good, but just not up to her best.
  • (3/5)
    a little mushier than her other books, but still a good read. i could just see the moss hanging from the trees and the moonlight glow over the lake. Really loved some of the characters! for those who like happy endings!!!
  • (5/5)
    A good story by Sarah Addison Allen, who is a new author for me. Kate, having become a widow, has been mentally asleep for a year. She suddenly realizes she has allowed her mother-in-law to take over her and her 8 year old daughters lives this past year during her grieving but now she decides to take it back.
  • (3/5)
    A year after her husband's death, Kate wakes up to find that her mother-in-law has taken over her life, selling Kate's house so that Kate and Kate's daughter Devin can move in with her and moving Devin to a private school. Kate takes Devin and they set off to pay a visit to her aunt, who owns a decaying lake resort near the coast in Georgia. Kate's aunt Eby has just decided to sell the property to a developer and so she, Kate and Devin spend a last summer together along with a few regular visitors. After so many excellent books, Sarah Addison Allen has finally written a lackluster novel. It's not lacking in atmosphere or in whimsical characters, it's more that there are far too many of them. With the backstories of eight characters, as well their current lives to be told, there isn't enough of any one character to be invested in the outcome. The main story, of Kate and her childhood friend, Wes, is barely outlined, while the stories of others are abruptly finished in the final few pages. Lost Lake has enough characters to fill at least three other novels, and would have benefitted by reducing the cast down to just a few main characters, with a few in supporting roles.
  • (5/5)
    This is such a sweet and enchanting story. Definitely a page turner. I love everything about it from Kate, to Aunt Elby, to Lizzette, Wess and even the cute little girl Devin with her unique outfits. I can't wait to read other books written by this author, Sarah Addison Allen. So glad I borrowed this book from the library.
  • (4/5)
    A major theme in this novel is that one doesn't need to settle for one's lot in life. As one of the character indicated: the book of life is not over until the last chapter is written. For the last year, Kate has been one of the walking dead. Not the supernatural creature; but, a woman, overcome by grief over the the death of her husband, trying to go through the motions of living. She abdicated much of the care of her young daughter to her mother-in-law who took both of them in after her husband's death. When Kate discovers an old advertising post card promoting Lost Lake, a resort area in southern Georgia, owned by her great-aunt Eby who she hasn't seen since she was her daughter's age, she decides to take a trip to see if it still remains. Eby and her beloved late husband George built the Lost Lake resort after returning from their honeymoon 30+ years ago. During the subsequent years, a number of repeat visitors have made an annual pilgrimage to Lost Lake for vacation. Several have collected for one last visit since they have heard that Eby is selling the property to a real estate developer who plans to raze the cabins and build condos. The local and out-of-town community are planning a going away party in gratitude for the memories that Lost Lake has provided many. As in her past novels, this one includes magical realism elements, e.g., a playful alligator and a young French man who committed suicide and roosts on a kitchen chair. As I was reading the book, I found novel easily being translated to film. The characters, some more developed than others, were lovable, ones you would like to party with. Allen's books may not be literary fiction, but they are comfortable and pleasant reads; books to clean the mental palate after a mentally taxing tome.
  • (4/5)
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read & review.Sarah Addison Allen has mastered magical realism. Her language is lyrical and her metaphors are absolutely beautiful. The characters are believable & each has their own poignant unique back story. Each character's journey of healing touches the reader's heart & has the reader rooting for each to find a happy ending. The story & the writing are both magical. This was the first book I've read by Allen and now I can't wait to read more. I'm definitely going to suggest this book as a 2014 selection for my various book clubs.
  • (5/5)
    A lovely book!
  • (4/5)
    Solid summer read.
  • (4/5)
    I've read other of the author's books, so I could see where things were going. I still enjoyed the sweet story. Lots of eccentric characters.
  • (4/5)
    Just so so book about a woman who lost her husband, let her mother-in-law take control of her and her daughter and then found her way back at Lost Lake with her great aunt. I found the very brief history of one of the characters actually more interesting than her, but a light quick read which is what I was looking for.
  • (4/5)
    Overall, I loved this story. It was deeply layered, with a poignancy that had me slowly falling in love with the characters before I knew it. Each of the characters was as lost as the titular lake, and the journeys they undertook to save each other were believable and seamlessly woven together.My one complaint was that sometimes, especially at the start of a scene, I wasn't sure which character was telling the story. The point-of-view (POV) hopped between each of the different characters and sometimes to an omniscient narrator. Although I enjoyed the immersion in each character's head, there were times that I wish I had been clued into the POV change a bit better. Despite this, I loved finding out all the secrets of Lost Lake. And I have found a new author to enjoy. :^) My rating: 3.5 stars (rounded to 4 stars)
  • (4/5)
    This was nothing short of an Addison novel. I love her southern fiction novels. I think she did a great job of telling this story. It's not my favorite of her novels, but it is still a good read.
  • (4/5)
    Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen; (4*)I am a Sarah Addison Allen fan. When life becomes too challenging, berefit, busy or dreary, her books & stories can simply carry the reader "away from it all". I have enjoyed all of her books and this one was no exception.It doesn't seem to matter the plot, the storyline, whatever; she always gives the reader great & well rounded characters. Her novels are magical but yet realistic, the real world mixed in with just enough of the supernatural to make it believable.This one gives us the story of a young widow with a very cool & in a world of her own daughter. The mother in law is wealthy & interfering. She has convinced Kate, the young widow, that she is not strong enough to make good decisions for herself & her daughter and that they should move in with her.In packing up her house Kate's daughter finds an old post card from Kate's great Aunt Eby that Kate's mother had apparently hidden from her many years prior. The card invites Kate to return to her Aunt Eby's Lost Lake resort any time she wants. Kate's most cherished childhood moments & memories are of summers spent there. So rather than move in with her mother in law, Kate decides that she and her daughter will return to Lost Lake to see if it is indeed still magical.Once there we meet some truly wonderful characters. First there is Aunt Eby herself who is now in her 80s & widowed. She is still tall, lean & lovely. She continues to run the neglected resort. We meet Lisette, born without a voice box & thusly cannot speak, who followed Eby & her husband George from Paris to Lost Lake and is the cook for the guests. We meet Wes who was Kate's dear friend & playmate the summer she spent at Lost Lake. He's not changed much. He is now the proprietor of a pizzeria and has a repair business. Then there is Jack who has come each summer & is very quietly & timidly in love with Lisette. We also get to meet Bulahdeen, who has recently had to put her husband in a special facility for Alzheimer patients, and her friend Selma, the man hungry red head looking for Mr Right # 8. (Yes, that's right. Number eight.) These two are quite the characters and I enjoyed them tremendously. They added a lot of spice to the story. They have been coming to the resort since Aunt Eby & Uncle George bought it.But times & things have changed over the years. Kate is shocked to find how run down the resort has become though she still loves it and she & Devin, her daughter, help as much as they can and are very surprised & shocked to find that Aunt Eby has decided, much to the chagrin of the regulars, Lisette and the community to sell. It has just become too much for her to handle.You will be surprised at all of the many back story-lines going on in this one story.This is not deep literature but it is a story that takes you out of yourself and we all need that now and then. I loved reading it and hated for it to end. I recommend it for those reasons stated above. I actually felt good when I had finished reading it and I haven't felt good in several months so that has to say something.
  • (4/5)
    I read Sarah Addison Allen's books like candy. Her combination of wonderful characters and magical realism makes for a book that's a pleasure to curl up with on a weekend. While I've liked some of her other books better, this one was a great read.A mother and her daughter, escaping from the sadness of a father who's died tragically (though...I was sort of glad, from his description, that I never had to really get to know him), and go to the vacation resort that belongs to her great aunt. There, as one always hopes will be the case, things happen that makes for the right outcome for everyone. There was one case of self-sacrifice that made me sad, but the rest of the book was pure delight. The thing about Allen's books is that while the premise looks unlikely, it's the way I *wish* life would work out. A real pleasure to read.
  • (3/5)
    a little mushier than her other books, but still a good read. i could just see the moss hanging from the trees and the moonlight glow over the lake. Really loved some of the characters! for those who like happy endings!!!
  • (4/5)
    Sarah Addison Allen writes about people and place I want to know. There is love and magic in Lost Lake and I want to go there and get some for myself.
  • (4/5)
    This book would make a great beach read for the summer. If you like Sarah Allen's brand of magical realism, this is another great addition to her body of work. This book is about lots of things and sort of also about nothing, so it's hard to neatly summarize, but mostly it's about relationships and how they change over time, and about how it's never to late to do things differently.
  • (3/5)
    While this was a satisfactory read, I thought there was too much overt magic in it. What I really enjoyed about her other works was her subtle mentions of magic, maybe it was there or maybe it wasn't; maybe it was heightened senses. The story was good, but the magic was just a little too convenient to drive the story along.
  • (4/5)
    A couple of years ago, I read my first Sarah Addison Allen book. Surprisingly, it wasn't a recommendation. I spotted a book with an engaging cover. Something about peaches and the South. That book turned out to be The Peach Keeper. She triggered my own childhood memories of climbing fragrant fruit trees in the summer while I donned dirty overalls, picking peaches for just enough change to buy a Big Gulp and pay a dollar at the neighboring high school to swim away the late afternoon heat.Memories like this shape who we are. Working and monkey-ing around in tree limbs in the morning. Admonishing my sibling to hold the bucket 'closer.....come ON!'. Secreting away an impromptu juicy treat when waiting for my sisters to lumber back from divesting their burdens in favor of empty pails. And me, throwing the pits at my sisters. Sibling rivalry at best.Why the stroll down memory lane.....or a peach orchard, as it may be?Sarah Addison Allen's books have this same comfortable pull. She manages to engage readers evoking a feeling of nostalgia, warmth, and memories.Lost Lake is no exception.This story, told through several women, took me back to childhood summers and first loves. The magic of childhood. Relating to well-meaning family members. Living at peace with regrets and finding what truly grounds us when tragedy strikes. Learning to let go, righting wrongs, and discovering the sagacity and life lessons that await in the stories of the older generations, that is, if we only take the time and patience to listen.You can read the book description anywhere, but what I felt was a warm, engaging read that left me with a smile, like a visit with a best friend over coffee. Truly lovely.Who wouldn't want to read a book like that? ***Many thank you's to Goodreads and St Martin's Press for this ARC in exchange for a personal review.***
  • (4/5)
    Loved this book ! Sarah Addison Allen has created yet another fun story to read . The southern setting and light touches of magical realism are all present . Its not her strongest story , but definitely worth reading !