Book Review: Lost Lake – Sarah Addison Allen

Lost Lake coverTitle: Lost Lake
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
ISBN: 9781250019806
Pages: 304
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Magical Realism
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5


Kate has been sleepwalking through life in the year since her husband died, content to let her pushy mother-in-law run things and make decisions for her and her eight-year-old daughter Devin. But when she finally wakes up and takes stock of what’s happening, she doesn’t like the passive woman she sees. When Devin finds a postcard from Kate’s great aunt, Kate remembers the summers she used to spend at her aunt’s summer cottages. The two decide to take a road trip to see if the resort is still there and to escape from life, just for a little while.

Snapshot Review:

Lost Lake is a heartwarming story of a woman finding a new lease on life after her husband’s death. Kate certainly isn’t in a good place when the novel begins, so it’s good that she and Devin get away together. Lost Lake, the name of Kate’s great aunt’s resort, is the perfect place to recharge after a difficult time, but it’s facing its own challenges. Allen fills this novel with memorable, unique characters, each of whom has something they must overcome. Add to that a richly described setting and Allen’s trademark touches of magic, and you’ve got a sweet novel that’s fully entertaining.

Other books by Sarah Addison Allen:

The Girl Who Chased the Moon
The Peach Keeper
The Sugar Queen

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  1. I loved this book. I think Sarah Addison Allen’s interweaving of magical elements is what hooks me every time. I find her books comforting. 🙂

  2. This sounds like a great story, and I do so like magical realism.


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