Sarah Addison Allen at her best. Fans will be pleased for this is her at her best, though she never disappoints.
Lost Lake is about a family vacation camp on the decline. When it looks like this could be the camp's last summer, it's time for finished business. Relationships are repaired or rekindled and the magic comes out. As in all of Allen's novels you can see the how the basic story is going to go from the first chapter. Some would say they are predictable. But, every story doesn't need to be a mystery. Like Titanic - we knew how the story ended and still enjoyed the movie. The journey to lost lake is pleasurable enough to call it a page turner. But beware - just when you think you know how it's going to go - Allen throws you a wrench and you don't know where the story is going to go. Allen's novels also have plenty of whimsy and some practical magic. I love the magic and this one is magically delicious.
Janet Metzger added to the book without making it her own. Visiting Lost Lake is like a glass of wine in from of a roaring fire with a good friend.
I quite enjoyed Lisa Scottoline's Keep Quiet. Not a complex story but, one that easily allows the reader quickly jump into and immerse themselves for a interesting ride.
A modern day family's life will forever be changed when one of them make a poor split second decision. Once the decision has been made it's interesting to watch the ripples of effect and the far reaching impact. I personally did not find this the slightest bit predictable. I would have never seen the end at any point along the way. It's well thought out and very true to life.
Ron Livingston's performance was so wonderful that it was transparent. A narrator that can allow the reader to be so into the story that they don't even consider that, is doing it perfectly.
This novel was great company that left me contemplating it's story long after the last word.
What a perfect book to warm the winter up!!
First Frost revisits the Wavery sisters ten years after we left them in Garden Spells. Garden Spells is just so magically wonderful; I was so anticipating this revisit. I was delighted that Evanelle was included in this return and really enjoyed the new additions to the ensemble.
Can First Frost standalone though? One could enjoy this book without reading Garden Spells first, though Garden Spells is so outstanding – why would you? Garden Spells ended so perfectly that I question the necessity for a revisit. I am still not completely convinced it was necessary. The author’s introduction to the back story in this book is not the smoothest I have read. The flipping between the teenage and adult narratives was awkward. It took the believably out of the family magic. Such as, I have a hard time getting my head around a fifteen year old's relationship with a boy she met in high school as her destiny. These are minor infractions.
I will always be first in line on the day of release for a Sarah Addison Allen work.