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.
©2014 Sarah Addison Allen (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
"Metzger's Southern accents and variety of boisterous and genteel voices capture the eclectic personalities of townsfolk, while her alluring voice and smooth reading convey the tranquility of the lake community.... Listeners will be charmed." (AudioFile)
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'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
The end got weird and drawn out. It's pretty obvious how it will end and VERY obvious within the last two hours. Which was okay until the last 45 minutes when it just drug out.
I loved the story and I loved the narrator, what a wonderful voice and how she brought the story alive...over and over again.
The characters were amazing and I could see and almost feel the characters as they moved from chapter to chapter.
This is my first time listening to Janet Metzger.
Yes, I could not stop listening.
I think this book is wonderful. When I first began listening to this author I wasn't sure her work was my cup of tea. I have now listened to all of her audiobooks, and I have discovered that I truly lose myself in her stories. Most of the characters are likeable and quirky, and I love the bit of magic in all of her books. I will listen to this one again!
I believe in true love, happily ever after, magic, and laughter. But mostly I believe in coffee.
At first I wasn't sure about the narration choice, but as the book went on I realized that she did in fact do the book justice. There are three generations of people to cover and Janet Metzger did a fine job.
Kate has been sleep walking through life for the last year after her husband died. Her mother-in-law Cricket has taken over her life and is moving Kate and Devin in with her. For her own political reasons, of course. Cricket is not a lovable character.
Devin discovers a post card that Kate's great-aunt sent Kate when she was 12, a post card that Kate never saw. They decide to take a chance and go visit.
The book has some wonderful quotes that Sarah Addison Allen is known for. There is a little bit of magic, but less than some of her other books. I would have enjoyed reading more about Kate and Wes' beginning romance.
The cast of characters are delightful and their back-stories that are woven into the book are nicely done.
I've read her other cozy mysteries and enjoy them as light entertainment. This book isn't my usual type, a character driven novel, but it was done so well, that by the end, I was won over. I miss the characters and want to go back and hang out with them at Lost Lake. I even enjoyed the slightly mystical, supernatural elements and they all made sense by the end too. It was delightful and it's a bit hard to start another book. I'll look forward to her next one!
i love to listen!
I would, only because her other books were so much better. I waited for her to release a new book. I was pretty bummed. This one did not live up to the expectations she had set for herself. The 'magic' wasn't the same.
I'm not sure. This was the first one of her books (I've read all of her others) that I listened to. I'm not sure if that had anything to do with the 'magic' being different? But I rarely read books anymore and I LOVE Sarah Addison-Allen so I'm sure I will listen to her next book!
Not my favorite reader. But tolerable.
I have read and loved all of her novels, but this one just didn't have enough umph for my liking. I thought the reader did a fine job.
Yes, both the characters and storyline with a touch of magic makes you want to find out what happens to each and every person in the book. Sarah Addison Allen's books never disappoint. If you're looking for a sweet read, with underlying tones, this one is for you.
Welcome to Lost Lake, where Magic is possible.
Devon becoming friends with the Billy! The alligator is very wise!
Devon standing up to Cricket and pleading her mother to do the same!
I love this story, but i do believe it is much better to listen to the southern voice than me reading it on my own! Thank you for such a wonderful performance and great story!
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