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Lost Lake | [Sarah Addison Allen]

Lost Lake

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Lulu 08-18-14
    Lulu 08-18-14

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "A Sweet Read"

    I am not usually a fan of "sweet" fiction. And while I will read some fantasy, I don't really care for unexplained magic. But every time I pick up a book by Sarah Addison Allen, I know, without understanding why, that I will like it. Typically, a lot. I can't explain why I don't find her books saccharine-y annoying and why I tolerate random acts of magic with no explanation. I just do. She writes genuinely, with obvious care and respect for her characters. And she gives them just enough historical sorrow and difficulty so they are human. I tolerate their uber-sweetness and goodness because there is something terrible in their background they didn't deserve.

    I loved the characters in this book. Especially Eby and Devon. And I loved the way the plot meandered to the expected but still very satisfying end. There is something magical about this author's writing. And that is probably why I tolerate the magic in her books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 01-09-15
    Nancy 01-09-15

    I enjoy reading and listening to books, especially thrillers, romance, fantasy and more...

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    "Charming story"

    Soft storyline but an good read. The narrator did a wonderful job with the many characters, using just enough variance to make each one unique and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arren SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 01-04-15
    Arren SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A little pixie dust"

    A feel good story, great narration and the perfect amount of whimsy. I would read more from this author in the future.

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    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 11-04-14
    Teri Bremerton, WA, United States 11-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Romance in the woods"
    If you could sum up Lost Lake in three words, what would they be?

    Lost romance found


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the daughter she was spirited and fun.


    What about Janet Metzger’s performance did you like?

    the performance flowed well


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't give up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "This one keeps your attention-geat book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost Lake to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the book, so can't rate


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost Lake?

    The characters describing their childhood and the ending


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The party


    If you could rename Lost Lake, what would you call it?

    Hidden Lake


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    Tarri Feden United States 09-14-14
    Tarri Feden United States 09-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Moving forward"

    I started listening to Lost Lake in the car and kept listening until I heard the last word. It was just that kind of story, I couldn't wait to find out how the author wrapped up all the loose ends. She did not disappoint me.

    Lost Lake is a story of healing and deciding how (and if) to move forward. The characters are interesting and the plot lines are, in many cases, surprising. I will be seeking other books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 08-20-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2001
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    Eight hours, twenty-two minutes of pleasure. A simple, curl-up-on-the-sofa-with-hot-tea story. Nothing deep or earth shattering, a simple tale of a young widow escaping with her daughter from a domineering mother-in-law. A peaceful vacation memory is brought forth with an old post card. Longing to give her daughter the same wonderful experience, Kate embarks on a journey into her youth to Lost Lake. An enchanting, lovely story.

    Nicely read by Janet Metzger. Janet does a very credible job with the child’s voice, in addition to a nice interpretation of men. Good listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 07-31-14
    Diane 07-31-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.

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    "Pulp Fantasy Romance Novella"

    I tried this Deal of the Day on a whim. It was, expectedly, a typical romance novel -- drivel -- just short of trash. So syrupy sweet and fantastical, I could barely finish it. I spend the whole book waiting for it to get better! Complete with rich widow, power-driven anti-hero, idyllic escapes, expensive travel and money-grubbing relatives. The long-suffering heroine is perfectly flawed; the quirky child needs to be saved (more than once!); there is a token mystery, long lost live with a dashing hero (appropriately tormented) and a soon-to-be-fallen hussy who occupies herself stealing husbands. All in all, this book was a yawn -- I should have known better and stuck with crime detectives -- at least they don't have their heads in the clouds. "Just the facts, Ma'm" is much more my style. I don't have a life I from which I wish to escape. Thank God!

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    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 07-30-14
    Amy HARRISBURG, NC, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Perfectly quirky"

    If you are a fan of Sarah Addison Allen's other books, you will enjoy this one. I love her off-beat/ quirky characters and storylines. Great light listen.

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    Libby 07-30-14
    Libby 07-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable listen"
    What did you love best about Lost Lake?

    I instantly fell into the story and was carried along. If this were a movie it would be considered a romantic comedy


    What does Janet Metzger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Janet Metzger, has a pleasing delivery as the narrator, then has a distinctive voice for each character. That southern accent for some of the characters is spot on and the voice of the elderly woman sounds old without being demeaning.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Kate and her daughter Devin go to Lost Lake and discover new lives.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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