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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Not something I would normally listen to, but...

My sister-in-law and I traded audio books and this was the one she picked out for me. It's not something I would normally pick out for myself because I would consider it a "chick-flick" type of book, I guess. But I was pleasantly surprised by the story. The flashbacks, and how they tied together everything in the present, were my favorite parts of the story. It was heartwarming, tragic but not TOO tragic, and it had a bit of magic sprinkled in. It was a nice little reprieve from the thrillers and fantasy novels I usually listen to. The narrator was also very enjoyable. I will be putting the author and the narrator on my list of future listens.

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Terrible Narrator

Would you try another book from Sarah Addison Allen and/or Janet Metzger?

The story was interesttng. The narration terrible. I had to quit listening due to bad performance.

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Could not finish the book due to narration

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Whimsical

This book was entertaining. I like all types of books & while this story was fairly predictable. I really enjoyed listening.

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Jumbled and uneven

I liked the characterization of Eby and Kate. I also enjoyed the plot point of Devin and the alligator. These three captured the magical element that has been a key component of the author’s earlier books. However, as others have said, this one does not live up to her other works.

The good feeling that is generated in the stories of Eby, Kate and Devin are wiped out by the portrayals and actions of the other characters. Lizette is whiny and ungrateful. Selma is very grating. As another reviewer said, the way Selma “saves the day” through her interaction with Lazlo, the story’s “villain”, is very unappealing.

In addition to the uneven characterizations, the story line development is jumbled. Bulah Deene’s background story comes very late in the novel and disrupts the flow of a book heading toward conclusion. A better job of editing would have moved it to an earlier chapter.

A last minute reveal of the secret Wes has carried for years is unexpected and unpleasantly jarring. It ruined the portrayal of his character for me. This secret was completely unnecessary to the story arc so I am left wondering why the author included it. It comes on the heels of Bulah Deene’s background piece. The childhood of both characters seem to be meant to outline the harsh social and economic reality of the rural South. If that was the reason why the author developed the plot point about his secret, then I wish she would have found a better vehicle with which to demonstrate it. Indeed, this whole theme also detracted from my enjoyment of the book. This is not to say that I don’t understand such environments exist in the world. However, I don’t appreciate having them play such a major role in a novel of this genre.

Other reviewers have mentioned that this was the first novel the author wrote after fighting cancer. I can therefore understand how this story strayed so far from her other works. However, it is unfortunate that the publisher did not recognize that this work would not reflect well on the author. It should have either been edited more or had its publication delayed until the author could rework it herself.

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Excellent comfort read!

Sarah Addison Allen has become one of my go-to authors when I want to read or listen to something that is going to make me feel good. Her books never stress me out or make me mad at the characters or the world.

I've heard her books described as "magical realism", and I'm surprised how much I enjoy that, given how much of a skeptic and pessimist I am in real life. But if you are willing to sit back and just enjoy the story, you'll come away feeling happier for it.

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Another great one

Has to be one of my favorite books of hers so far! Absolutely Loved it!

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Sweet, Light Read

Loved the narration! Southern accents varied and none sounded "fake"

Nothing bad about this book, but nothing great either. Buy it when it's on sale.

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A wonderful weave of people and their destinies

A lovely tale of people coming together again after facing difficulties and disappointments. Childhood believing in dreams. Adults finding that faith in dreams all over again. Learning to open their eyes and see and believe. And a community coming together to support those who had been supportive throughout the years but now were in need themselves. I was almost mesmerized, lost deep in the ambiance of the story. What a relief to have a story with multiple romances but no smut. A wonderful tapestry of dreams and believing and learning to accept love in all forms wherever it's offered. Best of all perhaps is the resolution of the major problem while leaving several details of resolution to the reader's imagination. I believe it's suitable for young people.

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"Waking Up" after just floating along

Waking up to what's in front of you, really looking at the possibilities appears to be the main theme of this little jewel. A little romance, a little magic, what can be accomplished when you really want something.... It's a story that you feel good about afterwards, without being syrupy or trite. Narration ok.

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  • Debbie
  • Farmville, VA, United States
  • 08-27-16

Charming Story!

Wow! Lost Lake sounds like a place everyone would like to visit. It's a warm and fuzzy story for all ages.