Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it’s the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn’t believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake’s owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake’s magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life? Because sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And sometimes you never even know they were lost . . . until they are found.
Oh Lost Lake, where do I start with you? You are the place in my dreams. A little cabin on the lake, a summer of memories at any age. You are the small, quaint vacation spot I always imagine when I think of the perfect getaway. I like to travel and spend time on the beach and sight-see. But more often than not, the places that always appeal to me the most are the eccentric B&Bs and small cottages. I always think of all of the reading and writing I could get done at a place like this.
But this book is much deeper than a summer vacation to get away life. Every single character in this book is longing for something. For Kate and even Devin, it’s getting past the death of Kate’s husband. For Eby, it’s the decision to stay or go. You have longtime guests Bulahdeen and Selma, the mute French chef Lisette, and the boy from Kate’s memorable summer at Lost Lake. There is an extremely ecclectic mix of characters in this book, but they all put together such an amazing puzzle. I absolutely love Devin. She is a young girl wise beyond her years. And I really liked Lisette. The ones who don’t speak sometimes leave you with the most.
While this book is magical, it is also very sad at parts, but also very hopeful. I always have so much respect for an author who can reach so many emotions at once and make you think so deeply about the hand we are dealt in life and what we make of it.
I give Lost Lake 4 out of 5 bookmarks and highly suggest it to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction. I also think that I will look for more of Allen’s books next time I am struggling with finding something to read. In most reviews I read for Lost Lake, readers have mentioned her other works and how much they were enjoyed.
I read this book as the March selection on SheReads.org. Head over to the website to see what other reviewers are saying about Lost Lake. You can also get a sneak peek into Allen’s writing space and a yummy recipe to go along with the book.