Literary Friday: Lost Lake

Synopsis according to GoodReads:
"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."

Lost Lake is Sarah Addison Allen's newest book, and I was glad to see that her fight with cancer didn't impair her ability to spin a good yarn.

This book has all the typical hallmarks for an Allen book: magical realism, location as a character, set in the South, delves into relationships (especially family connections), and has a touch of romance. It's charming and sweet, and a bit fluffier than Garden Spells (still my favorite of hers).

I was a twinge disappointed in the pacing, though. I felt like the first half did a great job of setting up characters and place, and the last half bull-rushed through the revelations and aha moments. I had hoped to enjoy the sensation of being charmed just a wee bit longer.

Still, it's a sweet read. I always recommend Allen as an author, and I think this would be a good first book of hers, if you were interested in easing into them.

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