Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen

Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. All content and opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed the other Sarah Addison Allen book I’ve read, The Girl Who Chased the Moon. So I was eager to get my hands on her first release in several years. Fortunately, Lost Lake did not disappoint.

I read Lost Lake over the course of a couple of weeks, using it as an incentive to get on the treadmill. I have to say, this was the perfect treadmill book. It was engaging and interesting enough to make me want to get on the treadmill, but paced calmly enough that I wasn’t tempted to “cheat” and read it when I wasn’t on the treadmill.

What’s it about? you ask. Well, it’s about Lost Lake of course. As a child, Kate spent one of the best summers of her life at Lost Lake, with her Aunt Eby. Now, as an adult and after coming out of the fog caused by the death of her husband, Kate packs up her daughter Devin and heads back to that childhood oasis. What she finds there is changed but still magical. Eby is older and thinking about selling Lost Lake to go traveling. A lovely band of regulars shows up for what just might be the last season, and Kate has the chance to reconnect with her childhood friend, Wes.

There is, of course, a touch of Allen’s trademark magical realism. But what I loved the most was the cast of characters. I loved them all in turn. They were mostly quiet, unassuming, and kind. There are dramatic elements, of course, but mostly I was quite content to follow along with the lives of these characters. While there is an admitted lack of depth in both content and character development, it just didn’t matter to me. As I said, I was quite content.

I would definitely recommend this as a calm and relaxing read, perhaps a little something to get you through the colder days of spring.