Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on 21 January 2014
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
A writer who paints a whole gorgeous canvas with her words writes of one nostalgic summer in the south when dreams and love, old and young, regrets and redemption all come to Lost Lake.
After experiencing the wonder and magic of Garden Spells, it was only a matter of time before I dove in once again to a book world this author created. I slowly connected with this story, but once I did; I was a goner. Lost Lake is an old lake resort near a small town and is hidden away save for the people who magically find their way there. I loved the blend of old nostalgia for what used to be, the intriguing moments of magical realism, people who have been lost finding their way, and of course love- one old and one a second chance for a younger pair.
There is a large cast of colorful, quirky characters and the narration shifts between them all. Present stories are interesting and the situation of the last summer before the lake resort being sold- or not- is enough to keep me reading, but it was digging into each person’s pasts that brought to the surface the real gems of the story.
The pacing and tone of the story reflect the writing style with its drowsy, slower-paced meandering in the moist summer heat.
And if the story were not already a fabulous experience, I had the audio edition with the talented Janet Metzger bringing each of those fascinating characters to life. I will definitely pick up more of her work now that I’ve discovered it.
All in all, I got lost in the lush beauty and color of the story and I would encourage those who enjoy contemporary fiction with a strong dose of magical realism and romance to pick this one up.
Romance Roundabout #161 CR
Mt. TBR #77 Audio #40