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Lost Lake (Lost Lake #1)

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From the author of the beloved 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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by St. Martin’s Press
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Dec 14, 2012 Deonna rated it it was amazing
Sarah Addison Allen writes books that you want to keep after you finish them to read them again & again :)
Wishing she would write a few more sequels to Garden Spells to keep that story going onward!
Love Love Love her writing!
5 Magical Stars


I don’t really know what this it with this author, but every book of her leaves me with a smile on my face and this book was no exception.
The stories have always some magical aspects, and backgrounds so sweet and perfect, that makes impossible not wanting to be a part of these book-worlds.
This was a beautiful story about a mother and a daughter, about a small town, about friendship and loyalty. About healing, and forgiving and romance and the magic that surrounds all of it.
I c
I really can't wait for it! :D

And finally, there's a cover!

I cannot wait for this book - I love Sarah Addison Allen...her novels are like a great vacation at home for me :)
Jan 30, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
"You can't change where you come from, but you can change where you go from here. Just like a book. If you don't like the ending, you make up a new one." -- Lost Lake

I read so much heavy stuff that it was nice to escape into this lovely story about a woman trying to start a new life after her husband's death. Kate and her daughter, Devin, find an old postcard from Lost Lake, Georgia, which is where Kate spent a wonderful summer when she was a girl. On a whim, the pair drive down to see if her au
Diane S ☔
Jan 14, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
It is impossible for me to give this book any lower than a four star rating. Her characters are so interesting, have very poignant back stories and are always fully fleshed people brought to life among the pages. Her books are quirky, magical, and comforting. I finished this with a smile on my face and a big awwwwwww. Love the cover, the title and the place itself. Love the little girl Devon and all her amazing outfits. This author's novels always have such a unique touch, something that makes t ...more
Oct 12, 2013 Rain rated it really liked it
In 2011 Sarah Addison Allen was shocked to hear that she had advanced stages of breast cancer. In the acknowledgments she speaks about how that frightening diagnosis brought her to an amazing place in life. She happily reports that she is in her second year of clear scans.

This books feels like her journey to healing. The themes deal with overcoming insurmountable obstacles, healing emotional scars, and redemption. There is a magical quality, not only in the actual story, but in the writing as w
Feb 26, 2014 Angie rated it it was ok
Shelves: magical-realism
Originally reviewed here @ Dear Author

I am a huge fan. There’s just no use starting out with any other introduction than that. A clever friend gifted me a copy of Garden Spells several years ago, and it was love at first sight. I quickly devoured each of your successive books, and while I can never quite decide if The Peach Keeper is my favorite or if The Sugar Queen owns that spot, what I do know is I have loved each one of your beautiful stories. So it was with great pleasure I sat down with t
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

Kate Pheris lost her husband, Matt, in an accident over a year ago. She's just emerging from her fog of grief, tuning into the world around her for the first time since Matt's death, only to find that her mother-in-law has taken complete control of her life and her 8-year old daughter, Devin. When her daughter finds some old correspondence from her great aunt Eby Pim, Kate is reminded of the wonderful summer she spent with her at a place called Lost Lake. She
Dec 22, 2013 Ann-Marie rated it it was ok
This book was okay, but didn't pull me in like I was hoping it would. To me, Sarah Addison Allen's books always look good on the outside with their pretty covers and titles, I mean just look at "The Girl Who Chased The Moon". Pretty! Sometimes my judging a book by it's cover pays off. Other times, the old adage has it right. I was hoping to get some of that prettiness and southern charm in "Lost Lake" but I didn't really feel connected to the characters. There were quite a few who each needed mo ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

**Audiobook edition**

For me, Sarah Addison Allen books are like a cozy blanket or hot chocolate: They are my comfort food version of reading, and I can't get enough of them. There is just something so warm and inviting about her style. I'm not sure if it is the Southern charm or the magical realism, but I'm always in sort of a happy daze while reading this author's stuff. However, while "Lost Lake" was predictably good and nicely narrated, it just didn't have the WOW factor of some of
Nov 16, 2015 TL rated it really liked it
Recommended to TL by: the prequel 'waking kate'
3.5-4 stars... a beautiful story, with a sense of peace and hope in it... and a touch of magic :)It's a story that's easy to sink into, a pleasant dream or a nice getaway with people to help you pass the time. This one is one I realized I loved it more than what I thought I did while reading it... make sense?

Lost Lake is one of those places that's just there... there's a sense of being constant, having it's own personality. It's presence is quiet but trusting, offering you a getaway from your li
Lost Lake Cottages at Suley, Georgia, was almost a hidden place, discovered by people who needed its magnetism to recover from their own tumultuous lives. It was a place where stories could have new endings each time the visitors went there over many years. But Eby did not advertise, and the regular guests got older and passed away one by one, leaving Eby at a crossroads to finally sell.

The nearby town, with its old secrets and cultural eccentricities, unknown to younger generations, had other
Another great book from Sarah Addison Allen, it’s magically beautiful! Now I have to tell you, there is a bit of predictability to this book BUT it is the journey they take to get there that makes it so worth the read.

There are two stories at the beginning of this book that eventually intertwine the story of Kate who a year ago lost her husband and has been sleepwalking through life not being present in her or her daughter Devin’s life, in fact, in that year she has let her mother in law, Crick
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
Must Get!!! I got a B&N gift card - it has Lost Lake written all over it -

I finally picked up this lovely story, I read it in 1 day. I was thinking it is about broken people fixing each other, then realized it is like Pink's song "We're not broken, just bent, and we can learn to love again" I loved every character, (well, except the Uncle). Even those that seemed a bit on the shaky side of my love, redeemed themselves. I really hate loving a book so much I finish it in a day, sure glad I go
Dana Al-Basha
Mar 12, 2016 Dana Al-Basha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorite
[Wednesday, January 02, 2013] OMG!! Sarah has a new book!!! And it's due for this year! Thank God it's 2013!! I already put 5 stars and added the book to my favorites! I mean come on! Each of Sarah's books have lingered with me afterward and has been read and re-read so many times that there is no point of adding anything but 5 stars... I totally cracked the spines, I need to buy her books again! I have a feeling that this book is about the girl who is good with coffee or maybe someone totally n ...more

The pre-chorus of St. Jude by Florence + The Machine goes

And I'm learning, so I'm leaving
And even though I'm grieving
I'm trying to find the meaning
Let loss reveal it

It is the most played song on my phone right now, and it captures the essence of Lost Lake perfectly.

Lost Lake is the story of two generations of women, Kate and Eby, and Lost Lake Cottages. Driven by loss, grief and indecision, Kate goes to Lost Lake Cottages to give her daughter her last best summer. There she reconciles with her g
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this book free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

‘Sometimes, all you need is something to believe in.’

Kate has lived in a slumberous state since her husband passed away a year ago. She wakes one morning and feels truly awake for the first time since the accident and looks around to realize her life has ran away from her while she was ‘asleep’. Her mother-in-law has sold her ho
This story. It's nice.
I liked it.

But I didn't love it. You know what I did love, though? That cover. Good grief, it stole my vision and I had to stare at it a lot. So dreamy!

There's nothing wrong with with this tale (except for the part where there's an alligator! Gah! Those things! I do no feel friendly toward them) but I think in this case, I got too wrapped up wanting to get to the end that I failed to appreciate the meat, ya know? I mean, by the halfway point, you know there's one perfect en
May 12, 2015 Viviana rated it it was amazing
Lost Lake, where everything is possible, where you connect with your inner-child, where endings are one's choice. This book is about second chances, healing processes, hope, and redemption. The author's writing has the same beautiful and magical quality as Barbara Delinsky works. Allen is a wonderful storyteller just like Kate(one of the characters). The characters are so compelling and believable, you bond to them in many different form. I absolutely loved Devin, she's such a bright little girl ...more
Rob Slaven
Mar 10, 2016 Rob Slaven rated it really liked it
As usual I received this book through the kindness of someone's giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Pursuant to that, my candid opinions follow.

On the positive side, the author has a delightful sense of place and character. The images she constructs of the "Lost Lake" are idyllic and serene and the sorts of places we'd all like to end up in our old age. She also has a brilliant touch with characters as you find yourself loving her nice characters right away and stirring up a good bit of v
Lauren Henderson
I received a copy of this book for free from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lantern lights are basically my favorite thing in the entire world.. they really do create a magical atmosphere, so I was a sucker for the cover of Lost Lake and had to read it from the moment I saw it. Plus, I'm a big fan of Sarah Addison Allen. And I loooove lakes.

Like heat from a fire, the closer to water you are, the stronger you feel it.

What could go wrong?

Lost Lake is set in Sul
3.5 stars

Arc provided by St. Martin's Press through Netgalley

It's a universally known truth that i love Sarah Addison Allen writing style. I love the voice she gives to her stories, the way her characters are crafted and, basically the way she creates the most vividly real scenarios.

She's definitely a word painter. She uses earth tones to do it, but then all of a sudden she sprinkles her canvas with fairy dust and enchanting elements that just leave me well and truly hooked. (This just baffles
Jan 28, 2015 Brooke rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, 2015-reads
4.5 rating!

I really really enjoyed this story!

Sarah Addison Allen always finds a way to write adult fiction in a very children's fiction kind of way. It's beautiful what she does. This is her BEST book in my opinion for 3 reasons:
1. The characters were wonderful. Loved Selma and Bulahdeen!
2. The setting was gorgeous and sweet.
3. The message was universal.

In the acknowledgments section Allen mentions she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has now been in remission for 2 years. I have been
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Jan 21, 2016 Λίνα Θωμάρεη rated it really liked it
Την Sarah Addison Allen την γνώρισα από τις εκδόσεις Ωκεανίδα από το βιβλίο "Μαγικός Κήπος".
Από τις πρώτες σελίδες κατάλαβα ότι η γυναίκα αυτή ύφαινε μαγικές ιστορίες που σκοπό είχαν να σε ταξιδέψουν σε ένα κόσμο που η μαγεία και τα θαύματα παίζουν πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο... και ο έρωτας φυσικά.
Το "Lost Lake" είναι ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο.
Η Kate αφού έχει χάσει τον άντρα της και για ένα χρόνο έχει αφήσει την πεθερά της να φροντίζει τα πάντα ακόμα και την 8χρονη κόρη της, αποφασίζει ότι είναι καιρός να πά
Jan 05, 2015 ChattyKat rated it it was amazing
“After you finish a book, the story still goes on in your mind. You can never change the beginning. But you can always change the end.”

What a powerful statement... it's true though isn't it? We can't do a darn thing to change how our lives began but we always have the power to change how it ends. This was just one of many, many quotes and passages that I highlighted throughout the book. I'm not sure why, but the wisdom in this book spoke to me. It's about loss, grief, moving forward and taking c
Tracy Murray
Feb 09, 2015 Tracy Murray rated it it was amazing
A Book Review..
Well sort of...more accurately an Author Review.

Many years ago I read Garden Spells and I was enthralled. This book spoke to me in my own language. If I could write a book I would write this book. It had my attitudes, my speech patterns, my daydreams and my hopes all in one book. That's really the only way I can explain it.

I eagerly waited for this lovely authors next book to be released, and then her next! I really enjoyed Sugar Queen and The Girl Who Chased the Moon at this poi
Jul 28, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I am in a Sarah Allen trance and on a roll to read all of her books. This is another feel good, fun read about healing and family. Sometimes your family does not have to be bonded by blood but instead deep love, trust and loyalty. The relationships in this book are old and beautifully ongoing. It was a bit predictable but getting there was well worth it.

Again great characters that are so real that I would like to know them. Its unusual and refreshing how Sarah A. Allen switches up her narr
Olga Godim
Feb 14, 2014 Olga Godim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mainstream
4.5 stars
I have one word for this book – magical. I’ve read all Allen’s previous novels and loved them. I loved this one too.
Its external story is simple. Two widows, young Kate and old Eby, lost their husbands. Lost Lake, a dilapidated vacation camp, helps them heal. It also brings them together. There is nothing special about the plot, but the secret of this novel is in its lyrical, poetic atmosphere and its underlying story of loss, recovery, and reconnection.
It’s never too late to find hap
Feb 25, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Lost Lake provides an array of characters some we adore instantly and others slowly capture our hearts. Allen also gives us characters to loath like Uncle. I pictured him as Boss Hogg from Dukes of Hazzard. *grins* Kate has been through a lot, and I loved watching the lake heal her and help her find her center. Eby, Kate’s great-aunt is such a free spirit and Lisette with her quirky mannerisms and ghostly memories immediately captured my attention. Devin is a delightful from her free spirit to h ...more
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