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Lost Lake

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  15,739 ratings  ·  2,848 reviews
Now a New York Times bestseller.

From beloved bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen comes her long-awaited new novel, Lost Lake, about heartbroken people finding hope at a magical place in Georgia.

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 hea
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by St. Martin’s Press
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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
Sep 29, 2014 Izabella marked it as to-read
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 :)
"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
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
Diane S.
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
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
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
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
Dana Al-Basha
[‎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 total ...more
 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
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
Rob Slaven
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
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
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
Tracy Murray
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
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 Sule
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
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
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
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
Claire Robinson
"You can never change the beginning. But you can always change the end."

I have been a fan of Sarah Addison Allen's book's for some time. If you are sad or feeling a little out-of-sorts, pick up one of her books, for you will reading the perfect amount of quirky story, almost believable magic, and colourful escapism to bring you back to happiness. If asked to describe any of her books in one sentence, I would say they are like getting the biggest hug ever, from your most favourite person in the w
Lost Lake SAA didn't disappoint. I loved it. This maybe my new favorite of hers. I love the way SAA weaves magic into her stories. Sometimes small sometimes big in this case just a small amount. She is such a good story teller. Her characters always feel as though there is a possibility for them to be based on real life people. Not really but I can hope. Such a great story and one of my favorite!
Cheeky Pooch
Apr 16, 2013 Cheeky Pooch marked it as to-read
Can't wait for this book. I read almost all Sarah Addison Allen's book. Lovely
Following on from her successive NYT bestsellers, comes yet another winner from this author. I have read all her books and loved each and every one of them. They provide a perfect blend of nostalgia, incidents of regret from losses in the past whilst at the same time enlightening with new insight, wisdom, inspiration and always that touch of magic!

You will enjoy the journey with Kate and her daughter Devin to Lost Lake “…with its lackadaisical proprietor,
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
"Don't you wish you could take a single childhood memory and blow it up into a bubble and live inside it forever?"

Yes, yes, I do. And I wish the book had done the same, stuck in a childhood memory of a summer, right before everything went straight to hell; and fifteen years later, we are told those stories, their repercussions and many others and more, lost threads and friendships come full circle. But beyond, it's about finally, FINALLY finding you place and mending old fences with your own-sel
“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
Sharon Huether
Lost Sarah Addison Allen..Lost Lake, a remembered place as seen in an old postcard. The author made the characters so real. They had fond memories of Lost Lake when they vacationed there years earlier. This was also a place of renewal and hope. No one wanted it to go by the way of land developers. Kate's Great Aunt Eby, the owner thought after fifty years she would sell. The town rallied for support. Everyone was happy with the outcome. The characters found their voice. Positive decisio ...more
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New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction -- a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility.

Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Allen grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journa
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“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.” 52 likes
“When your cup is empty, you do not mourn what is gone. Because if you do, you will miss the opportunity to fill it again.” 34 likes
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