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Lost Lake

(Lost Lake #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  32,987 ratings  ·  4,668 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by St. Martin’s Press
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Holly23 I wouldn't think to give it to a ten year old, but agree with Carrie and Ingrid that there is nothing offensive. On the other hand, this book reminded…moreI wouldn't think to give it to a ten year old, but agree with Carrie and Ingrid that there is nothing offensive. On the other hand, this book reminded me of an excellent read for that age, Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright. (less)
Elyse There's a free novella, Waking Kate, that is #0.5 so it makes Lost Lake #1. I don't believe there will be a sequel.…more
There's a free novella, Waking Kate, that is #0.5 so it makes Lost Lake #1. I don't believe there will be a sequel.

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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
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was the last one. The last book by Sarah Addison Allen that I had the opportunity to read for the first time... and I waited a couple of years to do so, because I knew I would be sad!

It was another very good novel. The characters were moving, as usual, and I thought it was nice that the ending was unexpected on some aspects. I didn't think I would cry, but I did! The only flaw was that some of the elements of the magical realism were less my cup of tea, but that's really personal to me.

Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
Finally, I read it! I'll try to post my review soon, but I'll just say now that I really loved it :)


I really can't wait for it! :D

And finally, there's a cover!

Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I cannot wait for this book - I love Sarah Addison Allen...her novels are like a great vacation at home for me :)

On a second reading, I increased my star rating - I really liked this book this time around!
Jan 26, 2014 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
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A delightful story, beautifully told, about love and life and death. The author knows how to write interesting characters who are all just a little quirky or original. As a reader you care about them and need them to form relationships and live happily ever after.
As usual in her books the author writes several 'magical' scenes. The most important of these take place on the dock where there may or may not be an alligator trying to communicate something urgent and important. There is also a ghost
Oct 17, 2013 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

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 suddenly decides to share that exper
Diane S ☔
Dec 05, 2012 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 11, 2013 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
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, giveaways
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
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Misfits need a place to get away, too. All that trying to fit in is exhausting.”

Books by Sarah Addison Allen are not for everyone, but they work marvelously for me. She writes about the ordinary; no elaborate world building, no complex plots just simple everyday occurrences with a sprinkle of magic and plenty of inspiration. I always have an unexplainable strange feeling of contention after finishing one of Sarah Addison Allen's stories.

Lost Lake is an enchanting story filled with hope, it is
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*3.5 stars*

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 her other stories.

Nov 13, 2015 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
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can always rely on Sarah Addison Allen to carry me away to a place I can get lost and submerge myself into a comforting read. Her light touch creating characters and setting with a sprinkle of magic makes this story sparkle. Lost Lake is about new beginnings and confronting the past to illuminate the future.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The books I read when I was twenty completely changed when I read them when I was sixty. You know why? Because the endings changed. 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.

At this time of year I tend toward lighter reading, not enough energy to dive into deep or emotional subject matter and this fit my mood perfectly. Lovely storytelling, quirky and lovable characters and while the plot is predictable, y
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 دانة الباشا

“She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another.”

[‎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
 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 got it
Connie G
"You can't change where you came from, but you can change where you go from here. Just like a book. If you don't like the ending, you can make up a new one." (254)

Kate, a young widow, feels like her life has been taken over by her controlling mother-in-law. She impulsively takes her eight-year-old daughter to an old lakeside resort in Georgia owned by her great-aunt Eby. The Lost Lake was where Kate spent her "last best summer" of her childhood. Kate finds Eby in the process of selling her prope
Dale Harcombe
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lost Lake, the magical place where Eby has lived for many years even after the death of her loved husband George, is under threat. A developer with cash in hand wants to buy the land and run down cabins. Eby is seriously considering selling and going travelling. That is, until Kate Pheris, a family member she hasn’t seen in a long while appears at her door. At 12 years old Kate spent the best summer of her life at Lost Lake. That was back long before heartbreak and loss entered her life. Now Kat ...more
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

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
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 mag
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
Oct 15, 2013 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
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 baf
Rob Slaven
Jan 07, 2014 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 S
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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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