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The Lake House

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  724 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Achingly tender, yet filled with laughter, The Lake House brings to life the wide range of human emotions and the difficult journey from heartbreak to healing.

VICTORIA ROSE. Fifty years before, a group of teenage friends promised each other never to leave their idyllic lakeside town. But the call of Hollywood and a bigger life was too strong for Victoria . . . and she alo
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Published May 7th 2013 by Gallery Books
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"The Lake House" is a refreshing and timely read for this generation. It's the story of an era nearly lost, actually, when friendships were close and communities were tight-knit; as well as what happens when one or two of the "flock" step out of the mold and then come "home." It's also the story of what makes a place a "home" and what constitutes family in a broader sense.

Part love story, coming of age, and coming to grips with loss and grief, this is the perfect book for those who love one that
The Lake House
Marci Nault

My "in a nutshell " summary...

A small lake community with long time now elderly residents gets a new young homeowner.

My thoughts after reading this book...

The Lake House is a sweet sweet book about a community of friends that has spent most of their lives together. Well...all of them except one. That would be Victoria. She was the only one to leave her family, her friends, her almost fiancé seek fame and fortune as an actress all over the world. She has been back
Victoria Rose left Nagog years ago with dreams of making it big in Hollywood. Fortunately no matter how far you go, you will always have a place to go back to to call home.

Heather Bregman is a columnist. She has traveled all over the world. Her boyfriend is her publicist. After returning from her latest travels, Heather realizes that she wants more out of her life and she would like to go some place quieter. So she packs up and leaves and heads to Nagog.

I thought that this book was a sweet one
Travel writer Heather Bregman never had much of a home life. Now she finds herself in the midst of a nasty break up with her fiance. She longs for a home and friends. Before leaving on another trip, she buys a small home in Nagog, a lakeside community outside of Boston.

Aging actress Victoria Rose grew up in Nagog but fled what she thought was a stifling atmosphere to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. After living her dream, she decides to return to Nagog to retire among her close childhood f
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Fifty years ago, a group of good friends decided that they would always stay in their perfect lakeside community of Nagog. Nagog is pretty much like Pleasantville. Everyone knows everyone and the houses are handed down from generation to generation. Victoria Rose grew up there, but instead fled the community many years ago as a teenager for Hollywood and made it as a successful actress. Her friends never forgave her, except for Molly. She has since returned home to Nagog and is trying to get pas ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
The small community of Nagog is filled with memories, both joyful and painful for Victoria Rose. As children, Victoria and her friends promised to stay together in their tight-knit community. However, as Victoria grew, she knew the small town life wasn’t for her. She had dreams of being an actress. She broke her promise and left the community, breaking the hearts of her friends, and her childhood sweetheart. After a life haunted by tragedy, Victoria seeks refuge in the community she abandoned, w ...more
"The Lake House" is a story that had me thinking about friendships and second chances. Victoria Rose and a group of her friends grew up in Nagog, a tiny little lakeside town where people lived in their own little bubble. Her friends never dreamed of anything more, content to stay in Nagog they make a pact to never leave.While her friends earned their living in Boston, they normally returned to Nagog on weekends, but not Victoria, she moved to California, but now she is returning home hoping to m ...more
Lydia Laceby

2.5 Star

Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes.

I love stories that intermix generations and those that swap between the past and present, so I had high hopes for The Lake House. Unfortunately, though, even with this novel being an easy read that was fun in parts, I was disappointed in the end.

The Lake House would make a great beach read not only because it’s easy to read, but because the majority of the novel’s setting is on a lake. The cover alone had me craving some cottage time and reminded me
Jayme VA
The Lake House tells a story of an older generation, holding on to the spirit of their childhood and young adult lives on the lake. The community was started when a group of families purchase all the land around the lake and made their own private summer paradise. Now, the children of the original group are in their 70s and 80s and their children are trying to convince them to move into nursing homes. Still filled with spunk and feeling much younger than they are, they won't go easy.

One of the c
Oct 13, 2014 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny by: Kendra
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Sherry Rummler
I was drawn to read the Lake House because I am consistently lured to read anything near water. I was not expecting the book to be based on an older generation but was pleasantly surprised that the author created real characters whom even after ageing carried the bitterness of the past. It made me contemplate things in my own life when not resolved through communication can lead to years of regret or miss-understandings. The author also weaved multi-generational aspects to the novel which kept i ...more
Deborah Bussey
There were many parts of this book that I liked. The description of Nagog was done in such a way that it became another character in the book. I wished that the characters were described in such a way that allowed for more emotional depth. I didn't really feel the tension between the characters. I also did not know whether or not I was reading a romance novel or a fiction story that revolved around a different kind of "coming of age" women's story. I did like the characters Victoria, Heather and ...more
About 1/3 of the way in, I almost put this book down because it didn't feel "deep" enough. I am glad I kept going because these characters are so well developed that you feel their pain and joy -- I craved time with them. The Lake House is one of those wonderful stories of the family and friendship, and reminds us about what really matters in life. I literally laughed out loud and wiped away the tears that streamed down my cheeks.

The love between the elders after years of marriage- or finding ne
Stephanie Gavin
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Sherrie Howey
This book is about long time friendships, people's unwillingness to accept change, forgiveness and in the end, going outside of one's comfort zone. A group of friends since childhood makes a pact to never leave their lakeside town. Victoria Rose however, yields to the call of Hollywood and a desire to make it as an actress. Her trips back home to the lake community are infrequent and met with resentment by the majority of her friends whom she left behind. She finally returns when she is in her 7 ...more
I was thoroughly entertained by this book! Marci did a wonderful job drawing us into the close relationship that developed between Heather and Victoria. I stayed up way too late several nights because I could not put this book down. This would have been a perfect beach/vacation read, but it also worked very well as a "I've had a stressful day and need to unwind" read!
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Let me preface this review by admitting that this isn't normally the type book that I'd choose to read. I lean more towards young adult, science fiction, dystopian, psychological thrillers...That being said, I was surprised by how much I did enjoy it. Yes, it's complete chick lit. But it was fluff in the best kind of way, sort of like that yummy marshmallow fluff you can buy in a jar. Basic storyline-it's a story about a group of older people and the small lake communit
Chloe Sluis
You will be able to find a part of your self in one or more of the Characters in this book. I could not put this book down and had to finish it cover to cover. Settle in for a journey of self discovery and hope as well as expect to fall in love with the residents of Nagog.

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Poignant, inspiring and beautifully written. A gem of a novel!
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This was an enjoyable read for the most part. I liked the premise, I liked most of the characters. I did find the occasional lapse of logic in their actions or dialog, but it was good overall, although predictable. I particularly liked the premise of a neighborhood of homes all passed down in the families, despite some of the tensions among the individual owners. Much of the story is told in flashbacks interspersed with what's happening in the "
Beautifully written. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in the book. They started to feel like family to me. I felt like I was right there with them. This book brought on a lot of different emotions too as I got to know each and every one of them.

Victoria Rose is a glamorous actress and model who traveled the world doing movies and stage. She returns to her childhood home to retire with all her friends from the past. Some are happy to see her, others not so. Can she mend the friendships t
Tricia Drammeh
The Lake House was a book I looked forward to reading and I wasn't disappointed. The story moves back in forth in time and tells the tale of two main characters, Victoria and Heather. Victoria is an elderly ex-actress who returns to her hometown after experiencing great tragedy in her life. Heather is a twenty-something travel columnist who buys a home in the close-knit community because the lake house brings back memories of a distant childhood where she once felt safe. Both main characters are ...more
Paige Bradish
I received The Lake House by Marci Nault for review from the publishers and this is my honest review.

The Lake House was a breath of fresh air that I really really needed. Lately I’ve been reading crazy action packed young adult books, so to take a break and read a not so fast paced story of love and friendship was absolutely amazing and I’m glad I chose to pick this book up when I did because it is exactly what I needed.

In this novel we meet two women struggling to figure out their lives and ma
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The Lake House refers to a community on the shores of Lake Nagog in Massachusetts. It refers to a group of kids growing up together who vow to stay together forever. Some keep that promise. Some do not. Victoria is one who does not. She leaves and returns many times during her life. Finally, at age 72, she returns to stay and to see if she can rebuild her life there.

Into this community comes Heather Bregman. She is young
Marci Nault’s The Lake House is a tale of love, forgiveness, being true to yourself, and finding peace.

Victoria- one of the original Nagog residents. She and her girlfriends make the pact to never leave Nagog and live life there forever- with husbands, children, grandchildren. Then the war comes, the ladies sweethearts leave, and Victoria gets restless. She longs to experience life beyond the area of Nagog. Victoria breaks the pact and leaves- creating a rift with her friends. A rift, that for s
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads. I more or less enjoyed this but I probably wouldn't recommend it to a friend.
All the characters are basically family (except Heather, of course) and with all the names tossed around by the author it got hard to keep everyone straight and how the were connected.
But my main issue was this:
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Jo Barton
On the surface, Victoria Rose and Heather Bregman have little in common. The odds that they would ever strike up a friendship are stacked high against them and yet, when they are brought together in the idyllic setting of Nagog, New England, their unlikely differences are the very bond which brings them together.

Victoria is learning how to come to terms with the life she once left behind, and the breaking of promises made fifty years ago, now leave Victoria feeling alone and vulnerable. On the t
When travel columnist Heather Bregman decides she needs to get away from her city life and her controlling fiancée, she purchases a beautiful Victorian house on the lake. She figures she'll settle in to the Nagog community and enjoy her time by the lake making new friends. But soon she realizes that the residents of this little community have all been there since they were young children, and they're all senior citizens now! They have a strong history and are not welcoming at all. The only perso ...more
I really enjoyed The Lake House. I felt pulled into the little community of Nagog, and wished for awhile that we lived lakeside as well. I hurt with Victoria as she faced the mistakes from her past, and wanted to yell at her old friends to forgive. With Heather I rejoiced when she moved her life on, and laughed at the antics of her new neighbors.
What I mostly took from this book, however, was that we need to slow our lives down and be aware of those around us. We should take the time to get to
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Marci Nault hails from a town not too far from Lake Nagog in Massachusetts. Today she can be found figure skating, salsa dancing, hiking and wine tasting around her home in California.

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