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The Lake Season

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,164 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Set in the weeks leading up to an idyllic New England wedding, this “enticing and refreshing” (Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author) novel sparkles with wry wit, sweet romance, and long-kept family secrets.

Iris Standish has always been the responsible sister: the one who studied hard, settled down, and always made the right choices—even when they came at the exp
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Holy cow! Everyone needs to read this awesome debut novel!!

Iris Standish's life has been turned upside down. Her husband Paul has blind sided her with wanting a separation. THE LAKE SEASON is filled with love, heartbreak, family, and romance. Iris has always had the love of her family, which is why she runs home to them when her life falls apart. But she has always felt like an outsider looking in. Her parents, while maybe not meaning to, have always played favorites with her sister, Leah. No ma
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Lake Season by Hannah Roberts McKinnon is a 2015 Atria/ Emily Bestler Books Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is women's fiction at it's finest. I have a habit of reading several books at one time, but once I got several chapters deep into this one, I couldn't put it down.

Iris and Leah are sisters, but you would never know it judging by their personalities. Iris is a solid, hard working person who got t
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-author, chic-lit
I received this in a Goodreads giveaway a while back. I should have got to it sooner, as it is a wonderful summer beach read. The idyllic lake setting makes you want to dive in for a brisk swim. But all is not ideal for Iris, and her sister Leah. With her children at camps, Iris has returned home to come to terms with her husband asking for a divorce and to help prepare for Leah's wedding. Iris and Leah's relationship has always been a bit strained and competitive, and buried jealousies surface. ...more
Laurence R.
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review
This is your perfect summer novel. If you're going anywhere near a lake or any kind of beach, this novel is what you need.

I liked how this novel made me feel. Going to her parents' house is a way to take a break from her life for Iris, and I felt like I was on a break, too. This novel made me escape from my life and if that doesn't mean it's a good novel, then I don't know what does.

I found it hard to like all of the characters in this novel, first because I didn't feel very invested in the st
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I really enjoyed this book! To me it was the perfect summer read. Our heroine "Iris" is at times hysterically funny, at others pensive and thought provoking. The lake house setting made me long to own one, or at least know somebody who had a lake house and invite me for the summer! I laughed out loud many times. At least once I wanted to slap some sense into her, but that's good, right? I have to admit, the stor
May 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Oh dear! This one falls very short in my estimation! I couldn’t wait to begin, as all the inducements pulled me right in – a beach book, Cape Cod, family turbulence, and so forth! Contrary to the many enthusiastic reviews, though, I found the writing flat and totally lackluster. Two dimensional characters did little to enrich the predictable plot. The author’s attempt to convey the superciliousness of parental cliques was unconvincing – a feat so effectively rendered by Lianne Moriarty in Big Li ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
The Lake Season falls into the category of Beach Reads, the kind of book with a predictable troubled heroine who finds redemption in some way. The locations may change from coastal small towns to mountain resorts. The heroine might have a dynamic job or a part time career which she juggles along with one to three children. Often divorce looms. How will our heroine cope and where will she find the strength to carry on? Will there be reconciliation or a new love interest? Will the beloved hobby tu ...more
Judy D Collins
An ideal summer beach read, and perfect for book club discussions, Hannah McKinnon’s THE LAKE SEASON, is a moving beautiful story of sisters, dark family secrets, with a stunning idyllic lakefront setting in New England--A desperate last-chance summer, rediscovery, and new possibilities for the future.

Iris has always been the responsible sister, while her sister Leah dropped out of college, the free-spirit, hiking through Yellowstone and job hopping, leaving Iris to pick up the pieces. Everyone
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hannah McKinnon's The Lake Season is an absolutely delightful gem! An idyllic lakefront property is the perfect setting for Iris Standish to rediscover herself as she tries come to terms with her upcoming divorce. She also learns startling information about her younger sister Leah who is also home preparing for her upcoming wedding. But it is her unexpected romance with Cooper Woods that truly helps her heal but the future of their relationship is uncertain once Iris returns to her regular life. ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read an ARC of this many months ago and it's stayed with me. Such a wonderful, memorable, affecting read. My blurb:

Two sisters, a glittering New England lake, and one desperate, last-chance summer set the stage for Hannah McKinnon’s emotionally affecting new novel, The Lake Season. The story features the complex Iris and her unpredictable sister Leah but its power extends well beyond the beautiful, heartbreaking bond between these two women. A memorable rumination on life, loss, and how to fin
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great novel that I just couldn't put down. It hit all the ups and downs I was expecting and more. The storyline took me to a place I've never been and a childhood that was completely different than my own. I loved Iris and her sister, Leah. Their mother, Millie, reminded me of my Mom when I was growing up. I have never read any books by this author, but will certainly seek them out now.

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for the opportunity to read and provide my honest opinio
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Ekta by: NetGalley
A woman uses her sister’s wedding as a legitimate way to take a break from her life. When she arrives in New Hampshire from Boston, though, she realizes that may she need more than a break; maybe she needs a fresh start. By getting back in touch with old friends and reviving her relationships with her family, the woman finds that fresh start. Hannah McKinnon tries to entice readers in the predictable, plodding novel The Lake Season.

Iris Standish can’t seem to do anything right lately. Her teenag
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the older, responsible sister, Iris Standish has had a good run. A lovely home in suburban Boston, Massachusetts, three healthy children, and a part-time career as a literary agent. Yes, her oldest, Sadie, is now a teen and pretty sulky and occasionally rude, but the younger two are still lovely.

Suddenly, Iris’s husband Paul tells her that he wants a separation. And in a flash, her world begins to unravel. She forgets things, her house becomes a mess around her, and her children are looking a
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Iris has found herself at an important crossroad. She has been married for many years to her husband, Paul, and has three lovely kids with him. Things with Paul haven't been great for years, but she didn't see it coming when Paul announces he wants a divorce. Iris finds herself going through the motions of her life and living it in quite desperation. On a whim, she decides that a summer at her parents' farm on a beautiful lake is exactly what she needs as well as the children. Plus, she has to b ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned, arc
DNF @ 76%

Lately, it has been getting increasingly more difficult for me to fully trust books rated 4 stars and up. I received an ARC of The Lake Season via Netgalley and between the reviews and the blurb, I was actually pretty excited to crack it open. I imagined it would be a nice, easy, breezy summer beach read filled with juicy family drama and a romance I could get lost in. Not really an original story line, but seemingly very relatable. I didn’t get any of that. The novel moved so slow and
Andrea Stoeckel
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
[I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

"More than one road led home. It was all right to change course, as long as she kept her compass pointed in the right dire
Deborah Blanchard
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, netgalley
First and foremost, I would like to thank Atria books and Netgalley for allowing me the honor and privilege of reading and reviewing this book. I absolutely loved this book! This is an exquisitely written portrayal of family life, with all of its ups and downs. It is filled with heartbreak, romance and love. The love of family and most of all, learning to find yourself and love who you are. It is about our strengths and our weaknesses. It is beautifully written and flows so effortlessly from beg ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a "lighter" summer read - this was just what I needed! A great mix of relationships both family and romantic, nice surroundings of a lake and family home in New Hampshire. Writing flowed and just took me away for awhile. Wonderful characters too! Thank you Hannah McKinnon - I look forward to reading more of your novels. ...more
Janine Young
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Took a little while to get the storyline started, but once it got going I couldn't put it down! Lots of secrets throughout the story that makes you want to keep reading more. Rooting for Iris the whole time! Great easy beach read. ...more
Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic copy of this novel, A Glose Book, free from Simon & Schuster and Hannah McKinnon. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this debut novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. Ms. McKinnon has written several novels since - I look forward to watching her mature as a writer.

Iris has always been the 'older' sister, the responsible, mature, follower of the 'rules' one. Sister Leah has appeared to be much mor
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Atria/Emily Bester Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon is a story about relationships.

After her husband, Paul, announces that he wants a divorce, Iris uses the guise of returning to the family farm to help her sister, Leah, finalize her wedding as a way to escape the proverbially walls from crashing down on her. She needs to escape from her demeaning, dismissive husband’s glares and the demands
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
This is the second book I have read in as many weeks where the heart of the story revolves around sisterhood, its ups and downs and a wedding although, unlike the previous romantic comedy, this one has a slight bit of darkness at its core and is more than just a fluffy beach read.

In The Lake Season Hannah Roberts McKinnon brings us a story about the complicated relationship between the two very different Standish sisters, Iris and Leah.

Told from the viewpoint of Iris, at the beginning of the nov
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars - The Lake Season is a feel-good story of second chances in romance and family with an intense climax. It's always nice to know that you CAN go back home, and Hannah McKinnon brings to light that sometimes, you NEED to go back home.

McKinnon is a voice to be reckoned with in women's fiction with The Lake Season, a book I found myself caught up in from the start. The family dynamic is strong in this book with one marriage on the rocks, one wedding about to happen, and a prom king turned
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My review (as published at Read, Run, Ramble)

Thank you, Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss for providing me with an early copy of this book!

The only thing I didn’t like about this book is how badly it made me want to escape to a similar location and just “be”!

Iris’s husband, Paul, drops a bombshell that leaves her unsure of not only how they got where they are, but how to move forward. In an attempt to find some answers for herself, Iris escapes (sans kids and husband) to New Hampshire with her
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
“How should you feel about a summer that you love, but that never should have happened?”

This is perfect for those lazy summer days when you want nothing more than to get lost in a great book. It’s a story of family secrets, sisterhood and the notion that things aren’t always as they appear. While heartfelt and sad at times, it still managed to have a light and fun air about it. Oh, and it was centered around a gorgeous lake. What could be more summer than that?

Iris has always been the respon
A remarkable and moving story about Iris a momma jeans wearing, unselfish mother of three, in her forties living in Boston. Her husband's sudden news that he wants a separation sends her in a tailspin. She goes home to her folks to absorb this bombshell, work though it and find herself. Her family lives by the lake and own/run a large growing organic farm-stand in Hampstead, New England.

This is ironic because the focus is on her sister Leigh's idyllic wedding nuptials that take place in a few w
WTF Are You Reading?
This is not a bad book. It is however, very hard to read at times due to very strong dysfunctional family dynamics between all adult players in this drama.
The first 50% of this book is spent watching main character Iris, act as reigning doormat/martyr to everyone in the book. Including her children. Only to turn around and complain about it later.

Time to throw the Kindle across the room!

What this book is.

A classic case of "I want what you have," between two sisters who communicate more with the
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, edelweiss, arc
(Source: I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.)

Iris has been married to Paul for sixteen years, when he suddenly drops a bombshell - he wants a divorce. Her sister, Leah, is getting married at her parents' idyllic lakefront farm, and Iris decides to return home a few weeks early so she can try to figure things out. She leaves the kids with Paul so they can finish up their respective summer camps, and heads back to her parents' house.

Iris has always thou
Hampstead Lake shining in the sun with the roll of hills and farmland is the backdrop of this novel about sisters and life. I really enjoyed The Lake Season about the complicated relationship between sisters and the unknown of the future with both of their lives in the air. The fact that this book takes place in my beloved state of New Hampshire is just the icing on the cake.

The relationships between sisters is often complex and for some fraught with memories from the past. Into this world are
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Iris is having a bit of a rough time. Her husband has recently asked for a divorce. Her oldest daughter Sadie is treating her very coldly as well. Iris is having a hard time coping with the separation and needs to get away to think. She receives a postcard in the mail from her estranged sister. Leah (who is getting married), asking her to come to the town they grew up in. Iris hasn't been back home in a very long while and hasn't even met the man that Leah is marrying. When she arrives to her ch ...more
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