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The House on Sunset Lake

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Tasmina Perry is the bestselling author of The Last Kiss Goodbye and The Proposal. Her new novel is a heart-wrenching love story bejewelled with mysteries and dark secrets, set in the Deep South. If you love sailing away with Santa Montefiore's novels or unwrapping the layers of the latest Rachel Hore, you will adore losing yourself in this book.

1995. Savannah, Georgia
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 25th 2016 by Headline Review
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
There were a number of features that caught my eye when I chose to read The House on Sunset Lake by Tasmina Perry. Firstly, I was drawn to the stunning over image of a rambling lake house that looked like it was holding whole host secrets. Secondly, I was also attracted to the title of the book itself. The House on Sunset Lake is a title that suggests intrigue. Finally, upon perusing the blurb, I was soon convinced that this was my type of novel, as I adore dual narratives and books that hold se ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
The House on Sunset Lake is a wonderfully written story about young love, destructive secrets, and second chances. I was quickly drawn into the story and I found both storylines equally interesting. Jim Johnson has never really gotten over his first love when he travels to America to oversee the transformation of Casa D'Or from a family home to hotel. But, a chance meeting with Jennifer brings the memories of a summer 20 years back to him and is there a second chance for them or have too much ti ...more
Whispering Stories
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in Savannah, in America’s deep south, Casa D’Or is a stunning lakeside mansion owned by the affluent Wyatt family; David, his wife Sylvia and their daughter, Jennifer. Jennifer’s future appears to have been set out for her with a planned engagement to Connor Gilbert, her childhood sweetheart. Bryn Johnson and his family arrive from England to rent out the Lake House. Jennifer finds herself drawn to Bryn’s son, Jim.

As their friendship deepens, they fall in love, and make plans to leave togeth
Colleen Fauchelle
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-books
Boy meets girl and they fall in love.
Something happens and they are torn apart.
In their late 30's they meet up again.
So far so good I was enjoying the story. But then
When guy finds something out that happened when they first met.
Guy gets mad and dosn't believe girl, its not untill someone close to him says I believe her that he changes his mind and goes running after girl. Me I would have punched the guy for not believing me.
Bad ending to a good book.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Jim Johnson is set to return to Savannah, the place were twenty years ago he lost his heart to Jennifer Wyatt. Can he put the past behind when he has to face Jennifer in connection with his latest business venture? It is not a bad story at all, lots of passion, romance and secrets in a story that flips backwards and forwards in time from a long hot Savannah summer where we witness two teenagers fighting a mutual attraction, to the present day. On the whole I did enjoy the read but for me it didn ...more
Louise Wilson
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Jim Johnston was a student in 1995 and was not happy when his plans of a carefree month has to be abandoned. His father is an author who is not having much luck with his writing and has been sent to Savannah to try to rediscover his muse. Jim soon meets Jennifer Wyatt whose father owns Casa Seta. Then a tragedy happens that makes them go their separate ways.

It's now 2015 and Jim has to return to Casa Seta as his boss has purchased it as an addition to his hotel chain. Jim has ti resto
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

What an evocative story of romance, suspense, intrigue, secrets, family and a whole lot more, in a story spanning a twenty year gap.

The majority of the book is set around Casa D'Or on Sunset Lake, and is was great to see how this one house, could feature in so many key bits of two people's history. For it is central to Jim and Jennifer's story both in 1994 and now in the present too.

Some of the book is set in the 90s and the rest in the present, and I loved both parts of it, as togethe
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ever since the publication of DADDY’S GIRLS back in 2006 Tasmina Perry has been...
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The House on Sunset Lake is a lovely, light read that is set in 2015 but takes us back to 1994 also as we unravel the mysteries of a summer gone by 20 years previous. This a wonderfully written story and I really liked the main character Jim Johnson who has never found another love in the past 20 years like he had with Jennifer. But are they able to overcome the secrets that were buried that summer? Fantastic characters and beautiful setting. I would love to be able to visit the Plantation House ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Loved this great story, characters you can feel the heat of savannah in the pages of this book.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Szeretem az írónő regényeit, és ez sem okozott csalódást. Két idősík, dráma, egy tragédia ami szétszakít, hogy később megkapd a második esélyt. Jó volt.
(Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC, the book is released August 25th).

I was very close to giving up on this book during the first half. I found it clichéd and not very well-written. It had moments of something, though. Something that kept me reading. I don’t know if it was just a desire to see if there really wasn’t more to it than a generic love story, or if the writing actually holds flashes of something that could be interesting. Maybe it’s a mix of both, but mostly I think it
Jo Lambert
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read almost everything Tasmina Perry has written, but this is very different from her past books. It is much deeper and has more substance than the previous sexy bonk buster type offerings I've grown to associate with her. Set in America's deep south, Casa D'Or is a beautiful lakeside mansion owned by the wealthy Wyatt family - David, his class conscious wife Sylvia and their twenty year old daughter Jennifer. Jennifer seems to have her future mapped out for her with a planned engagement to ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Destinations Travel to Savannah with Tamina Perry

Tasmina Perry is fast becoming an author to really sit back and enjoy for me. I’d loved The Last Kiss and her latest one was a gorgeous journey, this time to Savannah and the mysteries of a hot and heady Savannah summer.

The long lost love affair was just a great mix of how a relationship can change in the blink of an eye with events which spiral out of control and where memories of the past may not be all they seem. I wasn’t sure I liked Jennifer
Started with potential, I initially thought this could be almost like a Kate Morton fix for me. Then it got a bit more Nicholas Sparks, coming and going with bursts of great dullness, and eventually it just became dark and twisted. It definitely needed something to spice it up but the author left it till too late in the day for the big twist, and it wasn't handled with nearly enough gravitas or humanity. I actually found the author's insensitive treatment of such an issue to be very bizarre, it ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I love anything set in the deep south on an old plantation house .... just magical! Relatable characters and a great story that slips easily between past and present. Totally unexpected twist at the end and I genuinely felt for both Jim and Jennifer .... I'm so glad they managed to get where they needed to be - even if they had to go through so much to get there! Looking to read more by this author.
Emma Crowley
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Tasmina Perry's writing style has certainly changed since her earlier days where her stories could be termed glamorous bonkbusters packed full of characters you'd love to hate combined with a gripping storyline that would have you rapidly turning the pages. Now there is a more serious mature side to the stories she writes with much more emotion and depth as displayed in last years book The Last Kiss Goodbye. This new book The House on Sunset Lake delves into the past focusing on one long hot sum ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book bored me. It was weird. It was supposed to be a love story and it was, but a very weird one. Jim is a forty year old guy who is still hung up on his first real Summer love, Jennifer. They've spent one Summer together in their early twenties but something happened that has sent them on different paths. He's never forgotten Jen and compares all other love interests to her. It's really pathetic. I couldn't warm to either Jim, nor to rich gal, Jen. For peoplein their forties to be this pat ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one, really easy storyline to read and follow.

Old childtime friends spend a summer together, they fall in love, but their parents have other ideas for them, and things happen that unroll towards the end if the story.

Jim works for a developer of a hotel chain.
Jen has inherited a old family plantation that holds terrible secrets, and none of her family want to be at that place.
Jim buys the place for the fancy hotel chain.
Jim and Jennifer meet up, their feelings are still there.
Linda Hill
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Jim Johnson’s boss buys up Casa D’Or, a house with memories for Jim, he finds he is forced to face the past.

I really enjoyed The House on Sunset Lake and I thought it was a perfect summer read. Reading it felt a bit like being on a long haul flight – just when you think you’re settled there is turbulence, and the plot of The House on Sunset Lake flows along with several twists and turns and secrets revealed, keeping my interest throughout. I was totally absorbed by the narrative and several
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I whizzed through this and like previous books from Tasmina I was transported into a different place . Beautifully written which creates a descriptive atmospheric read.

Full of secrets and scandal this is addictive reading !

We are presented with a love that’s forbidden and the drama that comes with it. But not just in the past but the present .

Doubts and heartache make it incredibly difficult for jim to evaluate the situation objectively

Reading a Tasmina perry book guarantees perfect escapism wit
Lisa Flint
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
What a good book this was. It follows one Summer of Jen and Jim and the paths they chose thereafter, for the rest of their lives. However, meeting up again 20 years later opens up some revelations of the past. I couldn't put it down towards the end especially as things came to light and the plot twist was revealed. Totally unprepared for the outcome of the leading characters. Brilliant book. The location very well described and the characters relatable.
Fi Silk
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm quite surprised by the high reviews, because although it is entirely readable, the writing is absolutely dire. I read it to give myself a break during something which was heavy going (Iain M. Banks) and for that it served its purpose, but I feel my precious and rapidly dwindling brain time would've been better spent on something more substantial!
Claire Davies
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I nearly gave up on this book as the first half was soooooo boring and lacking any kind of interest or action. I did see it through to the end and there were a couple of unexpected twists but also a typically predictable outcome at the end.
Gribēju kaut ko vieglu un izklaidējošu, taču beigu beigās tas bija garlaicīgi tomēr. Un paredzami. Stāsts risinās divos laikos, bet nu tāda sajūta, ka mūsdienas tur pievilktas aiz matiem un laikam arī nokāva kopējo stāstu. Nu ja, kaut kā tā.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could not get into this book. The characters were flat, and the storyline not particularly that interesting...until page 315. That's when it picked up. However overall a snore. I was traveling most of the time I was reading it, therefore, I persevered to the end which was again no surprise.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Twists that I definitely did not see coming. A perfect holiday read :)
Good book but right in the end there are plot twist that I dont feel like they belonged to the book.
dawn nelson
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Tasmina Perry never disappoints. I loved the settings of the book and the descriptions of the house and holidays. I wish I'd kept the book for holidays as it's the perfect beach read
Gabriella Süle
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
good book, unfortunately the Hungarian translation is terrible..... wish I could have read the original.
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"Tasmina Perry left a career in law for the more glamorous world of women’s magazine journalism.

She has written on celebrity and style for many national magazines including Marie−Claire‚ Glamour and Heat and was most recently Deputy Editor of InStyle magazine. She has also found time to launch her own travel and fashion magazine Jaunt. All of her four novels have been Sunday Times best-sellers and