Pick of the Week: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sarahaddisonallen.pngHave you discovered the delights of Sarah Addison Allen? If you haven’t read any of her books, you are in for a treat. If you are a fan like I am, you can be glad that she is back with another delightful story, Lost Lake.

Allen‘s amusing, whimsical stories are all set in the South, with quirky characters who have to overcome personal tragedies or dilemmas. She helps them along the way by sprinkling a touch of magic into their lives. Her first book, Garden Spells, is a book club favorite and a good introduction to her works.

In Allen’s newest novel, Kate Pheris is slowly coming back to life after mourning the death of her husband over the past year. She realizes that she has been ignoring her 8-year-old daughter Devin, b2ap3_thumbnail_lostlake.jpgand allowing her pushy mother-in-law to take over their lives. When Kate discovers an old note from her Great Aunt Eby, warm childhood memories flood back of the summer she spent at Eby’s vacation resort, Lost Lake, with a boy named Wes. On the spur of the moment, Kate decides to take Devin to Lost Lake to revisit some happy times.

But Lost Lake has seen better days. Eby has decided to sell the land with the run-down cabins to a developer. In true Allen style, the reader gets to meet some eccentric characters with interesting backgrounds. The result is a delightful, spellbinding book that will warm you up on a cold winter’s day.

After reading all of Allen’s novels two years ago, I was eager for the next title. But then Allen shared that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She thankfully is in remission and writing again, and her newest novel was well worth the wait.

Jo Hansen, jhansen@cooklib.org


Jo Hansen has been a Readers’ Advisor at Cook Library for several years, after a 20-year career as a newspaper journalist. Libraries rock! She especially enjoys literary and historical fiction as well as mysteries and fantasy. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she enjoys playing with her chocolate Labrador Yogi Bear and watching great movies.