Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

A book review

My love: ♥♥♥♥♥

I first encountered Sara Addison Allen when my boyfriend found a book that looked written just for me. Whatever with “don’t judge a book by its cover”. I judged that book by its cover and title; ‘The Girl Who Chased the Moon’. I loved it. This is the second book I read from this writer, and now she has become one of my favorite.

‘Lost Lake’ is about Kate and Devin, and all the characters included. Kate woke up from her long sad dream when her husband died and after her daughter finds an old postcard, she decides to go on an adventure in search of the happiness she once knew, to offer it to her daughter before they are both tied in the miserable life with her mother-in-law. Sometimes you go through life finding a place to fit in. In Kate’s case, she found it when she was 12, but she never knew it was it until she returned 15 years later. Lost Lake was about to be sold and all the residences knew, it was their home, every summer, new stories were born.

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It connects you to each character, each story, each ending. It drags you back and forward making you feel happy and sad for them. The story is not just about Kate or Devin, but about all the people who found family and home every summer at Lost Lake. Just like with all her other novels, Sarah makes an amazing job making us feel for each of the characters. Every time you think it is a secondary character, she offers you their story, and suddenly they become more important and real. It is almost like reading 20 stories in one.

Another factor I love from her writing is that even though it’s a contemporary story, it always involves a spark of magic. The kind that makes you believe in it. The kind that makes you think, “yes, this might have happen in real life.” The kind that makes you looks around you and try to find that spark of magic in your own life. The kind that makes you believe that maybe after we are gone, we are not really gone, but we become something else, something more, something we wished for the most.

This story is about hope and the chance to start over and rewrite your ending. After I began reading the novel, I read some reviews. It took me by surprise that when Sarah wrote this novel, she was going through a breast cancer fight. It is her statement, “this is my story, and I write the ending.”
Amazing book. Amazing characters. Amazing writer.

“We are conduits of happiness.”

she writes