Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Lake House by Marci Nault ~ review

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451686722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451686722

This book is also available in e-book form.

May 7, 2013

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 alone broke that pledge. Now she has come home, intent on making peace with her demons, even if her former friends shut her out. Haunted by tragedy, she longs to find solace with her childhood sweetheart, but even this tender man may be unable to forgive and forget.
HEATHER BREGMAN. At twenty-eight, after years as a globe-trotting columnist, she’s abandoned her controlling fiancé and their glamorous city life to build one on her own terms. Lulled by a Victorian house and a gorgeous locale, she’s determined to make the little community her home. But the residents, fearful of change and outsiders, will stop at nothing to sabotage her dreams of lakeside tranquility.
As Victoria and Heather become unlikely friends, their mutual struggle to find acceptance—with their neighbors and in their own hearts—explores the chance events that shape a community and offer the opportunity to start again.

My take on this book:
"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 make peace with her past. Meanwhile Heather Bergman is a twenty-eight year old woman purchases an old victorian house in Nagog, but the community isn't happy about it because she is an outsider. An unlikely friendship grows between Heather and Victoria. Will they ever be accepted in Nagog, and what life lessons can they learn from each other?

I always enjoy a good saga/drama and that's what I found in the pages of this story. I liked the sense of friendship that developed between the two main characters, and also enjoyed the fact that there was an age difference between the two that really added another layer. Ms. Nault does a wonderful job of not only transistioning the story between past and present, but does it in such a way that I truly felt as if I not only knew the characters but the area as well. "The Lake House" is a touching story that expertly blends together friendships, a splash of mystery, a dash of romance, and humor to make this a very satisfying read. A perfect summer read! 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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