Friday, May 17, 2013

The Lake House review

Description via Goodreads:

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 fiancĂ© 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.

I had trouble getting into this one -- just couldn't connect with the characters at first -- but, after about 75 pages I found myself really enjoying the story and location. Especially the location. I wanted to drive to Nagog and just summer there myself! The author did an excellent job at description when it came to the setting. 
Victoria and Heather were each complicated and difficult for me to like at first. I think their disjointed connection left me a little disjointed too, but as they start to explore the possibility of rekindling a lost friendship, I found myself investing in them more and more. When the details and focus really became about them, I was hooked.

The novel isn't perfect, but it certainly ended up being an enjoyable read for me. I read it with my feet propped up on my back porch in the sunshine, but it would be even better on an actual beach. A summer read to take on a vacation with you, for sure. 

Review copy provided.

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