Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Lake House - Marci Nault

Summary: 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.
Summary and cover art from author's website, www.101dreamscometrue.com. Book given free for an honest review.

My Review: Victoria Rose and Heather Bregman seem to be destined for each other. These are two very different woman generations apart. This isn't your typical friendship. Yet when Heather moves into the quite lakeside community and the two meet, they soon discover that they have more in common than what meets the eye. Both long to find themselves and gain acceptance among the close knit community. Victoria strives to help Heather avoid the same mistakes that she made as a young woman while Heather teaches Victoria to forgive herself and live in the present rather than the past. Together they are able to begin to rebuild their lives.

The Lake House is akin to any decent chick flick or lit. The plot is somewhat predictable, yet entertaining. Vivid descriptions of the setting bring the community of Nagog to life. The characters are somewhat stereotypical but their emotions carry an authentic air that leaves the tell believable. The dialog is cheesy at times and there seems to be an underlying obsession with body image. The genuine relationships that are built or mended redeem the story. Victoria's past is allowed to unwind at a leisurely pace over the course of the book, adding some mystic to the tale. In the end the story weaves itself together seamlessly and allows the reader to close the cover with a smile.

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

To Sum it up: A feel-good read perfect for those lazy days of summer.

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