Week ending June 20, 2014
Allen, Sarah Addison. Lost Lake. 7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 8½ hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781469222011. $69.97; 7 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed.; Playaway digital; download digital. F
For decades, Lost Lake has been a magical summer retreat. Now it’s a dilapidated resort in danger of being sold to a land developer. Before her Aunt Eby sells it, recently widowed Kate brings her eight-year-old daughter, Devin, to Lost Lake. Kate spent one wonderful childhood summer there—including meeting a boy named Wes—and it seems like a place where she and Devin can heal. Allen (Garden Spells) portrays both a sense of history and continuity in this tale of change, growth, yesteryear, and second chances. Although Janet Metzger’s strong Southern accent is a perfect fit for the setting, some listeners may experience difficulty differentiating among some words. Still, this is a well-paced reading.
Verdict Of interest to Allen’s fans and listeners of family, old times, and second chance tales. [“A solid novel that reads so quickly it will leave fans wishing for more, more, more!” read the review of the St. Martin’s hc, LJ 11/15/13.]—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX