It happens one morning - Kate finally wakes up from the slumber she's been in since her husband's death a year ago. Feeling a fresh sense of desire to take control of her and her young daughter's life, she decides to visit Suley, Georgia - home to Lost Lake. It's where Kate spent one of the happiest summers of her life as a child. She's not sure what she expects to find there, but it's not a rundown place full of ghosts and other curious oddities. Kate's Aunt Eby, Lost Lake's owner, wants to sell the old place and move on. Lost Lake's magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake, can she bring the cottages - as well as her heart and the hearts of all the guests - back to life? Because sometimes lost loves aren't really lost. They're just waiting for you to find them again.
You know these words by now; It was good BUT it was not as good as previous books. It did not have that comfort feeling, that awww magical realism feeling. It felt rather bland to be honest. It was a good fiction book, but it was not a good magical realism book.
So yes that was the main issues. What magical realism? A crocodile? No. I want the magical realism to be felt, to really feel it and think yes, there is magic in the south. Here I never felt that. There was no real magic in this book.
But that does not make it a bad book. She is still a great author, and wrote a good fiction book. Just not a great magical realism book.
The story is about Eby who owns Lost lake, but the place is dying. No new guests are coming. She wants to sell and then her niece Kate turns up. Kate who will learn to love again and her daughter who will find a home to love. And Eby will find peace again. It's also the story of 2 guests, and the cook. Everyone finding what they need.
But yes, disappointing that the Allen feeling was not there. Though, still good.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 13th 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton