Friday, February 4, 2011

Review - The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

Title: The Lake of Dreams (Amazon)
Author: Kim Edwards
Publisher: Viking Penguin    
Release Date: 2011
Pages: 377
Genre: Adult Fiction

At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father's unresolved death a decade ago. Old longings stirred up by Keegan Fall, a local glass artist who was once her passionate first love, lead her into the unexpected. Late one night, as she paces the hallways of her family's rambling lakeside house, she discovers, locked in a window seat, a collection of objects that first appear to be useless curiosities, but soon reveal a deeper and more complex family past. As Lucy discovers and explores the traces of her lineage from an heirloom tapestry and dusty political tracts to a web of allusions depicted in stained-glass windows throughout upstate New York-the family story she has always known is shattered, Lucy's quest for the truth reconfigures her family's history, links her to a unique slice of the suffragette movement, and yields dramatic insights that embolden her to live freely.

With surprises at every turn, brimming with vibrant detail, The Lake of Dreams is an arresting saga in which every element emerges as a carefully place piece of the puzzle that's sure to enthrall the millions of readers who loved The Memory Keeper's Daughter.

Kim’s take –

This was a very good book with lots of twists and turns. I tend to like historical novels, and the majority of this book covered that area. I considered it more interesting than suspenseful. The main character, Lucy, has always felt that she could have prevented the death of her father, which has caused her to avoid the family home in a village called Lake of Dreams. The author describes the village so wonderfully, you feel and wish you were there. Lucy comes back to see her mother and comes across a few things in the home that peak her interest. With only a few items to work with and her suspicions, Lucy uncovers a family past that has been hidden for generations and will greatly affect the family’s future. A good read, but not a rush out and buy kind of book.

Kim’s Rating – 3/5 

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