Those darn playful apple trees

“Bay stretched out on the grass, the sun on her face…an apple hit her leg, and Bay opened one eye to look up at the tree.  It kept dropping apples on her, almost like it wanted to play….

‘Aunt Claire, why does the apple tree keep dropping apples on me?’

 ‘It wants you to eat one,’ Claire said.

‘But I don’t like apples.’

‘It knows that.'”

~Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells



Lost Lake, a sort of modern fairytale

As readers, we all have a list of authors that we will read every book that they publish.  Sarah Addison Allen is one of those authors for me.  She tends to put a little magical twist into her stories.  Not like Harry Potter’s world of wizardry type of magic, but hers is a bit more subtle.  Like having a book appear for you to read to deliver a message when you need it; or an apple tree whose fruit has magical properties.  In Lost Lake, its the crocodile.  But Sarah Addison Allen also has a knack for creating this perfect little world that you could live in forever. Or at least I could.  The small, quiet, cozy southern towns and the people who live there really make for a nice little summer getaway.  Which is what happens with Kate and her daughter, Devin.

lost lakeFrom Goodreads:

Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it’s the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn’t believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake’s owner, wants to sell the 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—and her heart—back to life?
Sometimes lost loves aren’t really lost. They’re right where you left them, waiting for you to find them again.

So, there you have it… the perfect little setting for a modern fairy tale, complete with ‘once upon a time’ and ‘happily ever after’.  Well, not really… but pretty close!  I love the characters that she creates – all so different and new, but they feel like people I’ve either known for years or want to sit down on the porch with and get to know better.  Definitely a good summer read!

On another note, Kate begins the book by stating that she ‘woke up.’  Usually, I would think: she just had a nap, or she just woke up from a good night sleep.  But in this case she had spent the last year ‘asleep.’  Her husband died in a tragic accident, and she disconnected with life.  Just going through the motions, she was not fully aware of what was going on, and not fully herself and allowing her mother-in-law to take over.  It is at that point she wakes up, and begins to take control of her live, discover herself, connect with her daughter, and discover old family mysteries.  The way she described being ‘asleep,’ though – I could totally relate!  I did not have a death to mourn that created the disconnect for me, it was actually kind of gradual.  However, I was ‘asleep’ and going through the motions for years and I love that she was able to capture that in the book.

Also, I just had to share:  I love the inside cover of the book. I actually love the cover of the book, too.  Not that you should judge a book by the cover – just take my word for it. So, I don’t usually splurge on hardback copies unless its cheap, or one of my favorite authors.  Lost Lake happened to fall into both of those categories this time.  Have a look, though:

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Take another look at the little postcards they’re showing you there – they’re relevant to the story!

Has anyone else read any of Sarah Addison Allen’s books?

4 out of 5 stars.