Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source:  Received for an honest review from the publisher

Publisher:  Gallery

ISBN:   978-1451686722

Print Length:  400 pages

Published date:  May 7, 2013

Book Description (from amazon)

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.

My Thoughts 

The small community of Nagog is filled with memories, both joyful and painful for Victoria Rose. As children, Victoria and her friends promised to stay together in their tight-knit community. However, as Victoria grew, she knew the small town life wasn’t for her. She had dreams of being an actress. She broke her promise and left the community, breaking the hearts of her friends, and her childhood sweetheart. After a life haunted by tragedy, Victoria seeks refuge in the community she abandoned, with the former friends that she only visited occasionally during her younger years. As Victoria seeks forgiveness and acceptance, she finds an unexpected friend in Heather Bregman. After breaking up with her fiancé, Heather buys a house in the Nagog community, while she continues to build her career as a travelling journalist. Though the house seemed to be the perfect place for her to write, Heather soon learns that the members of the community wouldn’t accept a young outsider into their midst. Plagued by sabotage, Heather finds Victoria to be one of her only friends in the neighborhood. The two women, though separated by many years, begin the mutual struggle of finding acceptance in a community that closed their doors to them, and perhaps find love along the way.

The Lake House is a wonderful read. The details are crisp and concise, allowing the reader to see and feel the things that the characters are feeling. I almost felt like a member of the community of Nagog as I read along. The book does a marvelous job of spanning the gap between the generations. It looks blatantly at where the choices one makes as a youth affects the rest of one’s life. All the characters in The Lake House have rich back stories, and though I got frustrated with the characters’ actions at times, the back stories helped me to understand where each character was coming from and what motivated their actions. Both the romances of Victoria and Heather were quite believable. Neither was overdone, or too sappy. I loved reading and exploring the friendships in this book. This book is wonderfully well written. I have only one criticism to make, which is that the ending seemed slightly rushed to me. It felt like everything had been so gradually and wonderfully built up and explored, and then everything just fell into place quite quickly and the book ended. All of the loose ends were wrapped up; I just wish that the events that wrapped them up would have been as thorough as the rest of the book. This book was received from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating:  Mild

Reviewed by: AprilP

Review Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More