There are times when reading a book becomes so much more than just your eyes scanning words on a page. In those times, the act of reading becomes an encounter, a memory, a moment. And when that happens, that book, that author, that character becomes as familiar as a family member, as fond to you as an old friend. Reading transcends the boundaries of paper and ink and we know we will be different for having read that author, found that book, met those characters and visited that setting.
That happened for me one winter weekend as I sat in a warm pancake house and disappeared inside the pages of Sarah Addison Allen’s THE SUGAR QUEEN. When I looked up from the story, I was honestly surprised the ordinary world still existed. I devoured that book and went on to read everything Sarah had written, gobbling them up until there was nothing left. Then I had to wait for more titles, eagerly anticipating the next.
And so when we at She Reads learned that Sarah Addison Allen had a title coming out this year, we begged for early copies, hoping–expecting– that we would be able to share the book with you as a monthly selection. And so this month of March, we are happy to be able to do so. We invite you to disappear inside the pages of LOST LAKE, to meet the citizens of this forgotten place, to learn the secrets the land– and people– hide. There is a bit of magic and mystery, a lot of love and hope. It is a story of new beginnings best shared, we think, during this month when winter loses its grip and spring begins to glimmer ahead of us. We hope that you will lose yourself in this story like we did. That you will look up and be surprised the world is still there.
The wonderful publishing team at St. Martin’s Press is giving away five copies of LOST LAKE to our lucky readers this month. See the entry form below for details.
The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.
That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.
It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.
Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve, before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she’s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.
One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren’t sure they needed in the first place: love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended. Can they find what they need before it’s too late?
At once atmospheric and enchanting, Lost Lake shows Sarah Addison Allen at her finest, illuminating the secret longings and the everyday magic that wait to be discovered in the unlikeliest of places.
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Sarah Addison Allen is the New York Times Bestselling author of Garden Spells (2007) The Sugar Queen (2008) The Girl Who Chased the Moon (2010) and The Peach Keeper (2011). She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.