Sunday, January 26, 2014

Book Review: The Lake of Dreams

Kim Edwards is the bestselling author of the book, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, which I read and enjoyed about eight or nine years ago, before I wrote a blog chronicling my responses to the books I read.  I probably enjoyed her other book better than this book, The Lake of Dreams, but this one wasn't bad.  The first book just kept me reading more intensely, wanting to find out what would happen in the story, whereas this one kind of dragged a bit and never really sparked my full interest.

Lucy Jarrett is newly unemployed and decides to return home for a visit when her mother has an accident and hurts her arm. She is unprepared for the stirrings of the past, both from her father's questioned drowning ten years earlier and from her past relationship with her teenage boyfriend, Keegan (who is now a glass-blower in town). Plus, she never expects to unearth some old documents in an upstairs locked window seat. These papers lead her on a trail of discovery of an old family secret and a relative with connections to the early suffragette movement. Life is full of changes and challenges and she must learn to navigate through them.

The storytelling was good and the characters interesting enough. The story just didn't grab me as fully as I had hoped. It was just an okay read for me.

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