THE LAKE HOUSE ,by Marci Nault, is available just in time for summer. What a great story of community, friendship, forgiveness, and love.
When twenty-eight- year -old Heather Bregman decides to buy a cottage on a lake outside of Boston, she has no idea what she is in for. Heather is fed up with a fiancee who can’t even be bothered to pick her up at Logan Airport after she’s been gone for a couple months working in Africa. They’ve grown apart over the years; she’s in need of ….space.
Victoria Rose has been an actress, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. But, mostly, she’s been running from something or someone most of her life. The someone is most likely her own self. She finds herself, at the age of seventy-two, an old woman, alone and lonely. She takes a chance and moves back home to Nagog, Massachusetts. She’s hoping the old community will accept her back into their fold.
Lake Nagog has become a senior community. All the inhabitants have lived there forever. They’ve grown up and raised families, and have now retired to a quiet life of ease and contentment. It’s the sameness they crave. But Heather is not old, and she is certainly not ready to settle in for a quiet life of contentment. So, now what?
Victoria and her friends at the Lake suddenly find their solid community being rocked by change. Change doesn’t come easy for these older folk. And they will not take it lying down. The old guys are pros at pranks. And the women will do almost anything to convince Heather to move out. From leaving stink bombs under her porch to putting bible verses on her door, they keep on coming.
Victoria is still reeling from the death of her granddaughter five years ago. She has not been able to move forward. Thinks its all her fault. And can not see the forest for the trees when it comes to Joseph, her old flame from her teenage years. He’s never been able to get her out of his mind, even through fifty years of marriage to another woman, and children and grandchildren.
Tom is the man who was engaged to Victoria’s granddaughter. When he and Heather meet there are sparks, but not the kind you would think.
Heather’s job as a writer for a newspaper is flashy and exotic. Being able to travel to foreign locales and live out fantasies is a dream come true. But is this what she really wants? And what about Charlie, her fiancee? Is he the one? He keeps reminding her that he made her who she is; she would still be a waitress if not for him.
I found this novel to be unique. Nault has an innate ability to show how people of a certain age live their lives; how they really feel, their aches and pains, all of it. She has peeked into the minds of these older people and vibrantly brought them to life. Those of us who experience arthritis will see ourselves in some of these characters. Children having to deal with frailties of aging parents will see themselves in these pages. And we may just get a real good look at how the aging parents feel about their own lives. Gives us a good prospective.
All in all, I found this trade paperback very readable. It’s all about second chances.
My galley came from Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Ink. Thanks so much.