Lost LakeLost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Contemporary fiction, magical realism

Today Kate woke up. She’s been sleepwalking through the last year since her husband died. She woke up to find that her disapproving mother in law has taken over the lives of Kate and her eight year old daughter Devin. They are supposed to move into her house today. In an act of rebellion, Kate decides to take Devin the place where she had one magical summer as a child – her great aunt Eby’s lake resort – if it even still exists.

Today Eby finally agreed to sell her property on Lost Lake. The few campers who still come here for the summer are getting old and won’t be coming back forever. Now that the decision is made, she has to deal with the anger of her campers and her companion/cook who don’t want anything to change.

I love this author’s blend of contemporary fiction and magical elements. There is a ghost of a lost lover in the kitchen and an alligator with a secret that he wants Devin to figure out.

This story is about finding out where you want to be in your life and who should be a part of it.