Achingly tender, yet filled with laughter, The Lake House brings to life the wide range of human emotions and the difficult journey from heartbreak to healing. 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.
If a reader is looking for a book contemplating the meaning of friendship then this just might be the perfect read. Victoria grew up in a small town. As is common in small towns, most of the citizens knew each other and formed tight bonds. Victoria and her friends promised never to leave their little town, but Victoria broke that vow. When Victoria comes back home, she finds it is not so easy to slip back into old, familiar roles. Heather, the other main character, buys a house in the town. Although this might mean a fresh change in the town, many of the citizens are none-too-pleased about this newcomer. With no other choices, Heather and Victoria begin to form their own bond that is deepened and explored throughout the novel.
Heather and Victoria had two distinct characters and were easy to distinguish, but they had a similarity to them, as well. I loved Heather's forward-thinking and Victoria's bravery. I thought their characters complimented each other. I thought the secondary characters were both interesting and somewhat hilarious in their own way. I guess coming from a very large city, I do not understand the inner workings of a small town, but I found it interesting that the citizens in the small town knew each other so well that they shut everyone else out. I enjoyed the pacing of the plot as well as the descriptive setting. This book is recommended to adult readers.
3 1/2 Stars
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