The Lake of Dreams

What an awesome title, right? In fact, when asked to read The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards, the title was what spurred me on to quickly check it out. Kim Edwards is the bestselling author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.  I haven’t read her first book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The book opens with a mysterious event from the past.  I scratched my head and wondered at what happened and the significance.  Chapter 1 starts with an earthquake in present-day  Japan, where we meet Lucy–out of work and stuck in a rut.  She hears that her mother had a small accident stateside… just a sprained wrist, but her longtime boyfriend strongly encourages her to go see family.   Once Lucy is home she discovers mysterious letters from the past and pursues them with a passion.  An old flame appears and family history is slowly found out through old letters and beautiful stained glass windows.

The author describes settings with delicious detail, so much so that I felt like I could see it.  The mysterious past and the letters Lucy finds provide an interesting look into the women’s suffrage movement, yet I never liked the main characters enough to really care.  Maybe that speaks more about me than the book, but if I hadn’t committed to finishing it I probably would not have.  Thankfully, it has a satisfying ending and I can truly appreciate Edwards’ way with words, but I can only give it a 2.5 out of 5 booklights. Not a bad read, but nothing that will keep you wondering what happens next.

To find out more, or to hear other reviewers’ take on this book, come and join the book club discussion to see if this book is for you!  I will say that I’m curious to see if I’d like Edwards’ first book, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.  I’ve heard it has a wider appeal.

This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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