Title: The Lake Season
Author: Hannah Roberts McKinnon
384 pages, published June 2, 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
Iris Standish has
always been the responsible sister: the one who studied hard, settled
down, and always made the right choices—even when they came at the
expense of her passions. Meanwhile, her sister Leah dropped out of
college to “find herself” by hiking through Yellowstone and switches
jobs nearly as often as she switches lovers, leaving Iris to pick up the
pieces in her wake.
But now Iris’s life is coming apart at the
seams, and when Leah calls her back to their childhood home with a
desperate cry for help, she is thrust headfirst into preparations for
her sister’s wedding to a man their New Hampshire clan has never
met…with her own marriage and family on the brink.
the rush of dress fittings, floral arrangements, and rehearsal dinners,
Iris is learning to put herself first. And amid a backdrop of
late-night swims and a soul-restoring barn renovation comes Cooper
Woods, a high school crush who beckons with the promise of a new start.
Leah faces a past that has finally caught up to her, Iris prepares to
say goodbye to a future that is suddenly far from certain. As Hampstead
Lake shimmers in the background, Iris must decide when to wade in
cautiously and when to dive—and, ultimately, how to ferry herself to
safe harbors in this “glittering…memorable” novel of second chances and
the ties that bind (Michelle Gable, nationally bestselling author of A Paris Apartment).
It took me awhile to get into this book--at first glance it appears to be an easy breezy, have fun at the lake and wedding summer read. But it's definitely much deeper than that, which is what I ended up really loving about the book once I got really invested in it. Both Iris and Leah are both very deep, complex characters that take some time to really figure out--I knew something was up with Leah throughout the whole book, but had no idea why until the secrets came out towards the end of the book. I also loved Iris's journey of self discovery--it seemed very real and honest.
This book stays with you and makes you think--and more importantly, feel. It examines relationships between sisters, mothers and daughters, family, and old friends. It reiterates the notion that you sometimes need to put yourself first and make yourself happy in order to make others happy. The novel leaves you feeling satisfied and content.
The novel is well written, keeps you guessing and thinking, and is a great read. If you're looking for a great summer read that's a bit deeper than the usual beach read, this book is perfect.
Overall rating for "The Lake Season": 4.5 stars