Two Of My Favorite Things....

I'm working on a photography project called 365, where I take a picture every day of the year.  I've decided during the course of the year I'll photograph the book that I've just completed and provide a review.  Here is my first book review.

The Lake of Dreams is the new novel from Kim Edwards who wrote the best-selling book The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and I have so been looking forward to her next book, The Lake of Dreams.  I finished this book and I must say I’ve got mixed feelings about it.  

The story follows Lucy Jarrett, who left her family and small town after her father dies in a boating accident.  She seems to be at a loss and haunted by the past.  While living in Japan with her boyfriend Yoshi, Lucy decides to make a visit home and when she stumbles upon items from the distant past in a window seat, she starts a journey of her family’s history and starts to find peace at The Lake of Dreams.  I love the letters that Lucy finds that takes you back to the past and sheds light on Lucy’s family history.

Lucy also has to come to terms on how life at Lake of Dreams has changed and the people she loves are changing and moving forward.  Her mother seems to be finding romance again.  Her brother Blake has decided to join the family business with his uncle.  Her teenage love Keegan has moved back to town and started a successful glass blowing business.  While Lucy has been travelling the world, she still doesn’t seem to be moving forward with her life.

Like The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards has created some wonderful characters.  Her writing is so detailed so when you’re reading it’s like you are actually standing in Japan, living through the earthquakes or riding down the lake on the Keegan’s boat.  I was slightly disappointed by it.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book but it doesn’t meet the expectations I had of it.  It’s hard to put my finger on it but worth the read. Like The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards has created some wonderful characters.  Her writing is so detailed when you’re reading it’s like you actually standing Japan, living through the earthquakes or riding down the lake on the Keegan’s boat.  I was slightly disappointed by it.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book but it doesn’t meet the expectations I had of it.  

My next review will be The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian.