Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon

Iris has been a good wife and mother for years.  When her husband, Paul, tells her he wants a divorce, it shatters her world.  How could he do this to her?

Emily Bestler Books sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).  It was published June 2nd, so you can get a copy at your local bookstore now.  There is a Readers Club Guide in the back of the book.

Paul begins sleeping on the couch but he hides it from the children.  The children have summer camps and activities coming up and Iris doesn't know what she will do with herself then.  When she gets a post card from her little sister that sounds like a desperate cry for help, she decides to go home for the summer.  She'll help her Mom at the farm stand, help Leah get ready for her wedding, and decide what she's going to do for the rest of her life.  If only it was so easy...

Leah has her own set of problems.  She also has secrets.  Iris has her own problems and tries to be supportive but how do you help someone who won't tell you what's wrong?  And what is her mother not telling her?  Even worse, Iris has found a man who is everything her husband isn't.  She can't destroy her children's lives by living her own as she would wish.  How will she make this all work?

There's enough family drama in here to wring you dry.  The worst part is that it is all so believable.  Everyone tries to plan, but life is what happens to you and you  have to deal with it.  Ms. McKinnon kept my attention and tells an interesting tale of family life.  If you like women's lit, this will work for you.

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