Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Lake of Dreams ROCKS my SOCKS

Hey guys,

I'm so excited to share a really beautiful book with you.

BlogHer Book Club emailed me about a month and a half ago and asked me if I would like to read and review Kim Edwards' new book. I couldn't resist jumping at this chance because I loved her previous book, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, immensely for its attention to special needs children in the 60's and how beautifully Edwards approached the struggles of that time.

The book I read is called The Lake of Dreams. And this book follows in her similar attention-to-detail style and her delicacy around historical hot topics. Here's my personal summary of the book:
Alluringly written, The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards is a graceful journey about a young lady named Lucy who begins to uncover the mystery embedded in her family past. She finds herself once again in the bedroom of the lake house she grew up in, after traveling halfway across the world to take care of her mother after an accident. She has intentionally avoided coming home because of the memories of her dad's tragic fatal accident that occurred over a decade earlier, but once home she discovers a cupboard otherwise forgotten for generations. She picks the lock and finds a small collection of papers dated between 1913 and 1925, all pointing toward a young woman named Rose who may have been shamed out of her own family tree due to her involvement in the suffrage movement.
Guys--this is seriously my favorite book of this year. No joke. And I read The Hunger Games and The Help this year, so I hope that says something.  There are so many parts and layers to uncover, and every moment is filled with the longing to know more, discover more, and unearth more of Rose's  intentionally hidden life.

Edwards orchestrates her words so effortlessly, pausing in delicate moments to help you breathe the mustyness of old letters, squint at the twinkling of stars, shiver in the breeze, soak in the warmth of the sun's rays, and empathize deeply with the sorrow and sadness felt by a mother who's daughter was taken from her as she simultaneously fought for her own rights in America.

The journey traveled with Lucy is very compelling. As she searches for answers to the mysterious documents and uncovers pieces of the puzzle linking her lost relative in stained glass, discarded embroidery, baptismal records, and archived letters, Lucy's own past opens up and is forced into question.  Lucy finds herself drawing on Rose's strength to help her overcome her own grief. As you read Rose's letters with Lucy, you begin to see and feel the weight of the risk that standing up for women's rights cost so many while on the journey to equality and freedom. I found my own heart aching for this mother that desperately wished for both of her worlds and desires to exist, knowing that if the same scenario occurred today, there is no question that mother and daughter would be together.

If you want to know what others are saying about this book, check out the BlogHer Book Club discussion.

And for anyone that's also into a good romance twist, its got that too. Tastefully done, I might add!

This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are completely my own and yes, I would have told you if I didn't like the book

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