Title: The Lake of Dreams
Author: Kim Edwards
Narrator: Anne Marie Lee
Length: 16.5 hours
Source: public library
Reason for Reading: I needed another audiobook for my commute to work and this was on my Goodreads TBR list, so I borrowed the audiobook from my library.
Summary (from Goodreads):
At a crossroads in her life, Lucy Jarrett returns home from Japan, only to find herself haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade ago. Old longings stirred up by Keegan Fall, a local glass artist who was once her passionate first love, lead her into the unexpected. Late one night, as she paces the hallways of her family’s rambling lakeside house, she discovers, locked in a window seat, a collection of objects that first appear to be useless curiosities, but soon reveal a deeper and more complex family past. As Lucy discovers and explores the traces of her lineage00from an heirloom tapestry and dusty political tracts to a web of allusions depicted in stained-glass windows throughout upstate New York-the family story she has always known is shattered, Lucy’s quest for the truth reconfigures her family’s history, links her to a unique slice of the suffragette movement, and yields dramatic insights that embolden her to live freely.
My Thoughts: What an interesting family in this story! There is such a complex family dynamic in this book, it almost was like a real family. They weren’t constantly fighting, nor were they consistently happy. As the characters were all adults, I think that helped the situation seem more real.
There was a great deal of the story focused on family history, and the story could not have worked without it. Lucy is researching a long-lost relative–her great-great-aunt–whom she had never heard of before. It was pure curiosity as to why she’d never heard of Rose that made her want to know everything. I would not say that the book was historical fiction, but letters from Rose certainly took me back to the 1920s-1930s, an era I love. It wasn’t just Lucy’s curiosity that was served well by her digging around in the family history–the scandal surrounding Rose actually had a small part to play in a scandal surrounding Lucy’s father and uncle in more “current” times (still about ten years in the past). Genealogy is something that I have been interested in since I was 18–I have to be one of the youngest people interested in my family history around 🙂 One thing I love about my ancestors is that I can trace my family back to two Patriots who fought in the American Revolution–all thanks to my grandparents’ involvement in the Daughters/Sons of the American Revolution (national organizations). But I digress…
I was a little shocked at how suddenly Keegan was cut from the story. I admit that I thought that Lucy was going to fall back in love with him and leave Yoshi, but I was proven wrong. I guess maybe Edwards wrote it that way to make the reader think the same thing, only to pull out the rug from under our feet later. I’m fairly certain of it, because otherwise there was very little Keegan had to do with the story.
There was an epilogue. I listened to it. Started out okay. But when, by the end of it, there had been years that were covered in very slim detail, I began to change my mind. Well, what’s new? I hardly ever like epilogues; we all know that.