One day Lily Blake's life is perfectly comfortable, the next she is embroiled in a scandal that threatens to ruin everything. Lily loves both of her jobs, teaching music in a Boston school and performing as a pianist/cabaret singer in a club.

For years Lily has been a friend of Archbishop Fran Rossetti, so she is thrilled when it is announced he is elevated to Cardinal. When a reporter questions her about her relationship with the Father, Lily is cautious but truthful. She has no idea that reporter Terry Sullivan is about to do a hatchet job. Suddenly, Lily is accused of having an affair with Archbishop Rossetti and is vilified in the media.

After losing both her jobs despite her efforts to contradict the stories, Lily retreats to Lake Henry, New Hampshire. Hiding out in the cabin she inherited from her grandmother, Lily wants only peace and quiet. John Kipling is editor of the small Lake News paper. As a former big city reporter and acquaintance of Terry Sullivan, John has his doubts about the veracity of the Lily Blake story. When he discovers Lilys hideaway, he offers his sympathy and promises to keep her whereabouts a secret.

After being badly burned, Lily is wary of John and his offer of help. In her situation, John sees the potential for a book on the excesses of the press. John plans to turn the expose around and discover why Terry Sullivan is on a vendetta. The temptation for vindication and revenge is strong, but dare Lily trust John with her heart and her story?

LAKE NEWS is another outstanding novel by the consistently remarkable Barbara Delinsky. LAKE NEWS deftly explores the timely topic of media excesses in a convincing and absorbing fashion. (May, 461 pp., $7.99—Hardcover published August 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith