All of the magic of Allen’s previous books is present in this latest treasure, a feast of words. The author has the ability to capture the soul of her characters and make them relatable to every reader. This is a story of love, loss, grief and starting over — it is truly a treat to be savored.
When Kate Pheris wakes up, both literally and figuratively, a year after her husband’s death, she is caught in a life she isn’t sure she wants to be living. Kate gathers her 8-year-old daughter, Devin, and heads to a place she remembers visiting as a child: Lost Lake, Ga. Owned by her great-aunt Eby Pim, the cabins on the lake hold treasured memories for Kate. Little does she know that Eby has agreed to sell the property to a developer. As family and old friends reconnect at Lost Lake, the magic surrounding the property has something to give every person there. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jan., 304 pp., $25.99)