Review: The Lake Season

Title: The Lake Season
24912313Author: Hannah Roberts McKinnon
384 pages, published June 2, 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction

Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Iris Standish has always been the responsible sister: the one who studied hard, settled down, and always made the right choices—even when they came at the expense of her passions. Meanwhile, her sister Leah dropped out of college to “find herself” by hiking through Yellowstone and switches jobs nearly as often as she switches lovers, leaving Iris to pick up the pieces in her wake.

But now Iris’s life is coming apart at the seams, and when Leah calls her back to their childhood home with a desperate cry for help, she is thrust headfirst into preparations for her sister’s wedding to a man their New Hampshire clan has never met…with her own marriage and family on the brink.

Still, despite the rush of dress fittings, floral arrangements, and rehearsal dinners, Iris is learning to put herself first. And amid a backdrop of late-night swims and a soul-restoring barn renovation comes Cooper Woods, a high school crush who beckons with the promise of a new start.

While Leah faces a past that has finally caught up to her, Iris prepares to say goodbye to a future that is suddenly far from certain. As Hampstead Lake shimmers in the background, Iris must decide when to wade in cautiously and when to dive—and, ultimately, how to ferry herself to safe harbors in this “glittering…memorable” novel of second chances and the ties that bind (Michelle Gable, nationally bestselling author of A Paris Apartment).

My Review:

It took me awhile to get into this book--at first glance it appears to be an easy breezy, have fun at the lake and wedding summer read. But it's definitely much deeper than that, which is what I ended up really loving about the book once I got really invested in it.  Both Iris and Leah are both very deep, complex characters that take some time to really figure out--I knew something was up with Leah throughout the whole book, but had no idea why until the secrets came out towards the end of the book. I also loved Iris's journey of self discovery--it seemed very real and honest.

This book stays with you and makes you think--and more importantly, feel.  It examines relationships between sisters, mothers and daughters, family, and old friends.  It reiterates the notion that you sometimes need to put yourself first and make yourself happy in order to make others happy. The novel leaves you feeling satisfied  and content.

The novel is well written, keeps you guessing and thinking, and is a great read. If you're looking for a great summer read that's a bit deeper than the usual beach read, this book is perfect.

Overall rating for "The Lake Season": 4.5 stars

Happy Reading!


  1. What a great review!! You've convinced me that I need to read this one, because I admit I was still on the fence. I like the fact it is deeper than you would think based on the synopsis. Definitely going to make time for this one over the summer.

  2. I don't remember ever seeing this one before. Thank you for your wonderfully informative review. I am adding this to my TBR with a note of your recommendation. I will let you know when I read it. :)

    1. Thank you for reading my review! It was definitely an enjoyable book!


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