I read books with the BlogHer Book Club. If you’ve been around these parts for the past few months, you may have noticed this. Sometimes I read books and I’m not so impressed, not in the beginning or the end. Other times, I read books that I never would have picked up on my own, and I am thankful by the turn of the last page that I’ve opened myself up to something new, perhaps a genre I’m not as familiar with as others. Or maybe a book teaching on a subject I’m not extraordinarily passionate about at the start.
This time around, I am SO THANKFUL that the BlogHer Book Club selection was Kim Edwards’ The Lake of Dreams. Kim Edwards wrote the ultra-popular novel The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, which I haven’t yet read myself, but several of my close friends have recommended it to me. I was eager to get a look at the writing style of Kim Edwards and see what all these friends had been talking about.
I was not disappointed in the least! I loved The Lake of Dreams to the 5-star rating it so greatly deserves. I love the journey the main character, Lucy, is on throughout the book. I loved her character and found several aspects of her development in the story relatable to various areas of my life. I also loved that Lucy, and the other main characters, were able to show their faults without seeming as if the author was trying to paint them as “bad” people. These characters were complex, and not “picture perfect.” There was pain and sadness, and actions which followed these emotions in suit. These characters seemed – well, HUMAN.
As someone who is slightly obsessed with personal story, this book sent me on a whirlwind.
I am fascinated by the idea that we all have our own individual story that is interwoven with the stories of those people in our lives, past, present and future. I love sharing my own story [obviously.] and I love listening to other tell their stories – of their childhoods, and relationships and lessons learned.
All throughout The Lake of Dreams, personal and family history is a theme that runs deeply. While I was reading it, I found myself especially interested in discussing family history and heritage in my everyday life. I’ve spent several hours with the boyfriend, asking questions about his own family experiences and memories, digging into his ancestry as I take the time to share my own as well.
Other favorite details of this book? It is set in the Finger Lakes of New York, including some scenes taking place in Ithaca, a favorite city of mine [and home to one of my dearest friends!] Also, pretty much from the start of this book I have noticed I now have a strong desire to own a piece of stained glass artwork; weither it be a window or something that can be admired on a shelf or desk. The way Edwards’ describes the beauty of stained glass all throughout the story has left me with a longing!
If I could, I would gift this book to each and every one of you for Christmas. But, clearly, as a girl on a budget this isn’t necessarily possible.
Instead, I leave you with this quote from the book, and urge you to find a copy of it at the library or book store nearest you and dive in. Or, snatch it up on Amazon for UNDER $7 TODAY!! [Then report back to me on how much you LOOOOOOOOOVED this book, okay?]
“The challenges in this place are real and sometimes very difficult, but I’ve learned to slow down and look for beauty in my days, for the mysteries and blessings woven into everything, into the very words we speak.” -Kim Edwards’ The Lake of Dreams
[Disclosure: This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.]