The Lake Season was a very refreshing read. It has been a while since I read women’s fiction and the blurb immediately caught my interest. It’s about Iris and Leah, sisters who weren’t really close as children, they have drifted apart after high school, but were brought together again by opposing circumstances. Leah, the popular, loved by all, and happy go lucky younger sister, is getting married (finally) while big sister, Iris, the perfect child, the more responsible daughter, the one who has made all the right decisions in life, is facing a potential divorce. They were reunited in their childhood home in New England and the hurts and secrets of the past comes back to the surface.
The story is told in the third person, in Iris’ POV. I was immediately drawn to the reality of Iris struggles as mom and wife. Her confusions about her roles, her feelings of inadequacy, her insecurities, her regrets, oh they feel so close to home. Not because I am also facing a divorce (haha) but because I felt for her pain as a mom. It would have been easy for her to make drastic decisions but she realizes that as a mother of three, she now has to make choices that would work best not only for her but for her children. At most, she would be constrained to make choices for her children and sacrifice her own interests. And isn’t this always the case? Motherhood is the most selfless thing that can happen to a woman, if I will be asked.
As Iris goes back home, she is confronted anew by her old feelings of jealousy and insecurity. Why is Iris’ mom playing favorites in favor of Leah? Or is she? And why doesn’t her mom seem to approve of anything that Iris does? This is one minor mystery that kept me going.
And then there’s her best friend Trish. I really like Trish and her candor. She’s the kind of friend I would love to have in my life. Plus, I can appreciate the delectable pastries that she is capable of making. 😉
What I loved the most about this book was the idyllic setting. New England is a place that evokes nostalgia and childhood memories, not that I’ve ever been there (haha) (I would love to go there, though) but because of its role in the story: it speaks of home. No matter how far we’ve gone to, we’d always go back to the place that held too many memories, no matter how painful some of them were, right? The feeling of home somehow makes us feel that whatever troubles we are going through, everything will turn out right.
I may not have approved of everything that Claire did, but who am I to judge her? Her situation isn’t something that anybody would love to be in. She’s tired, confused, angry, hurt, and disappointed. Who can fault her if she wants a little happiness in her life?
I really enjoyed The Lake Season. It was one of those reads that made me want to got to the beach, my book and I, and lounge under the shade of coconuts, forgetting for a moment my routine for the day. Here is the book that knows how it is to be saddled by motherhood duties and understands that sometimes a mom needs some time for herself, even if it means enjoying a pair of sexy, strappy sandals.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
My copy: ARC from NetGalley