Dream Lake Paperback
by Lisa Kleypas
Part of the Friday Harbor series
Zoe Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come, and when she meets the startlingly handsome Alex Nolan, all her instincts tell her to run.
But something about him intrigues Zoe, so she attempts to make Alex open his mind to the possibility that love isn't for the foolish.
Alex Nolan is about as bitter and cynical as they come, battling his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, until he is visited by a mysterious ghost.
Has Alex finally crossed over the threshold to insanity?
The ghost doesn't know who he is, or why he is stuck in the Nolans' Victorian house.
All he knows is that he loved a girl once. And Alex and Zoe hold the key to unlocking the mystery that keeps him trapped there.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 07/08/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780749953980
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Review by Jyl22075
I loved this book! This is definitely becoming one of my favorite series. I have enjoyed all three books so far so much. I was skeptical when I first started the book if I would be able to enjoy the ghost, but I ended up finding him a fit companion for Alex, who happened to be in desperate need of a friend. Zo? was utterly delightful and I loved hearing about all the interesting things she cooked up in her kitchen. <br/><br/>I really enjoyed watching Alex come to terms with his feelings for Zo?. At some point in the book Zo? says something about how Alex is a better man that he knows he is. I could not have agreed with that statement more. He was a good person, but it took the right woman in his life for him to really show it. <br/><br/>Overall, a wonderful read that may not be for everyone, but absolutely worked for me. I can't wait to read Justine's book!
Review by Lauren2013
A simply wonderful story with engaging characters and some truly heart-breaking moments.
Several reviewers dislike the inclusion of a ghost in the book, however, as a fan of ghosts and ghost stories, not only did this not bother me in the slightest but it added an extra layer of meaning to both the primary and secondary romances. Another enjoyable aspect of the plot are the allusions to Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook and the film Simply Irresistible - both of which make my list of all time favorite romance movies.
While the first two installments in the series are fun reads, neither managed to knock my socks off. Dream Lake, in contrast, hit all the right buttons from the ghost's heart wrenching story of love lost and found to the tortured hero in need of love and redemption.
Alex is a damaged man with a tortured past and a difficult lifestyle. He has steeled himself against loving and being loved but his softer side is slowly revealed through his relationship with the ghost and the parallels in their back stories as well as in his almost palpable passion for Zoe.
Zoe is a sweet and gentle heroine, the exact counterpoint to Alex's hardness, which makes their intense chemistry and emotional bond even stronger.
Highly recommended for fans of Lisa Kleypas and those in need of a sweet and charming story.
Review by ReginaR
Now this book approaches the greatness of Lisa Kleypas of the Hathaways, Wallflowers and Travis series -- not quite as good as those, but definitely much better than the first two in the Rainshadow Road series. <br/><br/>This book was fun, good, and sexy. I loved it. I listened to the audio and it was read by a very sexy sounding male narrator. My one complaint is how the narrator read the female voices, but in the end ... the story was written so well and performed so well it was forgivable. <br/><br/>The first two in the Rainshadow Road series are good but not great, not <i>Kleypas</i> great. They were entertaining though and they did show promise. Well, the promise was completed with Dream Lake. This book has a secret from the past that must be discovered, a wounded hero struggling to overcome his own past and a touch of magic. Sweet sexy fun, Kleypas has delivered. If you gave up on this series, I recommend giving it one more chance.<br/><br/>I cannot wait to read the next one in the series.
Review by cranberrytarts
I started this a few months ago but couldn't get into it. I wasn't in the mood then for a contemporary or a ghost story. I'm glad I decided to try again. It was just what I was in the mood for.<br/><br/>The mysticism of this series really works for me. I know others are really bothered by the paranormal elements, but I think they set the stories apart. The hints of 'other' add just a touch of whimsy to what might have been dark, emotional stories otherwise.
Review by JudithDCollins
Loved Zoe Hoffman's personality and Alex...I have read the other Friday Harbor books and nice continuation of the Nolan brothers. Zoe Hoffman, an innkeeper (being in boutique hotel business, always love the setting) who has all but given up on love is a gentle, romantic soul, but has been so hurt in the past that she dare not trust her heart with anyone. Especially not Alex Nolan, who is the most haunted of all the Nolan brothers. He drinks to keep his demons at bay and not only has he given up on love, he has never, ever believed in it. Zoe and Alex are oil and water, fire and ice, sunshine and shadow. But sometimes, it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the dark. Liked the ghost aspect and how the story related to past history and love affair with Zoe's grandmother and her illness and struggle with Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Looking forward to Crystal Cove, which read teaser and sounds like it will be more about Justine, Zoe's Inn partner and possible a little witchcraft!
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