FICTION

The Lake Season

Emily Bestler: Atria. Jun. 2015. 380p. ISBN 9781476777641. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781476777665. F
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Iris Standish is convinced her marriage is dead and gone, so she packs up and heads to her parents' home after receiving a cryptic postcard from her sister and hearing "I want a separation" from her husband. She arrives three weeks earlier than she had intended and lands in the midst of her sister Leah's wedding preparations. As well, Cooper Woods, Iris's old high school flame, is doing barn renovations for her parents, and their farm is a thriving produce market with which she is expected to help. Not only is she frustrated that the changes in her childhood home happened without her knowledge, but she's convinced no one told her because she just was not important, or she is not as loved as her sister. Miscommunication abounds, and when the smoke clears, Iris has learned some important lessons.
VERDICT Fans of Debbie Macomber and those looking for a great summer read will enjoy this first foray into adult fiction by McKinnon (Franny Parker; The Properties of Water). Though wordy at times, the story features engaging character development and an on-again, off-again romance that will keep readers intrigued.

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