I have a few ‘go to’ authors when I really want to settle in with a comfort read – one I know is going to draw me into a world of characters I’m going to fall in love with and a story that will stay with me and A Week at the Lake by Wendy Wax is just one of those books. A Week at the Lake releases next week on June 23 and it’s a wonderful story of the unbreakable bonds of friendship.
Emma, Mackenzie, and Serena met twenty years ago as young women in New York City and they instantly formed a friendship that would go on for years. As their lives wore on and they went their separate ways they still managed to gather each summer for a week at the lake staying in the cottage of Emma’s Gran. Then all of a sudden they didn’t. Emma stopped asking them to come and eventually the women drifted out of each other’s lives… until one day both Mackenzie and Serena receive an invitation to spend a week at the lake again. While both of them question why suddenly after all these years Emma is inviting them back to the lake they still agree to go. They want answers. They want to know why these trips to the lake that were balm to their souls and their friendship every year had so suddenly stopped.
Emma has her reasons for having terminated the visits to the lake. Guilt over a long ago betrayal has caused her to alienate her best friends but now she wants to see if they can repair their friendship; even after some long buried secrets are brought to light. However before they can even make it to the lake there is a terrible accident that leaves Emma in a bad state but there is no better place to heal than the lake and the women head out there. Not only does this time at the lake have the women reflecting on their friendship; it also has them taking a hard look at their lives. As secrets are revealed will the women be able to repair this once solid, unbreakable friendship they once had?
A Week at the Lake is written in true Wendy Wax fashion. She never fails to bring about a story that has me envious of the friendships she writes about but also the settings. I wanted nothing more than to join these women and feel the breeze of the lake on my own skin. A Week at the Lake is the perfect summer read – highly recommended!
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I have been meaning to read some of Wendy Wax’s books for quite a while. My summer reading seems to be taking a more mainstream approach (not really through any effort by me). This might be a good time. Is this one part of a series or a standalone? And do you have a suggestion for a best book by this author?
Kay, I think Wendy’s books are the perfect summer reads. Not too heavy but still really good. A Week at the Lake is a standalone as is Magnolia Wednesdays which I really enjoyed too so I’d say either one of them would be a good choice.
I love Wendy Wax too!
Kathy, I know you do!
Literary Feline says
This does sound like the perfect summer read! I haven’t yet read Wendy Wax yet, can you believe it? We share a name and everything. I really need to give her a try.
Wendy, you’ve never read one? lol. I can see that though. There are just too many books out there plus you’re busy a lot with Mouse so you have bigger things going on. Hope you get to read or listen to one soon though. They are light and enjoyable!
I thought I passed on this one, thinking it wasn’t quite my thing but I have it. Duh. I do that all the time. I’ve heard at least four bloggers give it their seal of approval so I will read it at some point this summer.
Ti it’s a nice, light summer read and I’m thinking you might need it for some relief while tackling Atlas Shrugged. LOL.
I consider Wendy Wax one of my “go-to” authors also. I read her newest book every summer, along with Elin Hilderbrand, Mary Kaye Andrews, and Nancy Thayer. They all make me think of summer and they all seem to release in the summer. I like that this one is at a lake. I’ve always been an ocean person, but have gained appreciation for lakes in the last few years.
Elizabeth, I’m the same with Wendy Wax and Elin Hilderbrand. I’ve got Elin’s new one in audio on hold at the library. I love listening to hers. They both write the perfect summer reads. I hope you get to read A Week at the Lake soon. It really made me wish I was out at our lake sitting by the water.