Review: The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon

The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon

PSA: Crying in public is highly likely when reading this book.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling recently, which meant I had plenty of time for reading! On my flight back home last week, pulled up The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon on my Kindle. It was a fun read that powered me through multiple flight delays. If you’re looking for a summer or beach read, this is it.

On the surface Iris has the perfect life. She’s dedicated her life to her husband and their three children, but still manages to juggle her work as a literary agent. That is, until her husband requests a divorce. Reeling from the shock, she flees back to her parents’ lake home in idyllic New Hampshire. Instead of taking the time to figure out her broken marriage, responsible Iris becomes overshadowed by her flighty, yet charismatic younger sister Leah. Again. In the midst of dress fittings and working on her mother’s organic farm stand, Iris finds a new love, discovers Leah’s secret, and tackles her imperfect life head-on.

The Lake Season by Hannah McKinnon

At first I found Iris really whiny and annoying, but I warmed up to her quickly. She’s been raised with the unrelenting pressure of being the responsible sibling in light of her Leah’s escapades. Even as adults, Iris is still cleaning up after Leah. Sibling rivalry is tough (says me, the older sister). However, as a mother, I totally relate to Iris and the struggle to follow our personal dreams versus taking care of our children. McKinnon creates a very compelling character that I wanted so desperately to find happiness.

I totally cried when I read The Lake Season. While my plane was landing. I probably freaked out my fellow passengers. I’m not normally a crier when I read, so that’s my PSA for you.

Add The Lake Season to your summer reading list. You won’t be disappointed. And grab some tissues.



What’s On Your Nightstand: Patti Callahan Henry

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Do you have your books picked out for the weekend? Today author Patti Callahan Henry shares the books on her nightstand. She even sent us a photo of her gorgeous nightstand! Check out what she’s reading, and make sure you pick up a copy of her new book The Idea of Love (read an excerpt).  Take it away Patti!

Patti Callahan Henry Author Portrait

My nightstand is full of books, overflowing to underneath where I keep a second stack. On top I keep the books I am reading at the moment, a candle from Notre Dame, a photo of my daughter and a crystal that an author friend gave me. There is also a notebook for jotting things down, photos of Paris taken by my daughter and framed, and a baseball card of my son in Cooperstown. It’s a mishmash usually obstructed by books.

Patti Callahan Henry's Nightstand

Patti Callahan Henry’s Nightstand

Right now I’m reading At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. It’s a novel full of lore and magic and history. A love story mixed with adventure and friendship in WWII.

I’m also dipping into a book that was given to me as a gift, titled What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund. He is a book jacket illustrator and he wrote this book, full of evocative illustrations, an exploration into how we visualize images while reading. I am loving this book, dipping into it and finding gems.

And finally, non-fiction I am reading The Anticancer Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber. This book was written by a man who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was given only months to live. Years later he was still lecturing and talking about the findings in this book.

Patti Callahan Henry’s new book is titled The Idea of Love. This novel is an exploration of love through a screenwriter desperate for a story and a woman desperate for a new life. Together they make the perfect liars. They lie because they are desperate, and they need and want a change and don’t know how to go about doing so. They are floundering. Henry wanted to explore how they could possibly come together and get to know each other, while presenting false selves. There is pretense on both sides, but also enough honesty that they come to know each other. Would the lying prevent love from showing up?

Learn more about Patti Callahan Henry on her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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