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.
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.