Review 11. Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Title: Lost Lake House
Author: Elisabeth Grace Foley
Publisher: Second Sentence Press
Published: March 16th 2016
Ebook/Kindle Edition

"All Dorothy Perkins wants is to have a good time. She’s wild about dancing, and can’t understand or accept her father’s strictness in forbidding it. Night after night she sneaks out to the Lost Lake House, a glamorous island nightclub rumored to be the front for more than just music and dancing…in spite of an increasingly uneasy feeling that she may be getting into something more than she can handle.

Marshall Kendrick knows the truth behind the Lost Lake House—and bitterly hates his job there. But fear and obligation have him trapped. When a twist of circumstances throws Dorothy and Marshall together one night, it may offer them both a chance at escaping the tangled web of fear and deceit each has woven…if only they are brave enough to take it."

Lost Lake House is different from every retelling I've read so far. As an historical retelling, Lost Lake House is a modernised retelling of the Twelve Princesses, where the glamour of the Jazz age meets the love for dancing from the fairy-tale.

Plot: The main protagonists are Dorothy Perkins and Marshall Kendrick. Dorothy is a sixteen-year-old who loves to dance more than anything else. However, due to her strict father, who sees wrongness in it, if she wants to dance, she must sneak out to the Lost Lake House, a popular nightclub. Marshall works in the Lost Lake House and knows its dark secrets. He hates his job and wants nothing to do with the dark activities of  the Lost lake House, but he needs it to feed his is family as his drunken father is always with a bottle on his hands. One night, Dorothy and Marshall meet and have the opportunity to change their destiny...

The plot of the novella is interesting. Two teenagers that have to decide the person they want to be. I liked how Dorothy and Marshall had a conscience. They hated to deceive the people they cared about and always found themselves torn between keeping the Lost Lake House's secret or telling the truth.

For a novella, I confess that I found its story a bit slow - even though it is extremely well-written. The protagonists don't meet immediately and when they finally do, the novella takes a different turn. Instead of keep running way, they finally have to confront their fears. When Dorothy and Marshall shared the same page, I enjoyed their interaction and I wish that they had had more.

Worldbuilding:  The author recreates the craziness of the twenty's perfectly. Lost Lake House represents an age where everyone lived to party and dance and yet drinking was illegal. The bootleggers are part of this novella, figuring out schemes to sell alcohol.The glamour of the Lost Lake House - its the parties with the enhancing music and fake laughs and flapper girls - reminded me of the parties given by Gatsby.

Lost Lake House is perfect for those who enjoy historical fiction and fairy-tale retellings.

I received this ARC from the author Elisabeth Grace Foley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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