“May your past be a pleasant memory, Your future filled with delight and mystery, Your now a glorious moment, That fills your life with deep contentment.”
– Kate Morton, The Lake House
Title: The Lake House
Author: Kate Morton
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Its hard to pinpoint a certain character this book follows as through each turn of the page you are introduced to a new character whom intertwines with the rest. However mainly the story tells the lives of two very strong, bright, inquisitive woman. Morton describes their lives through the past an present by recalling events that all eventually lead to the vanishing of a little boy and the determination to find out what happened the day he disappeared.
Alice Edevane an adventurous, investigative sixteen year old spends her days exploring the grounds of her family’s beautiful lakeside estate in Cornwall. She is an aspiring writer, determined to write a page turning mystery. But the mysteries she puts on paper are no trial to the mystery her own family is about to withstand.
Eleanor Edevane, mother of Alice and three other beautiful children, Deborah, Clemmie, and Theo. Being a devoted wife and mother defines her life, but she yearns for the adventurous girl that used to roam the grounds of the Lakeside estate all those years ago. Her husband has not been the same ever since his return from the war. His shell-shock continues to progress and in turn affects his daily life giving him visions of the past he desperately tries to forget. Eleanor begins to worry for her children and his conditions effect on them and the dangers he could put them in. When Eleanor falls pregnant with Theo she thinks he might be just what he needs: a boy. But when things don’t change for the better Eleanor must make a choice that will change her life and the lifes’ around her forever.
Ben Munroe, a gypsy, and wanderer finds his way working as a gardender on the Edevane’s lake side estate in Cornwall. Not only does he capture the lives around him but he reminds people that anything is possible if you know where to look for it. But are his reasons for being there really as innocent as they seem or is he determined to be closer to someone that has impacted his life in so many ways.
Sadie Sparrow, a young Detective in the London Metropolitan Police Department finds herself at her Grandfather’s house in Cornwall after being asked to take a leave of absence due to a wrong doing during a previous case. One morning Sadie goes for a run and stumbles upon an abandoned estate beside a lake. Her detective instinct takes hold and sparks her curiosity setting the stage for a number of secrets for not only the Edevane’s past but also her own. All the while introducing her to people she never knew would have such an impact on her life.
Bertie, widower and Grandfather to Sadie, spends his days trying to adapt in a new environment in Cornwall after loosing his beloved wife. With Sadie now living with him its hard to forget the past when it’s secrets continue to unfold. However maybe the past will be just what he needs in order to fill a void he so long ago was never able to fill.
Kate Morton has a way of introducing different characters and yet still intertwining them with one another in a way to convince the reader they have known them all along. The Lake house was an immensely enjoyable read that constantly kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I had it figured out I was credulously wrong, evoking the urge to read on to see the outcome. Morton takes historical fiction and blends it seamlessly with the present making it a marvellous piece of modern day fiction.
I truly enjoyed how Morton has different characters tell the story through their own words. With that said I would have liked to see more of some of the characters. It would have been interesting to see Ben Munroe have a chapter dedicated to his side of the story. As well possibly hearing what Bertie might have to say in regard to his own past and how it related to the present.
Morton’s way of introducing fiction to the reader is not only adventurous but also a way of taking the reader on a journey whilst painting the words of the story out like oils on a canvas.