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The Edevane Family: Eleanor Edevane their lovely mother. Clementine , the youngest daughter, a tomboy who grew up to be a pilot in WWII. Outside the family, there were others who lived at the lake house. Highly recommended! One of my favorites of ! Like this: Like Loading About Fictionophile Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian.

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Bookmark the permalink. February 16, at am. The Country Bookworm says:. October 21, at pm. Oh, that sounds good, too! Diane Coto says:. October 20, at pm. I agree with you, Diane! October 20, at am. Lovely review and a book that sounds stunning! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:. Email required Address never made public. Name required.

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Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Search for:. Fictionophile has read 78 books toward her goal of books. Edelweiss Reviewers members A group for reviewers and book bloggers who review titles from Edelweiss. We now have members! Accepting new members. The pattern goes something like this: an adult child has a parent or grandparent or [fill in the blank] who has a secret and m The House by the Lake is the second book in what appears to be a loosely connected historical fiction romance series.

The pattern goes something like this: an adult child has a parent or grandparent or [fill in the blank] who has a secret and mysterious past. The story flips back and forth from the past to the present. At first, Anna hesitates to take on what seems to be a fool's errand. Max is 94 years old and Anna truly loves her grandfather who raised Anna when her mother died at age Anna goes but her errand is not without complications.

She winds up enlisting the help of a handsome lawyer in Berlin. And so the parallel love stories evolve. One about Max's romance with a beautiful French woman and Anna's own as her relationship with develops with the lawyer, Will. The characters of Max's story are colorful and interesting as the reader is transported to Paris and East Germany Prussia in the 's leading up to the rise of Nazi Germany. A love story set in the uncertain events of enormous magnitude. Anna's story seems to be more contrived. Her story centers around the dilapidation and defilement of the heritage of the once glorious aristocratic homes prior to WWII.

The book is an enjoyable read that doesn't go to deep and things work out in the end.

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A nice escape I am also a big fan of books that deal with past family secret mysteries think Kate Morton. So when I read the book description for The House by the Lake and found that it was a fusion of the two, I was all for it. The House by the Lake was inspired by Marthe de Florian and the discovery of her apartment in In , her abandoned apartment in Paris was discovered. It had been untouched for decades and contained many paintings, furniture, and belongings. I really like how the author drew inspiration from Marthe de Florian, and built her story around her.

Despite this book including elements that I typically love, this book did not work for me, which is a shame because the concept and storyline COULD have made for a great read. I would very much like to preface this review with the fact that I am in the minority here. This book has a 3. While this book was not my particular cup of tea, obviously there are many people who enjoyed the book, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.

The House by the Lake alternates between past and present, where the characters in the present storyline are trying to figure out the mysteries of the past. While I love this method, I also feel it is risky because it can be hard to pull off. In every book I read with this format, I almost always find myself drawn to one story over the other.

This one was no different. I found myself being indifferent to Anna and her quest to reveal the secrets of the house by the lake. Unfortunately this book failed in bringing about any strong emotions in me while reading. The romance in this book, in both past and present storylines, was bland and unbelievable. There was no chemistry. May 07, Renita D'Silva rated it liked it. Mar 02, Rhonda Ruff rated it really liked it. At times it was very interesting and i couldnt put it down.

Other times i felt alittle bored. All in all it was a good book. Just wish i would have cared more about the characters. Felt like there could have been more to the story. Feb 21, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-novels. The raw, intense emotions, the vividly descriptive scenes scuttling between modern day and the life-changing era of WWII…this is a story so passionate, so moving it will stir your heart with its profoundness.

This is a book set in Paris and Germany, where part is true and the other fictional but I must commend Ms. Carey on doing her homework with researching vital facts. Her story is so raw and electrifying, her characters so real and three-dimensional, her plot so complex you just read on to know what happens next. The steaming chemistry between Anna and Wil gives the story depth.

The supporting characters add life and diverseness to the moving plot. Overall, a great historical story written by an amazing author whose book is sure to entertain a lover of historical romances! Highly Recommended 5 Stars Apr 25, Robbi Leah Freeman rated it liked it. From Author: "This book was inspired by two true stories that are woven together to form this fictional story surrounding Isabelle and Max, and Anna and Wil. Anna owns her own cafe in San Francisco, she is only focused on her work and her 94 year old grandfather, Max.

He has raised Anna since she was 12, when her mother passed away and her dad moved on to a new life that she refused to move with him. Max asks From Author: "This book was inspired by two true stories that are woven together to form this fictional story surrounding Isabelle and Max, and Anna and Wil. Max needs Anna to go visit Berlin and a small village on the outskirts to find an object he left at his families old mansion. Anna goes and it starts the mystery to her families past. Author is great at description and the characters are likable but a little vague.

The story also switches between and during WWII. This is a touching story and a quick read. The history was interesting but I felt the author could have expanded this book to make us more attached to characters, learn more of history and give us more of Max's viewpoint. I would still recommend for a fun, fast paced summer read. Nov 23, Nas Dean rated it it was amazing. Anna is astonished when her grandfather, Max, reveals a startling secret about his past. He brings her the news article about the abandoned Paris apartment which is the linked to his past. Could Anna do it?

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Would Anna find what she sets out to get? What else would she find on her journey? Was Max the man Anna though he was? Why did people in his village had such a negative image of him? I had to find out all the secrets and family skeletons. Readers would get engrossed in this story by author Ella Carey and by the end of the story forget where they are. Because this story takes a reader on a special journey to Paris as well as Berlin.

And uncovers much more than family skeletons. It uncovers the betrayal of loved ones. Family pressure during war and the aftermath is brought to the surface. Highly recommended for all readers. Feb 12, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: ebooks , net-galley-books. This was definitely an interesting book.

To find an apartment in France that hadn't been lived in for 70 years and then to find a house in Germany that hadn't been lived in for almost that long. Seems impossible. Of course, the one in Germany was fictional, but made for a great story. This was a great story and such a sad one, as well. The story moves from present time when Anna's grandfather is in his 90's back to his younger days during the war. It's not hard to keep up as the author does a goo This was definitely an interesting book. It's not hard to keep up as the author does a good job letting you know what time period your in.

I liked this story a lot. It was very entertaining, intriguing and sad.

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I whipped through this one because I just had to know the story. What happened during the war? I recommend this to any one who has a heart. It is a beautiful story. Thanks Lake Union Publishing for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. This was a good story.

Nothing earth-shattering. An old man named Max wants his granddaughter to go to Berlin to retrieve something from his family's castle that he hid in WWII.

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She doesn't know what it is nor does she know anything about it once she finds it. I found his secrecy a little unbelievable, but I find that a lot of fiction is based on people keeping secrets from other people. So, I just try to accept that now. The narrator for the audio book is terrible. Her German accent bordered on This was a good story. Her German accent bordered on Asian and her dutch accent sounded like her German accent. Mar 21, Janie Evans rated it it was amazing.

Anna's Grandfather, Max, shows her a newspaper article from the past about an abandoned Paris apartment. It is linked to his past and affects her. We learn about 's Europe, the family history, betrayal, war, and what this means for Anna. The author does an amazing job of jumping back and forth between the past and present. Wonderful story and highly recommended. I didn't rush "The House by the Lake" by Ella Carey is a wonderful, story about secrets from the past that are brought into today.

I didn't rush through this book because I didn't want to miss anything. Dec 19, Dr. The work is based on two true stories or rather facts, one in Paris of a grand demimondaine whose fantastic apartment came to light just before this was written, and another about a picture of a castle in Germany that related to past of a friend of the author.

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This work could have been good, if only it did not try to keep the mid path skirting a light romance or rather two of them, an evocative journey, and a dive into a traumatic past, a past that was horrendous as hell for the world and a dive The work is based on two true stories or rather facts, one in Paris of a grand demimondaine whose fantastic apartment came to light just before this was written, and another about a picture of a castle in Germany that related to past of a friend of the author.

This work could have been good, if only it did not try to keep the mid path skirting a light romance or rather two of them, an evocative journey, and a dive into a traumatic past, a past that was horrendous as hell for the world and a dive that is barely dipping toes out of a luxury yacht into a broiling ocean, that too in a safe space anchored in the yacht in a lounging chair by the swimming pool.

As it is treads a border of what was disdainfully named mills and boon once and is now far more horribly called chic lit. The tale alternates between two young women, one in in Paris who is taken to Geneva for a lake shore vacation by her demimondaine grandmother because in Paris the girl is unlikely to find a beau whose family will accept her, due to the grandma's past. The other is living in San Franisco in , and it was her now 94 grandfather who was the beau the first young woman met in the hotel on lake shore and fell in love deeply with, mutually as it happened.

Only, the young man was scion to a wealthy Prussian family, and was pressured to join his nation's new movement, which he was uncertain about. Events unfold on both ends of the time as story alternates quick betwen the two time points, leaving the reader dizzy, trying to catch up which woman one is now proceeding with the story of. One is wondering if one young woman was related to the other, or to the young man she met in Until one is given a rather unsatisfactory out of wondering.

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Unsatisfactory, because while the first story is about a very traumatic era, it skirts it with peeps out of the chocolate castle window that are no more than a word here or another there, and finally after finishing the book one is left with the impression the book was meant to indicate that the horrors of the time were not limited to the holocaust victims, but included those counted amongst the perpetrators or ones sitting on sides watching, approving or not.

And while that contention is not fundamentally untrue, this pastry and chocolate platter can hardly give a picture of the reality of the horrors suffered by most people on either side. Then again, perhaps it was an assignment in college that the advisor thought was worth publishing. Oct 04, M. I'm writing another dual timeline novel so it makes sense to read others tackling this genre. The House by the Lake is connected to Paris Time Capsule with overlapping characters and historical context.

It's a light read and the interweaving of two timelines works very well. So happy another book will be released in July! Shelves: on-kindle , from-purchase-at-current-price , historical-novel , review-done , read-in-ebook. This is my honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. The cover is lovely. This story was really good.

Not quite as good as the first one was, but it did answer questions from the first book. It also brought up questions of its own. The characters were well drawn and had good depth. The ones we knew from the past in the first book were familiar and the new ones we met in this book for the first time were nicely done. The pace was steady and smooth and the tension was a slow build throughout the book. I found this to be a very nice addition to the trilogy. Both Alex and Kate leave the lake house, continuing on with their separate lives. On Valentine's Day for Alex, Valentine's Day for Kate, he returns to the lake house after something about the day triggers a memory.

Meanwhile, Kate goes to an architect to review the renovation plans for a house she wants to buy. A drawing of the lake house on the conference room wall catches her attention and upon asking, Henry Wyler informs her the artist was his brother, Alex, and Kate realizes that this was the same Alex with whom she had been corresponding. She also learns that Alex was killed in a traffic accident exactly two years ago to the day and realizes why he never showed up for their date - he was the man who died in Daley Plaza.

Rushing to the lake house, Kate frantically writes a letter telling Alex she loves him, but begs him not to try to find her if he loves her back.


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Wait two years, she says, and come to the lake house instead. Meanwhile, Alex has gone to Daley Plaza to look for Kate. At the lake house, Kate drops to her knees sobbing, fearing that she has arrived too late to stop Alex. After a long pause, the mailbox flag finally lowers; Alex has picked up her note.


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Not long afterwards, a familiar mint-green truck pulls up. She walks forward smiling as the driver, clad in jeans and a familiar tan jacket, approaches. She and Alex kiss and walk toward the lake house. The film is set and filmed in the Chicago area. The lake house itself was built on what is called Maple Lake, [2] located within the Maple Lake Forest Preserve off of 95th Street in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. After filming the house was removed and a simple fishing dock was put in its place.

The downtown scenes are in The Loop. The scenes where Kate and Morgan go to Henry's office, and Kate's dramatic exit down the stairs, were filmed at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The scene where Henry and Alex talk on the street after being in their father's office was filmed on the block of South Michigan Ave, in front of the Fine Arts Building and the Auditorium Theater. The scene where Alex and Simon converse in Simon's home was filmed at the Prairie Avenue Bookshop, an architectural bookstore in Chicago which closed in Other filming locations include Aurora, Illinois now the Madison Park community and Riverside, Illinois , a small town on the outskirts of Chicago that is known for its historic houses, and several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.

The railway station in the movie is the real station of Riverside, and the bridge that Alex crosses while chasing Jack is called the "Swinging Bridge"; it crosses the Des Plaines River. The bar scene in the Loop where Kate is seen sitting on the barstool, speaking with the woman at the wooden bar, is the real "Millers Pub" located at S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL It is available on the album Hopes and Fears.