Dream Lake - Friday Harbor, Bk 3 Author:Lisa Kleypas Shy innkeeper Zoe Hoffman has all but given up on love. She’s a gentle, romantic soul, but has been so hurt in the past that she doesn’t dare trust her heart with anyone anymore. Especially not Alex Nolan. Scarred by his bitter past, he drinks to keep his demons at bay, and not only has he given up on love, he has never, ever believe... more »d in it.
In Dream Lake, fate and circumstance throw this unlikely duo together. Determined to care for her ailing grandmother, Zoe hires Alex to help her renovate her grandmother’s cottage on the shores of beautiful Dream Lake. It’s a difficult pairing. Zoe is burdened by life’s tragedies and her need to always be strong for her loved ones. Alex is haunted by his troubled childhood, his ex-wife’s betrayal, and a ghost with its own mysterious agenda. As different as two people can be, Zoe and Alex are oil and water, fire and ice, sunshine and shadow. But, as they’ll soon learn, sometimes it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the dark….« less
Not my favorite of Lisa Kleypas's contemporary novels. However what has really stuck with me is the detailed descriptions of food. Kleypas lovingly describes food in almost all of her books and this one takes it to a whole new level. I felt hungry for about 350 of the 384 pages of this book. This could possibly be described as food porn.
As to the story, meh. Alex and Zoe had so much going on in their own lives, it seemed almost secondary that they fell in love. And while they both turned some major corners in their lives, especially Alex, you wonder if a relationship started under those circumstances is really lasting. It seems possibly as ephemeral as the passing of time itself. The characters were likeable (yes Alex became likeable) but were they really meant for each other? It's hard to say.