Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas
(Friday Harbor)


5 Critic Reviews

A little magic, a lot of romance and well-drawn characters make a satisfying read.


They say that opposites attract. But what happens when one of them has been devastated by betrayal and the other is so damaged and jaded that his heart is made of stone? In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas's Dream Lake, readers well enter the world of Friday Harbor, an enchanting town in the Pacific Northwest where things are not quite as they seem and where true love might just have a ghost of a chance. . . .

Alex Nolan is about as bitter and cynical as they come. One of three Nolan brothers who call Friday Harbor home, he's nothing like Sam or Mark. They actually believe in love; they think the risk of pain is worth the chance of happiness. But Alex battles his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, and he lives in his own private hell. And then, a ghost shows up. Only Alex can see him. Has Alex finally crossed over the threshold to insanity?

Zoë Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come. When she meets the startlingly gorgeous Alex Nolan, all her instincts tell her to run. Even Alex tells her to run. But something in him calls to Zoë, and she forces him to take a look at his life with a clear eye and to open his mind to the possibility that love isn't for the foolish.

The ghost has been existing in the half-light of this world for decades. He doesn't know who he is, or why he is stuck in the Nolans' Victorian house. All he knows is that he loved a girl once. And Alex and Zoë hold the key to unlocking a mystery that keeps him trapped here.
Zoë and Alex are oil and water, fire and ice, sunshine and shadow. But sometimes it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the dark, and sometimes love can reach beyond time, space, and reason to take hold of hearts that yearn for it. . . .


About Lisa Kleypas

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Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of many contemporary and historical romance novels, including the Hathaways series, A Wallflower Christmas, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, and Love in the Afternoon. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College and published her first novel at the age of 21. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts in the Miss America competition. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children.
Published August 7, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 385 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Aug 26 2012
Weeks as Bestseller
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on Jul 22 2012

A little magic, a lot of romance and well-drawn characters make a satisfying read.

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Reviewed by Rory O'Connor on Jul 15 2012

..."Dream Lake" is both charming and romantic (without being cloying or kitschy).

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Reviewed by Bunny Callahan on Feb 10 2013

The tie between the past generation and the present is particularly well done, as poignant as an old song.

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All About Romance

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Reviewed by Leigh Davis on Feb 10 2013

She does write extremely entrancing love scenes, elevating the emotions beyond lust and longing.

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Reviewed by Sue Fairhead on Aug 01 2012

... I had to suspend belief somewhat to follow the ghost story that runs through the plot; for some reason, though, that was easier to do than to accept the inconsistencies in major characters.

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