Hi readers! It’s 9 pm on a Saturday night currently and I’m just getting this post started, but I promised myself that I would indeed announce the book of the month on the first of the month for April rather than stretching that to the “beginning” of the month like I did for March’s announcement, so come hell or high water I’m getting this done! A smart blogger would have written a draft and just set it to publish today, but I’m apparently not smart, so here I am, blogging on a Saturday night. Anyway, I’ve decided for this month that I want to read The Lake House by Kate Morton. Wait, don’t go! It’s not the same story as the movie with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. I promise. Keep reading.
If it’s not about a frustrated architect and a lonely doctor exchanging letters through a time-traveling mailbox, what is it about?
Great question. I asked the same thing. Here’s what Amazon says about it:
“Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories.
One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. He is never found, and the family is torn apart, the house abandoned.
Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as a novelist. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old Edevane estate—now crumbling and covered with vines. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone…yet more present than ever.
A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies from a masterful storyteller, The Lake House is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.”
Why is this the choice?
I will be honest, I’m nervous to read about eleven-month-old Theo. I think I just want to know what happened to him, even just from reading the summary. It has great reviews on Amazon, so I feel pretty comfortable taking the plunge, even after last month’s book that really wasn’t a hit for me despite also having good reviews.
I want to share with you another service that I use to read books. I love it so much that I want to shout it from the rooftops and put up a billboard on their behalf. Have you ever heard of Scribd? If not, you’re missing out. When I first heard about it, it was described as “the Netflix of books”–Netflix and books, you say?! Tell me more! For $8.99, you can get a subscription to read three books and one audiobook each month, and in my experience they carry over for up to three months (this carry-over is a feature I use often; I don’t have as much time to read as I once did). They’ve got loads of good books on there, and I love it.
It’s also way cheaper than buying paperback books, and in most cases cheaper than buying Kindle books too–you don’t find a lot of good Kindle books for less than $3, and audiobooks can be pretty pricey. I. Love. It. Right now, they’re offering a free trial for 30 days so you can try before you commit–and you will want to commit. For real. You can sign up here. The Lake House is available there, so if you’ve never used Scribd before you could read along with me for free. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Anyway, that’s it! April’s book of the month is The Lake House. I hope you’ll read along with me. I will post a review at the end of the month, so make sure to come back then to check it out!