Monday, March 14, 2016

Book Review: Lost Lake House by Elisabeth Grace Foley

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Title: Lost Lake House

Author: Elisabeth Grace Foley

Series: Historical Fairytales #2

Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling/Historical

Audience: Teen - Adult


The Twelve Dancing Princesses meets the heady glamor and danger of the Jazz Age 

All Dorothy Perkins wants is to have a good time. She’s wild about dancing, and can’t understand or accept her father’s strictness in forbidding it. Night after night she sneaks out to the Lost Lake House, a glamorous island nightclub rumored to be the front for more than just music and dancing … in spite of an increasingly uneasy feeling that she may be getting into something more than she can handle.

Marshall Kendrick knows the truth behind the Lost Lake House—and bitterly hates his job there. But fear and obligation have him trapped. When a twist of circumstances throws Dorothy and Marshall together one night, it may offer them both a chance at escaping the tangled web of fear and deceit each has woven … if only they are brave enough to take it.

**5 stars**

A retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses + the Roaring Twenties = a dazzling tale that is sure to intrigue and delight! I absolutely loved this beautiful little novella.

A girl who loves dancing but is forbidden to by her strict father. A boy who will do anything to keep his mother and brothers and sisters fed. A magical night across the lake. Is everything glitz and glam as it seems? Or are there dire consequences underneath the fun?

Though Lost Lake House takes place in a non-magical, historical setting, it has such a fairytale-ish feel about it. I was captivated at once, and could hardly stop reading. Maybe it was the glamorous air of the Roaring '20s; that is one of my favorite eras! Perhaps it was the dancing, or the mysteriousness and secrets. Or the lovely, flowing writing and the flawless descriptions! I was enraptured. The historical feel. The beauty. It was dazzling for sure. Elisabeth Grace Foley writes beautifully.

I so appreciated the lesson learned, and the warning sounding amidst the desire to rebel. It was such an exciting, but dangerous; bitter, but sweet story of coming-of-age. Dorothy Perkins has to decide what's worth what. Lost Lake House definitely had a solemn note, but it turned out so endearing! There is some slightly mature themes; talk about illegal drinking and man getting a girl alone and trying to kiss her. But I think it's perfect for teens; I think it's something they could really relate to. And an enjoyable read for adults also. I loved it. It's real, thoughtful, captivating, and just blesses your heart ultimately! ^_^

Very well done. Great characters. Awesome setting. Wonderful story. I highly recommend.

I received a copy of Lost Lake House from the author in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Ooh! I need this! The 20s isn't my favorite, but I NEED all the 12DP things! :D

    1. It's more of a subtle retelling, but so lovely! You should definitely read it, Deborah! ^_^

  2. This sounds really good, I want to read it!

    1. You should certainly check it out, Skye! :)

  3. I really enjoyed this one too, Shantelle. Such a sweet little fairytale that took a different albeit charming approach to the story and genre.

    1. Yes, it did! So glad you like it as well, Rissi! ^_^