Close friends for twenty years, Emma Michaels, Mackenzie Hayes and Serena Stockton have spent one week every summer at their favourite lake house, bonding and decompressing from their high profile careers and personal trials and tribulations. After a five year estrangement, the three women make their way once again to the lake house, but before they can reach their destination, a tragic accident and highly explosive secret threatens to unravel their friendship.
Touted as the perfect beach read, and a heartwarming tale of female friendship, I really was looking forward to A Week at the Lake. Wendy Wax did a wonderful job describing the beautiful scenery of the lake house and did an exceptional job developing the characters of Emma, Mackenzie and Serena. They came across as a very close knit group of women, loving, caring, witty and sincere. Unfortunately, the storyline was so drawn out, that once Emma’s secret is revealed, the resolution is so quick and abrupt that it kind of left me wondering what just happened. I would have enjoyed the story much more if the reveal had been earlier, the relationships between the women and their male counterparts more developed and a lot less time spent in the build up.
While I didn’t quite enjoy A Week at the Lake, I have heard great things about her Ten Beach Road series and her novel While We Were Watching Downton Abbey and would be more than willing to give one of these books a try.
Thank you to Goodreads First Reads and Penguin Canada for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.