"Dad's Going to Like You."

"Dad's going to like you," she remarked. "Bringing him home his wayward daughter, and a tip on the biggest speakeasy in the city, all in one night!" — Lost Lake House 


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My family has come to know the name Elisabeth Grace Foley because I talk about her books quite often. She's a talented author, her descriptions are vivid, and her writing flows beautifully. Having read most of her prior works, I jumped at the chance to be an advanced reader for her newest novella, Lost Lake House, a historical retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses set in the Roaring Twenties. The story follows a young woman named Dorothy Perkins who adores dancing. The only problem is, her father disproves of parties and dancing. Dorothy, who cannot suppress her need to dance, sneaks out at night while her father's in his study. Where does she go? The infamous Lost Lake House, a nightclub that uses dancing and jazz to conceal a speakeasy during Prohibition. At first, Dorothy enjoys this "forbidden fruit" but as time goes on, her deception weighs on her conscience.

Then enters a young man named Marshall Kendrick, a groundskeeper at the Lost Lake House. He works there to earn money for his family, but he knows the inner-workings of this establishment and loathes the fact that he's a part of it. Since this is a short novella, Dorothy and Marshall are only together twice in the whole story but their relationship is wonderful! It leaves you with them as good friends and you know they'll become more than that. *cough... sequel please ... cough* Foley did a splendid job building their friendship in a limited time frame. They both agree to make things right after Marshall saves Dorothy from a police raid at the Lost Lake House. She agrees to confess to her father, while Marshall agrees to tell the authorities about the speakeasy and get an honest job
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      "Marshall," said Dorothy, "what was it that made you decide the way you did, tonight?"
       Marshall sat still for a moment, as if thinking what to say. "Cowardice is a pretty ugly thing when you come face to face with it," he said at last. "Sometimes, if you won't see it in yourself, it takes seeing it in somebody else to make you see."
      Dorothy said softly, "Or sometimes, seeing somebody with more courage than you could ever have—to shame you out of it."

Dorothy is a relatable character. She's impatient, she makes mistakes and convinces herself that she's doing the right thing, even when she's not. But in the end, she turns things around, including the relationship with her father.


These snippets (among others) make me relate to Dorothy.

Dorothy's problems loomed huge to her on the scale of her own small life. She never considered the size and scope of the world very much except as it affected her, and from her point of view at this moment, nobody had ever been in such an awful mess as she was.


 Everyone but her seemed to be alive and busy and going somewhere—Life itself seemed to be passing her by. At sixteen the world seems to be spinning fast and time slipping away, and our hearts burst with the conviction that if we cannot have our dreams right now they will be somehow imperfect when they finally come true.


The beginning of the book was a little slow, but the story picked up and had a satisfying ending with Marshall getting the last word.


"Well, gee whiz, Dorothy, I've been wanting to sock that Sloop Jackson in the jaw ever since the first time I saw him."

Who is Sloop Jackson? Well, you'll have to read and find out.

All in all, I really enjoyed Lost Lake House and I'm looking forward to reading more of Miss Foley's historical fairy tale retellings in the future!


Purchase the Lost Lake House for $2.99 on Amazon. 

You can learn more about Elisabeth Grace Foley and her books on her blog and Twitter. 




-Emily

(All pictures taken from the Lost Lake House Pinterest board.)

4 comments

  1. This book sounds so interesting and I love those snippets! I'm definitely going to have to check this one out.

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  2. I've been looking for a good 1920's fiction book, and I love her writing style, so I'm super excited for this! :) I love your review!

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