Dream Lake

Dream Lake

Book - 2012
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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...

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2012
ISBN: 9781250008299
1250008298
Characteristics: 374 p. --

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Andresen_E
Aug 14, 2017

I enjoyed this one although the others in this series were better. Even though this story was entirely fictitious, I want to point out that the hero quits drinking solely by sheer willpower but this method to become sober rarely works in reality. It takes a detox, rehab, and an on-going support program to ensure a sober existence. Especially if the reason for quitting is a relationship with another.

This was a charming romance. I did enjoy the ghostly element, though couldn't help but wonder if the people around Alex thought he was losing his mind. I wasn't really sure how this romance would work at first. Alex was so hard, coarse, and troubled, I wasn't sure a relationship with him would be possible. Still Zoe softened his edges and made him a more appealing leading man. I loved how he looked out for Emma, Zoe's Grandmother. Charming romance with a ghost--this was a fun read.

This is the third in a series set in mystical Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington. The series centers around the Nolan family. In this book, Alex Nolan, the most haunted of the brothers, who drinks heavily and doesn't believe in love, meets Zoe Hoffman, a gentle, romantic innkeeper who has been hurt so many times she has given up on love. I liked this series because it reminded me of Nora Roberts, though Lisa Kleypas has a lighter touch in her use of magic and ghosts. I found it to be a charming, sweet series with a touch of the mystical. Recommended by Linda

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dprodrig
Jul 23, 2013

Light, sweet read. Not one of her best, but still nice to read all cuddled up on the sofa.

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WEAVEONEDREAM
Jul 05, 2013

nice easy book to read, enjoyed the characters of Zoe Alex and Upsy but it made me hungry while reading it lol

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katortiz3
Feb 25, 2013

Made me cry! Loved both Zoe and Upsie. Story is very heartwarming.

universalPuppy Feb 06, 2013

The book begins with a ghost as the narrator. I found his monologue annoying and almost gave up on reading further. However, once Alex (a human & one of 3 brothers) enters the picture, the ghost is no longer the narrator and no longer annoying. The romance between Alex and Zoe proceeds slowly, but the story never feels like it's dragging.

This 3rd book in the series definitely goes full on with the paranormal as opposed to the previous ones where it wasn't so overt. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I have a feeling there might be a witch or two in it.

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dreamer2802
Aug 22, 2012

Even though I'm not normally a fan of the paranormal being inserted into this series, I really enjoyed Alex and Zoe's story.

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