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Milt Gross Book Review: "Lake News" by Barbara Delinsky
By Milt Gross
Mar 13, 2015 - 6:26:21 AM

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The picture on the front cover of Lake News pulled at me, a man in a canoe on a lake. That man could have been me, before we gave our canoe and electric motor to our kids in western Maine. Photo by Milt Gross
What looks like a quiet tale from the shores of a country lake is actually the story of a woman tricked by a city reporter to tell of a friendship with a priest. The reporter turns it into a secret romance, and she flees the city for home, a rural town on the shores of a lake.

At home and hiding, she eventually meets the editor of a local paper, and this editor, John Kipling, uses his position in Lake Henry and passion to bring about justice for Lily Blake.

A very realistic tale that involves not only the main theme of freeing Lily from a past that didn't exist but also containing romance. Kipling tackles former acquaintances from the city to show Lily's innocence.

Kipling first appears to Lily as he canoes past her lakeside camp, and the story involves not only the two of them but the lake itself, the townspeople, and a great plot.

From the book jacket, "Set against the physical beauty of New Hampshire and against the complex web of family life and relationships in a small town, Lake News moves triumphantly toward a surprising and deeply satisfying conclusion."

The author, who lives somewhere in New England, has seen more than sixty novels published.

If you like the peace of the country and the beauty of lake country, find a copy of this 1999 Simon & Schuster novel. The price on the book jacket is $24, but Amazon.com offers the Kindle edition for $8.99 and a hardcover edition, used or new, for one cent.

I used to see the lakes of Maine when I was a kid on vacation near Belgrade and lived on Swan Lake for about ten years. I'm a sucker for this type of book.

Read your own copy, and you will be too.

Milt Gross can be reached for corrections, harassment, or other purposes at lesstraveledway@roadrunner.com.

Milton M. Gross Copyright 2014


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