Dream Lake takes readers once again to the exquisite setting of Friday Harbor, and tells the story of Zoë Hoffman, an innkeeper who has all but given up on love. She’s a gentle, romantic soul, but has been so hurt in the past that she dare not trust her heart with anyone. Especially not Alex Nolan. Alex is the most haunted of all the Nolan brothers.
He drinks to keep his demons at bay and not only has he given up on love, he has never, ever believed in it. 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. Dream Lake is classic Lisa Kleypas: romantic, powerful, emotional, and magical.
What the description of Dream Lake does not mention is the ghost and the ghost is a very important character in Dream Lake. Lisa Kleypas uses the ghost to tell the backstory in the first chapter of the book. Although this is Alex and Zoe’s story the ghost plays an interesting part in the story.
Even though Dream Lake runs in time parallel to Rainshadow Road you do not see much of the other two brothers in this book. Alex and Zoe were introduced in previous books and both have issues. On the surface they are not a good match. Zoe knows that Alex is nothing but trouble and Alex sees Zoe as someone who needs commitment, something he feels he is not capable of giving It’s is the ghost that keep telling Alex he is missing a bet if he does not pursue Zoe.
Dream Lake does have an interesting journey to the HEA. In addition to all of the other problems that Alex and Zoe face Lisa Kleypas weaves the problems a family faces when someone is diagnosed with dementia. It is used as an effective plot device but offers a lot of information about the progression and how it affects the lives of friends and family. I found that element very well done.
I think Dream Lake does a very good job of continuing the Friday Harbor series. The addition of the ghost makes this a paranormal romance. There is a set up in Dream Lake for book four to have a paranormal romance element also. That adds a little more spice to the series.
St. Martin’s Griffin published Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas in 2012. I received an ARC of Dream Lake from Amazon Vine.