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Lake News PDF, ePub eBook With this powerful story, Barbara Delinsky, the bestselling and acclaimed author of Coast Road and Three Wishes, has written her richest and most exciting novel yet. At its center is Lily Blake, a talented singer who shuns the limelight and cherishes her privacy. Tricked by a devious reporter into unwittingly giving an interview about her friendship with a distinguished ch With this powerful story, Barbara Delinsky, the bestselling and acclaimed author of Coast Road and Three Wishes, has written her richest and most exciting novel yet. At its center is Lily Blake, a talented singer who shuns the limelight and cherishes her privacy. Tricked by a devious reporter into unwittingly giving an interview about her friendship with a distinguished churchman -- a newly appointed Cardinal -- she finds herself accused of having had an affair with him. Shocked and dismayed, Lily becomes a pariah and suffers the brutal, ultimate violation of her privacy as headlines all across the country proclaim her guilt. Hounded by the press, fired from her job, deprived of all public freedom, Lily has no choice but to flee. She returns in secret to her hometown of Lake Henry, in a remote, beautiful part of New Hampshire. But, idyllic as it may look, Lake Henry, too, has its secrets. Some were the cause of her leaving home in the first place, so returning to her birthplace and her family is not without its own stress and pain. Driven by the need to exact justice -- and, for herself, some kind of closure -- from the media that changed her life forever, Lily forms an uneasy alliance with John Kipling, a journalist who was born and raised in Lake Henry's poorest neighborhood. His successful career as a big-city reporter has ended disastrously, and John has come back home to edit the local newspaper, Lake News. At first he sees Lily as a victim, as well as a subject for the book he hopes to write. But soon she becomes someone whose appeal -- and cause -- he cannot deny, even at the risk of taking on his former colleagues in her defense. 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. Barbara Delinsky's bestselling Three Wishes was praised by Publishers Weekly for its "spare, controlled, and poignant prose that evokes the simplicity and joys of small-town life." Those same qualities are abundant in Lake News, which offers an intimate look at the complex relationship between an enigmatic man and a vulnerable, besieged woman, both struggling to find a new sense of community in a strange place they once called home.

30 review for Lake News

  1. 4 out of 5

    Everydayreader1

    Lake News is the first Barbara Delinsky book I read, years ago. I loved it from the first page, and the same with An Accidental Woman, the second book in the series. Excellent character development, and wonderful expression of family relationships, plus interaction all around. If you want to read a great story, this book is for you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Whenever I pick up a book by Barbara Delinsky, I know I will not be disappointed. And this is certainly true in the case of "Lake News." Lily blake is a hardworking, talented, independent woman who has had a friendship with Father Francis Rosetti for many years. He has been a good friend and mentor to her. Lily is a teacher and a singer in an exclusive night club. A newspaper reporter has written a column regarding her relationship with the newly assigned Cardinal Rosetti as something sordid and Whenever I pick up a book by Barbara Delinsky, I know I will not be disappointed. And this is certainly true in the case of "Lake News." Lily blake is a hardworking, talented, independent woman who has had a friendship with Father Francis Rosetti for many years. He has been a good friend and mentor to her. Lily is a teacher and a singer in an exclusive night club. A newspaper reporter has written a column regarding her relationship with the newly assigned Cardinal Rosetti as something sordid and untrue. Taking her words and turning them around stating she is have a sexual relationship with this man and has been for years. Lily loses both of her jobs and returns to hide out in her hometown Lake Henry New Hampshire. This is the last place she wants to go back to after being shunned and intimated by the towns people and her own mother from a past experience when she was a teen and her physical impairment of stuttering. She runs into another reporter, John Kipling, who left the big city of dirty reporting to work the small town paper. They make an alliance to restore Lily's good name and go after the reporter who did this to Lily, and was also the culprit in undermining one of Kipling's stories. Lily has to confront her deamons with her mother, sister and the town when all of this hits the fan. This book made me laugh, cry, shake my fists at some characters, and feel warm and loving. Another wonderful book by Barbara Delinksy. She makes you feel every emotion through her stories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This is an interesting tale of a woman living a quiet life in Boston who is accused in the news paper of having an affair with a newly named Cardinal in the Catholic Church. The story is totally false and this book tells of her journey back to normalcy and how it changes her life and adjusts her priorities. I enjoyed the book and the mix of characters and how they overcome differences to help this woman get her life back.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erika Miller

    I think what bothered me most about this book, was that it wasn't quite a mystery and it wasn't quite a romance...and I wanted it to be one or the other. And I'm not even sure why. I suppose that my inner book snob is rearing its ugly head, and saying, "Reading this book was the equivalent of watching a Lifetime Movie. You are no worse for wear, but you also can't get those hours of your life back." But again, that is my own personal taste coming through. The author did craft a very intricate st I think what bothered me most about this book, was that it wasn't quite a mystery and it wasn't quite a romance...and I wanted it to be one or the other. And I'm not even sure why. I suppose that my inner book snob is rearing its ugly head, and saying, "Reading this book was the equivalent of watching a Lifetime Movie. You are no worse for wear, but you also can't get those hours of your life back." But again, that is my own personal taste coming through. The author did craft a very intricate story, complete with scandal, family drama and a hint of romance. She took the reader from the streets of downtown Boston to the tranquil small town of Lake Henry. The clergy was involved...there were newspaper men without morals...and a love scene or two. Plenty to keep a reader interested. And I was. Sort of. Anyway, I would by no means discourage anyone from reading this or any other offering by Miss Delinsky...maybe this kind of escape reading just isn't for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judy Churchill

    I loved this book! It was a powerful story about doing the right thing. Do we ever quit looking for our parent’s approval? I don’t think so. These themes were elegantly explored. Give this book a try.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    A very good read. I like the way the author developed the characters. Will definitely read more if her novels.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    I've actually read Lake News by Barbara Delinsky a couple of times. I first bought it the summer of 2008 to read on the long, 10 hour flight to Hawaii. I had previously read Looking for Peyton Place by Delinsky and loved it so I was looking forward to reading Lake News as well. I wasn't disappointed, and I liked the book so much that I've read it again since. Lily Blake and John Kipling are both from Lake Henry, New Hampshire, and both left after high school to create lives for themselves away fr I've actually read Lake News by Barbara Delinsky a couple of times. I first bought it the summer of 2008 to read on the long, 10 hour flight to Hawaii. I had previously read Looking for Peyton Place by Delinsky and loved it so I was looking forward to reading Lake News as well. I wasn't disappointed, and I liked the book so much that I've read it again since. Lily Blake and John Kipling are both from Lake Henry, New Hampshire, and both left after high school to create lives for themselves away from their small, New England hometown. However, through the twists and turns of their lives, they both find themselves back in Lake Henry. Lily, a music teacher and piano lounge singer in Boston, flees to her small hometown after being accused of having an affair with a newly appointed Cardinal, and John, a former reporter, with a mysterious past and trust issues of his own, is the editor of the Lake Henry weekly newspaper. Although a former member of the Boston media, John is outraged at the lies and invasion of Lily's privacy. Together, they build an alliance and work through their trust issues as Lily prepares to take on the Boston media to clear her name. While the overall storyline may seem generic, Delinsky's attention to detail, character development, and intertwining subplots sets this novel apart from the norm. As the reader, you travel to New Hampshire; you feel the damp air getting colder with the onset of Fall; and you can almost see and hear the loons (birds with a very unique call) that make Lake Henry their home from the Spring through November. But more importantly like in all of her novels, Delinsky has the innate ability to use these details to enhance her story rather than confuse or bore her audience. Delinsky's book always have a permanent place on my bookshelf. Her characters are old friends that I like to revisit on those cold, winter nights by the fire and also on those sunny, hot summer days on the beach. So if you're looking for a great book to read while you cuddle up by the fire this winter, read Lake News and visit Lake Henry, New Hampshire.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    I really enjoy the way Delinsky inhabits the emotional aspects of a story. This time around, the issues are friendship, trust, family expectations and personal expression. When Lily Blake innocently speaks to a reporter about a newly named Cardinal with whom she has a personal friendship, her life is turned into chaos. The reporter, whose motives are revealed as the story progresses, turns her story into a torrid affair as he misrepresents her current and former associations with men in the limel I really enjoy the way Delinsky inhabits the emotional aspects of a story. This time around, the issues are friendship, trust, family expectations and personal expression. When Lily Blake innocently speaks to a reporter about a newly named Cardinal with whom she has a personal friendship, her life is turned into chaos. The reporter, whose motives are revealed as the story progresses, turns her story into a torrid affair as he misrepresents her current and former associations with men in the limelight. Hounded to death and under suspicion by her employers, Lily is left only to go back to the small town where she grew up, to hideout in a lakeside cottage in an idyllic New England setting. While there, Lily has the opportunity to confront some very person demons as she works to clear her name. Amazingly she finds the almost unconditional support she has always sought and never found before in this tight knit community. In fact, through crisis and homecoming, she discovers who she really is and what is really important to her. Even though I found the plot device used in the end emotionally satisfying, I also found it a bit too neat. I did very much enjoy the new mutual understanding reached by Lily and her mother. And the description of the lake, its wildlife and moods was lyrical and vivid.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nidofito

    My biggest gripe about this book was how a 34 y/o woman living independently since the age of 18 could possibly even think that it was okay to talk about a (hypothetical) sexual relationship with the Cardinal (I mean seriously! Of all the public figures in the world to talk about) and to a reporter for crying out loud! I was angry and upset of the injustice that happened to her but she really didn't help matters by commenting on a topic like religion which can very easily bring out the pitchforks My biggest gripe about this book was how a 34 y/o woman living independently since the age of 18 could possibly even think that it was okay to talk about a (hypothetical) sexual relationship with the Cardinal (I mean seriously! Of all the public figures in the world to talk about) and to a reporter for crying out loud! I was angry and upset of the injustice that happened to her but she really didn't help matters by commenting on a topic like religion which can very easily bring out the pitchforks. I wonder how she had survived in big cities like Boston where life can be very hard and people unkind without developing any sense of street smartness (Is that a word?) She was very fortunate that she had a home to go to, people who would back her up, and a partner who practically worshipped her.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. Set in "Lake Henry, NH" (Yay New-Hampy!)and with very likeable characters, this one was a sure bet with me. The loon passages got a bit slow--perhaps the author visited the Moultonboro Loon Center a few times too many?...but there's plenty to chew on here. The tension in the plot kept this one from becoming too quaint. Note: There are some seriously pathetic moments where the reader attempts a NH accent. All actors and actresses should just abandon the at I really enjoyed listening to this book. Set in "Lake Henry, NH" (Yay New-Hampy!)and with very likeable characters, this one was a sure bet with me. The loon passages got a bit slow--perhaps the author visited the Moultonboro Loon Center a few times too many?...but there's plenty to chew on here. The tension in the plot kept this one from becoming too quaint. Note: There are some seriously pathetic moments where the reader attempts a NH accent. All actors and actresses should just abandon the attempt NOW! To hear a slightly affected but pretty good NH accent, look up Fritz Weatherbee/NH Chronicle. If you decide to buy/borrow this one, be sure to get the 12 CD set rather than the 3 hour edited version. How they reduced it from 12 hrs to 3 hrs is a complete mystery to me...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    What a lovely book! Full of rich and complex characters, the author slowly unwinds the complexities of each until you feel like you see who they really are and what makes them "tick." The setting of the book is New Hampshire so I was able to relate to the changing of the seasons as Fall slowly fades away and you can feel winter coming in. The book addresses something we all deal with on some level, invasion of privacy. Granted, most of us don't experience as deeply as the main character does, bu What a lovely book! Full of rich and complex characters, the author slowly unwinds the complexities of each until you feel like you see who they really are and what makes them "tick." The setting of the book is New Hampshire so I was able to relate to the changing of the seasons as Fall slowly fades away and you can feel winter coming in. The book addresses something we all deal with on some level, invasion of privacy. Granted, most of us don't experience as deeply as the main character does, but we can all relate. All in all, a very enjoyable book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ayny

    Couldn't finish. After reading some reviews, I see others had the same response. The idea of a "character" who was appointed Cardinal being involved in that type of scandal seemed unlikely. I think what bogged the story down is so many pious (dated now) anti-press rants. The cover of the book caught my eye in our "little library". I am not going to read anymore tomes written by the author, too much preachy filler.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I couldn't put this book down! I loved the New England setting since it's in my neck of the woods and the believable and likable characters. The story was relevant in a time when privacy is so easily violated in social media and I found the complexities of journalism totally interesting. Woven into that were richly described family and relationship struggles and it all came to a gratifying ending. Can't wait to read the sequel!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

    Part romance, part diatribe against the intrusiveness of the press, and the way innocent lives can be disrupted by overly-aggressive “investigative” journalists, this novel lacked the force of some of Delinsky’s other books. Nice enough characters, but too often bogged down in whining tone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karyn

    Because sometimes a no-brainer, easy-to-read library book is just the thing I need when James is on a trip. :-)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Burger

    Never did finish this book. It was an ok story but just didn't hold my interest.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Traci Shipley

    About 200 pages too long. I'm not sure why the main characters took such joy in publicly exposing a man's horrible childhood. I did not find it to be a happy ending at all.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shirlene

    John Kipling returned to Lake Henry, New Hampshire and is editor for the Lake News. John was over 40 now. He had been friends with Terry Sullivan. Terry had a story that gave John to submit about a woman who said she had an affair with a senator. The story had turned out to be false and the senator committed suicide after losing his family over the ordeal. John left Boston after feeling guilty and blamed for Terry's story. He came back home hoping to work things out with his father. He was very John Kipling returned to Lake Henry, New Hampshire and is editor for the Lake News. John was over 40 now. He had been friends with Terry Sullivan. Terry had a story that gave John to submit about a woman who said she had an affair with a senator. The story had turned out to be false and the senator committed suicide after losing his family over the ordeal. John left Boston after feeling guilty and blamed for Terry's story. He came back home hoping to work things out with his father. He was very angry at Terry for misleading him and allowing him to take the fall for his story. Jenny Blodgett was pregnant and the father was John's younger cousin, Buck who John suspected was abusing her. Maida Blake owned Blake Orchards after the death of her husband who had been 15 years her senior. Their children were Lily, Poppy, and Rose. Poppy had been involved in a snowmobile accident 12 years previous and was a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair. She was the town's answering service and knew most everything that was going on around town. She took calls from everyone calling into town looking especially for the sheriff. She ended up talking to a book reporter that became interested in her while resisting his questions regarding Lily and her supposed affair. Lily was born with a stutter and was bullied as a result. She sang beautifully and didn't stutter when she sang. Her mother had never been close to Lily. Lily didn't understand why and blamed it on the fact that she wasn't perfect. When she was a teenager, she was running around with Donald, John's brother. He had stolen a car and when they were caught, he blamed the whole mess on Lily. She hadn't known they were running around in a stolen car. Donald was jailed for two years and died two years after he was released when his car hit a tree while he was running from the cops. Lily was given probation and left town after she was given probation for the car debacle. Lily Blake had moved to Boston and taught music at Winchester School, a private school on Beacon Hill. She also sang at the Essex Club. Terry Sullivan had come to listen to her set and had asked her for a date a few times. She repeatedly turned him down but they did speak occasionally. She was friends with the newly appointed Cardinal, Fran Rossetti. She was singing one evening and Terry was waiting for her when she got off work. He asked to walk her home and asked a lot of questions about the Cardinal. She didn't know that he was recording their conversation and was surprised to find out the next day that he had twisted what she had told him to and made up a story about her having an affair with the Cardinal. She ended up losing her job at the school and the club. She had little choice but to return home to Lake Henry to hide out at the house left to her by her grandmother, Celia St. Marie. John's father, Gus, was 81 and didn't much car for John. He gave him no credit for making something of himself and blamed John for the mistake he made in printing the story about the senator. He felt that John got what he deserved having had to return home. He didn't accept that it was John's choice and that he felt guilty for printing the story. Gus had been a brick layer and couldn't do it anymore. He resented feeling useless as he aged. He and John hadn't gotten along especially since Donny's death. John tried and tried to get to the bottom of why they didn't get along and when Gus died, Gus admitted that his attitude was because he never felt he was good enough. His wife had left him and his son had died. He didn't get to close to John because he was afraid of failing him too. Maida blamed Lily for the reporter publicizing the story about her even though it was a complete lie. She felt like Lily could have prevented it. The local sheriff's wife had told the reporter about her stuttering and about the car theft that was supposed to have been a sealed. Lily went to see Maida when she came back to Lake Henry but told her off about her attitude toward herself. Lily then went to see a local attorney to ask 'The Post' for a retraction because they apologized to the Cardinal but not to Lily. Lily then went to talk to John because they had talked when she first arrived and he had mentioned having ammo to get back at Terry for printing the story. She was curious as to what it was. John was doing research on Terry trying to find out why he printed stories like he did and if there was a reason he hurt people with those stories. He wanted to discredit Terry if he could for all of the damage he did and not just to Lily. He had done the same to others. There were plenty of people that he knew that hated Terry for the things he had done and continued to do. John had decided to ask those that he knew for help. John found out that the Cardinal had been a boyfriend to Terry's mother before he became a priest. She married John's father and had two boys. One had become a priest and John went to visit him. The boys father beat Terry and his mother hadn't stopped it. She protected the brother but not him. Terry grew up hating Rosetti due to the way he was treated. He wasn't trying to hurt Lily but he was trying to discredit the newly appointed Cardinal. Lily found out that her mother knew that Lily was special due to her voice and didn't want anyone drawing attention to the her or anyone in the family because she was ashamed of her past. She had been raised with her uncles when her mother raised her brothers after their mother's death. She and one of the uncles had been lovers. Once she admitted this to Lily, Lily understood why she had a problem with Lily becoming well-known as a pianist and singer. John also discovered that some of the other reports pursuing the story about Lily had things they didn't want to be found. One didn't have a degree that he lied about to get his job. The other had a different name for public use and often hired prostitutes. Terry wouldn't let up on Lily even after apologizing to the church about the story in regard to the Cardinal. He called John asking for more dirt on Lily. So, John called a press conference telling others that he had new information. He brought to light that the tape that he had given 'The Post' regarding his interview with Lily had been spliced and taken illegally. He let it be known in the press conference that Terry had been fired and that he had written the story to get back at the Cardinal. John mentioned that Terry knew the Fran Rosetti and had for years. His agenda was personal. The other two reporters asked questions to try and turn the focus on Lily again and John mentioned that he didn't have a right to ask because he wasn't qualified because he didn't have the degree that he used to obtain the position he held. The other reporter said something about Lily being 'shady' and he brought up his paying prostitutes. Lily got her revenge. John had told her that he wouldn't use the information unless he had too. The questions they were asking played right into his hands. Lily and John knew they were in love with each other by this time and they agreed that they would marry and try to have children. Poppy's guy that she talked to on the phone showed up at the press conference and told Poppy that her being in a wheelchair wasn't going to scare him off and he asked her to dinner, which she accepted. Lily's mother told her that she was proud of her and actually gave her the hug that Lily had waited her whole life for. She mentioned to Lily that she was going to speak to Rose about her treatment of her own daughter, Hannah. She didn't want history repeating itself in Rose turning away and not respecting Hannah because she was still chubby after turning 11. Lily knew that she would be in town to give her the love she needed that her grandmother had given to her.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    I read this book in about 1999. Somehow, I got a copy of the mass market paperback while I was working as an over-the-road truck driver, but I remember reading it while on a flight from Fort Wayne, Indiana, through Memphis, to Huntsville, Alabama. The flight sat on the tarmac in Ft. Wayne for almost two hours while we waited out a storm in our flight path. This isn't the kind of story I usually read, and that's likely why I read it the first time. I wanted a different life from the one I'd been I read this book in about 1999. Somehow, I got a copy of the mass market paperback while I was working as an over-the-road truck driver, but I remember reading it while on a flight from Fort Wayne, Indiana, through Memphis, to Huntsville, Alabama. The flight sat on the tarmac in Ft. Wayne for almost two hours while we waited out a storm in our flight path. This isn't the kind of story I usually read, and that's likely why I read it the first time. I wanted a different life from the one I'd been living, and this story about New Englanders was different enough to drop me into a world of possibilities that I hadn't experienced. I liked the ongoing story of the loons. I'd grown up with geese and ducks, but knew nothing of loons. My family grew corn, grain sorghum, and vegetables, and I had no experience with apples or cider making. Id lived my whole life in north Alabama, and his is set in rural New Hampshire. All of these differences made the story one that I hadn't experienced, but could. Almost two decades later, the images developed in my head of New England lakes, and loons, and cider-making still dance to the fore on occasion, and a few weeks ago when they did, I decided to spend one of my Audible credits and listen to the story again. The writing wasn't quite as good as I'd remembered it being, but the story was still compelling. Mostly, the images of New England in the fall stirred my longing to visit that part of the country, once again. For that, I'm grateful to Mrs. Delinsky.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann Living It Up

    I really enjoyed this story. I couldn't wait to get back to the story if I had other things to do. This story is about a young woman whose words got taken out of context in regards to her friendship with a Cardinal for the Catholic Church. As a result, a journalistic sex scandal ensued, with front page news ruining the young woman's life temporarily. The young woman goes back to her small hometown where she takes a chance on a man who is a reporter for the LAKE NEWS of the hometown. There is a b I really enjoyed this story. I couldn't wait to get back to the story if I had other things to do. This story is about a young woman whose words got taken out of context in regards to her friendship with a Cardinal for the Catholic Church. As a result, a journalistic sex scandal ensued, with front page news ruining the young woman's life temporarily. The young woman goes back to her small hometown where she takes a chance on a man who is a reporter for the LAKE NEWS of the hometown. There is a bit of a family saga involved in the story, and there is a romance that buds between the young woman and the reporter of LAKE NEWS, who helps get her life back.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    so Lily gets a bad reputation for something she didn't really do. She rebuilds her life, moves and then is targeted again. A newspaper man writes a misleading article saying that she is having an affair with a Catholic cardinal who's moving to Rome. It isn't true. But Lily can't get anyone to believe her. She loses her jobs, is asked by the apartment landowners to move, can't go anywhere, so she moves back home. And there she is right in the mix of the difficult relationship with her mother.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diana Davis

    I really enjoyed the book. It made me really feel for the main character Lily. Dealing with a fabricated news story that destroyed her reputation, the book brought the danger of spreading gossip to a front. She is a character I wanted to root for and I loved the lesson she learned from the healing process. Through in the love story and you got a heartfelt book. Barbara Delinsky hasn't disappointed me yet!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    The only reason I finished this book was because it was the first book I’ve read by Barbara Delinsky. I found it to be painfully long and took me a long time to finish it. Too predictable and cheesy. I am not a romance fan (this book reminded me of a Nicholas Sparks novel). I will give an author the benefit of doubt and complete a book, but no more for me!...So many books, so little time!!! One and done! 😲

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Read this many years ago and enjoyed it again now. As I've thought about why I enjoyed it again I realized there were two different things. First, I enjoyed the basic plot, particularly the details of the small town and the lake. But I also had this realization that many of the characters in the book have a tragic backstory. I like the exploration of how each person dealt with their early life difficulties. Hiding it away from everyone, becoming surly and taciturn, working for years for revenge, Read this many years ago and enjoyed it again now. As I've thought about why I enjoyed it again I realized there were two different things. First, I enjoyed the basic plot, particularly the details of the small town and the lake. But I also had this realization that many of the characters in the book have a tragic backstory. I like the exploration of how each person dealt with their early life difficulties. Hiding it away from everyone, becoming surly and taciturn, working for years for revenge, or trying to heal and move forward in a healthy way. That made the story so much more interesting for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Steflik

    I really enjoyed this book. First Barbara Delinsky novel for me and I plan to read more. I like her writing style. A bit of a mystery along with a love story and a story of reconciliation. The defamation of character story especially hit home in light of today's issues with fake and fabricated news.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    This book hs been on my TBR list for a VERY long time. I just don't seem to navigate towards what I assume is just going to be a "light" read. Recently I decided to purposefully read some of those long-timer TBRs and Lake News was top on that list. Well, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story and the characters in it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janith Pathirage

    An enjoyable read but to be brutally honest about it, this is yet another typical New York Times Bestseller with a happy ending. There are thousands of those out there. I'm pretty sure I'll forget most of what I read by an year or two. The first half of the story was better than the second half because it started to become bit predictable towards the end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    A story mostly about the power of the media and how it can affect people’s lives when taken too far. I didn’t find this book terribly deep and the main character struck me as meek and timid. I’m glad Lily found peace and redemption in the end but the book left me wanting more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hamid

    First book by Barbara Delinsky that I have read. Characters are great. The way things built up and events happened, it felt a little filmic but interest was never lost. Was very curious about the ending and it was satisfactory.

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