Dream Lake (Friday Harbor)
By Lisa Kleypas
St. Martin's Press
While Alex Nolan is busy renovating his brother’s old Victorian house, a young man wearing a WW II flight jacket appears out of thin air asking, “Can you see me?” Alex is bowled over.
For some reason Alex is the only person who can see and hear this ghost, who can’t remember his past, or his name, or why he’s been trapped at this house. The ghost hopes that with Alex’s help in the physical world, he will be able to learn something about himself. And there will be plenty of opportunity for that, because the ghost and Alex can’t seem to escape each other.
Zoe Hoffman doesn’t trust men, starting with her father who abandoned her as a child. She was raised by her grandmother, Emmaline. Now, at age eighty-seven, Emma suffers a stroke and it’s Zoe’s turn to be the caregiver. Emma has an aggressive form of dementia that will quickly destroy her memory and Zoe intends to make the most of the time they have left.
When Emma asks to move to her old cottage out on Dream Lake Road, Zoe hires Alex Nolan to make repairs and accessibility renovations for Emma. The attraction between Zoe and Alex is immediate.
Alex resists falling for Zoe, believing himself to be a lost cause gruff, recently divorced and newly alcoholic. Zoe senses Alex’s suffering. With patience and some pretty great food, she helps him conquer his demons and open his heart to the possibility of love.
In the mean time, old documents and artifacts found in the Victorian house reveal cryptic details about the ghost’s life. As the clues fall into place and his memories return, the ghost learns the purpose for his long, lonely exile.
A sweet, entertaining summertime read.
Sandra Van Winkle, ReadertoReader.com