By: Wendy Wax

Published: June 23, 2015

Publisher: Berkley


Emma, Serena, and Mackenzie have been best friends since college. Every summer they have gathered at Emma’s family’s lake house to catch up on life and relax. But, the last five years, these friends haven’t been in touch with each other at all and there haven’t been any gatherings at the lake house. Then out of the blue, Serena and Mackenzie receive an invitation asking them to come to the house this summer. Emma has a secret she can no longer keep and has chosen to get her friends together to celebrate her daughter, Zoe’s, 16th birthday and unbeknownst to Serena and Mackenzie, finally share her secret. When Serena and Mackenzie are on the way to the lake house, they get a text that Emma was in an accident and she is now in a coma. Both of Emma’s friends try to understand why she invited them now, while hoping they get a chance to find out.

The beginning of the book moved along quickly. I enjoyed getting to know Emma, Zoe, Serena, and Mackenzie and their history together. Since Emma and Serena are famous actresses, it added a bit more to the story including Emma’s estranged family and the paparazzi that surrounded the hospital. There was some climatic moments after the accident while waiting to see if Emma would ever wake up. Frankly, once the story moves to the lake house, the pace of the novel slowed down and I, just wanted to get to the big reveal of the secret, which wasn’t revealed until the last fifty pages. I was pretty sure I knew what the secret was and I was correct. Most of the novel is quite predictable including the romance piece. But, I still found reasons to continue reading and enjoyed the banter with the characters.

Each of the characters are flawed and you will be able to relate in some way to their situations. Of course there is a happy ending even after the betrayal is revealed. The reader is reminded that telling the truth is more important than trying to protect friendships.  A WEEK AT THE LAKE is a great light read for tucking in your beach/pool bag and reading under the sun.

Side note: I love the cover. It says summer and relaxing and is a perfect image for the story.

Favorite Quote: “There was no room on her life raft for the oversize emotions that swamped her.” 

Wendy Wax – source

Wendy Wax is the author of numerous popular contemporary fiction novels including TEN BEACH ROAD and OCEAN BEACH.  For more on Wendy, check out her website, HERE.  You can also like her on Facebook, HERE and follow her on Twitter, HERE.

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  1. Kate Unger on July 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    This does sound like a good summer read. I love stories about friends reuniting after a long period of time. I might have to check it out.

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