“Lakehouse Promises” is the first book in Jodi Allen Brice’s new Laurel Cove series.
Carolina Johnson has been married comfortably for 20 years, when her husband decides to divorce her after getting his mistress, a woman half his age, pregnant. And she only gets his lake house and a paltry alimony from him as part of her divorce settlement. Being totally alone in life, she decides to move to the lake house, which is in a small town called Laurel Cove.
She doesn’t expect to find the lake house in disrepair while also being in a dire financial state. As she acclimates herself to her new life and faces all the hurdles associated with it, we see her getting back her verve for life that she had lost in her erstwhile life. The various people she meets in the town and befriends do their part in helping her back up as well. They all have some kind of story and I am sure we will be reading more about them in upcoming books.
Brice has done a splendid job of bringing Carolina to life. We can’t help but have sympathy for her plight and hope that ultimately she finds her way. The whole story is a good tale of her journey towards fulfillment, all the while establishing other distinct characters.
I did feel like the story moves at a clipped pace at times, with not much background drawn for the other people in Caroline’s life, who were once important to her, like her ex-husband and mother-in-law. I would have liked a more elaborate narrative; it would have helped to see how bad things were before the divorce in order to highlight how far she’s come since then.
However, the pacing did keep the story brief, which works in its favor; The story races by with little lag and managed to hold my interest throughout. The story is warm, sweet and very calming. It manages to touch my heartstrings softly and instill some hope. Be sure to check it out if you are in the mood for a quick, heartwarming book.
The book gets 5 out of 5 stars.