Lost Lake House
Elisabeth Grace Foley
Second Sentence Press
The Twelve Dancing Princesses meets the heady glamor and danger of the Jazz Age
All Dorothy Perkins wants is to have a good time. She’s wild about dancing, and can’t understand or accept her father’s strictness in forbidding it. Night after night she sneaks out to the Lost Lake House, a glamorous island nightclub rumored to be the front for more than just music and dancing…in spite of an increasingly uneasy feeling that she may be getting into something more than she can handle.
Marshall Kendrick knows the truth behind the Lost Lake House—and bitterly hates his job there. But fear and obligation have him trapped. When a twist of circumstances throws Dorothy and Marshall together one night, it may offer them both a chance at escaping the tangled web of fear and deceit each has woven…if only they are brave enough to take it.
I love historical retellings of fairy tales (if you can't tell ;). I also love reading fiction set during the 1920s...which meant that I was quite intrigued by the idea of Lost Lake House. Despite being a retelling of the twelve dancing princesses, we have but one heroine here, which is much more manageable within the size of this novella. However, it retains several iconic elements from the story that work wonderfully in the setting.
The writing style is reminiscent of Grace Livingston Hill, or even L.M. Montgomery; this is the third story I've read by Elisabeth Grace Foley and her charming, old-fashioned writing style is something I always count on--and look forward to!
I received an advance reader copy of this novella for free from the author in exchange for my unbiased review.