Waking Kate is fluffy and bittersweet, like a bite sized confection that whets the appetite. The story is a stand-alone prequel to the novel Lost Lake and introduces readers to one of the main characters, Kate. From my understanding it won’t bring anything new to the table for folks that have already read Lost Lake, but I found it an enjoyable read as someone new to Allen’s work.
“Did I ever tell you about the day I finally let go of him? That day that led me to you?”
While the book description sums up the plot quite well I was pleasantly surprised. The pacing of the story was perfect and had a dream-like quality from start to finish. I instantly adored kindly old Mr. Donbeet and I found myself relating more than I expected to Kate and her family.
Despite a few very small grammatical errors or oddly formed sentences, the writing was quite good. You get a sense of the scenery and the characters without getting bombarded with unnecessary descriptions which seems to be a common problem in a lot of books. This little short was a wonderful introduction to Sarah Addison Allen and her style of magic blended with the beauty and comfort of the American South.
Title: Waking Kate
Series: Lost Lake #0.5
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
One sticky summer day as Kate is waiting for her husband to come home from his bicycle shop, she spots her distinguished neighbor returning from his last day of work after six decades at Atlanta’s oldest men’s clothing store. Over a cup of butter coffee, he tells Kate a story of love and heartbreak that makes her remember her past, question her present, and wonder what the future will bring.