Black Bear Lake by Leslie Liautaud
Publication Date: March 14, 2014
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Adam Craig, a forty year-old stock trader in Chicago, finds his marriage teetering on the rocks and his life at a standstill. Desperate and on the edge of personal collapse, Adam takes the advice of a therapist and travels to his childhood family compound on Black Bear Lake with hopes of making peace with his past. Stepping onto the northern Wisconsin property, he relives the painful memories of the summer of 1983, his last summer at the lake.
In August 1983, a self-conscious fifteen year-old Adam carries a world of worry on his shoulders as he arrives at Black Bear Lake for a month long family reunion. Between anger and fear of mother’s declining health as she quietly battles a quickly spreading cancer and his cherished cousin’s depression over her parents’ bitter divorce, Adam is swept up in smothering familial love among the multiple generations and heartbreaking misunderstanding and betrayal.
The arrival of a sensual but troublesome babysitter throws the delicate balance of his family into a tailspin. Blinded by his attraction to the newcomer, Adam fails to see his cousin’s desperate cries for help and the charged electrical current running through his family’s hierarchy. Crushed in the middle of it all, Adam is forced to learn that there’s a fine line between self-preservation and the strength of family blood, all the while unaware of the impending tragedy that will ultimately change his life forever.
Personal Thoughts: I have never heard of this author before so when I was asked to review this book I went in with mixed expectations. The plot line sounded like it had a lot going for it and it captured my attention. This wasn’t an easy read because of the emotional turmoil that was going on with Adam and his past. However the author did a great job showcasing what he was growing through as an adolescent and how he had to face his past before he could move to have a great future.
The pacing of the story was done very well and the characters were developed in a way that captured and held our attention throughout the book. It was great seeing how Adam was able to grow and find himself as the story progressed. Overall this was a great story of family, love and loss and finding oneself. I highly recommend it to readers. 🙂 You won’t be disappointed.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Leslie Liautaud is the author of Midnight Waltzes (2006), He Is Us (2008), The Wreck (2009), SALIGIA (2011), The Mansion (2012) and Summer Nights and Dreams (2012). She is also the author of the coming-of-age novel, Black Bear Lake (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014). Leslie is originally from Kansas City, MO where she worked in the performing arts. Currently, she divides her time between between Key Largo, FL and Champaign, IL with her husband, three teenage children and three rambunctious dogs.