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Anna is content with her well-ordered life in San Francisco. But her world is turned upside down when her beloved grandfather, Max, reveals a startling secret: Anna is part of an aristocratic family who lost everything during World War II. What’s more, Max was forced to leave behind a precious item over seventy years ago in their estate in old Prussia. It’s now his ardentAnna is content with her well-ordered life in San Francisco. But her world is turned upside down when her beloved grandfather, Max, reveals a startling secret: Anna is part of an aristocratic family who lost everything during World War II. What’s more, Max was forced to leave behind a precious item over seventy years ago in their estate in old Prussia. It’s now his ardent wish that Anna retrieve it.Anna burns with questions as she heads for Germany: What memento could be so important to her grandfather? And why did he keep their history hidden? As she searches for answers, she finds herself drawn to Wil, a man who may hold the key to unlock the mystery. Together they discover that her family’s secrets are linked with an abandoned apartment in Paris, and these secrets go deeper than she ever imagined.Alternating between 1930s Europe and the present, The House by the Lake illuminates the destiny of a family caught in the tumult of history....

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The House by the Lake Reviews

  • Heather
    2019-05-10 21:24

    Edit: Did I read the same book as everyone else??A by-the-book cafe owner is prompted to return to her grandfather's forgotten home in Germany to retrieve a long lost item left behind in his youth. The request leads to an uncovering of a past full of love and loss; 6 lives weaving in and out of time to unravel a mystery of a lost love and a forgotten mansion.This book is made of adjectives and "and yets." By page 27, 7 characters have been introduced but there is no connection to any of them; most of them that seem relevant to the story end up going nowhere. (I'm looking at you, Cass.) The first 2 chapters are a clumsy attempt to suck the reader into a fast paced love/mystery that quickly fizzles out. It fizzled out, fell off the wagon and was drug through dusty decades of hit-and-miss storytelling. The plot has potential but after finding the "item" the rest of the book feels like filler only to quickly find out what happened between Isabelle and Max. The actual plot almost feels like an afterthought. I suspect the birth of this book was just to write about an abandoned apartment. Cool in theory; poor in execution. I ended up skimming the last 20 pages, finishing only because I made it too far to quit. What's with all of the questions? As a reader I develop enough of my own questions without having to trudge through the writer's AND the protagonist's as well.

  • BookOfCinz
    2019-04-22 01:39

    This is 2.5, rounded up to 3 stars. I am such a huge fan of books written about WWII specifically the Nazi invasion. I mean, I have read a lot of historical fiction about this and I am always wowed, this one missed the mark entirely. I could not wait to finish it. I found myself glazing over the pages in an effort to just be done with it all. I felt zero for the characters, the description did not wow me. I usually get a bout of the travel bug after reading these books, I felt nothing except annoyance. I am not sure where Carey went wrong I mean she seemed to have all the makings of a great novel:- WWII- Mystery of the Lake House- The flashbacks between past and present - A solid intriguing concept Everything just did not come together for me. Maybe I will revisit in the future.

  • Mary Beth
    2019-05-16 18:51

    I honestly feel bad giving poor reviews as I know how hard authors must work to put out a novel and I certainly couldn't do it myself, but I think it's helpful to share what I found difficult about a book as much as what I like about one.That being said...I really struggled to get through The House By the Lake. The story was a typical present day grand-daughter searching back in time to unveil a well kept family secret from WWII. It could have been wonderful - with all the rich WWII history we have coupled with what started as a pretty intriguing plot and cool main character (I thought Max sounded pretty cool!). However... characters were numerous, uninteresting and flat. The main story was unattended and undernourished. It was chopped up so much so that when we got to what I assume was the climax I was jolted - "wait, what? seriously???". This terrible event came out of nowhere - no build up - no background - just "boom" - there you have it!I thought her writing not only lacked originality but was was redundant and depended a great deal on common phrases and cliche's.

  • Mary
    2019-04-23 00:33

    This could have been such a good book. The characters were not really developed, the story had little depth. The rise of Hitler and the invasion of Europe provided enough to make for a very rich tale, however the author seemed to just scratch the surface. I didn't care a quack for Anna, her romance was predictable and formulaic. I found this one for free with Amazon Prime. While it wasn't a waste, it really wasn't that good.

  • Angie
    2019-04-20 22:42

    4+ stars!Another great read by Ella Carey! I so enjoyed this compelling and engrossing novel. It has essentially 2 storylines with Max being in forefront of both. The "root" story is centered around the time directly before and during WWII in Europe/Germany. It illustrates deftly how even families were turned against each other. Who can you trust? Where do your loyalties lie? How far will go to prove yourself? This novel intersects with her previous one, Paris Time Capsule. You don't have to have read it to enjoy this one, but you will want to after you finish if you haven't! :)It's a fast read, and warning that there are some sad parts. But, I highly recommend it!**Many thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an advance readers copy!!**

  • Joscelyn Krauss litvak
    2019-05-05 23:42

    I found this book to be weak in its writing and plot. The characters are not believable and they are disconnected from each other. Feels like a cheap romantic novel trying to dress up as an elegant one. By the middle of the book I was angry at myself for wasting my time. I finished it because It was a rather short novel and I am a fast reader.

  • A. S.
    2019-05-02 01:29

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review through the Goodreads Giveaways program.This is a 1.5, but since I got the book for free, I'm rounding up. Where to start? Quick plot summary: Anna's beloved grandfather, Max, tells her that she's from a prestigious German family, and that they used to own a large estate, which was later taken over by the Soviets. He asks her to retrieve an item from that estate but refuses to tell her what it is. Anna travels to Germany, meets with the attractive lawyer Wil who represents the new owner, and tries to get the item back and resolve the family mysteries. We also have Isabelle's storyline from the past; she is a sweet Parisian girl who is a bit of an outcast in high society because her grandmother was a famous demimonde (basically, a high class prostitute).First, the protagonist, Anna, is a grown up, slightly less irritating version of Bella Swan. It's nice that she's so close to her grandfather, but we don't find out why until a significant amount of the book has passed. All we really know about her is that she runs a cafe, has dark hair/eyes, loves to wear black, and supposedly is a stick in the mud. I say "supposedly" because in the beginning, her friend Cass and her grandfather say she's too obsessed with work and avoiding romance, but she never actually demonstrates her commitment to her cafe (I expected a few scenes where she frantically calls back home, asking if Cass has burned the place down already). I think that's why I made the Bella Swan comparison (Bella tells us she likes to read, but she does it maybe once in the whole series, and all her favorites are just things people already read for school).The readers keep getting introduced to characters, and we think they are going to be important, only to never have them show up again. Meanwhile, characters who are really important to advancing the plot only show up for a short while, and we don't really get an idea of what they're like. For example, Cass, Anna's friend/business partner, could have been a fun side-kick who could be Anna's sounding board for her frustrations, but instead she disappears. The mayor is a pointless character; we could have eliminated her and instead had more development of Anna's relative/rival. The characters involved in ending Max's dreams hardly get a few pages worth of development.Speaking of character development, because there isn't any, the tentative romance between Wil and Anna is pointless. I don't understand Wil (or Max for that matter) talking as if letting go of fears and worries is so easy; the fact is, he doesn't know Anna well enough to say these things, because they spend only a few days time with one another. Likewise, Isabelle and Max's romance is equally implausible. Isabelle is preoccupied with how others see her, and while she expresses alarm at Hitler's rise, it's not clear she really understands politics (I'd say she's stupid, but I think there's also a degree of ignorance and naivete there as well). Isabelle and Max don't have many conversations aside from how much they love each other; I wanted a meeting of the minds, or at least Isabelle or Max doing something that show how they are people worthy of each other's love. Boring.As for the plot, so little action happens that the book is padded out by Anna's questions about her family's past. I swear a quarter of the book is her second guessing herself (literally, I might add--there are rhetorical questions peppered throughout the book).I also find it irritating when Anna brings up that she's a quarter German and has rights to stick her nose in everybody's business. While she does have a point--she's asking for a small favor for her grandfather, and they're giving a girl who had nothing to do with the decline of their village a lot of grief for no reason--she also reminds me of those white people who say things like "I'm 1/32 Cherokee Princess, so I know the struggle of the Native Americans!!1!1" Anna, you're an American girl. You don't understand the horrors that went on in Germany the way the German people themselves do. It's a horror that they still feel the effects of, a shame that they can never wipe away.This book was very boring and had a lot of flaws, but I'm not so angry at it that I'd give it a single star.

  • Helen
    2019-05-17 18:48

    This is an amazing story that I loved from page one it is magical, emotional and is a joy to read as we slip back in time to Europe 1930's just before world war 2 the pressure that the men woman and families were under and the remarkable love story that is unfolded by a granddaughter in 2010 after the discovery of an apartment in Paris that had been locked up since the war. Anna Young runs a café in San Francisco she is very close to her grandfather Max who is 94 he has never spoken about his past and has destroyed any photos that he once had but when he reads an article in a newspaper about an apartment in Paris that has been discovered untouched since world war 2 he decides that it is time to talk to Anna and he asks her to return to his past and Germany to retrieve something that means so much to him. Anna is intrigued by what Max tells her and leaves for Germany to start her search but when she arrives she feels at home, there is a bond that is so strong and when she arrives at Schloss Siegel Max's old family palace it is very run down but she sees the beauty and feels the past, but she needs help and that comes in the form of the Lawyer who handles the estate Wil Jager and together they journey along a path that will uncover secrets about a love affair between Anna's grandfather Max Albrecht and Isabelle de Florian the granddaughter of the infamous Paris Courtesan Mathe de Florian once owner of the mysterious apartment in Paris. This is a beautifully written story that was a joy to read from start to finish there will be tears shed as you feel the emotions of the past and the present and as Anna learns so much about her family and the terror and hardships of the war years but also the love that runs so deep and as we see Anna and Wil get closer and the heartfelt joy that comes their way. This is the follow on from the book The Paris Time Capsule which was awesome and I can recommend this book to anyone who wants to get lost in another time and marvel at the journey, truly grab yourself a drink and sit back for a fabulous journey this one will be on my keeper self and read many times over thank you MS Carey for another awesome story and the smiles it has brought me.

  • Jennifer Pebbles
    2019-05-03 01:45

    I can't for the life of me figure out why this book has such rave reviews?! It was a total dud; the writing is so choppy and the characters and plot are completely underdeveloped. At times, as I read the dialogue between Anna and Wil, I convinced myself that I was reading what must be a foreign novel, and that some finer details of normal speech were lost in the transition. I downloaded this book from my kindle unlimited account based on the reviews, and after forcing myself to finish it, I just don't understand?! Terrible. There are so many books to be read, don't waste your time on this one.

  • Eric
    2019-04-20 00:28

    The House by the Lake is the second book in what appears to be a loosely connected historical fiction romance series. The book is an interesting light read that moves along at a quick pace. I listened to audio book and narrator did a fine job bringing the characters to life.As I read more romantically inclined historical fiction, I'm starting to notice a writing pattern. The pattern goes something like this: an adult child has a parent or grandparent or [fill in the blank] who has a secret and mysterious past. The adult child gets sucked into (voluntarily or otherwise) to a quest of figuring out the secret/mystery. The story flips back and forth from the past to the present.In this case, Anna's grandfather, Max, asks Anna to go back to Germany to retrieve a personal item he hid in his home at the beginning of WWII in Europe. At first, Anna hesitates to take on what seems to be a fool's errand. Max is 94 years old and Anna truly loves her grandfather who raised Anna when her mother died at age 12. Anna goes but her errand is not without complications. She winds up enlisting the help of a handsome lawyer in Berlin. And so the parallel love stories evolve. One about Max's romance with a beautiful French woman and Anna's own as her relationship with develops with the lawyer, Will.The characters of Max's story are colorful and interesting as the reader is transported to Paris and East Germany (Prussia) in the 1930's leading up to the rise of Nazi Germany. A love story set in the uncertain events of enormous magnitude. Anna's story seems to be more contrived. Her story centers around the dilapidation and defilement of the heritage of the once glorious aristocratic homes prior to WWII.The book is an enjoyable read that doesn't go to deep and things work out in the end. A nice escape...for awhile at least.

  • Amanda - Cover2CoverMom
    2019-05-11 21:21

    You can read all of my reviews on my blog -> Cover2CoverMom I am a huge historical fiction fan, especially WWII historical fiction.  I am also a big fan of books that deal with past family secret mysteries (think Kate Morton).  So when I read the book description for The House by the Lake and found that it was a fusion of the two, I was all for it.I love books that are inspired by real people/events.  The House by the Lake was inspired by Marthe de Florian and the discovery of her apartment in 2010.  Marthe de Florian was a famous French courtesan around the time of WWI.  In 2010, her abandoned apartment in Paris was discovered.  It had been untouched for decades and contained many paintings, furniture, and belongings.  I really like how the author drew inspiration from Marthe de Florian, and built her story around her.  The House by the Lake follows Marthe’s granddaughter, Issabelle, but Marthe is apart of the story as she is the one who raises Issabelle.Despite this book including elements that I typically love, this book did not work for me, which is a shame because the concept and storyline COULD have made for a great read.  I would very much like to preface this review with the fact that I am in the minority here.  This book has a 3.9 star rating on Goodreads with almost 15,000 ratings.  While this book was not my particular cup of tea, obviously there are many people who enjoyed the book, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.  Basically, I felt like the author had a wonderful concept for a story here, but the execution came up short.The House by the Lake alternates between past and present, where the characters in the present storyline are trying to figure out the mysteries of the past.  While I love this method, I also feel it is risky because it can be hard to pull off.  In every book I read with this format, I almost always find myself drawn to one story over the other.  This one was no different.  I found myself being indifferent to Anna and her quest to reveal the secrets of the house by the lake.  There was so much potential in this part of the story, but Anna & her story felt very flat.  In comparison, Isabelle’s story was a tad more interesting, but again flat & emotionless.  When I read a WWII historical fiction, I want it to evoke strong emotions: fear, anger, sorrow, hope…. Something!  Unfortunately this book failed in bringing about any strong emotions in me while reading.The romance in this book, in both past and present storylines, was bland and unbelievable.  Max & Isabelle is an instalove situation in that their relationship develops very quickly.  They actually spend the majority of the book apart, but in the scenes when they are together, I didn’t feel any type of romance or passion.  As far as Anna & Wil are concerned, their relationship felt very awkward and forced.  There was no chemistry.Most of all, the climax was rushed and didn’t evoke the feelings it should have.  This was a HUGE plot twist that I didn’t ever see coming & should have made me feel a particular emotion, but it didn’t…   This isn’t to say that I was upset with how everything panned out, actually I thought it was fitting, but that it felt lackluster.In summary, despite the overall plotline of The House by the Lake being quite good,  I couldn’t connect to any of the characters, the romance was unbelievable, it lacked emotion, and the climax felt very rushed.*Big thanks to Lake Union Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Debbie
    2019-04-25 20:37

    This was definitely an interesting book. To find an apartment in France that hadn't been lived in for 70 years and then to find a house in Germany that hadn't been lived in for almost that long. Seems impossible. Of course, the one in Germany was fictional, but made for a great story.This was a great story and such a sad one, as well. The story moves from present time when Anna's grandfather is in his 90's back to his younger days during the war. It's not hard to keep up as the author does a good job letting you know what time period your in.I liked this story a lot. It was very entertaining, intriguing and sad. I whipped through this one because I just had to know the story. What happened during the war? I recommend this to any one who has a heart. It is a beautiful story.Thanks Lake Union Publishing for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rhonda Ruff
    2019-05-15 22:41

    more like a 3.5 I enjoyed reading the two different story lines. At times it was very interesting and i couldnt put it down. Other times i felt alittle bored. All in all it was a good book. Just wish i would have cared more about the characters. Felt like there could have been more to the story.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-26 19:34

    It’s been some time now since I indulged in a historical romance and Ella Carey’s new book The House by the Lake cemented all the reasons why I love the genre so much! The House by the Lake is storytelling at its best: unique, riveting, well-written with heartbreaking romance at the very center… this is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day when you’re all alone at home. The raw, intense emotions, the vividly descriptive scenes scuttling between modern day and the life-changing era of WWII…this is a story so passionate, so moving it will stir your heart with its profoundness. This is a book set in Paris and Germany, where part is true and the other fictional but I must commend Ms. Carey on doing her homework with researching vital facts. As a reader I was taken back in time to places I’ve never visited, to an era I’ve never known yet Ms. Carey’s vivid prose did not make me feel as if I were an outsider. Her story is so raw and electrifying, her characters so real and three-dimensional, her plot so complex you just read on to know what happens next. The steaming chemistry between Anna and Wil gives the story depth. The supporting characters add life and diverseness to the moving plot. Overall, a great historical story written by an amazing author whose book is sure to entertain a lover of historical romances!Highly Recommended5 Stars

  • Robbi LeahFreeman
    2019-04-24 21:41

    From Author: "This book was inspired by two true stories that are woven together to form this fictional story surrounding Isabelle and Max, and Anna and Wil."The book starts on SF CA. Anna owns her own cafe in San Francisco, she is only focused on her work and her 94 year old grandfather, Max. Max moved to US during WWII and doesn't talk about his past. He has raised Anna since she was 12, when her mother passed away and her dad moved on to a new life that she refused to move with him. Max asks for one favor after seeing an abandoned apartment news story & pictures. Max needs Anna to go visit Berlin and a small village on the outskirts to find an object he left at his families old mansion. Anna goes and it starts the mystery to her families past. Author is great at description and the characters are likable but a little vague. The story also switches between 2010 and during WWII. The WWII part is described by Isabella (Max's lost love). This is a touching story and a quick read. The history was interesting but I felt the author could have expanded this book to make us more attached to characters, learn more of history and give us more of Max's viewpoint. I would still recommend for a fun, fast paced summer read.

  • Nas Dean
    2019-04-21 23:50

    THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE by author Ella Carey is a March 2016 release by Lake Union Publishing.Anna is astonished when her grandfather, Max, reveals a startling secret about his past. He brings her the news article about the abandoned Paris apartment which is the linked to his past. And he implores her to go to his family’s estate in Berlin and bring back something he had hidden there.Could Anna do it? Would Anna find what she sets out to get? What else would she find on her journey? Was Max the man Anna though he was? Why did people in his village had such a negative image of him? Once I started reading THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE, I couldn’t stop. I had to find out all the secrets and family skeletons. Readers would get engrossed in this story by author Ella Carey and by the end of the story forget where they are. Because this story takes a reader on a special journey to Paris as well as Berlin. And uncovers much more than family skeletons. It uncovers the betrayal of loved ones. Family pressure during war and the aftermath is brought to the surface. Highly recommended for all readers.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-09 22:37

    This was a good story. Nothing earth-shattering. An old man named Max wants his granddaughter to go to Berlin to retrieve something from his family's castle that he hid in WWII. She doesn't know what it is nor does she know anything about it once she finds it. I found his secrecy a little unbelievable, but I find that a lot of fiction is based on people keeping secrets from other people. So, I just try to accept that now.The narrator for the audio book is terrible. Her German accent bordered on Asian and her dutch accent sounded like her German accent. Terrible.

  • Alexia
    2019-05-08 17:51

    "The House by the Lake" by Ella Carey is a wonderful, story about secrets from the past that are brought into today. Anna's Grandfather, Max, shows her a newspaper article from the past about an abandoned Paris apartment. It is linked to his past and affects her. We learn about 1930's Europe, the family history, betrayal, war, and what this means for Anna. The author does an amazing job of jumping back and forth between the past and present. Wonderful story and highly recommended. I didn't rush through this book because I didn't want to miss anything.

  • CrazyForRomance
    2019-05-13 18:41

    Max, il nonno di Anna, è un ex ufficiale nazista della seconda guerra mondiale, che, giunto a novantaquattro anni, incarica la nipote di cercare un oggetto che rappresenta il più grande dei suoi segreti e dei suoi rimpianti.Volete scoprire con noi questo mistero che Max si è portato dentro per più di settant'anni, facendo sopravvivere un ricordo alla guerra e al tempo?Nel 2010 venne rinvenuto un appartamento di Parigi che era rimasto abbandonato per settant’anni dopo che la proprietaria, una certa Mme de Florian, era fuggita alla vigilia dell’invasione nazista. La casa di Mme de Florian era un vero scrigno del tesoro, appartenuto a sua nonna, famosa attrice e cortigiana della fine dell’800, in piena Belle Époque. Dalle vicende di questa cortigiana nasce la storia immaginaria della nipote Isabelle, fidanzata francese dello splendido e ricchissimo Max, poi arruolatosi nella milizia nazista di Hitler.Anche il palazzo di Schloss Siegel, fantasiosa residenza della nobile famiglia di Max, è ispirato a una storia vera. Le rovine di quello che doveva essere una magnifica dimora, appartenne davvero a una famiglia poi caduta in disgrazia durante la seconda guerra mondiale.Anna è la protagonista e viaggiatrice del romanzo la quale, grazie alla ricerca compiuta per conto del nonno Max, ci mostra un paesino tedesco antico e la villa-castello di Schloss Siegel, simbolo di una storia dolorosa e profondamente vera, uno degli innumerevoli crimini del Terzo Reich.Il libro ci svela pian piano la vita di Anna, sola e diffidente, e quella di suo nonno Max, che non è sempre stato americano e civile. In un alternanza continua tra passato e presente, ogni segreto viene rivelato e il ritmo si fa via via più serrato, fino all'epilogo. Anna trova ogni risposta e scioglie ogni dubbio e risentimento.Confesso che fino a metà libro non sono riuscita a godere in pieno di questo piccolo gioiello, perché ha un tono poco emozionale, dovuto in parte al continuo spostamento nel tempo e nei protagonisti delle vicende, in parte alla freddezza caratteriale dei personaggi, tipica della loro origine nordeuropea. Ma nel momento in cui Anna si è svegliata dal suo torpore, appassionandosi al passato della sua famiglia e scoprendosi perfino innamorata, la trama ha spiccato il volo.Anche se trovo che i flashback della vita di Max siano incredibilmente più affascinanti e il suo personaggio maggiormente degno di nota.Il vero protagonista è infatti il vecchio Max, vivo nel ricordo di Anna, come anche nelle pietre e nei colori di quel palazzo diroccato che riusciamo a vedere florido come in un film d'epoca, con i suoi saloni da ricevimento in cui signore eleganti si nascondono dietro a ventagli e sorrisi, e uomini in divisa sono costretti a recitare la storia, tacitando sentimenti e libertà dietro a terribili interessi di bandiera…Continua a leggere la recensione su: CrazyForRomancePer acquistare il libro clicca qui

  • Dr.J.G.
    2019-04-23 19:23

    The work is based on two true stories or rather facts, one in Paris of a grand demimondaine whose fantastic apartment came to light just before this was written, and another about a picture of a castle in Germany that related to past of a friend of the author.This work could have been good, if only it did not try to keep the mid path skirting a light romance or rather two of them, an evocative journey, and a dive into a traumatic past, a past that was horrendous as hell for the world and a dive that is barely dipping toes out of a luxury yacht into a broiling ocean, that too in a safe space anchored in the yacht in a lounging chair by the swimming pool. As it is treads a border of what was disdainfully named mills and boon once and is now far more horribly called chic lit.The tale alternates between two young women, one in 1934 in Paris who is taken to Geneva for a lake shore vacation by her demimondaine grandmother because in Paris the girl is unlikely to find a beau whose family will accept her, due to the grandma's past. The other is living in San Franisco in 2010, and it was her now 94 grandfather who was the beau the first young woman met in the hotel on lake shore and fell in love deeply with, mutually as it happened. Only, the young man was scion to a wealthy Prussian family, and was pressured to join his nation's new movement, which he was uncertain about.Events unfold on both ends of the time as story alternates quick betwen the two time points, leaving the reader dizzy, trying to catch up which woman one is now proceeding with the story of. One is wondering if one young woman was related to the other, or to the young man she met in 2010. Until one is given a rather unsatisfactory out of wondering.Unsatisfactory, because while the first story is about a very traumatic era, it skirts it with peeps out of the chocolate castle window that are no more than a word here or another there, and finally after finishing the book one is left with the impression the book was meant to indicate that the horrors of the time were not limited to the holocaust victims, but included those counted amongst the perpetrators or ones sitting on sides watching, approving or not. And while that contention is not fundamentally untrue, this pastry and chocolate platter can hardly give a picture of the reality of the horrors suffered by most people on either side.Then again, perhaps it was an assignment in college that the advisor thought was worth publishing.

  • M.K.
    2019-04-27 23:40

    I'm writing another dual timeline novel so it makes sense to read others tackling this genre. The House by the Lake is connected to Paris Time Capsule with overlapping characters and historical context. It's a light read and the interweaving of two timelines works very well.

  • Marcia Killingsworth
    2019-04-28 17:35

    Another fascinating Ella Carey TaleI have been only one Ella Carey book left to read. So happy another book will be released in July! Please, write MORE & MORE!

  • Judi Easley
    2019-04-30 23:24

    The House by the LakeThe Ella Carey Collection #2Ella CareyLake Union Publishing, Mar 2016258 pages Ebook, paperback, audiobook, MP3 CDWomen’s Lit, Historical✮✮✮✮✮I purchased this book at the current price. This is my honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind.The cover is lovely. It reflects the present and past concept of the book with the house looking like it’s in the haziness of a memory almost. This story was really good. Not quite as good as the first one was, but it did answer questions from the first book. It also brought up questions of its own. The characters were well drawn and had good depth. The ones we knew from the past in the first book were familiar and the new ones we met in this book for the first time were nicely done. The pace was steady and smooth and the tension was a slow build throughout the book. I found this to be a very nice addition to the trilogy. It’s not strictly a continuation of the same storyline, but it continues the story in a different direction. It’s a very interesting way to go.And here begins the reveal…We start out with Max Albrecht, a German, who is not terribly interested in German politics. However, his parents are very interested in politics and are insisting that he get heavily into them. To the point of joining the Nazi party and the Army. He really wants nothing to do with it. He doesn’t agree with what they are doing and he isn’t interested in politics anyway. He’s in love with a young woman. A woman named Isabelle de Florian. He’s meeting her tonight with papers for her to get out of the country, she and her maid.As these things usually happen, there were glitches and problems. Max, now in the Army is assigned the job of getting rid of the maid, who is suspected of harboring Jews, and also getting rid of Isabelle de Florian. “Getting rid of” being another way of saying kill. He was expected to kill the two women. He was not sent alone, either. When he got to the apartment, the two women were just up the street from it and the other soldier called out to Isabelle and the maid, calling their names. The women stopped, startled and one of the soldiers took a shot. One of the women fell. When Max got to her side, he passed the papers to the living woman and told her to go, which she did. The dead woman he held in his arms for a while grieving her loss, his Isabelle. The soldier had shot his Isabelle. Days later his uniform would be found tossed in a corner of an alley not far from that spot and Max Albrecht would have disappeared from Germany forever.In America, Anna has taken care of her grandfather these past years since he has gotten more frail. Suddenly he has a task for her. He wants her to go to Germany, to an estate where he grew up and look under the floorboard in his bedroom for something. He needs whatever she finds. He must have it. So, she goes. What she finds is an estate that is surrounded by fencing and barbed wire that has not been touched since Max left it to join the Army in his youth. She contacts the owner through the lawyer.The lawyer is Wil Jager, tall and handsome. He seems almost like he would really like to help her, but like he is holding back. He tries to convince her that it is a lost cause, and yet, Anna gets the impression that he is really saying that she should keep trying. He takes her to lunch at another Schloss, one that was the home he grew up in. It had been converted to sort of a hotel and it wasn’t very good. The decorating fell flat and the food was very bland. The next time they met, he took her to a very good restaurant and they got along much better, of course. As these things go, of course, they get to be friendly. But he is still holding something back. Anna gets the impression there’s more, but he’s holding back.They do commit a bit of larceny together. Wil has the floor cleared in Max’s childhood bedroom so that Anna can pull up the floorboards to find whatever it is her grandfather wants her to find. They do find something. Under the boards, under all the dust and grime of all the years, is a disintegrating black velvet box. A small box, a ring box. Inside is a ring. She phones her grandfather with the news and he is so happy. She’s worried about him, though. He’s in the hospital with some respiratory problems. He tells her he is in good hands and he’s fine. She should take some time to see the area. The next day, the hospital calls her to tell her he has died. Anna is devastated.When Anna finally gets the owner of the Schloss to meet with her to talk about the idea of restoring it, she finds out more of the family history. She finds out the woman’s name is Ingrid and that she is a cousin. Max’s valet was named Hans. He was the lover Max’s mother took. They had Gabriel, who is Ingrid’s father. She also found out that the soldier who was with Max on that fateful night was Hans. It was Hans who shot Isabelle. He did it so that Max wouldn’t have to. He realized that it had to happen or Max would be severely punished or killed, so he tried to make it easier for him. But Max couldn’t face it. Initially, Ingrid refuses to have anything to do with the idea of restoring the Schloss. But Anna is persistent. And eventually she and Ingrid decide that they can be family and do this together.Wil decides he wants to do things together with Anna, too. He finally lets his feelings out when he realizes she’s going to stay around and they could actually have a relationship. Because Anna has decided to live at the Schloss while it is being restored and be the point of contact for the village as well.This was a really good read, intense, not fun. It could have been a standalone, but I was so conscious of the previous book and aware of the next one that I couldn’t separate them. The romance was soft and sweet, sort of shy and unspoken through most of the book. You just kept waiting for Wil to make a move or say something. Such a gentleman. What can possibly happen in the third book?Highly Recommended#3 From a Paris Balcony

  • Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
    2019-05-03 19:40

    This book was made up of two different stories. One of the stories took place between 1934 and 1940 from the perspective of a French woman, and the second story took place in 2010 from the perspective of an American descendant of another family known by this French woman. The viewpoint of the book switched back and forth between these two, which was a bit jarring to some extent, but I did find myself enjoying both stories even if they sometimes "spoiled" each other.Considering some of the heavy historical events and themes taking place, this book was a very light read, and in some ways I felt that I was required to use my own knowledge of some of the horrors starting to take place in Germany during the 1930's to become more emotionally invested in what was happening to some of the characters in the book.Otherwise, I really didn't have any issues. I enjoyed reading the book and liked the characters. Friendship, loyalty, and romance were some of the themes, and I had fun watching the American woman uncovering some of the history and mysteries of her family's past in Germany.

  • Deborah Whipp
    2019-04-21 17:40

    So stupid it made my head hurt. For one thing, moved at a snail's pace. Additionally, the heroine -- who has no knowledge of her heritage except that she's German -- goes to Germany at her grandfather's request and within days is falling in love with a stranger and ready to save a house and town. Here's an example of stuff that irritated the hell out of me, "As usual, she was struck by his impeccable manners." As usual? She just met him the afternoon before! Also, if I had a grandfather of a certain age that immigrated from Germany, I'm pretty sure that at some point in my twenty-nine years of life, I might have tried to determine whether or not he had anything to do with the Nazis. I made it to 58% in this book and couldn't go any further. This was free with Kindle Unlimited, but I wish I could get a refund for the time I wasted.

  • Mary
    2019-04-19 20:35

    I respect that this book was inspired by two different stories, one being the discovery of Madame Marthe de Florian's Parisian apartment, a decadent time capsule, untouched for seventy years. The second inspiration was a picture of an old palace in East Germany. Carey has a fine imagination but I felt like the story lacked depth and seemed extremely hurried. Major storylines were casually explained away and too easily resolved. I realize that this is fiction, but even fiction isn't this neat and tidy. Great potential that left me feeling moderately entertained. #CleanSweepARC**DRC courtesy of NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing.

  • Bonnie
    2019-05-07 21:27

    Flat, flat, flat. This book COULD have been amazing, if any of the bits that would have made it a complete and well-rounded story were included. The characters were intensely one dimensional, they barely speak to each other, and then when they do they go from hatred to bosom buddies in two sentences? Characters who seem important, or who seem like they could help support other characters show up for a page or two and then just...poof. There are so many gaps in terms of getting from point a to point b in this story that it's just. No. The plot line is so thin I can see right through it. Do not recommend.

  • Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
    2019-04-29 01:31

    Entertaining Historical fictionHistorical romances are not my usual area of interest, however the Soviet zone of Germany aspect lured me in… Whilst a little light weight the book keeps your attention and works well with the alternating time periods of 1930s Europe and the present. The story of Germany during the Soviet occupation is an interesting one and this book does give you some insight into the experiences of German civilians during that period.An entertaining read.

  • CL
    2019-05-06 21:34

    I loved Paris Time Capsule so I knew I would love this book. Anna is leading the life she thinks she is meant to in San Francisco when her Grandfather asks her to make a trip to an estate his family owned in old Prussia and he asks if she will journey there to retrieve it for him. This is a page turner, puller of heart strings puller and a great read. I would like to thank the Publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this ARC.

  • Ellen
    2019-05-08 17:27

    Historical fiction at its best, I could not put down the book. Anna's grandfather has always been secretive about his past. At 94, Max asks Anna to go to his ancestral home in Germany to find something left behind. The story alternates between the present and the 1930's in Paris and Germany. As Max's past is uncovered, can Anna move forward? A good read.