Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Lilac House” by Barbara Josselsohn, Bookouture, March 13, 2020
Barbara Josselsohn, author of “The Lilac House” has written a memorable, poignant, captivating and intriguing story. The Genre for this novel is Literary Fiction. The timeline for the story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. Most of the story takes place in Lake Summers in the Adirondack Mountains. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated.
Anna Harris is a recent widow with two children taking their last trip to The Lilac House, their summer home in Lake Summers. They also will be helping their Aunt Hope, who is opening a ballet and dance store. Both of Anna’s children seem to be handling their father’s loss in different ways.
Anna tries to get the new store going with Hope and speaks to Aidan, who is handling the public affairs for retail stores. Aidan has a 15-year son. Anna starts to find herself drawn to Aidan, but there is something mysterious about him. Aidan has secrets of his own.
Anna’s Aunt Hope also has some secrets that will affect Anna and her family. It seems Anna’s husband Gregg had secrets as well, and never had the chance to share them with Anna.
I appreciate that the author discusses such important subjects as mental illness, forgiveness, and second chances. Also mentioned is the importance of family, friends, emotional support, self-worth and taking chances. I would recommend this thought-provoking novel for readers who enjoy a memorable story.