Exactly one year to the day after she fell asleep Kate Pheris wakes up. Oh, she had gotten out of bed every day between, gone through the motions of living, but she hadn’t truly been awake since the day they buried her husband. Now she is back and is appalled to realize just how much control over her life she has given to her mother-in-law. Her daughter is enrolled in a private school her mother-in-law loves but her husband hated. The bicycle shop she and her husband owned is gone. The home she and her husband shared, a home that once belonged to Kate’s mother, has been sold. Today she and her daughter will move out of it and will move into her mother-in-law’s home. Then Kate will start working at her mother-in-law’s real estate office. She had placed herself completely under someone else’s leadership without a single conscious thought.
That changes when Kate goes to the attic to get her daughter Devin ready for the big move and finds the girl going through an old trunk of clothes. As her daughter investigates the quirky fashions contained within she finds an old postcard addressed to Kate. It was from her Great-Aunt Eby, a woman long estranged from Kate’s mother and grandmother, who was inviting Kate to return Lost Lake. Kate had met her only once, many years ago, when she and her mother had visited the lake side resort for a few entrancing weeks. A fight between the adults had ended the holiday but Kate, at least, was welcome back. Her mother had clearly not wanted her to go back and the postcard had been silently relegated to the trunk for fifteen years. Deciding that was far too long to let an invite go unanswered – and that with the many changes in their life she and Devin could definitely use a break – Kate packs them into the car and they head out in search of their long lost relative.
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