Briggs has found the perfect job for the summer, working for Mrs. B., an octogenarian who lives in a large house on the shore of Lake Michigan. Briggs couldn't have found a better way to escape the fighting about money at home, the constant demands of his grandmother and the difficult relationship with his ex-girlfriend. He can finally do something for himself and he's planning to enjoy every single moment. However, the first thing Mrs. B. asks of him is to dress up, so he can accompany her to a funeral, which will be the first of many.
Briggs has been taught by his father that money is the number one objective in life. He's being asked to choose a career that will bring in a large income. Spending time with Mrs. B. and the mysterious girl next door, Abigail, teaches Briggs that there is more in life than work. Briggs's confidence is being tested, he's being pulled out of his comfort zone and the only way he will be able to survive his summer is by being himself and finding out who he is inside. What will be the effect of this journey?
The Lake Effect is a beautiful story filled with heartwarming humor. I was immediately captivated by Erin McCahan's writing. It's fast-paced, fun and incredibly deep. Briggs is a sweet guy, but he's had a onesided upbringing and has a lot to learn. Fortunately he meets the magnificent Mrs. B. I loved their easy friendship and adored the fact that young and old are getting along so well in this book. They are fabulous together and this aspect of the story put a big smile on my face.
Erin McCahan writes about the difficult things in life like death, chronic illness and losing everything you hold dear in a fantastic open way. Her story is delightfully lighthearted and funny while it still does justice to every serious topic that's being discussed, which I think is an impressive achievement. I really liked the subtile jokes, the gorgeous dialogue and the large number of life lessons that are being given in a fun and feelgood way. They are making this book a true gem and an absolute must-read.
Erin McCahan has written an original and creative story. I was mesmerized by her main characters. They each have wonderful quirks that often made me laugh. I flew through the pages of this book and read it in one sitting. I fell in love with The Lake Effect from the very beginning and highly recommend this brilliant book. It's charming, entertaining, thought-provoking and endearing, a story that will find its way into people's hearts.
- Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (10 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0147509602
- ISBN-13: 978-0147509604
- Boxed-product Weight: 367 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review