Love on the Lake is a lovely second installment of the Lakeside series by Helena Hunting. With the focus on Van’s sister, Teagan who decides to move into her brother’s guest apartment above his garage when she needed space to figure out what she wanted to do with her life.
This story is heavier than the previous novel as it explores addiction, grief and unveiling secrets that have the potential of tearing apart families. Although the content was heavier, I still really enjoyed this story.
I liked how Teagan gave herself a chance to explore different avenues to figure out what she wanted to do. Although the amount of what she obligates herself to eventually takes a toll on her, it was great to see she allowed herself time to heal outside of a relationship.
The chemistry between Teagan and Aaron was great; but I especially loved the characters’ arc of growth within themselves and together.
Overall, Love on the Lake is a fantastic love story that shows the realistic side of addiction and how it can affect one’s family and relationships.
Thank you Montlake for the gifted copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Teagan Firestone has always been the dutiful daughter, especially since her mom died. But as her father finally begins to move on, it’s her turn to do the same. Her destination: Pearl Lake, a close-knit community with an entrepreneurial spirit and secrets of its own.
One of them is Aaron Saunders, who dropped out of college to work construction for Pearl Lake’s upper class. He’s a mystery and has a playboy reputation—that is, until he meets Teagan. Neither of them is looking for love, but in a town this small, it’s hard not to let your heart get involved.
As their romance heats up, Aaron’s elusive past comes to light and Teagan is there for him, bringing them even closer together. But when Teagan is forced to face her own demons, her inability to accept the support of friends and family threatens the life she’s worked so hard to build.
Can Aaron love her, even when she can’t love herself?