The House by the Lake

The House by the Lake

by Ella Carey


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ISBN-13: 9781503934153
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 230,666
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ella Carey is a writer and Francophile who claims Paris as her second home. Her first book is Paris Time Capsule, and her work has been published in the Review of Australian Fiction. She lives in Australia with her two children and two Italian greyhounds.

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The House by the Lake 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
I loved and enjoyed reading the marvelous and fabulous, captivating story by the outstanding author Ella Carey. I received a Goodreads Giveaway of the book, The House by the Lake. Anna's grandfather, Max Albrecht, wants Anna to go to Germany and retrieve something for him. Max grew up in an aristocratic family home, Schloss Siegel, and hid something special under the floor boards in his bedroom. Anna goes to Germany, tries to gain access to the Schloss Siegel, hears negative things about Max, and finally meets with the lawyer, Wil Jager, whose client owns the mansion. Anna is drawn to and intrigued by the Schloss Siegel and the handsome lawyer, Wil Jager. Read the highly recommended, wonderfully written, engaging and intriguing novel.
HinaTabassum More than 1 year ago
Everyone has a past. Irrespective of it being acknowledged or not. Same is true for this particular story. Anna has been tasked by her grandfather to retrieve a personal artifact from a palace of a house in Germany where he used to live back in the pre war times. In getting the artifact not only she uncovers her family's history but also finds the one man for herself who will stand by her side come what may. A interesting journey made all the more informative with the snippets from a long forgotten past.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Anna’s grandfather asks her to go to Germany and retrieve something from his childhood home. She has a very cool reception from the town. Come to find out, her grandfather may not be the person she thought. This story kept me reading late into the night and thinking about it during the day at work!!! GASP!! I could visualize the house in Germany and I so wanted to be there. And to know the story is loosely based on a real house made it all the more intriguing. The characters kept me coming back for more. I loved Anna from the start. When she met Wil….that just took me over the edge. I could just picture them exploring the house working together to overcome the obstacles ahead. The ending is a little too tidy for me. Anna needs to struggle a little more to find out what happened to her grandfather during WWWII. Instead she finds out in one visit with someone. It would have added a lot to the tale if she had more of an adventure to figure out the mystery. But…..this is just a minor observation and completely my opinion. I loved, loved, loved this book. The mystery, the house, the setting, the characters all meld together to make a tale I could not stop thinking about.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
This historical fiction novel had a interesting premise & overall I enjoyed it. There were some serious editing mistakes though & at times the book lagged. And as a owner of a small business I also found it hard to believe Anna was able to just up & leave her store with no planning. Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Connie57103 More than 1 year ago
"Paris Time Capsule" was one of my runaway favorite new books. I am elated that this is kind of a sequel and a prequel, as well. This is a special gift from Ms. Ella Carey that expands on the story of the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian, Ms. Isabelle de Florian. She is the one who left her grandmother's apartment that was full of treasures in 1940, as she tried to escape the Germans, who were coming to occupy Paris. Ms. Marthe de Florian was one of the very highest demimondaines (courtesan) In Belle Epoque Paris. So people looked down on or evaded even her granddaughter. Marthe took Isabelle to Lake Geneva in Switzerland in 1934. Usually, once someone hears her last name, they avoid her. However, she met and fell in love with Max Albrecht. His family was the largest landowners in old Prussia. They were also bankers. The sequel part of the book is about Max Albrecht's granddaughter, Anna Young, who he sent to Siegel, Germany to retrieve something he left behind in 1940. The item is in his old family home: Schloss Siegel, a very delapitated estate. The mayor of Siegel told her to forget about finding the owners. However, someone at the hotel gave her the name of the attorney in Berlin, who may be able to answer questions and issues. She contacts Wil Hager, the attorney for the estate. This phenomenal book flows easily back and forth between the two different generations and what takes place. I loved that Max sent his granddaughter on an adventure of a lifetime, after he kept his past elusive from her. I also like that we get to learn about the owner of the Paris apartment before it is shut up for good. Ms. Carey does an excellent job of bringing the two eras together in the book, and adding a true sense of adventure along the way. This is truly an exciting book, and I love it. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for giving me a free copy of this book to read and give my honest review.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways. It was a wonderful story based on true places. I loved how you never really forget your first true love and try to forget the bad times of WWIII and try to start again in the States and then have your granddaughter try to get the answers she needs to figure out what actually happened to her grandfather during the war since he doesn't talk about and to find love again.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
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.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
The story swings back and forth from the present to the past during WWII. A series of interesting and realistic characters provides the cast for a drama played out against the specter of Nazism. Several love stories slowly surface, as the reader is drawn into an emotional whirlpool. The quality of the writing and the arc of the narrative hook into the reader across every page. In the course of the story every human emotion is revealed and shared, right up to a double whammy of an ending. This book will appeal to all readers no matter what their preferences. You most read it again and again to recapture the feelings it engenders.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
An intriguing story that portrays many emotions throughout as we go on a journey of old regrets, young dreams and what might have beens. I'm generally not a big fan of traveling back in time in novels, but this author makes it easy to follow whether it's present day or decades prior and the story flows well. Anna Young is happily content with her life, running a business she enjoys and spending lots of time with her grandfather Max Albrecht, who at 94 is still sharp as a tack and the light of her life. When a news story breaks about an apartment in Paris that was abandoned many years ago, she notices Max taking interest in it and then stewing about it for days afterward. He finally tells her he once knew the people that lived there, and then speaks a little of his past, which he has never done in all of her years. He tells her that she stems from an aristocratic family in East Germany who fled during the Soviet invasion and that some of those times are his biggest regret in life. He urges her to make a trip to Berlin to attempt to retrieve a treasure he left hidden in his childhood home in old Prussia. She finally relents and embarks on a journey to locate his house and try to figure out how to access it. She meets up with a young man by the name of Wil along the way who helps her find the answers that she needs to reveal the past.
alexiajanie More than 1 year ago
"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.