Cynthia Lewis was living a predictable life in suburbia. Big house, daughter in college, son in his last year of high school, career as a nurse at the local hospital, and a successful husband. Life was good. She and her husband Philip were so close ... she knew him so well ... or did she?
After many years of marriage, Cynthia is encountering a doubt all women may have considered unthinkable. Unexpectedly, she is forced down a path to confront that doubt and more, as a secret is exposed and her world unravels in a way she never imagined. This was not the life she dreamed of or planned.
Cynthia’s new life evolves into a mundane safe existence until the good intention of her best friend Purvell stirs things up. In a panic, she runs away to the only place she could go, a destination removed from interference, where she searches for the answers to move on.
|Publisher:||Warren Publishing NC|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Her career has been spent raising her daughters and in banking.
As a young person she enjoyed writing short stories and poetry thinking maybe someday she would pursue more. White Lake is her first novel combining her love of Wisconsin with that of the south. Return Home, her second book, will continue the story of White Lake.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are looking for a delightful read, I encourage you to get your hands on White Lake. At least on the surface, this is the story of what appears to be a normal family with typical aspirations. But you will need to brace yourself as the author takes you on a roller coaster ride of twists and turns. Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. Like other readers, I can’t wait for the author’s next book, which will be a continuation of the White Lake story.
White lake was a very enjoyable read. The story catches your attention and keeps you wanting to read more. Susan Amond Todd writes about every day experiences, however she does so in a manner to make them feel real and interesting. I felt like the characters were very relatable- as if they could be friends or family of mine. As the story progresses, I felt like I could understand and identify with the decisions the characters made, especially Cynthia. Cynthia grows though out the story and I feel like her growth is relatable to women at different stages in their life. Overall, a very entertaining novel that I highly recommend!
I very much enjoyed this book. I wondered if I would be able to relate to the main character, as she and I are in different life stages, but Sue made it very easy to understand what this woman was thinking and feeling. The story is engaging, and I found myself reading the book every chance I had. I even sat up in bed to read this book, which I haven't done in years. Like life, the book was not always predictable, and I was surprised by plot twists throughout. I teared up a few times reading this book, and loved how easy it was to get drawn into the stories. Now I'm in love with Cynthia, and the folks she's surrounded by. Can't wait to read the next book! Write fast and write well, Sue!
White Lake began with Cynthia frantic and alone. Susan Amond Todd dropped the reader right in the middle of the story, questions piling up as Cynthia’s swirling emotions leaked off the page. The story took the reader back in time a year to just before Cynthia’s life started to change. Todd’s novel dealt with how one woman faced and dealt with the change that life threw at her. Especially in the beginning there was a feeling of mystery as Cynthia attempted to decipher what her husband was hiding. However, I kept finding myself thrown out of the suspense of the plot when Todd would suddenly refer to “the situation”. Each time I wanted to say please just show me, don’t tell me. Todd had already embedded plenty of clues in the story to keep me invested in trying to figure out what was going on with “the situation”. More than just “the situation,” though, was causing Cynthia’s life to change. Her son was graduating from high school and going to college, her daughter was seriously dating a man that Cynthia did not really like and marriage was on the horizon for the two of them, and Cynthia and her husband were looking into moving to a house away from their suburban neighborhood. Just as everything began to come together in Cynthia’s life, it all fell apart and the reader was thrust back into the chaotic world surrounding the first chapter. Todd handled the emotions, especially the emotional upheaval, felt by the characters deftly. The best part of the novel, in my mind, was this second half, as Cynthia began to move through the process of grief. This is where I really give Todd credit, she didn’t give Cynthia a shortcut on her grief, no easy way out, or fast forward. Note: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite White Lake is a contemporary women's fiction novel written by Susan Amond Todd. Cynthia Lewis's life had been poised on the brink of new and exciting changes. Some were undoubtedly bittersweet, such as driving her son, Christopher, to his new dorm and knowing he was growing up and soon to be on his own. And there was Millie's sudden romance with a boy Cynthia wasn't quite sure about, which suddenly propelled itself into a marriage of breathtaking beauty as the two young student-lovers began to prepare themselves for parenthood. Cynthia had always loved where she and Philip had raised their family; it was a good, safe neighborhood, and she was quite proud of their two children. When a surprise birthday getaway to the shore enchants her and Philip, they decide to throw caution to the wind, sell their empty nest and buy a waterfront house on St. Simons Island. She could still keep nursing at a local hospital, and he had found a job that might be less stressful. They found the perfect house, closed on it, and began moving in. Then, it all fell apart. Susan Amond Todd's contemporary women's fiction novel, White Lake, opens with a distraught and suffering woman finding that her entire world had changed. Having her children grow up and leave her house was something inevitable and expected, but having Philip gone just as they were about to enter a grand new adventure together was entirely too much for her to take in. Or was it? Todd's fifty-something heroine seems almost cookie-cutter perfect, even down to her somewhat disapproving attitudes about Jimmy Skidmore, Millie's boyfriend when we first meet her. Her life seems almost too perfect, as though she were playing a role being a wife, daughter, mom and homemaker as well as a full-time nurse. I was pleased to find her post-trauma evolution to be a fascinating and inspiring process as she stops her well-intentioned friends and family from taking charge and determines what she wants to do with her life. And you get the feeling, by the end of the tale, that she will do just that. This is a well-written and engrossing story with finely drawn characters and a plot that moves nicely. White Lake is highly recommended.