by Emily March
Lake in the Clouds - Book 1
Release Date: September 6, 2022
Reviewed by PJ
Widowed young, Genevieve Prentice dedicated her life to raising her four children. Now, though, they’re all grown and scattered to the wind, and Genevieve is ready for a change. In a flash of inspiration, she puts her home on the market and heads to Lake in the Clouds, Colorado, to renovate a rustic waterfront lodge with her sister. But just as they begin, Genevieve gets the shock of a lifetime: the arrival of her son.
Jake Prentice built a career out of being dependable, one that left him perennially stressed and overworked. Finally heeding his mother’s words of wisdom, he’s quit his job and is ready to find out what truly makes him happy. And now, as he stands surrounded by open sky and fresh, pine-scented air, he’s got no regrets . . . until former colleague Tess Crenshaw appears at the lake, forcing him to reassess what—and who—he really wants.
As they work together to renovate the lodge, Genevieve and Jake embark on a heartfelt and inspiring journey to learn about themselves, each other, and the true meaning of family.
Emily March is one of my favorite authors, writing heart-tugging, family-centric stories that always take me on an emotional journey and never fail to leave me with a happy, satisfied smile.
I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this book and appreciate the fact that characters of different generations not only have compelling life journeys but the potential for romantic ones as well. Genevieve, Jake, and Tessa are all at different points in their lives - and careers - but all still very relatable to me as a reader. I appreciate how March takes her time with each of them individually while also giving care to the development of their relationships, both romantic and familial.
I enjoy how March weaves all the members of the Prentice family in and out of the story, slowly beginning to peel back the layers of their relationships and whetting our appetites with glimpses of new - and continuing - journeys in future books. She's so good at creating the love, rivalry, hurt feelings, and steadfast support among members of a family unit. I'm eager to watch how they all evolve over the course of the series.
Genevieve is the character I probably most closely identify with. It's so satisfying to watch her emerge from her cocoon, begin to discover her own value as a person - apart from her role as a mother - and embrace new adventures and dreams. If you're a fan of The Sound of Music (as I am) you will probably find yourself singing along and enjoying her adventures vicariously. I did. I'm excited to tag along as she continues to spread her wings and excited to discover what March has in store for her next.
The Getaway launches March's new Lake in the Clouds series and I am already hooked. While this first book centers primarily on Genevieve and her oldest son, Jake, we're also given the opportunity to meet and begin to get to know Jake's siblings as well as Genevieve's sister. By the end of the book I was completely invested in this family, intrigued by a neighboring family, and excited to watch all of their journeys play out over the course of the series. The tie-in to Eternity Springs and a couple cameo appearances are delightful bonuses that fans of the Eternity Springs series are sure to enjoy.
If you enjoy feel-good contemporary stories with relatable characters you can cheer for, complex family dynamics that tug at your heart, romance, emotional depth, and happy endings, don't miss Emily March's The Getaway. It's a keeper.