Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

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.


If you love heartwarming YA filled with humor and wonderful life lessons The Lake Effect is a story you don't want to miss.

About Erin McCahan

I write contemporary, multi-generational YA novels.

My last name is pronounced McCann, but I prefer the way my forebears chose to spell it with that silent, slender h in the middle – no offense to h-less McCanns everywhere.

I was born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, but grew up in Bexley, Ohio.

I was so shy in high school that, junior year, the school psychologist pulled me out of a journalism class – really what you want to do to a shy kid – to ask me if I wanted to talk to her.

I read loads of fiction, but I read even more nonfiction – mostly Victorian and Colonial history. I would have loved to have lived in either time but with indoor plumbing, modern dentistry and deodorant. Also bug spray. And Advil.

I transferred undergrad so many times I lost count.

My ringtone is Come Sail Away.

All my favorite beaches in the world are in Michigan.

My favorite time of day is whenever my husband gets home.

I wear my hair this short because my grandfather liked it this way, and I thought – still think – he hung the stars.

About writing, all I can say is that I have to do it. Why? I have no idea.


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  1. The Lake Effect sounds like a poignant YA romance and coming-of-age story, a perfect summer read with depth and heart and humour.

  2. I've read about this before, and thought it sounded really interesting!

  3. Would love to win this book for my Mum who reads a lot.

  4. Awwww perfct summer book! I miss summer so much right now. SO cold, so much winter left, I would totally need this one

  5. Sounds good, thanks for the review and giveaway!

  6. I know I should never judge a book by it's cover, but I love the cover and the review so I'll make an exception!!

  7. Ah, the lake. Thanks Erin

  8. A wonderful title for a novel that I know I'd love. Thanks for a great review too.

  9. Sounds like a lovely YA story, looking forward to reading it.

  10. It sounds like a really interesting read.

  11. Love the sound of this book. Hadn't heard of this author before, but added all her delightful sounding books to my TBR mountain 😎

  12. “Erin McCahan writes about the difficult things in life like death, chronic illness and losing everything you hold dear in a fantastic open way.” Appeals to spoonie me.

  13. I love YA novesl and this is definetly an author I'll check about.

  14. Not at author I've come across before, I'll definitely check out her books!

  15. This sounds like a thoroughly enjoyable read that I am looking forward to!!

  16. This cover is so cute & the story sounds fantastic.

  17. An interesting concept, with characters at both ends of the age spectrum.

  18. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  19. great review, lovely book cover too... Thanks for giving Erin s book as a prize for this giveaway! Lubka

  20. This book immediately caught my attention! Not only do I love the blurb, but I love, love, love Lake Michigan. The beaches are my favorite places to go when we visit family in Michigan. I'd love to read this story and learn more about the characters!