The House by the Lake

  • by Ella Carey
  • Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt
  • 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anna is content with her well-ordered life in San Francisco. But her world is turned upside down when her beloved grandfather, Max, reveals a startling secret: Anna is part of an aristocratic family who lost everything during World War II. What's more, Max was forced to leave behind a precious item over 70 years ago in their estate in old Prussia. It's now his ardent wish that Anna retrieve it.
Anna burns with questions as she heads for Germany: What memento could be so important to her grandfather? And why did he keep their history hidden? As she searches for answers, she finds herself drawn to Wil, a man who may hold the key to unlock the mystery. Together they discover that her family's secrets are linked with an abandoned apartment in Paris, and these secrets go deeper than she ever imagined.
Alternating between 1930s Europe and the present, The House by the Lake illuminates the destiny of a family caught in the tumult of history.


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Engaging Listen

The House by the Lake is a story about family secrets, loyalty, love, and loss. Anna knows very little about her grandfather's earlier life in Germany, until she takes a chance to explore the place where he grew up prior to WW II. Teri Schnaubelt did a fantastic job of dealing with multiple accents in a very credible and memorable way. The characters were all well-defined, and you always knew who was speaking in the dialogue. Teri made Ella Carey's words come alive and it was an extremely enjoyable listening experience.
Read full review

- Cynthia Piller

Two stories in one

Anna leaves her business in San Francisco to undertake a mission for her elderly grandfather. Seems he came from a wealthy family who owned a large estate in Prussia. They lost everything and were forced to leave during World War ll. Grandfather Max left something behind, he wants Anna to retrieve it

Off she goes to Germany to find the precious possession, but getting access to the old house is proving difficult, everywhere she goes she is met by a cold unhelpfulness. She finds out that her beloved grandfather is certainly not loved in his home town, nobody though will tell her why.

Eventually finding some help, Anna finally gains access to the house and to the secrets of the past, in doing so, she makes makes a new friend and ally.


An interesting enough story, but I thought it was a bit lightweight. I don't feel I got to know Anna very well at all, her character could have done with a bit more back story to make her less one dimensional. There were a couple of moments when it seemed she might become interesting but those moments passed.

The story is told by switching between the time periods and I enjoyed Max's era more so than Anna's. The characters seemed stronger and more vibrant, these periods had emotion and impact and were well written. One part in particular sticks in my mind, something I really wasn't expecting!

At the end, everything fell into place very quickly and, I must say, a tad conveniently.

I'd liken this to reading two stories, one is interesting, the other is not quite so interesting.


Excellent narration by Teri Schnaubelt who injected life into the somewhat dull parts of the story. Teri mastered so many accents, flowing from one to the other in seamless fashion, making it seem easy. I would guess that the "Max" period was quite a challenge, so many accents, age and gender changes, those emotions! All beautifully delivered. Great job.

Audiobook provided by the producer, author or narrator in return for an unbiased review.
Read full review

- bec/audiothing "I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio