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.

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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.
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- Cynthia Piller

A bit cheesy

This is the second book I have read recently relating to the apartment found intact in Paris (the other was The Velvet Hours). This was entertaining but cheesy. How many times did the author describe people 'sounding close by'? I counted at least five. Why is everyone wearing "black polo sweaters"? And just what is a polo sweater? Why is a boat at an abandoned house's lake still tied to its mooring and sound after possibly years? Lots of holes and stretches.
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- J. Gray

Book Details

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