Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Date of publication: August 2012
Dream Lake takes readers once again to the exquisite setting of Friday Harbor, and tells the story of Zoӫ Hoffman, an innkeeper who has all but given up on love. She’s a gentle, romantic soul, but has been so hurt in the past that she dare not trust her heart with anyone. Especially not Alex Nolan. Alex is the most haunted of all the Nolan brothers.
Dream Lake is the third book in the Friday Harbor Series. Out of the first three, I think I liked this one the best. Alex is the most troubled of the Nolan brothers. To me, he goes through the biggest transformation out of his siblings. He comes from alcoholic parents and didn't really grow up with a sense of family and trust. He seems to have developed his parents taste for alcohol as well as their addiction. His marriage is over and his major business deal has gone south. His transformation starts when meets Zoe.
Zoe and Alex are so different from each other, but they are so right for each other. I just loved watching them fall in love. Despite his protests, Zoe sees the good and gentle side of Alex. The scenes with Alex and Zoe's grandmother were very sweet and just make you fall for Alex along with Zoe.
There is a paranormal mystery element to the story that helps with Alex's transformation. I loved how it tied in with the love story of the present day. The other thing I thought is was cool was that this story takes place alongside the events of the second book in the series, Rainshadow Road. This series as a whole is very good. I definitely recommend it if you haven't had a chance to read it. The 4th book, Crystal Cove, comes out in 2013. Can't wait!