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Lakebridge Summer by Natasha Troop review

Lakebridge Summer the sequel to Lakebridge Spring continues on the story of Stansbury Vermont and it’s residents. I loved Spring and Summer even more so.

It makes me think of Shrek. No not in the green ogre kind of way but in the way that Shrek described himself. Like an onion with layers. Spring was the foundation setting up the story and characters. With Summer Natasha builds more on that foundation while peeling back those layers. The character development is so strong Natasha lays them out all the while you get to know them so well that caring about them is not an issue or hating them and wanting to see them burn depending on how good or bad a character they may be and some are very very bad.

I find Natasha’s writing to be a total pleasure to read. Some books you have to force yourself through or plod through but not Natasha’s. Even when it’s a freak out moment or total shock I was staring at the pages mesmerized. Perhaps that’s why I was so mesmerized there were a lot of omg moments.

The story I’m afraid to touch on not just because I don’t want to give anything away but because nothing I could say could do it justice. Simply it’s about a town with a unique bridge, there is evil in the town. Who or what is behind it is still not explained in Summer though much more is revealed.

The story expands on supernatural elements that were only hinted at in Spring, the little girl and her cat I hope to see in Autumn and Winter as I loved them. Which only makes sense to those who’ve read it so read it and find out for yourself but Natasha please keep at it as you’re killing me here. The characters come to life through Natasha’s great writing and while reading them you are dying dying! to know more about what happens.

The basic of good vs. evil is here but done in such a fantastic way. The talent shines and while I get all gushy the truth is that finding a new authors get’s me this giddy. It’s a pleasure to read and not gushing would just be wrong it is why I have this blog after all.

The characters were engaging, the story gripping and the writing has me salivating for more. Natasha Troop is an awesome find for a reader with endless talent and I look forward to enjoying more of her work.

I highly, highly recommend diving into the Lakebridge Cycle

In the aftermath of a tragic spring day, the people of Stansbury, Vermont, are unable to forget what happened, as they have all the tragedies of their past. After the media exploited their pain, they have become uneasy with the world beyond their town and with any outsiders. In the aftermath of the media deluge, latecomers straggle into Stansbury looking to pick up the scraps of stories left behind. What they find, however, is that the powerful forces that have guided the destinies of the people of the town for hundreds of years are now at war with one another and in need of pawns. In the aftermath of Spring, there is Summer. Lakebridge: Summer is the second of a four book cycle revolving around Stansbury and the Lakebridge.

 

 

 

Lakebridge Spring by Natasha Troop review

It’s sad really that I am not nearly eloquent enough to express just how great this book is. I can and will gush like the goof I am but in all seriousness this book is wonderful and I am just sorry that I can’t convey with words how much of an impact it had.

The most interesting thing is that once I started reading the second in the series Lakebridge Summer I began to love the first even more. I think it has to do with the connection with the characters you come to care for them so much that seeing what happens to them you feel it all the more.

Lakebridge Spring is what I like to refer to as a foundation. The series will take place over four books two of which are out. The first Spring lays out the story of a little town in Vermont called Stansbury. It’s small, pretty, nice people for the most part and has this lake with a bridge on it that has quite the history.

Natasha has a lovely writing style different than what I’ve read. From any and everyone’s point of view including that of a moose which by the way rocks. I love that moose and I love how the start and end of each point of view are tied together. It’s quite fascinating. It’s what hooked me when I started the book. I just grinned I love this and that’s when I knew I’d like the book. In addition Natasha writes these long endless sentences that just keep going like a train of thought so much fun. I loved it. Fantastic writing style really.

Beyond the style of writing which worked so well for me was the story again its about the town, the people and the damn bridge.

The characters are so well written you find out their little quirks and you just take them in your heart you hurt for them because while reading the story there is no outright monster and yet there is. You can see but even more so feel the menace in the story. It’s laced into everything, this constant creepiness about something not being right in Stansbury and as the story progresses and you learn more about the town, the bridge and it’s history and the people who live there the more clear it becomes that bad things are coming like a tidal wave on the horizon.

I enjoyed Lakebridge Spring and appreciated it even more once I started Lakebridge Summer. I am very much looking forward to the next two and will get them as soon as I am able because they are a perfect example of why it is I read indie press and indie authors. What I get is actually some of the best reads out there. Talent that far too few know about. If you haven’t read the Lakebridge Series be sure to add it to your TBR list.

Vermont, picturesque and lovely, attracts visitors from across the country in search for the perfect picture, the perfect fall foliage or perhaps a taste of maple syrup. Stansbury is best known for the odd covered bridge that spans Stansbury Lake and goes nowhere, connecting no roads and serving no known purpose. The locals call it the Lakebridge. Very few know of its mysterious origins and fewer care to know more. Those visiting the town perhaps take a few snapshots and leave, their curiosity quelled by an uneasy feeling that they shouldn’t think on it anymore. The tourists will eventually leave Stansbury, but its residents strangely linger, seemingly held captive by a force they barely recognize. They also do not think about the town’s mysterious artifact much except in passing, all but Gil, his father, Ben, and a few others. They know of the bridge’s dark history and understand that it is responsible for every horror that ever befell the people of Stansbury: the people who fear the bridge but will not speak of it. The bridge makes people do things – bad things – so that it can continue to love and care for them all. Some have tried to destroy the bridge, but as long as the bridge is fed with the lives of the innocents of Stansbury it will go on – loving the people of Stansbury. Lakebridge: Spring is the first of a four book cycle revolving around Stansbury and the Lakebridge.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

I have been in a reading funk which bums me out as the books I’ve been reading have been great I’ve really enjoyed them it’s just that I can’t get lost in them and they take me ages to get through all due to stupid personal crap which I’ll write about in a couple months. Lakebridge Spring the first book in the series was great but after taking me far longer than the couple – three days it would normally have I sat myself down and said self you need to stop this and read, good books await. So glad I did as I love, love, love the second in the series Lakebridge Summer. Still slower than normal but much improved on the reading time. It is a great read and the review for Spring I am hoping to have up this week. Be sure to check out this fantastic series it is seriously amazing.

 

 

 

She opened the door and walked through the glass hallway that separated the dome from the house. She imagined it deep in winter, it would be amazing to stand in here and stare out at all the white and be part of it. Standing knee deep in the snow and not feeling the chill. And it was so quiet, like all the sound had been removed from the world.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

 

My teaser is from Lakesbridge Spring by Natasha Troop, the first in a four part series. I have books one and two in the series. Three and four are yet to be released. I’m very excited though because I’ve only just started the book and it is fantastic. I love the way the author writes such great flow, easy to read and yet taking something as simple as a moose crossing a road and the most fascinating insightful chapter comes along. Here is a teaser from page 3.

 

This great book is only 99cents on amazon for kindle. Can you say bargain? The Cabin Goddess is giving away books one and two in the series as part of the indie hop ends today so go quickly and get those entries in.

The moose watched the man with the axe walk by through the mist and thought it a good sign that he did not stop and stare or try and approach him. So long as the man did not come near the moose, the moose had no plans to come near the man.