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The Lake and the Lost Girl: A Novel (Paperback)

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"Vincenta keeps you turning pages as she takes you on a journey that explores the complexities of marriage and families, professional quests as well as one's deepest, darkest passions."— Renee Rosen, bestselling author of What the Lady Wants

When her husband's scholarly interest turns to obsession, Lydia Carroll will do whatever it takes to save her family

Local romance author Lydia Carroll only knows one version of the MSW story: her husband's. English professor Frank Carroll has been fixated on the mystery of her disappearance for years, crafting a narrative based on Mary's poetry and journals that insist that Mary lived past that night in 1939.

As Frank's behavior grows more erratic, Lydia sees that his interest in Mary has evolved into an obsession—one that threatens to destroy the family they have built together. Lydia throws herself into the mystery, hoping to solve it and bring peace back to her home. But as Lydia begins investigating, her son takes action with a plan of his own…one that will bring the family to a breaking point and change Lydia's destiny forever.

About the Author

Jacquelyn Vincenta began her writing career as a police beat reporter for a daily Louisiana newspaper. She established and acted for many years as managing editor for a publishing company specializing in international trade issues. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she focuses on writing, environmental projects, family, friends, and nature.

Praise For…

"…steady pacing and relatable characters, makes for an emotional, romantic and mysterious story that’s filled with both fulfillment and revelation." — Booklist

"A riveting story of love and obsession when a scholar’s infatuation with a dead poetess throws his family into a dangerous matrix of love, hate, truth and deception which threatens his own sanity and his family’s destruction." — Shelley Noble, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach

"The Lake and the Lost Girl is a compelling tale, a web of life’s interruptions deftly woven to mirror our gifts and frailties. With insight and care, Vincenta braids secret after secret into a tapestry of truth that reveals the stubbornness of our dreams, the ache of our losses, and the fiber of what helps us through. I couldn’t put it down." — Mark Nepo, author of The One Life We’re Given and The Way Under the Way

"Rife with secrets and tight with suspense, this is a timely and timeless exploration of the price of delusions. Wise, honest, and beautifully rendered, The Lake and the Lost Girl brings a wonderful new voice to the literary world." — Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Hope in a Jar

"This is a novel you will tell your friends about. This is an author you will look forward to hearing more from. This is a story that will tear your heart out, and remember both for its graceful telling and the clear-eyed reality with which it presents two women’s lives. " — Emelle Gamble, author of Secret Sister and Second Man

"Jacquelyn Vincenta spins a haunting tale of madness and obsession wrapped around the mysterious disappearance of a brilliant poet. Sweeping back and forth in time, from the 1930s to the end of the 20th century, Vincenta keeps you turning pages as she takes you on a journey that explores the complexities of marriage and families, professional quests as well as one’s deepest, darkest passions." — Renee Rosen, bestselling author of What the Lady Wants

"Vincenta writes a compelling story of two women and their troubled lives with elegant prose and luminous characterization" — Bestselling author Mary Blayney

"This tale of deepening obsession with the poetic beauty of another era feels so real it will tie a knot in your belly even as the family at stake unravels. In Vincenta's capable hands, each character's need for validation feels at once romantic and dire. Plenty for book clubs to discuss here!" — Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling
Product Details
ISBN: 9781492642466
ISBN-10: 1492642460
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 368
Language: English