A disturbing call from her great aunts Astrid and Jeannette sends seventeen-year-old Francie far from her new home in New York into a tangle of mysteries. Ditching an audition in a Manhattan theater, Francie travels to a remote lake in the northwoods where her aunts’ neighbors are “dropping like flies” from strange accidents. But are they accidents?
On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as Francie begins to investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisoned hot dish, a puzzling confession, eerie noises in the bog, and a legendary treasure that is said to be under enchantment—or is that under Enchantment, as in under the lake? At the center of everything is a suddenly booming business in cabin sales and a road not everyone wants built.
To a somewhat reluctant northwoods Nancy Drew, the intrigue proves irresistible, especially when it draws her closer to the mysteries at the heart of her own life: What happened to her father? Who and where is her mother? Who is she, and where does her heart lie—in the bustle of New York City or the deep woods of Minnesota? With its gripping story, romantic spirit, and a sly dash of modern-day trouble (evil realtors and other invasive species), Enchantment Lake will fascinate readers, providing precisely the charm that Margi Preus’s readers have come to expect
- The writing was very easy to read. I actually finished the book pretty quickly out on the boat the same afternoon I bought it. I like nice, easy reads because I often get interrupted to reel in a fish or net one for my hubby.
- Francie’s aunts were awesome. I love eccentric aunts – like Blue’s family from The Raven Boys. They were goofy, half out of their gourd but actually all together in the end.
- I would LOVE to live on the lake described. My cabin is not super accessible either, but this one you have to boat across the lake to get to the cabin. I would love the dense tree cover and tight relationship with everyone on the lake. It would be SO peaceful. Plus, there was a small island – I love islands!
- There was some Minnesota humor and vocab in the book. It is always fun to read a book about places you know and traditions you uphold.
- The mystery was fun, it was a bit odd and goofy, which I enjoy. I would have liked it fleshed out a bit more, but I think that came with the genre.
- I felt like there were some huge age issues / maturity / lifestyle. I think that the MC should have been a college student, but it kept going back to more of a role with some high school, going into college. It was a weird mix. Plus, she was a previous actress on a TV show – so I just felt like the author was trying to engage a few genres and it ended up being confusing.
- I think the reading level the author was trying to reach was about middle grade to early high school. It just didn’t really make sense with the age of the characters and the content. I believe this is the first non-children’s book she wrote, so I can see the issues coming up. I think it is something her editors should have caught though.