Lake Surrender by Carol Grace Stratton

Lake Surrender

Her journey ends where the lake begins!

Featured imageStratton’s debut contemporary Christian romance introduces readers to the healing joy of life on Lake Surrender, Mich. With a failed marriage, two children (one of whom is autistic), and a house to sell, Ally Cervantes already feels at the end of her rope. Being downsized at work is the last straw, and that sends her and the children from their hectic California life to the Michigan home of her aunt. Despite having wonderful references, the only job Ally can land is as the lead cook at the nearby Christian summer camp for children, run by Will Grainger, a man she knew when they were both children. Circumstances contrive to throw them together at every available opportunity, routinely contrasting Will’s solid faith with Ally’s lack thereof and turning the spotlight on Ally’s spiritual journey. Stilted dialog combined with unconvincing characterization and extraneous plot devices detract from what might otherwise have been a promising tale of redemption and perseverance.


Author Bio:

Carol G. Stratton has written over a hundred articles for publications that include InTouch magazine,, and Kyria, and has been interviewed on several programs such as Moody Radio Midday Connection, Army Wife, Joyfully Living Free radio shows and Friends and Neighbors television show. Currently she is a staff writer for Lake Norman Publications. She has a degree in Recreation Therapy and has worked with autistic children in a classroom an experience that inspired her to write about a woman with an autistic son.

She has spoken at national writing conferences as well as MOPS and other women’s groups about personality temperaments, friendship and encouraging yourself. Her second book, Lake Surrender will be coming out Sept 23rd.

Carol is married and has four grown children and four grandchildren. Currently she and her husband, John, live in Mooresville, North Carolina where she loves to hike and play guitar and mandolin while learning to love liver mush.

My review:

As Carol Grace Stratton’s debut novel, this was one powerful story.  Ally Cervantes, a children’s publisher for a high-powered Los Angelus publisher, has been divorced by her husband, left to sell her house, left to raise two children alone (one with autism), and down-sized from her job.  With finances tight, she takes up her Aunt Nettie’s offer to stay in her cabin on Lake Surrender, MI, until she can find another publishing job.

Carol has laced her story with plots and subplots that keep the story popping from page one.  The characters are realistic yet with flaws, just like the real world.  Not finding a job in her field, Ally becomes a cook for a summer camp.  This is where the story takes off flying.  Suspense, romance, child-raising issues, and camp living becomes a never-ending host of surprises.  Carol has pulled off a great novel.  An author to be looking for in the near future.

Only one thing bothered me in the book.  The cohesiveness from specific time lapses were a bit abrupt.  A smoother tie-in would have made the book perfect for me.

This book was provided free from the author in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received for my review.


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