Lake Effect Review

Lake Effect
By Nicole Tone

Publisher Pen Name Publishing
Published September 25th
Pages 308

After the death of her fiance, Sophie Daniels is struggling to keep herself together. Painting is the only way she’s able to clear her head and stay grounded. For her art isn’t a hobby — it’s her religion. With a semester away from finishing graduate school, she knows that, despite her loss, things are going to get better. In fact, her thesis advisor has even taken a special interest in her. Sophie’s convinced that she’s found the mentor that she’s been looking for. When he shows he’s interested in her in more than just a student/teacher way, she obliges him. Until his wife leaves him.
 
Sophie learns the hard way what happens when a man cannot take responsibility for his own actions.
 
Now she’s back to square one in pulling herself back together. She hasn’t just lost her fiancé anymore: she’s lost parts of herself she’s not sure she’ll ever get back.
 
Like her ability to create.
Lake Effect is a raw exploration of human emotion and what it takes to save your own life.
 

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Lake Effect was like a concentrated ball of heavy emotion that I couldn’t put down. I may be different from Sophie in many ways but our similarities hit close to home several times. Life is complicated enough getting by in our responsibilities but the struggle of friendship, relationships, money, grief…seems all consuming to the point where time flies by. Similarly, Lake Effect moves quickly through Sophie’s life and her grief. It’s the expectations that weigh on her. The ones from her worrying friend, blunt co-worker, obsessive professor. Herself. When is she expected to move on? How? Why does she need to?

A phone call changed her life and now causes her instant trepidation when she hears the phone ring and like that call, she ignores it until she can face it later. With these actions in life, she has to face the same painful realizations that she can no longer ignore.

I’m keeping this vague for a reason because Lake Effect is all about emotion. About the abstract. Beneath the written lines and twisted throughout her story, are meanings that I’m sure will unfold for everyone differently. That’s the point and why I enjoyed Lake Effect so much. As a writer and artist, I was truly blown away and truly enjoyed this book. With a story that reaches so many sensitive topics, I had thought I’d be angry with the character and her choices, already waiting for the end result. However, that’s not the point. Sophie very well shows us herself. Once thinking only of the end result. Of a marriage. Of a happily ever after. It’s about how those sudden and unpredictable changes that turn our life around can’t be ignored. Can’t be rushed. But finding herself again, her voice, her own muse is a journey that can’t be followed. It must be lead on your own.

Nicole Tone has always had a passion for writing. She has her BA in Creative Writing and Literature and an MFA in Writing. Nicole is a freelance writer and editor with pieces in Heels Down Magazine, Hello Giggles, Femsplain, and more. She is also the editor-in-chief of Pen Name Publishing.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to dabble in photography, horseback riding, and traveling. She has a deep love for herbal tea, craft beer, and good coffee.
Nicole lives in Buffalo, NY, with her husband, three cats, and two very large dogs.

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