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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Melissa Leo Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Blake Sisters Series Release Date: July 1999 ISBN: 9780743567954
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At the center of Lake News is Lily Blake, a talented singer who shuns the limelight and cherishes her privacy. Tricked by a devious reporter into unwittingly giving an interview about her friendship with a newly-appointed cardinal, she finds herself accused of having had an affair with him.

Shocked and dismayed, Lily becomes a pariah as headlines all across the country proclaim her guilt. Hounded by the press, fired from her job, deprived of all public freedom, Lily has no choice but to return in secret to her hometown of Lake Henry, in a remote, beautiful part of New Hampshire. But, idyllic as it may look, Lake Henry, too, has its secrets. Some were the cause of her leaving home in the first place, so returning to her birthplace and her family is not without its own stress and pain.

Driven by the need to exact justice -- and, for herself, some kind of closure -- from the media that changed her life forever, Lily forms an uneasy alliance with John Kipling, a journalist whose successful career as a big-city reporter had ended disastrously, sending him back to his hometown to edit the local newspaper, Lake News. At first he sees Lily as a victim, as well as a subject for the book he hopes to write. But soon she becomes someone whose appeal -- and cause -- he cannot deny, even at the risk of taking on his former colleagues in her defense.

Set against the physical beauty of New Hampshire and against the complex web of family life and relationships in a small town, Lake News moves triumphantly toward a surprising and deeply satisfying conclusion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] engaging tale.”

    People

  • “Layered with complicated family relationships and richly textured with the sights, sounds, and colorful characters of a small town, Barbara Delinsky's Lake News will satisfy longtime fans as well as those anxious to read a timely and thought-provoking tale from one of the genre's top authors.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Delinsky may be as adept at chronicling contemporary life in New England as any writer this side of John Updike.”

    Times Union (Albany, NY)

  • “Delinsky plots this satisfying, gentle romance with the sure hand of an expert.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 2/18/2014

    " Made me want to live in a town like that "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evi | 2/9/2014

    " After reading a couple of books that revolved around murder and mayhem, I needed something light and restful. Lake News was the perfect choice. Lily Blake as been caught in a publicity nightmare which links her with a newly-appointed Cardinal. She escapes to her old hometown to heal and regroup. Trouble is that old hometown carries bad memories of its own. I loved Delinsky's vivid description of loons, their haunting calls, etc. I could almost feel the fog in my face and could hear the whisper of canoe paddles in the water. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/8/2014

    " Good book and very little language!Sad story of the power of the press and it's disregard of people and their rights. An innocent woman becomes involved in a reporter's vindetta. She fights back with the help of a friend and the story ends happily ever after - just like I like! The story made me shiver and wonder how many such stories I've read without ever finding out the truth behind the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/6/2014

    " good so far...easy summer read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Jo | 1/24/2014

    " Barbara Delinsky is a one of my favorite authors, and this was another one that I really enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 1/20/2014

    " Good story, easy read, liked the characters, very worth while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Not really a romance novel. Delinsky is great at capturing the locale and is an excellent storyteller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/25/2013

    " Interesting story. Not my favorite Delinsky, but worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/21/2013

    " Predictable, but pretty good. I could have lived without some of the details when the main characters "get together" but overall, it was a pretty good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg Koenigsknecht | 12/14/2013

    " This book starts out very slowly. The characters are well drawn, but I found myself anxious for the real story to get going. I kept reading because of other things I had read by the author and thoroughly enjoyed. The description of small town life was so true to life with all its good and bad parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gr8Reader | 12/13/2013

    " An easy, enjoyable, not totally predictable read.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Midgette | 11/22/2013

    " A real page-turner! I abandoned all responsibilities until I finished this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AnneOK | 11/16/2013

    " I read this year's ago while visiting Michigan and visting the lakes and the cherry country. This book was a very fun read and I would suggest it to anyone who likes a light romantic suspense read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haze Werner | 10/12/2013

    " I'm re-reading this... purely by accident. I thought it seemed familiar, but I'm really enjoying it the second time also. Don't really remember what is going to happen. Is that part of this aging process? LOL! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Reed | 10/11/2013

    " This is a very slow moving book. I can't get through this one. Ended well enough. Could have been a shorter novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tegan | 10/11/2013

    " Meh. Your typical tv movie come to life on page....it was ok although slow going.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 9/20/2013

    " A perfect book to get away from it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 8/19/2013

    " Very enjoyable book. Makes you realize what it is like to be hounded by the press for something you didn't do and then to be suddenly dropped when they move on to someone else with nary an apology. It was a great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberlie | 5/16/2013

    " Pretty predictable and easy story. Good for a mindless vacation book, so it was perfect for me the last couple of weeks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milly Dunaway | 1/25/2013

    " Wonderfully told! Love the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lilbookworm | 12/23/2012

    " This book had it's up and downs, and I sort of identified with the harm gossip can do, so I'm glad Lily had some people on her side throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/7/2012

    " This book was good - but a little slower than some of Delinsky's other books. I liked reading about the cider house, but the story was slow-moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rinda | 6/27/2012

    " Interesting story of what happens when an overzealous reporter cooks up a scandal to promote his career. Their is another motive, however. Shows what happens to a person who's character has been comprimised. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blythe | 4/21/2012

    " My favourite of her books - I just want to curl up by a fire and read this cozy book over and over again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Venetta | 4/18/2012

    " Great read! Entertaining and heartwarming--the perfect combination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Yeh | 1/15/2012

    " I enjoyed this book from Mitch's Mom. It was a calm, relaxing read. I took it up north for a weekend and it was a perfect reading by the fire on a rainy fall day book. I would try more by this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Loucks | 12/22/2011

    " Not bad for basically what turns out to be a romance novel. I nice lesson about family is always there for you in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 9/18/2011

    " I like this author and found the premise of this one involving the media, rights to privacy, reputation, etc. to be quite interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 6/19/2011

    " Great read! Entertaining and heartwarming--the perfect combination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn | 12/12/2010

    " Because sometimes a no-brainer, easy-to-read library book is just the thing I need when James is on a trip. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karissa | 11/4/2010

    " It is a really amazing and page-turning book. I really felt the helplessness and pain and everything else in the book. It is wonderfully written. It keeps you on high. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 7/25/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. Not really a romance novel. Delinsky is great at capturing the locale and is an excellent storyteller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haze | 6/23/2010

    " I'm re-reading this... purely by accident. I thought it seemed familiar, but I'm really enjoying it the second time also. Don't really remember what is going to happen. Is that part of this aging process? LOL! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 4/21/2010

    " Not bad for basically what turns out to be a romance novel. I nice lesson about family is always there for you in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noelene | 3/24/2010

    " Set in a small lakeside town in the eastern US, an interesting read about the power of the media to destroy a personal life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/7/2009

    " I have read everything Barbara Delinsky but this is my favorite "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B.d. | 9/20/2009

    " I really enjoy Barbara Delinsky's characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AnneOK | 9/15/2009

    " I read this year's ago while visiting Michigan and visting the lakes and the cherry country. This book was a very fun read and I would suggest it to anyone who likes a light romantic suspense read. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Melissa Leo starred as the mother of boxer Mickey Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter, also starring Mark Wahlberg. The role garnered her both a Golden Globe (for best supporting actress) and an Oscar. Her other accolades include award nominations for the film Frozen River and the HBO series Mildred Pierce.