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Duas mansões inglesas.Um encontro que mudará tudo.O Natal aproxima-se e todos os jornais londrinos falam da extraordinária vaga de frio que congelou os lagos no Norte do país. Deixando-se levar pela nostalgia, a jovem Alix Richardson abandona a cidade e regressa à mansão da família para passar a época festiva na companhia de Edwin, o seu irmão gémeo, e Perdita, a irmã maisDuas mansões inglesas.Um encontro que mudará tudo.O Natal aproxima-se e todos os jornais londrinos falam da extraordinária vaga de frio que congelou os lagos no Norte do país. Deixando-se levar pela nostalgia, a jovem Alix Richardson abandona a cidade e regressa à mansão da família para passar a época festiva na companhia de Edwin, o seu irmão gémeo, e Perdita, a irmã mais nova. Três anos antes, Alix fugira dessa mesma casa, desesperada por se libertar da tirania da sua temível avó. Agora, ela está decidida a enfrentá-la, mas não vai ser a única a regressar: um a um, todos os membros da família Richardson e muitos dos seus amigos e conhecidos estão de volta para celebrar o Natal por entre a imensidão das montanhas e dos lagos gelados. No entanto, por detrás da aparente calma da vida familiar, pulsam velhos rancores, paixões e segredos. No ar pairam ainda demasiadas perguntas sobre o acidente de viação que, anos antes, vitimou a sua mãe e a sua irmã mais velha. Dotada agora de uma nova maturidade, Alix está preparada para descobrir a verdade, nem que para tal tenha de desenterrar os fantasmas do passado. Uma decisão que vai mudar a vida de todos …...

Title : A Casa do Lago
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ISBN : 9789892310596
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 456 Pages
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A Casa do Lago Reviews

  • Jean
    2019-01-08 11:28

    The Frozen Lake by Elizabeth Edmondson sounded quaint, cozy, and full of intrigue. But does it deliver? The novel is set at the end of 1936 in northern England. It features two upper-crust families, long-kept secrets, and a world on the brink of war. What could be more mysterious than that?Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed in this overly long saga. It read more like a prudish soap opera than an engaging tale of suspense. There were so many characters that I could hardly keep track of them all, and most of them were unlikable. Those who may have been agreeable or admirable are bullied, either by the despicable matriarch Grandmama or by the Blackshirts, who are followers of the fascist Oscar Mosley. In addition, Hitler is beginning to make noise.Mrs. Richardson, the grandmother, rules her family with an iron fist. Like a puppet mistress, she pulls the strings that get her children and grandchildren to do her bidding or experience her wrath. It’s amazing that any of them choose to return to the estate for the Christmas holiday. But the frozen lake calls to them! The last time the lake was frozen solid was sixteen years prior, and that is significant. Over and over, that fact is mentioned. Each character in the book is there, it seems, to skate. The mystery is revealed far too slowly. It wasn’t until I was about three-quarters of the way through the book that the pieces added up to any kind of cohesive mystery. However, once that happened, my chilly feelings about the story began to thaw just a little. I managed to solve most of it before the secrets were revealed. I was quite relieved to reach the conclusion of The Frozen Lake. The last 25% saves me from giving it only 2 stars.2.5 stars

  • Lisa
    2019-01-10 17:14

    2.5 starsI love a good juicy family saga and this certainly has drama and intrigue but it is somewhat superficial. There are a lot of characters so we only get snippets from each so perhaps this is why I felt so disconnected from them.The audio version is very good and I think this increased my enjoyment as the different accents brought the book to life and it is super easy listening.

  • Angie
    2019-01-12 17:14

    4 stars...This is my first book to read by Elizabeth Edmondson, though I have purchased a few others. I look forward to reading those! This is under-titled "A Vintage Mystery" and is a series of sorts (not involving recurring characters though).The Frozen Lake opens in 1936 in the Lake District of England. It starts a bit slowly as loads of characters get introduced in various locations. All have ties to this area from some part of their lives. The two main families, the Richardsons & the Grindleys, have homes in this area--Wyncrag & Grindley Hall respectively. There are many long held secrets & resentments but the allure of the first frozen lake in 16 years draws those who are estranged back home. Each family has some dysfunctional matriarchs including the controlling and tyrannical grandmother Caroline Richardson and penny pinching stepmother Eve Grindley. The majority of the book is setting up and slowly giving hints at the secrets and mysteries. The reveals & resolutions happen fairly quickly at the end and are quite thorough. Recommended to both vintage & British mystery readers. Great book to read in the winter when it's cold outside, by the fire and under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate! :)

  • Carolina
    2018-12-28 13:09

    A Casa do Lago é um livro bastante intrigante em todo o seu enredo! Retrata a história de uma família numa outra época, com costumes e cultura diferentes, marcados pela rigidez e pelo medo que a matriarca da família incute a todos.Esta personagem é alvo do ódio de vários membros da família, mas apercebemo-nos que os seus comportamentos controladores têm um objetivo. É que só controlando todos com punho de ferro é que Caroline consegue guardar os seus terríveis segredos! E que segredos são esses... Segredos capazes de abalar e afetar a vida de todos, revelações capazes de alterar a perceção que todos têm da família Richardson. Porém, todas as verdades vêm ao de cima perante a insistente necessidade de respostas, de desenterrar fantasmas do passado, mesmo que talvez tivesse sido melhor deixá-los adormecidos... Ou não! ;DRecomendo a todos esta história de cenário natalício e invernoso, mas com escândalos fogosos, capazes de derreter o gelo de Caroline!Gostei ;D*1ª review no GR*

  • Heidi
    2019-01-15 18:21

    All I can say is READ THIS BOOK! It is my favorite read for 2011 and I loved each moment of this one. I hated for it to end. It is an exciting story about two wealthy families in England in the early 1930s. The threat of war hangs over the country but it is winter and the lake has frozen over so everyone flocks to the north to skate. When the estranged children return home, family secrets begin to come out. One secret will shock the family to its core and threaten their very survival.

  • Diana Barbosa
    2019-01-16 14:23

    Ganho num passatempo no blogue Chocolate para a alma :D3 estrelinhas goodreads que correspondem ao muito bom no meu blogue :)

  • Andreia Silva
    2019-01-04 11:34

    Finalmente um livro semelhante ao que a autora me habituou com "Uma Villa em Itália". Adorei o livro, especialmente as últimas 250 páginas que tive mesmo de ler de seguida porque não dava para parar. O enredo assim o obrigou. Confesso que até meio do livro estava a achar que eram demasiadas personagens para a mesma história, mas depois melhorou e muito e o livro tornou-se viciante. E claro que todas aquelas personagens tiveram direito a longas descrições e histórias de vida, daí o livro até meio ser cansativo! Gosto da maneira como a autora esconde os segredos das famílias até dos leitores, de modo que nós, quando lemos, ficamos surpreendidos como se tivéssemos lá, a viver dentro do livro! A reviravolta é cheia. Não há uma, nem duas mas várias revelações. Algumas foram previsíveis, mas outras deixaram-me de boca aberta!´Obrigada à Rute pelo empréstimo!

  • Maryann
    2019-01-10 13:35

    This book was long, and the plot developed slowly, but I didn't mind because the atmosphere was wonderful. Cold winter snowy weather in England in the 1930's over the christmas season. It all centres around two families in the area.I listened to this on audio, and the narrator did a brilliant job.

  • Francisca Viegas
    2018-12-20 14:26

    Achei este livro interessante. Contudo, o final desiludiu-me, uma vez que a resolução da intriga era previsível a partir de metade do livro.

  • Ana Filipa
    2018-12-20 10:18

    Uma história saborosa, para ser apreciada com calma.Passada num dos mais catastróficos períodos da história mundial (pré-2ª Guerra Mundial), a vivência entre estas duas famílias suscita cada vez mais a curiosidade do leitor.Embora no início tenha custado, com o desenrolar dos acontecimentos vamos-lhe tomando o gosto. Que segredo esconde a matriarca da família Richardson?O que aconteceu, no passado, à mãe e à irmã de Alix para que esta tente desvendar a verdade oculta?Apreciei a forma de escrita da autora, algo que é bom de ler, assim como a rigidez que transparece em algumas das palavras que utiliza, a coragem que transmite às personagens, os medos que lhe incute.Sem dúvida, um livro bastante bom de apreciar.

  • Nancy McLaughlin
    2019-01-04 16:09

    Great readThis is an absorbing mystery with loads of nasty family secrets to distract & horrify. In my opinion, Grandmama is a relative you pray you never encounter in your family or anyone else's!!

  • Isa_correia
    2019-01-17 16:27

    Esta foi uma leitura difícil... o inicio foi massador e com demasiadas personagens que só me confundiam. mas como era uma leitura conjunta insisti e no fim acabou por surpreender e até gostei.

  • Couturette
    2019-01-18 18:28

    Another fascinating and entertaining book by Elizabeth Edmondson and another good example that you don't need brutality and murder for a good suspense novel. The history and. the secrets of two Northern families slowly reveal themselves. Some characters were a bit extreme for my taste, like the blatantly unfair stepmother Eve or the pigheaded fanatic Lady Richardson, but then again it was thoroughly enjoyable that all those disagreable people received their just desserts in the end.

  • Isabel Keats
    2019-01-12 12:17

    Fantástico, me ha encantado. No puedes parar de leer. Eso sí, al final la autora se ha liado un poco y ha sido algo precipitado, pero a pesar de ello lo he disfrutado muchísimo. Creo que me acabaré leyendo todos sus libros.

  • Cassandra
    2019-01-19 11:17

    Es ist Dezember im Jahr 1936. Im Norden Englands frieren die Seen des Lake District zu. Das Eis weckt Erinnerungen an längst vergangene Kindheitstage und lockt Menschen an den See, die sich seit Jahren ferngehalten haben. Für zwei Familien, die am Ufer des gefrorenen Sees leben, wird dieser Winter genauso unvergesslich und dramatisch werden, wie der vor sechzehn Jahre, als der See auch zum Schlittschuhlaufen einlud.Ein großartiger Familienroman, in dem jede Familie ihre ‚Leichen im Keller‘ hat. Die Familie auf Grindley Hall hat ihr Vermögen mit Sanitärprodukten gemacht. Drei Söhne teilen sich die Anteile an der Firma. Hal, der Jüngste, ist vor Jahren nach Amerika ausgewandert um Schauspieler zu werden, als er nun nach sechzehn Jahren für einen Besuch zurückkehrt, findet er den Familiensitz verändert vor, aber er ist seinen geldgierigen Brüdern noch fremder geworden. Schnell merkt er, dass seine Brüder unbedingt seine Anteile an der Firma kaufen wollen, aber er lässt sie erst einmal zappeln.Wyncrag wird von der furchteinflößenden Lady Richardson regiert, einer boshaften Lady, die ihrem Sohn und ihren Enkeln mit eiserner Hand und Härte begegnet. Zwei ihrer drei Söhne sind ums Leben gekommen. Ihr Liebling Jack, ist im Krieg gefallen und seine Leiche wurde nie entdeckt und ihr Sohn Neville verunglückte vor sechzehn Jahren beim Bergsteigen in den Anden. Kurze Zeit später hatten Nevilles Frau Helena und ihre Tochter Isabel einen tödlichen Autounfall in den USA. Als Alix versucht, mehr über ihre verstorbenen Eltern zu erfahren, stößt sie bei Lady Richardson auf Stein und sie beginnt zu ahnen, dass sich hier ein dunkles Geheimnis verbirgt.Den Leser erwartet anfangs eine Flut von Charakteren und da ist das Verzeichnis der handelnden Personen am Ende des Buches mehr als hilfreich, um den Überblick zu bewahren. Sobald man sich eingelesen hat, wird man von der Geschichte gefangen genommen. Die Charaktere sind so bildhaft beschrieben, dass man sie nach kürzester Zeit vor dem inneren Auge sehen kann und an ihrem Leben anteilnimmt. Das Buch gibt aber auch sehr gute Einblicke in die Zeit zwischen den beiden Weltkriegen und dem beginnenden Faschismus. Ein Buch voller Geheimnisse und Gefühlen, wie sie nur in Familien entstehen können. Ganz klare Leseempfehlung!

  • Ruthy
    2019-01-17 18:13

    "Duas mansões inglesas. Um encontro que mudará tudo. O Natal aproxima-se e todos os jornais londrinos falam da extraordinária vaga de frio que congelou os lagos no Norte do país. Deixando-se levar pela nostalgia, a jovem Alix Richardson abandona a cidade e regressa à mansão da família para passar a época festiva na companhia de Edwin, o seu irmão gémeo, e Perdita, a irmã mais nova. Três anos antes, Alix fugira dessa mesma casa, desesperada por se libertar da tirania da sua temível avó. Agora, ela está decidida a enfrentá-la, mas não vai ser a única a regressar: um a um, todos os membros da família Richardson e muitos dos seus amigos e conhecidos estão de volta para celebrar o Natal por entre a imensidão das montanhas e dos lagos gelados. No entanto, por detrás da aparente calma da vida familiar, pulsam velhos rancores, paixões e segredos. No ar pairam ainda demasiadas perguntas sobre o acidente de viação que, anos antes, vitimou a sua mãe e a sua irmã mais velha. Dotada agora de uma nova maturidade, Alix está preparada para descobrir a verdade, nem que para tal tenha de desenterrar os fantasmas do passado. Uma decisão que vai mudar a vida de todos... "Adorei... prendeu a minha atenção do inicio ao fim e não descansei enquanto não desenlacei todos os segredos destas duas famílias escondidos ao longo de muitas gerações! Estava à espera de um romance puro mas não... tem muito suspense à mistura!

  • Carmelina
    2018-12-30 16:07

    In the first couple of chapters we are introduced to all the characters and you may think what do all these people have in common. But don't get me wrong it isn't slow or boring in the beginning and before you know it you cannot put the book down. For a book with so many characters each one was well fleshed out and necessary to the plot and you grew to have empathy for Jane, wanted to go to bat for Perdita and wondered if Sir Henry had a bsckbone. How I grew to dislike Caroline Richardson and hoped that I would see her punished for being such a horrid grandmother. Read it and see how all the threads lead to Wyncrag.

  • Marjorie Goldman
    2019-01-01 11:16

    I really enjoy this author. This is the third book of hers that I read and this is a stand alone but her writing of characters is great. They are books I enjoy reading and hate to finish. I look forward to choosing the next

  • Mariazita
    2019-01-01 12:16

    Mais uma intrigante estória de famílias com segredos escondidos, bem ao género da autora.Um livro de leitura agradável.

  • Tessa
    2019-01-04 11:20

    Another enjoyable mystery by this author, full of intrigue and excitement.

  • Caroline Curran
    2018-12-25 15:34

    I was interested to read that the idea for the book came from a photograph that Elizabeth Edmondson had from the 1930s. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.

  • Barbara Klaser
    2018-12-22 14:28

    I've read quite a few Elizabeth Edmondson novels now, and I have to say this is my favorite. There are some issues other readers have had, one being the number of characters, and I have to agree I had a bit of a struggle to keep up with who was who, and could have done with a character list or a couple of family trees to help out in that department, but the characterization, on the other hand, and the characters themselves, held me spellbound. I had to know how this story turned out for those characters I became most attached to, and there were several of them. It's 1936 in the Lake District of England. Two well-to-do families have lived across this lake from one another for generations, and have formed some bonds of friendship in the past, the latest between teenagers, and young adults. But there are some strained relationships too, some of the most strained between family members, parents and their children, grandparents and their children and grandchildren. A few villains fill out the character list, and it does seem at the start of the story to be quite a jar of pickles to sort out.By the end of the story, which kept me intrigued and turning pages, even when I was a little confused, a couple of major mysteries were solved, and I came away quite satisfied, except for a desire to follow some of these characters into their future lives. This is not an action story, it's more a relationship story, and a pre-war story, because the threat of war is almost a character in itself here. I am grateful to have read this novel, which I suspect might be the late author's best work.

  • Jen
    2019-01-07 15:32

    okay here’s the thing. If I say “English murder mystery” and you are, like me, American, and you think “sure, that sounds interesting”, I would then suggest to you: watch Gosford Park. Then an episode of Poirot. Then an entire season of either Grantchester or Endeavor. Then Gosford Park, again. If you have watched all of these and still find yourself saying “yes I definitely want to experience one of these stories in book form”, then I would wholeheartedly recommend Elizabeth Edmondson to you. But this book is not a neat and tidy story — it is slow and dense and twisty... and while the the ending was not a surprise, it also was not quite the big reveal I was hoping for. I mean if you are going to tie things up with a bow I would really want the bow to be fluffy and the ribbons curly cued, ya know? Gah. In other words, for the amount of effort put into reading it, I wanted the extra sprinkles and cherry on my dessert not just the ice cream with a bit of caramel sauce. I read it with my kindle unlimited. I’d endorse that or a library or even a used bookstore version, but not necessarily a full price brand new bookstore version. Also: in order to get past the first 50 pages, I had to keep notes on all the characters and how they were related. This turned out to be a huge help as the plot went on and I’m very glad I went to the trouble.

  • Mya
    2018-12-30 15:30

    3.5 stars on the book club rating scaleThere are a LOT of characters in this book - because it's mainly about two rather large families who are from the same town and some stuff that happened to them in the past, the last time that the lake froze over. Ten chapters in I was still trying to figure out who was who and even at the end I couldn't always remember who were friends, who were siblings, who were aunts/uncles/cousins, and who were completely unrelated and just there for interest... This is probably what made it a 3.5 rather than a 4 for me.On the positive side, it is a very interesting story (even though I did guess a while before the end how it was probably all going to pan out) with a neat ending that ties up all the mysteries and connections (if a rather convenient ending in terms of the main "baddie" who, interestingly, we the readers never actually meet/interact with). I woudn't call it "gripping" because the setting (large houses, pre-WW II, dresses for dinner) and writing-style (kept feeling the need to read in a "posh" accent) both created a very "Downton Abbey" type vibe. And things never really seem to rush or hurry when it comes to that era - probably because it wouldn't be deemed proper? I like Downton Abbey, I like mysteries, and I like neat endings. If you like all of those things, you'll probably enjoy this book.

  • Amber
    2019-01-17 16:23

    This book had the potential to be a good one, but it was poorly written. It took until the final 4 chapters to reveal the mystery and resolve it. The rest of the book was all about the melodrama surrounding two British families, and most of it didn’t have a lot to do with the mystery. By the time it was revealed, I had already figured the whole thing out.

  • Susan
    2019-01-17 12:15

    Set in the north of England in 1936, this country house murder actually involves two houses. Under the control of the matriarchal grandmother, Wyncrag is as chilly as the lake that has frozen for the first time in years. With her scrimping and horrible coffee, Eve has made Grindley Hall almost as unwelcoming. A reader might want to keep a list of characters to keep everyone straight.

  • Sara Turner
    2019-01-06 13:22

    If you love soap operas with lots of characters to keep track of and lots of twists and turns, then this is the book for you. I personally loved it and stayed up late to finish it because I could not put it down. By the end some of it was pretty obvious, but suspenseful none the less.

  • CHARLES E COX
    2019-01-04 12:27

    Delectable English lifestyles in the 1930'sDeftly drawn characters. I really enjoyed the complex family relationships. The descriptions of wealthy English lifestyles in 1930's was delectable

  • Dulce
    2019-01-15 13:19

    No principio estava quase a desistir, mas ainda bem que continuei, porque é uma história incrível, para mim o melhor desta autora.

  • CAROL MACARTNEY
    2018-12-22 17:32

    Great page turnerEnjoyed the plot , though got overwhelmed at times by the amount of characters. Couldn't put it down and really enjoyed it