Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean

Reeling from her boyfriend’s indiscretions at a party, Lacey Montgomery escapes into the throes of a torrential storm. Her car spins out of control and hurtles into the depths of an icy, black lake. She awakens in the arms of a handsome stranger, in a place she’s never heard of—thirty-four years before she was born.

Bobby Reynolds is smitten the moment the storm-ravaged woman opens her eyes. Learning the truth about her origin does nothing to stop the passion taking root in his heart and leaves him torn between finding a way to return Lacey to her time and convincing her stay with him.

Will the couple be able to discover the key to a mysterious portal before time rips them apart? Or will their spirits wander forever through a ghost town buried beneath the lake?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I love time travel. I think if it were possible I would love to travel back in time. But for now, I will continue to read these type of stories instead.

Lacey Madison Montgomery starts out in 2012, going to a ritzy party her best friend Piper is having, and she hates parties. Turns out after she gets there, she seems to be having a good time, that is until she catches her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. Lacey leaves after throwing a vase of flowers on Cole and his "date." She runs to her car and a storm has started with heavy rain and lightning. After she realizes that she should have stayed at the party, she turns around but can't remember how to get back to Piper's house. When she skids off the road and down a ravine. She tries to climb out, but someone grabs her and she fights, hitting her head and falls into the lake.

When she wakes up the next day, she is bruised from head to toe, a gash on her ankle, and a big bump on her head. There is a man standing over her and he seems different. Not just that she can trust him, his speech, mannerisms, his car. It's all different. When she sees the date on the newspaper, she nearly chokes on her food. It is November 6, 1949. How is that possible?

While Bobby and Maddie become closer, his sister Sandy becomes the sister she has never had. She is finally finding love she has never known before. After a year with Bobby and Sandy, does she even want to go back to the future? Then something happens and her world is blown apart again. Will she ever be whole again? Can she get back home? Can anyone help her? Why was she sent back in time?

This story is full of suspense, which you will think the story is going one way and it goes the other, history, romance and a love across time. This is a first for me from Casi McLean and I am looking forward to reading more from her.

Casi McLean’s fascination with writing flourished even before she learned to read. At three, she beamed with anecdotes entertaining family and friends and, at eight years old, had published her first short story, “The Apron String Captain.” But when her fourth grade teacher read aloud Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time, Casi’s creativity spun into high gear, and she knew she was destined to pen novels of her own.

Casi grew up in McLean, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a major in design and a minor in education, she returned to Virginia to teach English and creative writing. Now the mother of two adult sons, she lives in Atlanta, where she writes stories to stir the soul with mystery, fantasy, and romance.

Beneath The Lake, her debut novel, was a finalist in both The Chicago Fire and Ice and Atlanta Writer’s Club 2014 Spring Contests. It is the first book of a time-travel trilogy and follows her five 2014 mystical novelettes, revealing the essence of Casi’s imagination sparked by her childhood dreams.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean to read and review.


  1. Congrats on the lovely review, Casi! Wishing you all the best with your debut novel.

  2. Great review! Intriguing plot. Good luck.

    1. Thanks so much, Charlotte. I hope you pick up a copy!

  3. Terrific review! Congratulations, Casi!

    1. Barbara, thanks so much for stopping by an leaving a comment!!

  4. Fantastic story! 5 star reviews are well earned! 😃


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