#LeedsReadsBookClub April/May Title: The Lake House by Kate Morton

The Lake HouseOur recommended read and this month’s book club book is The Lake House by Kate Morton.

It is June, 1933. The Edevane family’s country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, 16 years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she’s also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn’t. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.

Download the book via Borrowbox (by following this link or downloading the Borrowbox app onto your android or iOS device) in either eBook or eAudiobook format. Don’t worry about having to wait for the book – it can be read by lots of people at the same time, making it ideal for a book club book.

Below are some topics and questions for you to consider when reading the book. For this guide and more information on the book visit the Simon and Schuster website.

1. The structure of this novel lies in recreating different time periods in Cornwall and London—in the early 1930s and in 2003. Do you feel that the author was successful in moving the reader between the historical and more contemporary times?
2. Thinking about the stories and histories in The Lake House, what themes were most interesting to you?
3. The Lake House is the English translation of Loeanneth, the house’s Cornish name. Have you read other novels in which a house features within the text as vital and alive, almost as if it is another character in its own right?
4. The main female characters, Sadie, Alice, and Eleanor are all strong women with flaws. Is this the way you saw them? Did their imperfections allow you to identify or sympathize with one more than another? If so, why do you think that was?
5. Sadie Sparrow’s job as a detective and Alice’s bestselling crime-writing career has allowed an interesting incursion of the crime genre into The Lake House’s gothic mystery genre. Were you aware of this in your reading?
6. Both World War I and II have tragic and far-reaching effects on the characters and narrative of The Lake House. Discuss.
7. Mysteries, twists, family secrets, carefully placed red herrings, and unexpected revelations are now compelling traditions in Kate Morton’s novels. What parts of the novel were key to your enjoyment of the story?
8. The author poses the often complex question of what moral obligation each character has to another within their particular stories. Were decisions made within the novel with which you disagreed? Or could you see yourself making similar decisions?
9. After Sadie stumbles upon Loeanneth, she’s drawn to it, returning daily and “no matter which way she headed out on her morning run, she always ended up in the overgrown garden.” (p. 135) What is it about Loeanneth that intrigues Sadie? Why do you think she dives head first into solving the mysteries of the estate?
10. What did you think of Eleanor when you first encountered her? Did your feelings about her change? In what ways and why?
11. Many reviewers have praised Kate Morton’s writing, particularly the way she reveals family secrets. What family secrets were revealed in The Lake House? Did you find any particularly shocking? Which ones and why?

Covid 19 Frequently Asked Questions

Exciting news: we have re-opened some of our Community Hubs & Libraries from 9 July!

The following sites are open with limited services from 10am on 9 July: Armley, Compton Road Centre, Dewsbury Road, Headingley, Reginald Centre and Seacroft Library.

New temporary opening times at all the above sites are: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

Unfortunately all events and activities remain suspended for the moment and we can’t allow browsing just yet.

Services available are:

  • Library Book Returns – drop off returned books in the boxes provided.
  • Library Book Pick Up – pick up books that have been reserved. Please use our library catalogue http://leeds.gov.uk/libraries, the library app http://yourlibraryapp.co.uk/leeds/ or our new Order & Collect service on 0113 378 5005, or you can email LibraryEnquiries@leeds.gov.uk 
  • Computers – book a free 45 min slot to use a computer & access the internet. Please phone 0113 378 5005. Unfortunately we can’t assist with computer use.


Leeds City Council Coronavirus helpline – 0113 3781877 9am-5pm.

Other emergency contacts:

Will I get fined if I can’t return my books on time?

No! Leeds Libraries are now completely fine free. Please see below for how to renew your books.

How can I renew my books if I can’t get to my local library or hub?

There are many ways you can still renew your books. Use the Leeds libraries app which is free to download, visit our website below or phone Library Enquiries: 0113 378 5005.


What will I need to renew my books online?  

You will need your 8 digit library card number and your 4 digit pin number. If you do not know your pin number you can reset it using the link below.


What will I need to renew my library books over the phone?

You will need your 8 digit library card number. If you do not have this information with you at the time of the call you will be asked to give your name and verify some key account information.

How many times can I renew my books online?

You can renew your books up to 7 times.

What will happen to my reserve that is at a branch that is now closed?

Due to the current situation, with branches being closed, unfortunately you will not be able to collect your reserves. However your reserves will not be cancelled and will still be available to collect once our branches re open.

Can I join the library online?

By following the link below you can complete a form to join the library online. You’ll receive an email with your temporary card number and you can set your own pin.

Use your card number to access our online services. Please note: you will need to put LDP00 in front of the temporary number for all services except BorrowBox eBooks.

When you are able, you can go into any library or community hub to replace your temporary number with a library card.


What online services can I access?

You can download eBooks and eAudio through Borrowbox. We also have a large collection of eMagazines and eComics and eGraphic novels available through RBdigital and have now added newspapers through PressReader.

A list of more online resources we offer can be found here: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/online-resources

How do I access Borrowbox?

You can download the Borrowbox app from any app store. Once downloaded, you will be asked to select your library service (Leeds Libraries) and then enter your 8 digit library card number and 4 digit pin number to log in.

How do I access RBDigital?

You can download the RBDigitial app from any app store or follow the link below to use on desktop or mobile browsers


You will need to select your library service (Leeds City Libraries) and then create an account using your library card number.

Coronavirus – (COVID-19) Information

Due to the ongoing situation, some of our Library buildings are closed or have reduced opening times.

You can find updates about your local Library on the Leeds City Council website:


You can still borrow eBooks and eAudio Books and we will shortly be adding some frequently asked questions to help people who might be wanting to use those for the first time as well as other electronic services we offer.

Thank you.

Leeds Libraries