I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Jacquelyn Vincenta when she was in Traverse City for a book signing this summer. The Michigan author hails from Kalamazoo and recently released her debut novel, “The Lake and the Lost Girl.” She is passionate about all things Michigan, and calls the Old Mission Peninsula “extraordinary.” In short, she’s one of us.
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Jacquelyn also loves participating in the Lighthouse Keeper programs around Michigan, and has stayed at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula four times. So of course, we decided to meet up at the Lighthouse so I could take a few pictures of her for this story.
I love a good mystery, especially one set in my beloved Michigan. I don’t have a lot of time to read, but once I started reading “The Lake and the Lost Girl,” I literally could not put it down.
It’s a riveting tale about a woman who disappears on a stormy night in 1939, about long-lost secrets that threaten to tear a family apart, and about two women, separated in time by decades, who are both determined to pursue their dreams.
On a stormy night in 1939, Mary Stone Walker disappears from her home in White Hill, Michigan. Everyone knew the talented poet was desperate to escape her demons, but when Mary goes missing without a trace, one question lingers in the small town: Did Mary successfully break free of her troubled past and flee, or did her life end that night?
Sixty years later, Lydia Carroll’s husband is still fixated on the local mystery. English Professor Frank Carroll has invested years in the search for local poet Mary Stone Walker and her lost works, sacrificing his family, his reputation, and even Lydia for the ever-more unlikely discovery.
As Frank’s behavior grows more erratic, Lydia sees that his interest in Mary has evolved into an obsession – one that threatens to destroy the family they have built together, and which can only be undone by solving the mystery of what happened to Mary on that rainy night in 1939.
If you’re looking for a great mystery that’s beautifully written, with a bonus of being set in Michigan, check out “The Lake and the Lost Girl.”
Jacquelyn’s next novel will also be set in Michigan, at a lighthouse based on Big Sable Point Lighthouse on the shores of Lake Michigan near Ludington. She’s stayed there several times and says it’s beautiful.