Open Book with Bethany Chase

One of my favorite authors, Bethany Chase, has a fabulous new book out and I am adding it to my list of beach read MUSTS!  One Night at the Lake is part drama, part love story told from alternate perspectives.  Chase, since her debut novel, The One that Got Away, has a special way with words and storytelling that makes her books unputdownable.  This is no exception.  I am thrilled she is my latest Open Book and am obsessed with the fact that she picked Amy Sherman-Palladino in her dream book club!  Gilmore and Maisel for life ❤


via Amazon ~

A tragedy on a hot summer night at a lake house forever alters the lives of two best friends—and the man they both love. But the truth isn’t as simple as it appears in this intricate novel of love, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Leah has been waiting for this moment a long time: Her boyfriend, Ollie, is taking her to his family’s home on Seneca Lake for a week of lazy summer bliss, boating, and barbeque. The couple have been together four years, and Leah is convinced that Ollie is finally going to pop the question. Leah can’t wait to share the joyous news with her best friend, June, who is joining them on their getaway, and whose presence will make everything feel more real.

Seven years later, the moment June has been dreading has finally arrived: Her fiancé, Ollie, is taking her to his family’s lake house. But this is not an ordinary visit to an ordinary place; it is a house haunted by June’s long-buried memories of her lost friend Leah—and the connection that appears to remain between Leah and the man for whom June’s love is as deep as her grief.

Alternating between the two women’s vibrant voices, One Night at the Lake is an emotional novel that explores a complex tangle of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, all driving toward one question: Can love overcome what happened on that hot summer night?

Advance praise for One Night at the Lake

“Captivating and compelling . . . This is the perfect book to slip into your weekend bag for your own trip to the lake this summer.”—Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost

“With gripping prose and a setting that is as sentient as the characters who inhabit it, Bethany Chase draws a tale that is immediate and real, the kind of story you’ll feel to your gut.”—Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment

“Chase has crafted the perfect blend of fully realized characters and a burning question I couldn’t wait to have the answer to. You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough.”—Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island and The Girl He Used to Know


Bethany Chase (c) A. Pachence


  1. What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a book club with?

Neil de Grasse Tyson, Amy Sherman-Palladino, and John Cleese.


  1. Current binge series?

Nothing right at the moment, but I can’t wait for the new season of Stranger Things, and I’m beside myself over how good His Dark Materials looks.


  1. Last favorite book?

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley. She’s an incredible writer.


  1. What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation?  Where is it?

My guidebook, my rain jacket and my hiking boots–we are going to Scotland!


  1. Sunday NYT or US Weekly?

New York Times!


  1. Last person you sent a text message to?

My five best girlfriends. We have a running text thread of encouragement and jokes.


  1. Book you read that you wished you wrote?

Anything by Deb Caletti; she’s the author I read with a pencil in hand so I can underline passages of her gorgeous and thoughtful prose.


  1. Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?

At the school I went to from 7th-12th grades, I had two periods of English a day, not just one. Plus Latin and French. It definitely cultivated my underlying tendency to be highly verbal!


  1. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?

I’ve been mainlining Maggie Rogers for most of my current work-in-progress.


  1. Describe your writing space?

My office is in the attic bedroom of our house in New Jersey, tucked under the eaves next to a dormer window. So basically the kind of place I always dreamed about as a kid.


  1. Coffee or tea?

Coffee, please.


  1. Do you have a favorite book that you gift?

To any pregnant friends, Expecting Better by Emily Oster. She breaks down the studies and data behind the never-ending list of do’s and don’ts in pregnancy in a very rational and reassuring way.


  1. Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. He writes beautiful, fascinating historical fantasy and I am pining for someone to bring his work to the screen.


  1. If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?

“Happy” by Pharrell. Gratitude and joy are what sustain me and motivate me.


  1. What/Who inspires you?

Visually creative people. Aside from writing, my other career has been in interior design, which of course is adjacent to art, textile design, furniture making, architecture, print-making; I love being surrounded by craft and makers and I find it constantly fascinating and inspiring.


  1. Bravo reality TV- yes or no?

I haven’t had cable since 2010. 🙂


  1. Favorite Instagram account?

I have gradually accumulated a feed full of floral designers and flower growers, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. It truly brings me so much joy. I particularly love the seasonality as everyone’s posts move from hellebores and ranunculus to daffodils and tulips to peonies to roses to hydrangea and annuals and then the long glory days of dahlias.


  1. If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be? 

The Language of Flowers, and it would be a clear, beautiful light pink.


  1. Current #TBR pile?

Truly too long to list!


  1. Best advice you’ve ever received?

I had always been hesitant about having children because I was very aware of the enormous demands that they can place on parents’ personal space/time, identity, career, and even mental health, and I was afraid I would find it unbearably draining. My buddy Erika told me “You don’t have to feel 100% sure about it. If you feel even 10% like you want to do it, then just do it.” My husband and I decided that we were much more likely to regret not having had children than we were to regret letting go of our childfree life… and now the thought of a life that didn’t include our son is horrifying.


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