Reggie and Anita’s Camelot, a Gift from God

Non-Fiction - Memoir
48 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2018
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Lakewood: Reggie and Anita’s Camelot, a Gift from God is a nonfiction memoir and collection of poetry and photographs by Reginald Hill. Daniel and Annabel Hinson, Hill’s grandparents, left him the woods, fields and lake known collectively as Lakewood. His grandfather had actually built the seven-acre lake and the 400-hundred-foot-long dam that circumscribes its southern boundaries. He had done so in the early 1940s, when wartime rationing meant gasoline was scarce. Hinson had used mule and man-power to make his lake a reality. The author and his wife built their house on the lake 37 years ago, and their lives were immeasurably enriched by their proximity to nature and God’s creations. Hill includes an extensive collection of photographs taken in Lakewood, nature essays and inspirational poems.

Reginald Hill’s nonfiction memoir, Lakewood: Reggie and Anita’s Camelot, a Gift from God, celebrates the unspoiled beauty that is Lakewood. I loved his wildlife and nature photography. Lakewood Diamonds, a moving poem about the sparkles of sunlight on the water, is accompanied by a marvelous photograph on Hill’s lake as seen through the trees, one that adroitly captures one of my favorite effects. He also includes a number of wildlife photographs that are excellent. Throughout his work, Hill’s sense of wonder and gratitude for Lakewood shines through most beautifully. I particularly enjoyed his nature essays, especially Lakewood’s Changing Face and his nostalgic salute to old friends, The Three Clowns. Lakewood: Reggie and Anita’s Camelot, a Gift from God is most highly recommended. A marvelous offering!

Jessica Barbosa

Reginald Hill's Lakewood is a slice of heaven on earth story about a blessed paradise, a wonderful home like no other, filled with unforgettable memories. Lakewood was a lake and a dam built by Reggie's grandfather around 1942 to 1943. Early on, Reggie's grandparents knew this was a special place to be treasured. Reggie inherited the land from his grandparents many years later, but he and his wife, Anita, also loved Lakewood so much that they built a house on the land. They had shared this wonderful, peaceful place and the good memories in it with family and friends, and now they are sharing the wonders of Lakewood with us too.

Hill's Lakewood is a wonderful, stunningly beautiful piece of work surrounding their lakeside home. It is a collection of memories, snippets, and poems that swept me away into another world where it is tranquil and calm. I tried to turn the pages as slowly as possible because the author's honest and gentle feelings were spilling over the pages and into me as I read, especially when it came to the poems. The author did really well in portraying Lakewood. When I closed my eyes, I felt like I was there in their memories, growing up happy and at peace in Lakewood too. It made me want to be there too, by that beautiful lake with its abundant wildlife, in that place of peace and solitude. This is the type of book I would carry around just so I can escape my chaotic life once in a while, until the pages are dog-eared and the cover is worn from love and yearning for the heaven on earth that is Lakewood.