by Mae Clair
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: June 21, 2014
Publisher: Mae Clair
Genre: Adult Romantic Mystery
Print Length: 254 pages
Available from: Amazon
Small towns hold the darkest secrets.
years after leaving his criminal past and estranged brother behind,
widower Dane Carlisle returns to his hometown on the banks of sleepy
Eclipse Lake. Now, a successful businessman, he has kept his troubled
past a secret from most everyone, including his seventeen-year-old son.
But memories in small towns are bitter and long.
Sullivan, a nature photographer for a national magazine, has a habit of
ping-ponging across the map. Her latest assignment leads her to Eclipse
Lake where she becomes caught up in the enmity between Dane, his
brother Jonah, and a vengeful town sheriff. When freshly-discovered
skeletal remains are linked to an unsolved murder and Dane’s past, Ellie
is left questioning her growing attraction for a man who harbors
Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair
My Rating: 5 Stars
A shattered camera lens could have been a good luck omen for photographer Ellie Sullivan, doing a shoot outside a scenic small town. Not only was the man responsible for the damage handsome, but he is a warm and caring person who is beginning to charm her in the most subtle ways. Dane Carlisle has come “home”a changed man after fifteen long years of no contact with anyone who knew him and his troubled past. Now a young widower with a teenaged son, Dane needs to find a connection with his older brother, the only person who truly cared about him, but has he burned too many bridges? Will Jonah believe he is no longer the troubled boy who thumbed his nose at authority and the law?
When the long-dead skeletal remains of a young woman are found, will this small town point fingers at Dane, once again? Having kept his darkest secrets from his son, he fears the damage these lies by omission will cause. What about Ellie? Will she believe in the man Dane is today or the rumors from the past? Jonah is already less than pleased to see his wayward brother return, can he not accept the olive branch Dane is offering and see how he has turned his life around? There is only one way to clear his name for a murder he did not commit, to atone for his past, will he stand alone in a town that wrote him off long ago? Some secrets are better left buried, some need to see the light of day.
Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair is powerful reading, a dark plot with shafts of hope shining through. I’m not sure there is an emotion that she didn’t rip right out of me, I was angry, felt sorrow, felt the love between a father and son, the pride between these two and the budding love between two strangers. I think I actually despised a few characters, in spite of their reasoning for being antagonistic. Did some of them redeem themselves? Yes, definitely, but MY emotional toll was high! I may have crossed the veil between fiction and reality for a while, Mae Clair is that good at creating her scenes, building her world and plunging her readers in, heart first. Populated with well-defined characters that feel real, it was easy to pick out my favorites and to hiss at the villains!
Fast-paced, written in Mae Clair’s signature gritty elegance, she combines family, love, mystery and redemption like an artist creating a masterpiece! Highly Recommended reading!