Eclipse Lake by @MaeClair1 #RomSuspense #BookReview


Small towns hold the darkest secrets.

Fifteen 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.

Ellie 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 long-buried secrets.

Biography

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections.

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail, and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at MaeClair.com

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My Review

Renewing family connections shouldn’t be this hard!

Dane Carlisle is returning home after a fifteen year absence. Many things have changed; he’s a widower, father, and a multi-millionaire entrepreneur- his life couldn’t be more different than when he was a troubled youth. Problem is, his older brother, Jonah, doesn’t want him there.

Jonah wants nothing to do with the selfish delinquent who’d landed himself in jail and disappeared years ago, leaving him to care for an aging alcoholic parent. Dane hadn’t even come home for her funeral, so why should he expect a warm welcome now?

When a skeleton is uncovered along the shores of Eclipse Lake it sends the two brothers on a road of self-discovery. Will long-buried secrets destroy any chance of reconciliation, or will it finally bring peace to Eclipse Lake?

This is my kind of story; family turmoil, mysterious events, romance- it was hard to put down!

I give Eclipse Lake 5 lovely kisses- Mystery meets family saga in this page-turner!

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23 Comments

  1. Judi Lynn says:

    I love Mae’s writing! I wish her third book in the Hode’s Hill trilogy was coming out sooner. It feels like I’ve been waiting FOREVER.

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    1. I just double-checked, it’s coming in December, yay!

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  2. jenanita01 says:

    Another lovely story from the mistress of mystery!

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  3. Lovely review, Jacquie. Sounds interesting! ❤ Congrats to Mae.

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    1. Hi Mary,
      I think you’d like this one, lots of family dynamics at play 🙂

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      1. Sounds like I would. Thankss.

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  4. Joan Hall says:

    I loved this story. It’s one I would read again. Great review, Jacquie!

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    1. Really enjoy her writing style!

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  5. Teri Polen says:

    This was a good one, Jacquie. One of my book clubs is reading Mae’s End of Day book for next month’s meeting.

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    1. Oh, exciting! She’ll be thrilled to hear that 🙂

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  6. Great review, Jacquie. I enjoyed Eclipse Lake as well.

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    1. I didn’t see the twist at the end coming, did you? 🙂

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  7. This sure sounds good, Mae. Thanks for sharing, Jacquie. RT and FB.

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    1. Thank you, Jacqui!

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  8. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Great review:) This is on my TBR list. I can’t believe i haven’t read it already!

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    1. I’m glad I finally got to it myself!

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  9. balroop2013 says:

    Nice review Jacquie. I have read and enjoyed this book.

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    1. I enjoyed the family dynamics in this story. Mae did a wonderful job portraying Jonah’s hurt.

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  10. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Wow 5 stars Jacquie???? It really impressed you!

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    1. All of Mae’s books are on my reread shelf- so good!

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  11. A smashing review, Jacquie. I do enjoy Mae’s writing.

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    1. I liked the romantic aspect in this one- so good!

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