I love Mae Clair for the generous, kind person she is and for her wonderful ability to tell a story. She also blogs about fascinating topics like cryptozoology and hauntings. If you don’t follow her, you should. Her posts always brighten my day.
This week was a challenging one for me. Between a mysterious illness whose only symptom is making me feel constantly tired, first week of school for my kindergartener, pitching in to take care of a sick friend, and building cabinets for the kitchen remodel we have coming up, its been a hectic season. Every night, before going to bed, I retreated to a small town named Onyx and into the lives of some charming and captivating characters. The respite revived me every single time. Not every author can do that. So thank you, Mae, for creating such a lovely world I could retreat into.
Mae drew me in with a single dad of a teenager, a jetsetting photographer, a sheriff with a grudge, and a park ranger with a German shepherd. Even the teenager, who plays a role in the story, fascinated me with his nose for mischief and his sweetness.
My review in a nutshell: Eclipse Lake is beautiful and sweet and You Gotta Read it.
Here’s the longer version.
A grisly discovery of a skeleton throws small-town Onyx into a frenzy of gossip. The romantic hero of this book is the primary suspect. He has been living on the opposite coast of the country for fifteen years. In that time, he has reformed his bad-boy ways. Now he has returned to Onyx to renew a relationship with his estranged brother. But an old mystery is renewed instead.
The primary theme in this book is the idea that a bad reputation lives forever in a small town. Poor Dane is a different man than when he left his home town fifteen years ago, but Onyx natives can’t see past his juvenile detention reputation. The resident who has the hardest time acknowledging the changed man he has become is his brother Jonah, whom Dane hopes to reconcile with.
Amidst family drama and a murder investigation, Dane falls for a magazine photographer who wishes for more than constant jetsetting to photogenic locations. Ellie can’t envision leaving her career to settle down in a traditional relationship, but meeting Dane makes her realize just how empty her life is.
These two start to let love slip through their fingers, but new twists in the old mystery put them in danger and make them realize how much they’re willing to sacrifice for each other.
This was a sweet, emotional, and beautifully written page turner. Mae Clair has a knack for putting me in a scene with her characters. Her lush descriptions fill my senses. Her slowly blooming romance made me mentally swoon.
I highly recommend Eclipse Lake for all readers. Whether you love mystery or romance, there’s plenty of both in this book. I can’t wait to read more from this author.