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"warm ending to a delightful trilogy"

Widower Nick Harte has asked out gallery owner Octavia Brightwell six times in the five weeks since he met her when she hosted the successful showing of his sister's work (see DAWN IN ECLIPSE BAY), but she keeps saying no. Even his six-year-old son admonishes Nick to stop harassing Octavia.

Though frustrated, Nick refuses to give up and finally convinces Octavia to go to dinner with him. The duo finds that initial magnetic pull at the show remains a powerful attraction, but both fear anything beyond a casual summer fling. His now deceased wife burned him. Octavia has a secret involving the infamous Harte-Madison feud that love finally ended. Octavia is the niece of the woman who caused the spat. She came to Eclipse Bay to make things right, but she knows the families have no need of her. As her time here draws to an end, Octavia realizes her heart will always remain in this Portland, Oregon suburb.

SUMMER IN ECLIPSE BAY is a warm ending to Jayne Ann Krentz's delightful trilogy. The story line centers on the post-feud relationship between two lead characters fearing deep commitment. That premise is well written and imbedded in the plot. Though not quite a powerhouse as its two predecessors, fans of the series, the author, or deep emotional contemporary romances will gain much pleasure from this pleasing finale.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 15, 2002

SUMMARY

Word gets around fast in Eclipse Bay. Nick Harte should know --- his family's legendary feud with the Madisons fueled the local gossip mill for years before finally cooling off. But people are still talking--and rumor has it Nick's involved with someone new...

Art gallery owner Octavia Brightwell doesn't take chances-- especially on handsome, charming men. But that's only part of the reason why she turned Nick down six times before-- finally--agreeing to a date. Octavia's related to the woman who sparked the long-running family feud--and fears that falling hard for Nick would only ignite the flames again. Octavia knows her family's past is best kept hidden. But her secret isn't safe in Eclipse Bay--and neither is her heart...

 

Summer In Eclipse Bay
("Eclipse Bay #3")
by Jayne Ann Krentz

Jove Pubns
May 7, 2002
ISBN #0515133418
352 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Jayne Ann Krentz

Fired Up
Running Hot
Sizzle and Burn
White Lies
Falling Awake
No Going Back
Dangerous Affair
Truth Or Dare
The Private Eye
Light In Shadow
One More Time
Together In Eclipse Bay
Deep Waters
Witchcraft
Family Man
Light in Shadow
Smoke In Mirrors
Uneasy Alliance
Sweet Starfire and Crystal Flame
Worth the Risk
The Ties That Bind
Bedazzled
Family Passions
Smoke in Mirrors
Lost and Found
Dawn in Eclipse Bay
Man With A Past
Soft Focus
Eclipse Bay
Wildest Hearts
Shield's Lady
Sweet Starfire


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