Secrets and Solace Book Cover Secrets and Solace
Love at Solace Lake Book 2
Jana Richards
Contemporary Romance
Amazon Digital Services LLC
March 21, 2018
267

Love is worth the risk…

When their grandfather dies, the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, inherit the northern Minnesota fishing lodge that had been in their family for three generations. The inheritance is bittersweet. They were raised at the lodge by their grandparents. The natural beauty of the place hasn’t changed, but the building itself is crumbling and desperately in need of repair. The lodge also reminds them of what they lost. Twenty-two years previously, their parents died there in what was ruled a murder/suicide.

As the sisters struggle to breathe new life into the failing lodge, old fears and questions rise to the surface even as new love presents itself. Why did their father murder their mother? What truths did their grandparents keep from them? The sisters must fight to keep the wounds of the past from putting their futures, and their fledgling relationships, in jeopardy.

No matter how deeply buried, secrets rise to the surface.

Scarlett Lindquist has agreed to help her sisters rebuild the dilapidated fishing lodge in Minnesota they inherited from their grandparents. Although the lengthy restoration is bringing the three sisters closer together, Scarlett’s support is temporary. Her leave of absence from her job in Chicago is temporary and she has no intention of staying at Solace Lake Lodge, where the lake holds dark secrets. When frightening childhood memories resurface, they are tempered by her fascination with an irritating contractor. If only she could trust her feelings for him. If only he could trust her.

Cameron Hainstock meets Scarlett at his brother’s wedding to her sister and their attraction is instantaneous. But Cam avoids the beautiful marketing executive. All his efforts are aimed at battling for custody of his only child. When the unimaginable happens and Cam faces the biggest challenge of his life, he’s reluctant to accept help to halt his downward spiral. Can they learn to trust each other and fight for a future together or will they go their separate ways?

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Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Harper Lindquist is about to marry Ethan Hainstock and if you read book one you know all about everything they went through to get to this point. The renovations for the new lodge are well under way and Harper’s sisters Maggie and Scarlet have agreed to spend a few months at the lodge to help out.

This is Scarlet and Cameron’s story. Cameron is Ethan’s brother and an alcoholic that has been sober for three years thanks to his love for his five year old daughter Tessa. His meeting with Scarlet did not go well since he has very strong feelings about his brother’s marriage to Scarlet’s sister. His brother was once before used and hurt by a woman after his money and now he is about to marry a woman he has only known for a short time. When he voices his opinions to Scarlet she is less than pleased.

Scarlet has taken a leave of absence from his job in Chicago to help get word of the new lodge out to the public but she has a secret that she has been living with since she was eight years old, a secret that she never shared with her sisters or anyone else. The day her parents drowned she snuck up to where they were talking and overheard her mother announce that she was in love with another man and no matter how much Scarlet’s father begged she would not give in. Her father stated that he would rather die than live without his wife and when they discovered her listening they sent her on her way telling her they loved her. Her parents went into the canoe out on the lake for privacy and Scarlet has never stopped blaming herself for that since it was because of her eavesdropping that led them to go in the boat.

She has had two broken engagements and is convinced that being in a relationship and finding love is not in the cards for her a feeling that Cameron also lives with. He knows he is a drunk and knows that he could slip at any time. He also was hurt by Tessa’s mom who he believed loved him but who took off with his daughter leaving him behind. It was that reason that he relocated to be near Tessa but always lives with the fear of what Laura his ex might do again.

In time both Cameron and Scarlet begin to have feelings for each other but their pasts hold them back from fully commiting. The walls they have built around themselves seem impossible to knock down. Scarlet loves Tessa like her own and she risks losing both a chance at being with Cameron but also a chance at being with Tessa.

Like book one this is a beautiful story of two people who have pasts that seem to stand in the way of a future. A story of secrets that threaten the future. This is a series about three sisters and I can’t wait for the last story in the series. Although the books can be read alone you would be missing out on a beautiful love story.