Half-Moon Lake

Leanna Sain
Half-Moon Lake
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
July 2017
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

When Kathryn Dorne is summoned to Half-Moon Lake for the reading of her father's will, she discovers a shocking truth.

Learning her name is Katelyn Eubanks is only the first surprise. Second, she had an identical twin sister who drowned at the age of nine. Since Katelyn can't remember anything prior to that age, it seems more than mere coincidence. The biggest surprise is that her father, a man she never knew, left his entire estate to her, enraging other would-be heirs.

With her unremembered, but closest childhood friend, Levi, as well as help from the estate's deaf-mute gardener and the outspoken cook, Katelyn searches for answers to questions that have plagued her all her life, but doing so, opens the proverbial Pandora's box. As her memories return, so does the danger she escaped fifteen years earlier.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Sep 26, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
92 people found the following review helpful
Something happened to Kathryn Dorne, leaving her with missing childhood memories and a long list of phobias. Resigned to coping as best as she can, Kathryn gets a letter from an attorney that unlocks a series of events.

Author Leanna Sain has written an interesting tale taking place in the South, filled with suspense and even a bit of romance in HALF-MOON LAKE.

As Kathryn begins unraveling the threads that ultimately lead to a young girl named Katelyn Eubanks, there are those around her who would prefer the past to remain buried. This is where a significant amount of drama is introduced, which had me second guessing which characters were considered good or bad. Kathryn is prepared to do whatever it takes to face her fears, which the author ties to the Swan Song estate. It's a race against time to see whether Kathryn will be successful.

The author incorporates plenty of descriptive language to effectively create the setting. The one drawback I noticed, however, is that some of the scenes (especially dealing with Kathryn's inner voice) didn't really seem to fit with the overall story structure. While the self talk was humorous, it interrupted the flow of the story for me.

The story's strength lies in the author's ability to take a slice of Southern culture and deliver it with great precision. Add some intrigue and a bit of romance for a quick weekend story.
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