Elusive Echoes

Kay Springsteen
Elusive Echoes
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Astraea Press
Release Date
June 2011
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

They're two people caught between friendship and something more; they can't move forward, and they can't let go.

Drawn together from early childhood, Sean McGee and Melanie Mitchell seemed destined for each other. But at age thirteen, Melanie was wrenched from the people she loved and forced onto a path she loathed. Sean was no stranger to people leaving, but losing Melanie devastated him. When she suddenly reappeared in Orson's Folly, Sean was overjoyed. The Melanie who came home, though, wasn't the same girl. She's got a harder edge and she's obviously hiding something, but Sean no longer knows how to reach her.

Returning to Orson's Folly as an adult, all Melanie wanted to do was forget the years she spent away. But she soon learned that going home didn't mean she could return to her old life—or her childhood sweetheart, Sean. Even their mutual attraction to one another hasn't rebuilt the bond of trust and closeness they once shared. It's been seven years since she returned and now everything Melanie wants to forget has broadsided her. She must confront her demons and relive her past in an unexpected way or risk losing the only man she's ever loved. But even if she succeeds, Sean might be lost to her anyway.

Book Review by Laura
Sep 08, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
154 people found the following review helpful
Sean McGee and Melanie Mitchell's gripping story ELUSIVE ECHOES thunders with emotion and suspense as we watch unravel a life of mystery, deceit, pain and love.

Sean and Melanie, best friends since the day Sean's mother died, and seemingly destined for each other, are struggling to understand the feelings and emotions that seem to be pulling them together and yet pushing them apart. It had always been Sean and Mel since age six, but at age thirteen Melanie was taken from the home, the people and the town she loved and put on a darker path she hated.

In her early twenties, feeling broken, Melanie returns to Orson's Folly, a town that represents goodness, security and love. Sean is overjoyed, but soon discovers that Melanie is not the exact same girl who left years earlier; she is harder and edgier and full of secrets. Over time, with his cautious ways, Sean eventually rekindles the love and has Mel wanting more than what they currently have and she's dreaming again about a life that she had always wanted – Sean. Though they've stoked the flames of their attraction, the trust and closeness they once shared hasn't been stable and Sean feels that he is losing what ground he had gained and Mel is slipping away from him. Current events have Mel's past crashing down on her, and she has to come clean about everything or lose everything she ever wanted.

But is their love enough to withstand the lies? Can there be love without trust? Can they move forward or will they be forced to love and let go?

What a great book! I said it before but will say it again: Kay Springsteen writes a captivating story! ELUSIVE ECHOES is the second book (book one is Lifeline Echoes) and though it can be read as a standalone book, I highly recommend reading book one first as it will have you loving the characters even more! I'm hoping that Ms. Springsteen continues on her journey through Orson's Folly, as I for one, have signed up for the ride and as I sit here, my mind keeps wondering back to whose story will be next.
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