It was so nice to have the opportunity to go back and visit with some of the characters we were introduced to in Julie Lessman's other books in the Isle of Hope Series. While this book still had the romance I've come to expect in any book by Julie Lessman, this did have a different twist as there was a mystery to solve within the pages. I was completely invested in the story of Breck, Molly, and Miss Lilly from the first page to the last.
Molly was hurt in her past relationship, and she took on a new job as the caretaker for Miss Lilly to move past that failed relationship. Breck moved in with his Aunt Lily to to escape from a scandal which came out when he was playing soccer overseas. As I'm sure you can imagine, sparks erupted between the two as they spent more time together and investigated the murders which seemed to be popping up around every corner.
I really appreciated how faith was woven into the story. Bible verses and Biblical examples were prevalent as everyone in Brec's life was focused on leading him to a relationship with Christ. Miss Lilly, along with Cat, her husband Chase - who also happens to be a Pastor, Molly, and others in the community showed a Godly example for Brec - and any reader - to appreciate and learn from.
This book kept me interested and guessing until the final pages. I wasn't able to put it down as I kept telling myself "One more chapter". As soon as I thought I knew who was the culprit in the horrific events occuring on the lake, a new wrench would be thrown in to completely have me rethinking who the criminal was. I can honestly say I did not have any idea how the book would end as I found myself unable to put it down!!
I also liked how the book focused on the relationship between the Lads of the Lake and showed the men they have grown in to today. Between the picnics and events held at the lake, it felt like I really began to know some of the characters, and I hope a future book may revisit the lake and the characters who live on, or near, it.
If you are a fan of Julie Lessman, romance books, or mysteries, this book will be right up your alley. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a book to enjoy as we go into the fall season :)
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