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Summer in Eclipse Bay [Mass Market Paperback]

Jayne Ann Krentz
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515133418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515133417
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jayne Ann Krentz, who also writes historical and futuristic fiction under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle respectively, has more than fifty NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers under various pen names; more than twenty-five million copies of her books are in print. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JAK at her BEST!! 11 Feb 2003
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are two things about JAK: She is one of my favourite writers and secondly, I have found her works - except for the Off World books - to be off beam during the last five years. She is great, but it's like she polished the gem just a little too much, and in that glossy mainstream treatment of her romances, she lost the fire that made her so special. She is one of the few writers I collect in hardback (Lynsay Sands, Melanie Jackson and Trish Jensen would be the others, but alas they are not in hardback yet, mores the pity). I still buy all JAK's works, but I have been just a bit let down by her last few books.
I enjoyed the first two Eclipse Bays, where she actually showed the flair of catching that spark again, and in this the third, she shows she still has the magick!!!
This is an utterly delightful, pure JAK at her best. AZ Snow is back with her conspiracy theories still going, the Bay community is full of the gossipy small town characters that made the first two so special, but in this one, she adds all the fire, passion, wit and humour that has made her famous.
Nick Harte (brother of the Harte sisters that married the Madison brothers) has returned to Eclipse Bay for the Summer with his son Carson, a miniture version of himself. Nursing a wounded heart, Nick is hesitant to get too close to any woman, but he cannot stay away from Octavia Brightwell - the neice of the woman that caused the Harte-Madison feud oh so many years ago.
Octavia runs the local art gallery, but her real reason for being there was to somehow fix the errors of the past created by her aunt, and see the Harte-Madison feud put to rest.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The third entry in the Eclipse Bay saga 1 Jun 2002
By A Customer
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This is another book in the story of the Hartes and Madisons of Eclipse Bay. The niece of Claudia Banning, who started the trouble between the two families has returned to Eclipse Bay to try to heal some of the wounds. However, when she gets there, she discovers that Rafe and Hannah and Gabe and Lillian have already handled matters themselves.
Nick Harte is strongly attracted to her, but then a valuable painting is stolen and the new girl in town seems perfect for taking the blame.
I enjoyed this book, but only gave it four stars due to the lack of a real villan. Somehow, this meant the excitement level never got very high.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good series 10 Mar 2014
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I like this author and this series of novels is a good murder mystery with a little romance thrown in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun summer romance with heart-warming elements 12 Jun 2002
By Bookivore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We've returned to Eclipse Bay, home of the much-talked about Harte-Madison feud and the surprising romances in earlier books, Eclipse Bay and Dawn in Eclipse Bay.
This time a stranger has come to town - Olivia Brightwell, who hides a secret purpose in opening an art gallery in the little seaside town. The older generation might have a suspicion about why she's in town. But Nick Harte's main worry is whether he'll spend the entire summer collecting rejections from the new girl in town, or whether his 5-year-old son Carson will blame him for messing up Carson's relationship with his friend Olivia.
Soon enough everyone's worried about other things, like Nick's love them and leave them reputation, a valuable missing painting, and whether or not Nick has given Olivia The Talk (a lecture about keeping things light that has become famous among the females of Eclipse Bay).
This book has all of Ms. Krentz's signature touches -- family ties, down-home atmosphere, a dash of mystery, and a couple who spends enough time worrying about what the other one might do that it takes a while to figure out that they're falling in love. Highly recommended.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining lightweight romance 21 May 2002
By smartgal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The conclusion of the cheerful Eclipse Bay trilogy ties things up nicely. The hero and heroine, Nick Harte and Octavia Brightwell don't have quite the richness of the earlier book's characters (especially the delightfully droll Gabe Madison of Dawn in Eclipse Bay, the best of the series) but they are more than adequate. The best thing about this series (and many of Jayne Ann's books) are the quirky,almost Capra-esque supporting characters. The grumpy grandpas, the deliciously loony Arizona, the dumb-as-dirt n'er do wells who pick a fight with Nick and his pal Jeremy, Winston the World's Classiest Schnauser, all make the book worth reading. The plot is practically non-existent, but Jayne Ann excels at making nothing into very entertaining nothing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fall in Love With Eclipse Bay again, Forget the Leading Pair 24 May 2002
By Robin C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With "Summer in Eclipse Bay," JAK takes us back to the remote coastal town one last time, concluding the trilogy with a fizzle rather than a bang. This time we follow the escapades of Nick "Heartless Harte" Harte, a father who's been burned in marriage once, and Octavia Brightwell, the redheaded "fairy of Eclipse Bay" who has returned to repair the damages caused by her great aunt, only to find the divide repaired on its own. Deciding that she is not needed, Octavia vows to leave Eclipse Bay at the end of the summer, but Nick Harte has other ideas.
The attraction is instantaneous, and though Octavia is hesistant to commit to any sort of relationship in her free-floating status, Nick eventually wears her down and the romance proceeds from there, aided by the mystery of a painting stolen from Octavia's gallery.
The romance element is enjoyable but not exceptional: Nick and Octavia are a pleasant couple that is driven more by chemistry and timing than complimentary personalities, and the plot relies more on romantic cliches than its predacessors. Ideas like "the talk" (of non-commitment) and the "curse" that prevents the hero from staying overnight weigh the plot down, and heavy handed pasts do little to lighten the mood.
So the novel's bouyancy is left to the mystery plot, which carries it nicely. Nick's career as a mystery writer leads to a sleuthing job that draws him head first into trouble and excitement, providing the energy that keeps the pages turning, while Octavia's dealings with the gossip circles in town provide many opportunities to laugh aloud. Rafe and Hannah from the first book return with a renewed vigor, but Gabe and Lillian from the second are noticeably absent.
In the end, however, it is the colorful and quirky townsfolk of Eclipse Bay who give this book its real charm. Old favorites return, bringing with them a delightful new contingent. It is when paired with these offbeat neighbors that Nick and Octavia shine; going toe to toe with the locals adds wit and humor where the romance itself lacks it.
All in all, only a somewhat stale romance keeps this book from a five-star rating. This book earns its place as a contender in the Eclipse bay trilogy with with and humor and wit. For those just picking up JAKs first trilogy, this may not be the place to start; but for those of us ready to fall in love not with Nick and Octavia, but with Eclipse Bay itself, this book is a skillfully crafted delight that rounds out the trilogy nicely.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 13 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After thoroughly enjoying the first two books of this series, I eagerly grabbed Summer off the shelf and settled in for an entertaining read. But Nick and Octavia never came alive like the Madison men and Harte women of the previous books. JAK continues her wonderful cast of secondary characters, human and non (especially Winston who she portrays so strikingly in just a few sentences that he becomes a major figure). However, even the two family patriarchs lost some of the punch of the earlier books. Did JAK lose interest in this group? After foreshadowing the main characters in the earlier stories, did she find they didn't work out as planned? Count me in as a devoted reader, however....although I may check out a few pages more carefully next time before making a purchase. Summer ended up in the library/charity shop pile.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the 3rd in a trilogy - I just HAD to read it! 12 May 2002
By Deborah L. Correll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm giving this a "4", mostly because it's JAK & she's tops in my book, but was a little disillusioned by it's lackluster. Not that I don't recommend it - but the characters, most of them the spunky & strange ones from the previous 2 installments, were getting just a bit tiresome. Nick & Octavia were destined from the beginning to pair up & I "know" this going in, but it was fun seeing them through the dilemmas to the end. Carson is a charmer, and I look for JAK to dredge him up someday when he grows up and becomes an adult Harte. Winchester, as always, is a star. You won't be disappointed to buy this book and read it just to satisfy your curiousity if you read the Eclipse Bay and Dawn at Eclipse Bay, but don't expect fireworks.
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