Octavia Brightwell came to Eclipse Bay with the idea of atoning for the damage her great aunt, Claudia Banner, did to both the Madison and Harte families decades earlier. So Octavia opens the Bright Visions Art Gallery and begins observing the current generation of Madisons and Hartes. She quickly learns that the legendary feud is now pretty much defunct.

Deciding it's time to move on, Octavia plans to leave at the end of summer. But she doesn't reckon on the persistence of suspense author Nick Harte and his son Carson.

Despite the fact that Octavia's turned him down six times, Nick continues to pursue her. Finally, they have dinner and discover an intense attraction to each other. But for Nick, who is a widower, his marriage has left him wary of long-term relationships and Octavia's insistance that she's leaving soon doesn't bode well for their future.

SUMMER IN ECLIPSE BAY nicely rounds out Ms. Krentz's fun and warm-hearted trilogy. Her novels always evoke genuine emotions and consistent entertainment. (May, 352 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith