Lakeshore Secrets at Willow Valley by Audrey Delaine – Review

Posted January 15, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Lakeshore Secrets at Willow Valley by Audrey Delaine – Review

Lakeshore Secrets at Willow Valley (The McAdams Sisters at Willow Valley Book 1)

by Audrey Delaine

Series: The McAdams Sisters at Willow Valley #1
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Published by Pronoun
Publication Date August 15, 2017
Genres: Clean Romance, Mystery
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adults
Pages: 260



Lakeshore Secrets at Willow Valley by Audrey Delaine is the clean and sweet edition of Bestselling author Shannyn Leah’s spicy romance novel Lakeshore Secrets. The story and characters remain the same, without any spicy scenes or harsh language.

Kate McAdams was forced six years ago to leave her beloved hometown of Willow Valley, leaving behind her family and the only man she’s ever loved, Marc Caliendo. Although she has created a new life for herself away from the drama, secrets and stress of the small town, she must return upon her grandmother’s death. Her return brings back wonderful memories, especially of Marc, but also horrible fears from the past.

When fate throws her and Marc together once again, how can they ignore the everlasting love and desire between them? Will Kate stay and face her demons or will the deceit and secrets of the past destroy any future they may have and force her to leave again?

This book can be read as a stand alone, but for more enjoyment read them in the order of the series, as all the characters appear in future books.

Read the full BY THE LAKE SERIES:
BOOK 1: Lakeshore Secrets at Willow Valley
BOOK 2: Lakeshore Legend at Willow Valley
BOOK 3: Lakeshore Love at Willow Valley
BOOK 4: Lakeshore Candy at Willow Valley
BOOK 5: Lakeshore Lyrics at Willow Valley

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Be sure that if you buy this story, you get the version showing it is by Audrey Delaine.  That is the pen name of an author who writes stories that are not sweet and clean.  She writes two versions of each story and when writing under the Audrey Delaine nom de plume, she has a different editor than under her steamy books to make sure that nothing offensive is left in the book.

It is an interesting concept.  I’m sure other authors have done the same thing, though I am not aware of others that do this.  I have come across books where I have been intrigued by the plot but won’t read them because of indications that they are not the clean reads that I prefer.

I think I enjoyed the chapter where Marc and Kate were stranded at the cabin the most.  The things they found to do to while away their time were fun.  Marc was a great guy, despite the fact that he was so resentful towards Kate – he did have a really good reason for that.

Marc’s dad was an awful guy.  Though he had died before this story began, the legacy of hate and blackmail he left behind was huge.

There were a lot of characters in the book, with 4 sisters in one family and I don’t remember how many siblings in the other.  It felt like I was supposed to already know something about the siblings, despite the fact that is the first book of the series.  I was able to figure things out, for the most part, but still felt like they were introduced a bit abruptly.

The overall mood of the story is that of a dark cloud hanging over everything, though there were also moments of happiness through the book.  And the almost ending, where the secrets were mostly revealed, was a little bit disturbing.  The end of the story, though, wrapped things up neatly and happily.

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