Lies and Solace (Book One: Love at Solace Lake Series)


Harper Lindquist has a dream.  She desperately wants to renovate the inn that has been in her family for generations.  All she needs is money — lots of money.  When the representative from Hainstock Financial arrives at Solace Lake in the middle of a Minnesota blizzard, to discuss investing, Harper hopes her dreams will soon come true.  But Ethan James is not what he seems, and, suspicious of Harper’s motives, he hides the truth about himself from her. Harper’s own past makes her cautious, guarded, and slow to trust. As the attraction between them heats up, their secrets are bound to be revealed.  Will those revelations destroy their dreams? Will their lies keep them apart forever?

“Lies and Solace,” the first book in the Solace Lake series, introduces readers to the Lindquist sisters, Harper, Scarlet and Maggie, and to the Solace Lake Lodge. Set in rural Minnesota, the story brings the reader right into the countryside.  Readers will shiver with the cold that seeps into the dilapidated lodge, and be thankful for Harper’s sunny personality that brightens every page. Though the plot pacing is slow at first, Ms. Richards does a wonderful job developing characters, major and minor, that readers come to care about. The relationship between Harper and Ethan, which goes from sweet to hot, is packed with emotional intensity. For the reader who wants a sweet and classy story with a touch of well-done heat, “Lies and Solace” is just the ticket.  It will have readers eager for the next book in the series.

Marc Joseph