My first exposure to Sheryl Wright was Cause and Affection, which I enjoyed. But Illusion Lake is SO much more! I cheered for Elliot and Kiva, they do make a great couple. They're both intelligent and driven and very hard workers. Their chemistry was terrific! But besides the romance going on, there was a mystery to solve, and it seemed like someone was VERY determined to keep Elliot out of the picture! I was in awe of her pilot skills and enthusiasm for the antique planes, and I would love the chance to sit down with her again someday. The tree hugger in me was fascinated and appalled at the mystery surrounding the lake, and without giving anything away, I just couldn't see how they would get to the bottom of it, if you'll pardon the pun.
I don't think Elliot and Kiva would have been able to do what they did without the help of some important and well-crafted secondary characters, and if I were asked, I would be hard-pressed to pick my favourites. It was really great to see what they did for the townsfolk, and how the townsfolk gradually warmed to them.
There were so many wonderful layers to this story, and everything wrapped up in a satisfying way. A lot happens in the book and it's great because I really didn't want it to end. I was so immersed in the story and the characters that when I came to the end, I was a little sad. I want to go back. I want more, Ms. Wright! Please?
Many thanks to Sheryl Wright for crafting a world I didn't want to leave, and to Bella Books and NetGalley for the ARC in return for this gushing and unbiased review.
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