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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Overseer Nicolas Wells had been coming to Mount Desert Island for ten summers to help build cottages for the rich and powerful. Despite his secrets, he had grown comfortable in the peaceful little island town, getting to know its inhabitants and even to consider some of them friends. The eleventh year, however, he arrived to startling news: the island's peace had been shat ...more
ebook, 303 pages
Published July 2007 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 30th 2007)
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JenMcJ
I would say 3.5 if half stars were an option.

This was a nice love story but it was a very slow story to me. I love Ariel's books but this one just never really picked up the pace. It had a small town - m o s e y - feel to it that I couldn't shake.

The sex scenes were nice, not overly graphic but I could feel the passion between the two. There was a lot of interesting dynamics going on with the power exchange between the two strong men.

The mystery was pretty easy to figure out. There were a few
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Lily
3.5 stars
This book is a Historical set in the late 19th century and has a sweet romantic feel to it.

As the story starts we're introduced to Nicolas Wells who is traveling from Boston to the small town of Bar Harbor where he will be overseeing the construction of a grand "cottage" for a rich client. When the ship finally arrives in Bar Harbor he's greeted by Shawn Parnell, the town's Sheriff, with an unusual request. There's been a murder in town and Shawn is worried that his friend may be the ne
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Erastes
There’s a sense of tension in the first chapter, with fog and a dangerous journey along the coast avoiding rocks, and I had great hopes. I particularly liked the cover, too – absolutely no reason in the world why a m/m historical should have anything on it to indicate what it is. I would, as a bit of advice to the publisher and author however, have made the m/m element a little clearer (or indeed clear!) in the blurb, it’s so veiled as to be almost invisible.

On a personal level too, I would hav
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Reese Bradford
Besides the fact that the pacing of this book was glacially slow, the main characters had no personality, the behavior of most of the secondary characters in such a historical setting was wildly and hilariously unbelievable, and the resolution to the murder plot was predictable and abrupt, I counted the following epithets multiple times:

- the overseer
- the blacksmith
- the older man
- the younger man
- the blond
- the dark-haired man
- his lover

OH MY GOD KILL THEM ALL WITH FIRE. Abuse of epithets is
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Elisa Rolle
Can I confess you something? When I was young I saw and re-saw the television fiction inspired by the journal of Laura Ingalls Wilder, about a family leaving in a farm near a little town. The period was the end of the nineteen century and every day I saw a tale of good feeling and love.

All right, reading A Summer Place by Ariel Tachna I have had the feeling to see another episode in the fiction. She has a way to decipte the little community that reminds me the characters I have loved. The town
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Arthur
A nice reading, but --unlike Ms. Tachna's other romance-- I didn't feel any strong chemistry between the MCs. Partly because they were boss & employee in a 24/7 work setting with other people around most of the time. (view spoiler) ...more
Ana
This book is a mixture of romance and suspense. The homicide investigation and the killer's way of escaping leaving no traces in his victims just added more excitement to everything. Besides the obvious difficulties of same sex relationships in the year of 1884, this couple has to deal with a murderer with a penchant for gay victims, being boss and employee, age difference and knowing that after the summer one of them is leaving. They do end up happy and together though. I think they both showed ...more
Eyre
I enjoyed this story and liked the characters. I would have given it 4 stars, but there were times when I felt that people acted a bit out of character for people living during the time period in which it is set.
Debbiedowner
Competent, effective writing. Love how the author shows us the world of 1880s New England through the eyes of the characters and not historians.
Sheila
Wonderful, professional writing. Sex scene not overdone or too vulgar. Fitting for the time frame.
Justjulie2297
This is on my will read again list, as is anything from this author.
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