Krentz, J. A. (2001). Dawn in Eclipse Bay. New York: Jove Books. 0515130923
Dawn in Eclipse Bay is the second installment of Krentz’s Eclipse Bay trilogy which focuses on a small coastal Oregon community that provided the setting for infamous falling out between friends Sullivan Harte and Mitchell Madison. Ever since this notorious argument over a woman, these men and their families have been in a feud reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Capulets and Montagues. The previous Eclipse Bay brought together grandchildren Hannah Harte and Rafe Madison. In Dawn in Eclipse Bay, Hannah and Rafe are now married. In Portland, Lillian Harte (granddaughter of Sullivan, sister of Hannah) successfully runs Private Arrangements, a matchmaking agency which relies heavily on computer software and Lillian’s instincts. Rafe’s brother, Gabe Madison, is a self-made CEO of Madison Commercial. He decides to seek out Lillian’s help in finding a mate. However, after five disastrous dates and a true calling to painting, Lillian wants Private Arrangements Gabe out of her hair. Lillian suspects Gabe lied on his questionnaire and feels she cannot further assist him. She offers to refund his money for a promised sixth date. Obstinately, Gabe insists on having his last date. However, what Gabe really wants is a date with Lillian. Can these two successful people successfully pull off having a relationship? Also, how can they make their relationship work when all sorts of roadblocks such as the family feud, Gabe’s ambitious former paramour, and a devious sex therapist after Lillian’s matchmaking software?
I definitely consider Dawn in Eclipse Bay to be a contemporary romance. The events could have easily happened in 2001, when the book was published. Krentz is not shy about talking about sex and the main characters do go to bed. Another contemporary quality of this book is that the characters do struggle to define their relationship but the issue of premarital sex does not plague them terribly. The heroine and the hero are truly the good people. Prior to Dawn in Eclipse Bay, Gabe and the other Madisons were not doing as well financially as the Hartes. Yet, Gabe becomes an extraordinarily wealthy CEO and Lillian is not hurting for money. So, Gabe and Lillian are comparable in this regard. Also, the book features “The Kiss.” Readers can easily see that these two would get together happily in the end but, of course, there would be speed bumps. I can see readers identifying well with the main characters, Lillian especially. She is an intelligent person who is empathetic when it comes to others but, ultimately, sees she must follow her passion for painting as Gabe has pursued his business work. Ultimately, readers want to see these people to come together and have marriage for Lillian and Gabe to be imminent.
I wanted to read book by Jayne Ann Krentz for this report since our class will be chatting with her this week. In the past, I have read some of her books when I was not too busy with school and work. A few years ago, I read the first book in this trilogy Eclipse Bay. It had been a long time since I visited Eclipse Bay, Oregon when I picked Dawn in Eclipse Bay. I had a hard time remembering all the dynamics between the Hartes and the Madisons. When I got into the middle of the book, I starting recalling what had happened in the first book. I liked that the characters had the Krentz signature of wit and spunk. Still and all, I would recommend that readers start with the first of the Eclipse Bay trilogy and read all three books pretty close together.I would recommend the Eclipse Bay trilogy to fans of contemporary romance. Since there is sex, particularly of the premarital nature between the main characters, I would hesitate to suggest this for the Christian Fiction fans. Nevertheless, I found this to be easy reading for people seeking relaxation. This is a good read for people who want contemporary fiction.
Three Out of Five Pearls