Cameo Lake by Susan Wilson

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The novels of Susan Wilson are rich with stirring conflict and deeply felt emotion. "An empathetic storyteller" (Publishers Weekly), she delves into the complexities of the human heart to seek the truest meaning of love.
Cameo Lake
Putting herself first doesn't come easy to Cleo Grayson McCarthy. A loving wife, doting mother, and dutiful daughter-in-law, she has always done her writing on the side, in hours stolen from her "real" life. Now, desperate for the solitude she needs to finish her latest novel, she convinces her husband that she must spend the summer at her best fiend's rustic cottage at Cameo Lake in New Hampshire, out of reach of cell phones and the demands of family and friends.
Even as she immerses herself in her work, Cleo can't help but be aware of the man who lives across the lake. A reclusive composer, Ben Turner is struggling to come to terms with his wife's accident. An outcast, he is regarded with suspicion by the lake community, even accused by some of harming his wife. But at night, Cleo hears his music drifting across the water, and senses she has found a kindred spirit.
As they meet time and again -- often on the raft anchored in the middle of Cameo Lake -- Cleo and Ben begin a satifying friendship suprising in its intimacy and depth. And when a painful betrayal leaves Cleo stunned and adrift, she finds unexpected comfort and absolution in Ben's arms.
But love is never simple, and before Cleo can determine whether to fight for her marriage or seek a future with Ben, she must first know her own heart, and admit truths ling left unsaid. Even as Cleo struggles to come to terms with her own truths, Ben must find a way to face his. An unforgettable take of the many faces of love, Cameo Lake is Susan WIilson at her very finest.

About Susan Wilson

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Susan Wilson is the author of Beauty--a modern retelling of Beauty And The Beast (S&S 1997) which was made into a CBS-TV movie--as well as four other novels.  She lives on Martha's Vineyard. 
Published January 27, 2002 by Atria Books. 288 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When author Cleo Grayson needs time to finish her latest novel, her friend Grace offers the use of her New Hampshire lakeside cabin, and Cleo gets a reluctant okay from husband Sean to go there for the summer and knock the book out.

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When her best friend, Grace, offers Cleo the use of her cabin at Cameo Lake as a haven to escape and just work, Cleo takes her up on it.

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CAMEO LAKE is a love story without many of the traditional trappings.

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The issues Cleo has with her mother-in-law, Alice, a woman of an early generation who had chosen to stay with her own husband (Sean's father) after his marital indiscretions and the very real sense of loss Cleo feels as she not only loses her husband but the closeness to his family which she...

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