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Kleypas (Love in the Afternoon) finds a little romantic magic in this spritely charmer. Mark Nolan's happy-go-lucky bachelorhood is interrupted by the death of his sister and his subsequent guardianship of her six-year-old daughter, Holly, who is traumatized into muteness and desperately seeking a maternal figure. Enter Maggie Collins, a toy shop owner who lost her own husband to cancer. As the holiday season draws closer, Maggie, Mark, and Holly begin to spend more time together, and Maggie and Mark's attraction becomes too powerful to ignore. Kleypas's holiday offering is sweet, romantic, and genuine, and avoids, thankfully, all the cheesy holiday miracle clichés. A solid romance with strong leads, this is a refreshing holiday treat. (Nov.) (c)
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“Sweet, romantic, and genuine…a refreshing holiday treat.”—Publishers Weekly

“Poignant, heartbreaking, and deeply satisfying.”—RT Book Reviews

“A charmer from start to finish.”—Library Journal

“The genius [of Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor] comes in Kleypas’s writing. She weaves words that paint pictures of the Pacific Northwest so beautifully that it comes alive...” —Affaire de Coeur

“A sweet and romantic holiday love story…Friday Harbor [is] a memorable place to visit.”—A Romance Review

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“A romantic novel with considerable depth.”—Brazosport Facts

“Kleypas’s clever pairing of a testosterone-rich hero and a wonderfully endearing heroine gives her latest romance its irresistibly sexy flavor …[a] richly rewarding story of love, commitment, and family.”—Booklist

“Masterfully crafted…extraordinarily real. Readers will be thinking about these superb characters long after closing the pages and rushing out to grab everything Kleypas has ever written.”

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“Intelligent and gripping…Smooth Talking Stranger is sharp, sexy and will keep you captivated from beginning to end.”—ArmchairInterviews.com

“Filled with charm, wit, and an interesting and adult love story…Kleypas comes out on top again!”—ARomanceReview.com

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312605870
  • ASIN: B008D6SRF8
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,254,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor is a short, slow, sweet and heartwarming romance perfect for the holiday season.

It is a light romance about 3 brothers who live on an island. The Nolan men have had a troubled young life. Christmas for them is just another day. But tragedy strikes when their only sister dies in a car accident and she gives legal guardianship to her brother Mark. A single guy in his prime Mark doesn't know what to do. He persuades his brother Sam to share responsibility. But their niece Holly has been traumatized and can't or won't speak since the accident. That is until the owner of a new toy shop named Maggie Collins gives Holly a magical shell. Holly seems to bond with Maggie immediately. Maggie and Mark find an undeniable attraction but Mark already has a girlfriend named Shelby and Maggie is recovering from her husband's recent death from cancer. Their emotions are conflicted. Shelby would be the perfect mother for Holly. Maggie feels guilt over finding another man attractive. Both are in a transitional period but can't seem to stop thinking about each other. Will they overcome their obstacles?

This was a soft and sweet romance. There was once sex scene and it was very tame. Although short the 2 characters do have a real connection. I loved how they flirted and their conversations together were fun to read. Both are decent people who are unsure and don't want to cause the other person pain. I really liked how they respected each other and were good people from the beginning. However, I have enjoyed the author's other contemporary books a bit more probably because she has more time to develop the couple's relationship. So the only problem for me is that this book's price is rather high for one that is ~ 200 pages long.

This is a story fans of Christmas and those who like Debbie Macomber books will enjoy. Heartfelt and joyous, it definitely brings holiday magic!
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lisa D. on November 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love Lisa Kleypas. I love her historicals and her Texas series. But this book was disappointing.

To start with, it's way too expensive for how short it is. If I was paying $5 for a category romance from Harlequin, it would have been a 5 star read. At almost $16 for the full price hardcover, it's just simply not worth the price. It's barely over 200 pages of larger type. There's just not enough to it.

The story has merit, true, but it read way to rushed at the end. There's build up, but then suddenly it all wraps up and it's over. For the majority of the book (more than 1/2 the pages) the hero isn't even available! He's dating someone else. Then all of a sudden he's not and they're together. It felt rushed to me.

If this had another 100 pages to it, the story might have been more believably developed. As it is, I was disappointed to pay so much to get so little. Even for a holiday book, it's just not up to Lisa Kleypas's usual best.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Chinny on October 27, 2010
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I love Lisa Kleypas. She is my favorite author, I have read all of her books and I was so looking forward to the Friday Harbor series. I was so disappointed in this book. My first complaint was the length. I felt cheated in a way. I'm used to her books being longer and more fulfilling but this one was just lacking. The worst part is, this book had so much potential! She is a great writer and her description of Friday Harbor were great you felt like you were there. However, the characters and the plots were extremely underdeveloped. I felt almost as though Mark's relationship with Shelby was more developed than the main relationship. The romance in the story was really underdeveloped as well. I could buy them being really good friends, but I didn't feel that the romance or relationship was developed well. The ending was rushed, it felt that about 150 pages were missing. I think there should have been a huge chunk to be filled in after Mark breaks up with Shelby and before the end. Also, the sex scence was definitely lacking. She usually writes more convincing scenes where you can believe that they people are in love and passionate about each other and this one really did not convince me at all. I won't be buying the next book in the series. I'll wait until my local library has it. This one really wasn't worth the money.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Fogarty VINE VOICE on August 29, 2010
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I love Lisa Kleypas' writing and have read many of her books, mostly her historical novels. This one is a contemporary, set in the Seattle area.

It's the story of Mark Nolan who becomes guardian of his niece Holly after his sister dies in a car accident and Maggie, a widow, who has moved to the island after the death of her husband.

I must have teared up at least three or four times while reading this and I absolutely loved it. What I've always loved about Lisa's books are how real and alive her characters are, I was pulled right in to the story and couldn't put this down until I had finished it. My fingers are crossed that Mark's brothers get their own stories, I think this is going to be a series.

It's a sweet and wonderful story, full of joy, magic and happy tears. Highly recommended!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lucé on November 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Two and a half stars. I have two favorite authors: Lisa Kleypas and Liz Carlyle. That said, while this book had huge potential, it did not meet my expectations at all.

Many others reviewers have remarked on the low page count, large font, blank pages, and exorbitant price (in Puerto Rico this book can only be bought at Border's for the full price of $16.99 + tax). I think that the problem is due precisely to the length of the book. It is too short to satisfactorily develop the plot and characters.

The romance is very slow to start, which would not be a problem if the book was long enough to allow the relationship to grow and develop. As it is, once the romance is "established" it is rushed and the story seems unfinished and incomplete. The one intimate scene is very superficial and tame. There is nothing wrong with the setting, the characters, or the plot, the book just needed two hundred additional pages to be fully developed.

One minor detail: on Thanksgiving morning Maggie flatirons her hair and later that day Mark touches her riotous curls. I expect and deserve careful editing at this price point. For the next books in the series, I'll wait for the paperbacks.
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