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Dream Lake (Friday Harbor) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 7, 2012
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“A little magic, a lot of romance and well-drawn characters make a satisfying read.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Dream Lake
“A multigenerational story of love, loss, forgiveness, and redemption. Lovely... as poignant as an old song.” ―RT Book Reviews on Dream Lake
“It works perfectly. With her effortlessly poetic prose and flawless characterization, Kleypas make[s] every page feel like a delicious morsel for your mind to devour. Dream Lake is a thing of beauty from start to finish.” ―Daily Record on Dream Lake
“Warm and welcoming, charming and romantic.” ―Examiner.com on Dream Lake
“A surprising page-turner...strengthened by characters with depth and something interesting to say, this winning first installment in a trilogy is sure to thrill fans.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Rainshadow Road
“Lisa Kleypas can take broken people and infuse them with humor and heart.” ―USA Today on Rainshadow Road
“Kleypas brings together richly nuanced characters, an emotionally riveting plot, and a subtle touch of paranormal to create an unforgettable romance that is pure reading magic.” ―Booklist (starred review) on Rainshadow Road
“A delightful portrait of a picturesque town where people know everything about everyone and look out for each other...Kleypas enchantingly weaves together additional connections with relatives and friends, leaving many dangling threads that will lead the reader straight to book two.” ―Publishers Weekly on Rainshadow Road
“Magical.” ―RT Book Reviews on Rainshadow Road--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
Welcome to the world of Friday Harbor, where things are not quite as they seem―and where true love might just have a ghost of a chance…
One of three Nolan brothers who call Friday Harbor home, Alex Nolan is about as bitter and cynical as they come. He battles his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, and he lives in his own private hell. And then, a ghost shows up. Only Alex can see him. Has he finally crossed over the threshold to insanity?
"Lovely [and] poignant."―RT Book Reviews
Zoë Hoffman is a born romantic. When she meets the startlingly gorgeous Alex Nolan, all her instincts tell her to run. Even Alex tells her to run. But Zoë somehow manages to open his mind to the possibility that old ghosts can breathe new life into a broken soul―and that love can reach beyond time, space, and reason to take hold of hearts that yearn for it. . . .
"Dream Lake is a thing of beauty from start to finish."―Daily Record
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This book follows Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor and Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor), books that tell the stories of the very dysfunctional Nolan brothers. This book actually runs in a concurrent timeline with Rainshadow Road so you get glimpses of Lucy and Sam's romance in progress tangentially from Alex's perspective.
In this one we get Alex's story. While all the Nolan siblings were affected by their parents' alcoholism, Alex got the brunt of it because he was the youngest and was still living at home when his parents spiraled relentlessly downward in the grip of their disease. The glimpses we had of Alex in the previous books showed that he was the most cynical, most damaged brother of all three. He is just getting out of a disastrous marriage, he is broke, unhappy, alcoholic and still living the scars of his childhood. And what is worse, he just doesn't care.
Until he starts being haunted by a ghost. A real live -- well, make that dead -- ghost. At first the ghost, a young WWII fighter pilot, is stuck in the house that Sam (Alex's brother) is remodeling for his Vineyard. But when he meets Alex, he becomes tethered to Alex and is forced to follow along witness Alex's destructive lifestyle. It is obvious he is attached to Alex for a reason. Part of the story is learning why.Read more ›
Here's why I shouldn't have liked it:
1) There's a ghost. I dislike ghosts or anything paranormal in my romances.
2) There's food (and lots of it), here used somewhat as a healing power. It's not a unique theme. Lots of contemporary romances (see Louisa Edwards' books, for example) have it and if I really want to know how to prepare yummy food, I'll just watch the Food Channel.
3) There's an older lady suffering strokes and in her decline, mentally and physically. I felt that my feelings were being manipulated with this aspect.
4) There's a lot of filler about remodeling and construction. For that I can watch HGTV or "This Old House".
5) There is that overused emotional-constipation trope: "Don't love me. I'm incapable/unworthy of love".
But in spite of all this, it was a very readable romance. This is the third Nolan brother's book. The Nolan brothers' parents were both alcoholics so they had a very dysfunctional, unhappy childhood. Alex, the youngest, seems to be the most troubled of his siblings. He's incapable of relating well to others, his marriage was unsuccessful, he's an alcoholic himself and is, just in general, an emotional mess.
One thing that I seem to have missed in my reading of this and the other books is why Alex's past has turned him into a much bigger emotional wreck than the other two brothers. But troubled he is. Alex has closed himself off from everyone who could possibly want to help or befriend him. That's where the ghost comes in.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really felt strongly for the characters in this story and found myself rooting for Alex, despite the rough road he had traveled and I wasn't sure how Zoe was going to change him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Grabner
Lisa Kleypas is a wonderful author. I love her books , especially the ones with a sequelPublished 3 months ago by libbie romage
I'm a big Lisa Kleypas fan with her regency romance books, but these newer books are absolutely awful.Published 3 months ago by K. Norton
I grabbed this book not realizing it was a series. A refreshing read of love and fighting for love. A little magic and some involvement in the spiritual world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Hobson
This was, I'm embarrassed to admit, my first Lisa Kleypas novel. What was I thinking??? This contemporary romance laced with a ghost story is addictive from the first line on:... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Frances
I like the novel. It is my second book by Lisa Kleypas. Dream Lake has two main characters, Zoe and Alex. They are exact opposites. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elizabeth Louise Anderson