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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2011
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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
“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 on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER
“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.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER
“Intelligent and gripping...Smooth Talking Stranger is sharp, sexy and will keep you captivated from beginning to end.” ―ArmchairInterviews.com on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER
“Filled with charm, wit, and an interesting and adult love story…Kleypas comes out on top again!” ―ARomanceReview.com on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER
“Simply irresistible.” ―Likesbooks.com on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER
From the Back Cover
ONE YOUNG GIRL NEEDS A FAMILY
One rain-slicked night, six-year-old Holly lost the only parent she knew, her beloved mother Victoria. And since that night, she has never again spoken a word.
ONE SINGLE MAN NEEDS A WIFE
The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. His sister's will gives him the instructions: There's no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow.
SOMETIMES, IT TAKES A LITTLE MAGIC…
Maggie Collins doesn't dare believe in love again, after losing her husband of one year. But she does believe in the magic of imagination. As the owner of a toy shop, she lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.
TO MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE
Three lonely people. Three lives at the crossroads. Three people who are about to discover that Christmas is the time of year when anything is possible, and when wishes have a way of finding the path home…
"Poignant…and deeply satisfying."―RT Book Reviews
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The other thing I loved about the book was the author's exquisite ability to turn a phrase. With a minimum of words, the author could paint a picture so clearly that the reader is drawn into the scene. Never were the word images cliched or hacked. Always rich, fresh, and enjoyable.
Maggie Collins is in her late twenties and lost her husband to cancer. She came to Friday Harbor for a fresh start and owns a toy shop in town. She has a rapport with Holly and Mark finds himself turning to her more and more for help with Holly and, if he's being honest with himself, because he is attracted to her.
When the story starts out, neither Mark or Maggie is in the right place to begin a new relationship. Mark is involved with someone and Maggie doesn't feel ready to move on quite yet. They start off as friends and things progress from there, with a little nudge from Holly.
This was a pleasant little Christmas story, but as romances go I have to say it was a bit of a letdown. At around 200 pages it's quite short for a full-length novel and for a good portion of the book Mark is involved with someone other than Maggie (no, there's no cheating). When they do finally get together everything is resolved so quickly that the ending feels very abrupt and a bit unsatisfactory. There's no time to savor any of the emotions because the story just sort of stops.
Given the short format the character development was quite good, and I particularly liked the interactions between Mark and his two brothers. Mark and Sam's relationship with Holly was very sweet also. I liked the setting, though I did find something kind of odd. Whenever the author would write about a town or location it sounded like a press release from the local Chamber of Commerce! If a character steps into a town (any town) we hear about how it was founded, the political leanings, what the residents drive, what kind of restaurants there are, etc. Since this is my first book by Lisa Kleypas I don't know if that's just an author quirk or if this story just contained a whole lot of filler.
Bottom Line: A cute Christmas story but light on the romance. Read it for the sweet relationship between Mark and his niece, but don't expect to be swept away by the love story.
Little (if any) strong language and mild sexual content.
'Christmas Eve' is a classic, wholesome tear jerker. It takes a truly skilled writer to take the 'mom for Christmas theme' and make you emotionally invested in the characters and I think LK did that.
Holly- the orphaned niece- was written beautifully and realistically. When we are first introduced to her uncles, they are a bit dry, and she enlivens the book and the family.
This is a wonderful family book, the kind of romance that you wouldnt mind lending your mom. Which brings to me what I didn't like about this novel- it was MUCH too short/light for the price. I paid 9.99 for it on the Kindle, and I thought that was too much. I can only imagine how customers who bought it hardback felt!
I am ecstatic that there were no 'grand misunderstandings' to generate conflict, and we get the feeling that the leads were friends, however I didn't get any passion from their relationship. When you couple this with the price for the book, I felt a bit cheated.
I will definitely purchase future books in this series, I just hope they are meatier and worth the price.
I seems like as soon as things were getting interesting it ended. I feel cheated. I love Lisa Kleypas but this one is such a disappointment. SO not worth the $10 I paid for it. I have to go read Mine Til Midnight or Blue-eyed Devil now to redeem my faith in her. Still scratching my head wondering what happened.