- Hardcover: 211 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (2010)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004Y6MTLE
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 400 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor Hardcover – 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top customer reviews
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.
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.
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.