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Dream Lake (Friday Harbor) Paperback – August 7, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 280 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Friday Harbor Series

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Editorial Reviews


“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

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 text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Friday Harbor (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; This Is A Hardcover Edition! edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250008298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250008299
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TinaW VINE VOICE on May 24, 2012
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Before I get to my review proper, I must say that this author does a fantastic job of describing food. The main character Zoe is a trained chef and the meals she creates are just...well...wow...even her oatmeal sounds blissful.

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.
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Lisa Kleypas has written some of the most beautiful historical romance books ever. She has written some fairly decent contemporary ones as well, but none as ordinary as The Friday Harbor series. Before I go deeper into the review, if this is your first Lisa Kleypas novel, please try her previous books like The Wallflower series to experience her true magic! This book is the third in the series and is the story of Alex and Zoe. The characters are well developed, the story flows nicely and the author certainly has a way of telling a lovely story. So what is the problem you ask? While reading this book, I felt none of the emotions that I usually feel while reading her past books. This was a simple love story but where was the passion, tenderness, angst and finally the romance? Another gripe I had was that this story is happening at the same time as the previous one where Sam and Lucy are falling in love, yet there was zero interaction between Lucy and Zoe. Also, we are given a almost 70 page summary of the previous book which was downright boring and unnecessary. I'm also not a fan of the paranormal aspect in this book and while the first book only had hints of it, this one was mostly about it. This took away from the romance and I honestly felt cheated at the end of the book. If Sam was portrayed as the most damaged one, there was nothing earth-shattering about the way he changes himself and falls in love with Zoe. In this Kindle age, there are so many talented authors (Marie Force for one and also Kristen Ashley) out there giving you more bang for your buck so I certainly don't get the price set for this book. Given this pricing, I would seriously recommend getting it from the library. While I''m not a fan of this series, I will still wait for the last one called The Crystal Cove, and hope she brings back her magic for all her fans!
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This was a fast and fairly enjoyable read that was saved from being a dud by Kleypas's experienced romance writing skills. So I liked this, although there were many reasons for me not to.

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.
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