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Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor) Paperback – February 28, 2012

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Book 2 of 5 in the Friday Harbor Series

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“In the latest flawlessly written addition to her contemporary Friday Harbor books and the first in a new trilogy, Kleypas brings together richly nuanced characters, an emotionally riveting plot, and a subtle touch of the paranormal to create an unforgettable romance that is pure reading magic.” ―Booklist, Starred Review

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Take a journey down Rainshadow Road and let the most romantic read of your life begin…

Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in Friday Harbor, Washington, with a boyfriend, Kevin, who she believes is her soul mate. She has always had a magical side―a gift that finds its way into the glasswork she creates―and she struggles to keep it contained. But when Lucy is blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal, she questions many of her choices. Kevin leaves her and his new lover is none other than Lucy's own sister.

"A page-turner sure to thrill fans."―USA Today

Meanwhile, facing the severe disapproval of Lucy's family, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to "romance" Lucy so that she can more easily move on. But when Sam and Lucy begin to feel real sparks between them, Lucy must ask herself if she can easily risk her heart again. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life―even after being broken―can be re-made into something beautiful. And that it is only by discovering who you really are that you can find the one who truly deserves you.

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Product Details

  • Series: Friday Harbor (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312605889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312605889
  • ASIN: 0312605889
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Book a Day VINE VOICE on January 26, 2012
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Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors and there's simply nothing she could publish that I won't read. Although she's made a nice foray into contemporary romance, if you're a die hard fan of her steamy historical novels, this series is very different in style and content. Instead of the laser focus on romantic chemistry and impossible odds, this is more of a family drama and natural progression. The series is about the Nolan brothers who are all a little damaged thanks to their very drunken and now deceased parents. To add to their disfunction, their sister has recently passed away and left her young daughter, Holly, to the care of three reluctant, baggage laden, bachelors who pull together to give Holly the best upbringing possible. It's a nice progression from Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, the first book, and although it picks up after those events, this is easily a standalone book.

Lucy Marinn is having a real bad day. She gets dumped by her long time boyfriend and has to move out of their home to make room for his new girlfriend, Lucy's own sister, Alice. Betrayed and completely befuddled, Lucy finds solace at a quiet beach, but her revery is disrupted when she bumps into and handsome stranger, winemaker, Sam Nolan. Sam takes an interest in the beautiful woman with green eyes, but she runs scared for the hills to get away from men in general. When Lucy gets into an accident and needs round the clock care, Lucy's friends are busy preparing for a wedding and ask their good friend Sam to look after her.

This is a slow paced, whimsical story, with a lot of historical reflection on the character's upbringing and the events that are shaping their lives.
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Ms. Kleypas is a talented romance genre writer. I have purchased every one of her books, and I do re-read them. She is certainly one of the most consistently excellent of the romance writers working in the last fifteen or so years. In all candor, I wanted to love this book. But compared with most of the novels on her backlist, "Rainshadow Road" is not a stellar effort on Ms. Kleypas' part.

"Rainshadow Road" is the first of a trilogy which takes place on San Juan Island off the coast of Washington state. The heroine, Lucy Marinn, a talented glass artist, has just been dumped by her long-time live-in boyfriend. To make matters worse, she was dumped for her younger sister, Alice. Lucy immediately meets Sam Nolan, the owner of a local vineyard. Sam has difficulty with romantic commitment stemming from his troubled childhood with his alcoholic parents. He has vowed never to marry. The book revolves around the evolution of Sam and Lucy's relationship.

The book contains glimmers of the creativity and whimsicality which make Ms. Kleypas' previous novels such a treat. For instance, the "meet cute" between Sam and Lucy on the beach contains excellent dialogue. I especially like the exchange where each define their gender's reaction to being dumped. I also like the tense interaction between Lucy and and her sister, Alice, and the realistic set-up of Lucy's family dynamic where a child who has been ill is ultimately coddled and spoiled to the detriment of another child whose only fault is being healthy. All of this rings true. Ms. Kleypas also displays her understanding of human nature in several excellent passages of life philosophy.
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It is my very strong belief that people should not READ the reviews that came before mine. Being 65 and having read at least a book a week my entire life, I feel qualified to give this warning. To compare the historical novels by Lisa Kleypas against her modern day romances is just plain stupid. Even worse are those who decided that they were so qualified to find great fault in her characters. The 1st of the series, "Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor", should be read before this one, "Rainshadow Road". Lisa Kleypas has always found an internal theme to her books that will clutch at a person's heartstrings and at the same time show the reader "how to" and "how not to" solve the problem. Her characters are REAL with all the wonderful and not so wonderful characteristics. TOO MANY of the people who gave their reviews SPOIL the book for the new readers by telling too much of the plot. THIS IS WHY I beg you not to read them. Words are used like "wishwashy" to describe a character. For goodness sakes, that is what made the character so interesting to begin with! This series called "Friday Harbour" will be made of four books. Death, Trust, Betrayal, Love and above all Family are what these books are about. They are not about starry eyed lovers, sex, or a conquoring hero. I truly believe thay are wonderful reading especially on a rainy day!
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Lisa Kleypas is probably the only romance writer who makes me want to fling a book across the room in frustration. Only because you know she is so, so, so much better than this. And it's probably why Kleypas reviews are the only ones I am compelled to write on Amazon to vent my frustration.

I'd been keeping 'Rainshadow Road' as a litmus test. Having been progressively disappointed with her Hathaway series, I was somewhat relieved when the Travis brothers' series renewed some of her formidable writing skills, but the Friday Harbor series has been nothing short of deadly dull. I wasn't able to figure why it was so with the first book, but I thought, oh well, it may have been an off-book, like an off-moment, every writer is allowed to have some. But no, this entire series is actually an ode to San Juan Island and the beauty of the Washington state in northwestern US, with some minor interesting characters thrown in. There is none of Kleypas' previously marvelous grip over conflict, character and that wonderful compulsion with her lovers.

The summary itself is complicated - Lucy has always had issues with her sister Alice, but when Lucy's boyfriend Kevin breaks up with her, confessing he cheated on her with Alice, the sisters' relationship also fragments almost irreversibly. Lucy then meets Sam Nolan, San Juan vineyard owner and perennial bachelor who it seems is famous for his commitment issues. Sam and Lucy are attracted to each other, but before either of them gets anything more than a kiss, Sam is asked by Kevin to ask Lucy out, as a sort of 'loosen-her-up' deal as a favour to Kevin. For his own convenience, Sam agrees but also tells Lucy he was asked this.
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