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Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor) Paperback – February 28, 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book store at my heart and reminded me of why I fell in love. Also the family ratio was superb.Published 2 months ago by K. L. Johnson
There is nothing particularly special about this book, but I loved it. There was something special about the main characters that drew me in. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Loring
I loved this series. This book completes the series in a satisfying love story of redemption and return of hope.Published 10 months ago by Rachel M. Yamaguchi
Lisa Kleypas' second installment in her Friday Harbor series is truly a diamond in a rough! Lovely little thing that would only need some slight tweaking to be a shining gem. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. Russo