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The story is about Lucy, an artist who has been burned one too many times by love, and Sam, a wine maker who grew up with two alcoholic parents and has a strong aversion to commitment. In classic Kleypas stye (which is why her series books are so terrific) we are treated to glimpses into the lives of past characters Maggie, Mark, Holly (the child), and Alex (star of next book). We also meet cousins Zoe and Justine who will both also have books of their own.
There is an element of magic to the story, but it doesn't drive the plot or even the resolution, in a way, it's more symbolic than significant to character development. I've read a couple complaints about the magic and also the "geeky" hero, and neither are particularly major elements of this story. Sam rarely talks like a geek and certainly doesn't live or look like a geek, if that is a stumbling block for you, it's insignificant.
What Rainshadow Road has in common with Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, is the story arc is more tied to personal development and emotional growth rather than external factors with a significant peak/finale. While this book has that to a degree, it isn't explosive - a bit more quiet.
Another commonality, and significant difference from LK's other books is the lack of sensuality. In the 20 odd books I've read, LK always gives attention and detail to the love scene. This book has them, not doubt, but written rather differently. The scenes are relatively brief and sparse. A bit of a disappointment for this reader, but the book is still a winner.
Lucy (the love interest of Sam Nolan) was likable and you really wanted her to find happiness. I was able to relate to her more than Maggie from the 1st book in the series.
The book was longer which gave more time for Sam and Lucy to develop a relationship.
While Mark and Maggie were present in this book, they were a pleasant side story that didn't feel overbearing.
Lucy could turn glass into living butterflies, birds and even a bat- it was supposed to be magic. The Paranormal part of the story seem like the theme had been editied out and they missed a few parts. It really didn't impact the story and on the few occasions it happened it seemed weird and out of place. I found it best to ignore it.
Holly who was endearing from the last book was just annoying in this one. I found myself dreading everytime she came into the room. Also, and this is a spoiler alert for Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, when Mark and Maggie were getting married, Holly stood next to Maggie while they were exchanging vows and Mark kissed them both when they were pronounced man and wife. It seemed kinda creepy and Holly seemed like a spoiled bratt.
All in all I was happy to read Rainshadow Road and return to Friday Harbor and False Bay. I got the book yesterday and read 250 pages before going to sleep and finished it this morning. I really cared about most of the charactors. You have to love all of the Nolan brothers, especialy Alex. If you liked Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, this has the same winning combination of a likable female lead, a rough Nolan and a happy ending.
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