Month of Love Review and Giveaway: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
ONE LITTLE GIRL NEEDS A FAMILY
One rain-slicked night, six-year-old Holly lost the only parent she knew, her beloved mother Victoria. And since that night, she has never again spoken a word.
ONE SINGLE MAN NEEDS A WIFE
The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. His sister’s will gives him the instructions: There’s no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow.
SOMETIMES, IT TAKES A LITTLE MAGIC…
Maggie Collins doesn’t dare believe in love again, after losing her husband of one year. But she does believe in the magic of imagination. As the owner of a toy shop, she lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.
…TO MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE
Three lonely people. Three lives at the crossroads. Three people who are about to discover that Christmas is the time of year when anything is possible, and when wishes have a way of finding the path home…
I am a fan of Lisa Klaypas. When people hear this statement they automatically assume I mean her historical romances. I haven’t read them. What hooked my on Lisa’s writing were the Travis family.
A trilogy set in Texas, it is chalk full of of alpha males and strong female roles. Lisa Kleypas has a way of pulling you into a story from the first sentence and when you inhale her words a need to start from the beginning one more time. I was really hoping after waiting for months I would get the same quality read with Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor. Ms. Kleypas did not disappoint.
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor is an introduction to the long awaited contemporary romance series from Lisa. Set on the island of San Juan in Washington state the book opens the door to the town of Friday Harbor and the Nolan Family. Now before I go throwing spoilers all around let me tell you what I thought…. Oh wait that’s right I don’t spoil. :)
I genuinely enjoyed this book. I had some pretty high expectations for Friday Harbor and Ms. Kleypas delivered. I was a little surprised when I downloaded it to find it was more a novella length then novel but each page is packed with good solid writing.
True emotion flows through this book. I laughed and I admit I choked up once… or thrice. Lisa Kleypas captured a snapshot of a couple falling in love amidst the pain of loves lost and prior commitments. The only thing this book was lacking was about 100 pages of more really well scripted scenes.
As much as I loved this book it left me hungry for a more in depth look into the romance of Mark and Maggie. If I was giving this book a start rating it would be 4 out of 5 for the story telling. I think to sum up this book I would say it was poignant, funny, along with a little push and pull angst along with some great well written dialogue. I think that is one thing about a Kleypas book we can all rely on.
Okay now on to the really fun stuff!
I am one of “Lisa’s Divas” – a group of select fans who share info & content related to Lisa’s novels and get sneak peeks & swag in return!
And I get to share my swag and special deliveries with my book loving friends. So to celebrate Month of Love I am giving away a hard cover copy of Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor!
And even better starting February 18th and running through February 28th everyone is encouraged to join in some fun! Corsets, Kisses and Kleypas Blog Hop
Hosted by Under the Covers and Lisa’s Divas. Here at the Paperback Dolls you will get to participate in a survey crafted by your’s truly and get to enter for a grand prize including a hard cover copy of Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor AND a E format of the winners choice of the first full length book in the Friday Harbor series Rainshadow Road!