The second offering in the Friday Harbor series brings us back to the Nolan family, seamlessly introducing the reader to the island without any unnecessary backstory. The tale brings the slightest touch of paranormal to create a magical romance. Kleypas’ characters are so delicate, yet with an inner strength, that readers will admire them and create a lasting place in their hearts for them.
Lucy Marrin is an artist who works in the most fragile of mediums, glass. She is shocked to learn that her boyfriend is leaving her for her own sister, turning her life upside down. Meeting local vineyard owner and self-professed eternal bachelor, Sam Nolan, couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Bitter, hurt and betrayed, Lucy develops a friendship with Sam that turns into something neither one of them expects. Love can make something broken beautiful once again. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Apr., 336 pp., $14.99)