Book Review

by Lisa Kleypas

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal
Sensuality: HOT

2012 Contemporary Romance Nominee

RT Rating

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)

Reviewed By: Terri Dukes


Published: April 2012

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(2 ratings)

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Rainshadow Road

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 10, 2013 - 10:31pm.

Glass Artist Lucy Marrin doesn't know where to turn. Her boyfriend of two years has just dumped her. To top it off, he has left her for her younger sister, Alice. While mulling over her options, Lucy meets Sam Nolan. Sam is interested in getting to know Lucy a little better. But he makes it clear that any relationship with him will be commitment free. He has an aversion to marriage after seeing his alcoholic parents marriage problems. Lucy doesn't want another relationship, but soon finds herself drawn to Sam and his family.

I really liked the characters in this book. Lucy has been hurt over and over again by her sister and parents. She needs someone she can trust who will stand up for her. Sam came from a dysfunctional family and doesn't think marriage is something that will work for him. He soon changes his mind after falling for Lucy. We get to see the characters from the previous book in the series, and also meet two cousins who will figure into future books. The only thing that didn't really work for me was the magical elements in the story. It felt out of place to me. I deducted half a point for it. My rating: 4.5 Stars.