Thursday, January 19, 2012

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
2010, St. Martin's Press
Series: Book 1 of Friday Harbor

Synopsis: 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...

Why read: Received for review

What impressed me: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor is a delightful, romantic holiday story. I loved how real it felt, between Mark's concern for the niece he is now raising and Maggie's guilt over the dead husband she's moving past. The characters were fantastic, especially Mark's brothers and I hope they are the focus of future books in the series.

What disappointed me: The book was very, very short - more novella length than an actual novel. I feel that the Maggie and Mark's lives could have been expanded upon more, especially since time (even weeks at a time) would pass unseen.

Recommended: Yes. A great contemporary romance with a wonderful holiday focus.

Continue series: Yes. I'm very interested to see if the books focus on the other Nolan men and would love to see more of Mark, Maggie and Holly.

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