Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
Author: Lisa Kleypas
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Friday Harbor #1
Main Characters: Mark & Maggie
Release Date: October 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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...

My Review:

There is one word that explains this book perfectly: MAGICAL. There were several times throughout the book when I found myself literally breaking out in chills because of the power of the story. I honestly can't even say if this is one of those books that would affect everyone that way though. There is not a whole lot of depth to the romance as far as how long Mark & Maggie actually are involved within the story, but the underlying emotions of every one of their meetings touched me at a really deep level.

Maggie is two years out from watching her husband die from cancer and feels that she will never give her heart to another. BUT she has such an amazing heart...opening a toy store in this little town which is filled with imagination and fanciful things. She fosters unadoptable dogs. She inspires magic. Mark is her polar opposite. He definitely does not believe in magic, but when his sister dies suddenly and leaves him the sole guardian for 6 yo Holly, he finds that this 6 yo needs him to believe enough in magic for both of them. Maggie is the tie that binds them all together and it is not just Mark & Holly, but also Sam and Alex, Mark's brothers. They have never been a family even when they were all little, but slowly throughout the passage of the story and the affect of both Holly and Maggie on their lives, these three brothers slowly start to feel like brothers.

I truly loved this book. I am a sucker for a good Christmas book, but this book is about so much more and goes so much further than that. This is a book that you read and it simply makes you feel happier for having read it. I cannot wait to see what Lisa has in store for the other two brothers to come in this series.

1 comment:

Aurian said...

I loved this book. Is it over a year already that I read it? Looking forward to the series.