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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor: A Novel (Friday Harbor #1)

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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  11,215 ratings  ·  1,251 reviews
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 s...more
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Published October 26th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published April 11th 2010)
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Shawna
5 stars – Contemporary/Holiday Romance

Let me start by saying that I’m a romance addict, and I read for escapism and rate books solely based on my level of enjoyment and how they make me feel, not the literary value or social relevance.

Lisa Kleypas is my favorite author, and I’ve absolutely loved every book of hers that I’ve read because her characters and stories are always full of life, engaging, and poignant. I was beyond excited about her new contemporary Friday Harbor series, and although I...more
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor , for me, was like…

...A homemade chocolate chip cookie accompanied by a cup of mocha with the right blend of roasted coffee and warm, smooth chocolate. All this, enjoyed sitting looking out at the harbour, with the sea breeze on my face, and the fresh scents of the air after a rain. I see a beautiful rainbow against the blue sky, and spy the dark storm clouds, which had just passed by, away in the distance. I...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

Anyone who reads historical romance has probably already been introduced to the art form that is Lisa Kleypas’ storytelling, so you’ll understand when I say that there really are no words to describe just what a talented writer she is. Therefore, I’ll save you all a lot of time and keep this short.

It must not be easy to give readers the feel of a full length novel in a short story such as this because very few authors actually do it. But with Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, we were given a trul...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor was a lovely little morsel to get me into the Christmas spirit (or at least more into it, since I've already started listening to Christmas music on the satellite radio--I'm a Christmas junkie. What can I say?). It was also a great introduction to Ms. Kleypas' new contemporary series. I am very happy with it, and eager to read about Mark's brothers finding their HEAs.

I really loved the heart-warming vibe of this story. I love books that show the incredible bond th...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I am shocked. I didn't believe it was possible for me to EVER dislike a Kleypas book. How could this have happened?

Before I start this review, I must first go back in time a few days...

DATE : December 23

TIME : Lazy afternoon with the kids out of the house

ACTIVITY : My viewing of a taped movie - Christmas With Holly, based on the book I'm reviewing. Don't ask me why I decided to tape and watch it, but I have to admit to being curious about seeing a Kleypas book translated to film.

RESPONSE : Well...more
Dina
2 1/2 stars

It pains me to say this, but I didn't enjoy this read. *ducks rotten tomatoes*

The plot is pretty simple and the book description is good enough to give you the gist of it, so I won't bother with writing a plot summary here. What can I say? I liked the premise of the story, but the book didn't live up to my expectations.

As usual, Ms. Kleypas' writing was solid and made the story flow easily. Her description of Friday Harbor was so charming and vivid that it made me want to move there.

A...more
Auntee
Oct 31, 2011 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Kleypas fans; contemporary romance fans; anyone who likes a heartwarming story
No big review, just some thoughts:

Kicking myself for hesitating over this one (when will I learn to listen to Shawna?) Of course I loved it. I didn't care that it was a G/PG-rated romance--the storytelling was second to none, and LK didn't really need to spell out that one incredible love scene. I felt it emotionally, and even shed a few tears near the end of the book. Maggie, Mark, little Holly, Sam, and even Renfield(!) were such incredibly drawn characters, and Friday Harbor? I want to move t...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
There is a reason why Lisa Kleypas is a New York Times Bestseller. For those of you who read historical romances, I’m sure you are aware of Kleypas’s amazing Wallflowers and Hathaways series. Kleypas is simply the queen when it comes to historical romance. Her cunning wit and endearing characters jump out of the pages and settles in your heart where you find yourself scouring her backlist to get that feeling back!

I will admit, I was terrified to read her contemporary novels just because I didn...more
Ronyell
Whenever I was reading some of Lisa Kleypas’ works, I was always reading her historical romance novels. Well, I just stumbled upon not only her most recent novel to date, but the first contemporary romance novel I have read from her and it is called “Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor.” Be prepared to see Lisa Kleypas’ romantic world contemporary style!

One night, a six year old girl named Holly lost her mother, Victoria, in a car accident and ever since the accident, Holly has never spoken a word to...more
MelissaB
*** 4 1/2 stars ***

Super cute wonderful Christmas story but it needed to be longer, the ending felt rushed. The characters were very likable and well drawn. I am glad LK will be writing third person contemporary stories now, she does a great job with it.
Rane
With any Lisa Kleypas book, I know am going to be in for an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. With Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, I didn’t feel the great dynamic story that LK is know for, bur this was a sweet, oh so googey Christmas story.

That was very simple in it’s message if not a tad short on the building of relationship between Mark Nolan and Maggie Conroy. Both have hard their hard knocks in life, with losses that have affected how they interact with others, and how they keep everyone...more
Beanbag Love
This story reminded me so much of the romance shorts I used to read in my mom's Woman's Day magazines. Totally insubstantial and forgettable.

It starts with a big, emotionally engaging event. Mark Nolan's sister, Victoria, is killed in a car accident. She leaves a young daughter, Holly, who is traumatized by the loss of her mother and refuses to speak from that moment on. It's a strong beginning but the rest just doesn't live up to it.

Mark meets Maggie when he goes into her toy store with Holly....more
Lisa Kay
★★★★★ I've read this mulitple times; just had to listen to the audio. No suprise - it's great too! What follows is the same review I did of the hardcopy.

Magical Realism or Not?

Yes, I do think Kleypas 'blew a kiss toward' magical realism in Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor in the first toy store scene (an enchanted place for everyone) (view spoiler)...more
valee
This was such a cute story. I loved it. There was NOTHING wrong with it at all. I definitely enjoyed every second of it, it was simply perfect. I would have given 5 stars to it if it wasn't because it was too damn short and I am dying to get more. Also a short novella will never be as good as a whole long book.

In this first installment of this new series we have two single bachelors who must confront the death of their sister and the adoption of her little girl. Marc and Sam, the Nolan brothers...more
Ally72
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willaful
I remember seeing a lot of "meh" reviews of this; I liked it more than that but did find it somewhat... passionless for a romance. I thought it ironic that the hero Mark broke up with a women because he never had any conflicts with her and then went into another similar relationship, based more on compatibility than sparks. This line kind of summed up my dissatisfaction:

"As Mark walked outside with Maggie, he was filled with desire and liking and sympathy, all bound up with a thread of frustrati...more
Lisa Kay
Magical Realism or Not?

Yes, I do think Kleypas 'blew a kiss toward' magical realism in Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor in the first toy store scene (an enchanted place for everyone) (view spoiler)...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Jan 23, 2011 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance
This is a great love story with characters who are both well and deeply drawn. It feels as if the end of the story would only be chapter seven in a full-length novel. The dog alone is worth reading about.

There is not much of a plot in that the story depends on character growth rather than action. The theme here seems to be healing from emotional trauma.

The setting is lovely, I really liked the description of the holiday event where all the boats parade with lights, as the beautiful cover depict...more
Ridley
While I didn't really enjoy reading this book I received via First Reads, it wasn't a bad book. Nothing about it made me want to walk away from it, but neither did anything really beg for me to continue. Reading through to the end just seemed the easiest thing to do.

Small business owner Mark Nolan has just had his life hit a giant bump in the road. Not only has his sister just died unexpectedly in a car accident, but he's also been named as the guardian of his six year-old niece, Holly. Since ra...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
3 to 3.5 stars...This story would make a uplifting Hallmark movie around Christmas time.

Mark Nolan's sister dies in a car accident leaving him with his six-year-old niece. When he finds a letter she has written to Santa asking for a mother he decides to settle down. His current girlfriend seems to have the required attributes. Then, he meets widowed Maggie Conroy at the toy shop she own in Friday Harbor. Maggie and Mark feel a connection but he has a girlfriend and she is still mourning the hus...more
ALPHAreader
I cannot believe I am about to blaspheme like this. . . but I have now read a Lisa Kleypas book that I did not love. Dare I say; I disliked it? Eek! What has the world come to?

‘Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor’ is the first book in Lisa Kleypas’s second contemporary romance series. The series is set in San Juan Island, off the Washington coast, and centres on long-time Sanjuanense residents, the Nolan family. There are three brothers, eldest Mark, middle Sam and youngest Alex. The brothers also ha...more
Crista
Reread on 11/25/12. Better the second time!!

Lisa Kleypas is in a league of her own, and while I don't think that Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor is by any means her best work, it's definitely great. Kleypas has such a unique voice and has a true talent for creating chemistry between her leads. This book is no exception to that rule.

This is a true "making of a family" type of story. It centers around the Nolan family. Victoria Nolan is killed in a car accident leaving behind her sweet 6 year old...more
Susan Mallery
I adored this book! At 211 pages, it's a quick read, but no less emotional for the short length. A wonderful story that put me in the holiday spirit!
♡Karlyn P♡
A heartfelt and warm romance, what a nice teaser for the full series.
Shelly
Not quite what I was expecting from LK's newest contemporary, but I have to say that I really like it. A GR friend of mine, Lisa Kay said it best, when Kleypas 'blew a kiss towards magical realism.' It was cute, but not artificial, something I think is really hard to accomplish. The make believe and fairies and magical theme is well done, and really adds some charm to this story. I'm so glad LK moved away from 1st person POV for her contemporaries, I think she does third person so much better. I...more
Rosanne
As far as this type of fiction goes, Lisa Kleypas is definitely one of the best. She has the best characters, takes time to develop relationships, is great at banter, and has moments of true humour in all of her books. This one is no where near her best, but overall an enjoyable and quick read.

My major beef (and the reason that this one can not compare to her other novels) is that the publishers actually packaged this and have the nerve to sell if for $16.99. This barely counts as a novella and...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
I got this for Christmas from the lovely Leah last year, and yet I STILL hadn't read it! But I was having a Lisa Kleypas craving and although it is only October, far to early to be reading Christmas themed books I decided dive right in. I didn't regret it.

It only took me a few hourse to read, one because I couldn't put it down and two because it was a short book with only a few hundred pages, and at the end of the book I was definitely left with a case of the warm-fuzzies, it is an unashamedly...more
Diana~
I have always been a fan of Lisa Kleypas and even though this book was short and was missing the LK magic touch, I still loved it nonethless. It was a very sweet and enjoyable read and I think that was enough for me! Anyway, Christmas at Friday Harbor is a book about two people from different backgrounds coming together to build a family from one single child and eventually finding love in the outcome. This is definitely a great holiday read and even though I read this book in the summer, I coul...more
Megan
STILL WAITING ON MY BOOK FROM FIRST READS GIVEAWAYS, WILL REVIEW AFTER I RECEIVE IT

This review is from an ARC, courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway.

I really enjoyed this book, but I guess I should also say that I adore all Lisa Kleypas books. I can't believe how her books are consistently great, without any flaws in my eyes. She is one of my favorite authors.
LiteraryLover
I liked this book however it felt like it was just getting started when suddenly the relationships were all wrapped up and it was over. It just seemed like a little much to cram into a little over 200 pages. It was still sweet though, just a little rushed.
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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