Book number 35 in my 2012 Challenge of 50 Books is Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas. I had decided to approach this book initially because I had though...moreBook number 35 in my 2012 Challenge of 50 Books is Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas. I had decided to approach this book initially because I had thought that it was a stand-alone book; however, upon completing Rainshadow Road, I learned that it was a part of a series collection entitled Friday Harbor This novel is the second installment of this series with the first installment being Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor.
Rainshadow Road is primarily based on Lucy Marinn. Occasionally, there is a shift in chacacter points of view.
Since she was a child, Lucy Marinn was accustomed to watching her sister, Alice, get everything that she wanted in life. However, as an adult, she was finally able to escape that after moving to an island called Friday Harbor. At Friday Harbor, Lucy began a new life, a new relationship with boyfriend, Kevin Pearson, developed new friendships with her boyfriends, and began her career as an artist working with glass. Life could not be more blissful (view spoiler)[ until the day that Kevin arrives to Lucy's studio telling her that they have to break up and that he has been cheating on her with Lucy's younger sister, Alice. Upon hearing this devastating news, Lucy finds herself not grievous but in shock. Kevin had also requested that Lucy hastily pack her things and leave so Alice can move in. Everything that Lucy has built up has been demolished. It is the ultimate act of betrayal --she has lost her boyfriend, her sister, her home, her friends. Taking a bike ride, Lucy attempts to gather herself from her shock, only to run into Sam Nolan, a forever bachelor who owns a home and vineyard on Rainshadow Road. With Sam and his perpetual fear of commitment, Lucy finds herself building a new friendship and a helping hand to get back on her feet and over her traumatic experience with relationships. (hide spoiler)]
Rainshadow Road is the first contemporary novel which I have read by Lisa Kleypas. Admittedly, I found myself working my way through this novel quite quickly in comparison to Kleypas' historical fictions. My guess that that is the case because these books do not have to divulge into the details and stresses of past etiquette and mannerisms. With that being said, reading Rainshadow Road was a breath of fresh air. Keeping in terms with the topics explored in the novel, there was no real sense of commitment. It was an easy novel great for a lazy Sunday read. But don't get me wrong, reading this book was a thrill, but I found that it was relaxing even in its tense moments. The novel visits topics such as heartbreak and love loss, and of course, friendships and how life can be so unexpected. There were moments within the novel where I was ready to smack Alice through the book and smack Lucy as well for feeling bad for Alice. I felt so ashamed for Alice, for her to not realize her mistakes and to have the decency to still walk around prideful among those who she had hurt so badly. Additionally, I was appalled that she was self-righteous and that people owed it to her since they had always been jealous of her. I am pretty sure my eyebrows furrowed each time I read about her, just because I know those types of people actually exist. However, in light of that one frustration, I found myself enjoying the company of the other characters. I am unable to fathom how a happy ending is possible after revealing the amount of issues that this group of people had. If it were non-fictional, I highly doubt the story would have ended this way, but Lisa Kleypas brings it together and makes you feel good about reading the novel. How some authors do it, I don't know!
Overall, I am giving Rainshadow Road 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. Despite my complaints regarding Alice, I thoroughly enjoyed this breezy and easy-going read. But one thing before I end this review... did anyone else find the narrative so closely parallel with that of 27 Dresses? I'm just wondering...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I saw this book during a visit to NY. The instant I saw it, I knew I had to have it. Essentially it was an impulse buy but it's one that I cannot and...moreI saw this book during a visit to NY. The instant I saw it, I knew I had to have it. Essentially it was an impulse buy but it's one that I cannot and do not regret. It's huge and hardcover and let's face it: Vanity Fair will usually not disappoint when showcasing amazing photographers and their subjects.
I give this HUMUNGOUS beast of a book 5 out of 5. It is beautiful inside and out and proves as a great refence and inspiration. So there you have it!(less)