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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor

(Friday Harbor #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  18,069 ratings  ·  1,979 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas’s new series begins during the most magical time of year
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.
The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 11th 2010)
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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
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a sweet, romantic PG-rated holiday novella
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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
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.

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

Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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)
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? Lisa Kleypas never disappoints. This is the first book in the Friday Harbor series and I can't wait to read the next. I admit I saw the movie based on this book and I wasn't impressed. It was an okay Halmark movie. But now that I've read the book I like the movie even less. There was so much material here that the movie either ignored or changed. The brothers were changed completely, they could have had their own movies. But enough about a sad movie adaptation. Read this book and ...more
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

Dear Santa
I want just one thing this year
A mom
Please dont forget I live in friday harbor now.
thank you

Well, you would almost be considered as heartless as the Grinch, if you didn't like this one. It was short and sweet, with lots of tugs on your heartstrings. I liked Maggie, but I will admit that she got a wee bit annoying there near the end, stuck on the "I can never love again" mantra. *rolls eyes* Lucky for her, Mark was a tolerant and patient man. I wasn't so sure abo
*** 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.
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
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.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The perfect book to get you into the Christmas Spirit! ⛵️

I didn’t know that this story was the beginning of a series, but I will DEFINITELY be continuing on with it! To be honest I’m not really a love story person, but I’ve heard that Lisa Kleypas is the Queen of romance so here I am ! Also, this cover is STUNNING!

“Forever is composed of nows.” Emily Dickinson

Holly is only six years old when her mother, Victoria, is killed in a car crash and it was never disclosed who her father may be. Theref
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nice introduction to the folks of Friday Harbor. Sexy hero, sweet girl, smart, beautiful heroine.

I love the Historicals that Ms Kleypas writes but I am enjoying this contemporary series too - onto book 2 already.

Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I feel kinda duped. This was my first contemporary read by Lisa Kleypas, and it was so dull – I was shocked! A lot of this book felt like it was just flash-forwarding many scenes. I wanted time to see a character really interact in a scene. By the time I reached 60%, I was confused feeling like barely anything happened – character-development-wise AND plot-wise. If the scenes at 60% were at 30% instead, and the author added more good, vivid scenes to show how the characters have grown, and how t ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. 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. Maggie Collins doesn’t dare believe in love again, after lo ...more
Susan Mallery
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
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
Dec 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: foodies
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
Elle's Book Blog
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holidays, romance
:: 5 Magical Stars ::

Christmas with Holly is a sweet and refreshing holiday novella. Kleypas shows her readers that love can blossom in the most unexpected and magical ways even when we have lost faith. I was utterly charmed by this book from page 1 all the way until the end and I look forward to reading more books by Kleypas in the future.

** Don't forget, this book was made into a movie called CHRISTMAS WITH HOLLY and it is featured on the Hallmark channel. I have seen it and enjoyed it! **

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
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it

This was such a sweet story. I just love Lisa Kleypas! She always delivers great characters and wonderful stories.

❤'d Holly

❤'d Mark

❤'d Maggie

I even ❤'d the homely bulldog Renfield. :)

On to book #2!
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)
When six-year-old Holly’s mother dies in a car accident, her Uncle Mark is named her guardian. Holly is devastated and hasn’t spoken in the six months that she’s lived with him. To top it off, Mark just found Holly’s letter to Santa where she was asking for a new mommy. Wandering the local shops in town, the two go into a toy store where the store owner Maggie gets Holly to finally come out of the shell she’s created around herself which sets in motion an attraction between Mark and Maggie.

The s
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I really liked this book a lot. It won't make any greatest books of all time lists, I seriously doubt it will even make a "Best Books of 2010" list, but it's light and fluffy, easy reading. I don't read to be challenged, I read to relax and this book definitely fits the bill for me. ...more
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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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