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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
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...more
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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
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
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 ...more
I really loved the heart-warming vibe of this story. I love books that show the incredible bond ...more
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.
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.
RESPONSE : ...more
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 ...more
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 Maggie gives Holly the shell and tells her she can talk into it and it may help her to speak when she’s ready. I loved that scene, especially when ...more
I will admit, I was terrified to read her contemporary novels just because I didn ...more
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
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
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.
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
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
"As Mark walked outside with Maggie, he was filled with desire and liking and sympathy, all bound up with a thread of ...more
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! **
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 Maggie gives Holly the shell and tells her she can talk into it and it may help her to speak when she’s ready. I loved that scene, especially when Holly does speak and Mark, who’s telling Maggie he doesn’t believe in encouraging a child’s flight-of-fancy, starts to tell her to not interrupt. Magic ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
‘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 ...more
Okay, here's the thing. This is short. And cute. And a pretty smooth romance, all things considered. Both Maggie and Mark have their pasts to overcome and there are some pretty serious things buried back there. But at the same time, I really got their connection and ...more
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