Series: Friday Harbor #2
Published by Piatkus Books on 1st January 2012
Source: Bought Physical Copy
From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas comes a tale of love and magic...
Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington. She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her fiancé Kevin has left her. His new lover is Lucy’s own sister. Lucy's bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life.
Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy's parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to "romance" Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life—even after being broken—can be made into something new and beautiful.
I adored Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor and I’m absolutely kicking myself that I waited so long to pick up Rainshadow Road, because I was seriously denying myself some excellent storytelling.
I devoured this book in one greedy sitting, once I started reading I literally couldn’t stop. I loved Lucy right from the start, she was constantly second best to her sister, Alice, even losing her boyfriend to her. Kevin was a total jackass. Talk about grass is greener on the other side! Lucy was so much better off without him. Also, who goes to an old friend and asks them to take her out so he didn’t feel bad about leaving her?! Seriously?! Any guy who does that does not deserve a girlfriend until they grow up and grow some balls. I was so pleased Sam was open about Kevin’s proposal with Lucy right from the start – Sam is actually a decent guy! *cheers*
Lucy and Sam’s relationship built up really naturally, it wasn’t forced or rushed and that’s what I loved about it. Kleypas has a way with creating believable relationships, and she definitely delivered here!
Alice was a spoiled brat, and I hated how everyone pandered to her. She so didn’t deserve Lucy’s kindness after everything she’d done to Lucy, and still whined that she was hard done by. She needed a good slap and a kick up the arse. My goodness. I could feel my blood boiling as I was reading about her, which just shows how realistic she was. Gah.
If Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor and Rainshadow Road are anything to go by, it won’t take me long to get caught up on this series and start eagerly awaiting more books from Kleypas.