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Rainshadow Road: Number 2 in series (Friday Harbor)

Rainshadow Road: Number 2 in series (Friday Harbor) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Kleypas
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312605889
  • Publisher: Piatkus (28 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068PHUMM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lisa Kleypas is the author of a number of historical romance novels that have been published in fourteen languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. Lisa is married and has two children.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful mix of magic and romance 18 Mar 2012
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Over the last few years my reading habits have definitely changed and I'm finding that I'm reading a lot more romantic fiction novels than before. Also I'm finding that I enjoy reading series of books especially when they are set in specific locations such as Lisa Kleypas' Friday Harbor series.

As Rainshadow Road was the second book in the series, I naturally had to buy and read the first book, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, before I started reading this one. Although they can be read as standalone books as completely different storylines but some of the characters, the Nolan family and Maggie, do make appearances in both books.

Lucy Marinn is a talented glass artist who moved to San Juan Island to live with her boyfriend Kevin. She thinks she has the perfect life; a job she loves and living with the man she's one day going to marry. So she is caught off guard when Kevin tells her that he's no longer in love with her and has fallen for someone else ... her sister Alice!

From the start we can tell that the relationship between the two sisters, Lucy and Alice, is not particularly close and that Alice has been spoilt by the whole family ever since a childhood illness.

When Kevin and Alice announce their engagement, they are initially surprised at the disapproval of her parents. So Kevin decides that Alice's parents would accept the situation more if Lucy was in a new relationship herself so he asks an acquaintance, Sam Nolan, if he'll date her little knowing that Sam had already met Lucy and was interested in her anyway.

Sam bumped into Lucy when she was at her lowest point, hours after being told by Kevin that he no longer loved her, and he felt an instant attraction to her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping some something more... 23 Sep 2012
By Houston
I enjoyed the novella that introduced this series, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, and was looking forward to seeing what Lisa Kleypas would do with a full-length book. Unfortunately, I don't think the result is up to Kleypas' normal high standards.

There is a maxim that says that in romance novels there is never a new plot, but a good author will find a way to make a story their own. Kleypas usually does that via evocative writing, specifically, excellent characterization. But in this case, although she has a beautiful setting, the descriptions are somewhat awkward, and although the characters should be interesting (a glassmaker and a vinyard owner), they are somewhat flat. In addition, Lucy's character is inconsistent; she is initially described as wary of all relationships, but she seems to have little trouble trusting Sam and developing a relationship, and the fallout from her breakup with Kevin is so minimized it is non-existent.

The biggest problem that I had with the book was the use of magic. In Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor "magic" is used symbolically to represent the power of a child's imagination, innocence, and trust. It adds to the emotional development of the characters and their relationship. In Rainshadow Road the magic is literal. However it adds nothing to the plot, and at times it seems that it is used in place of character development, rather than to supplement it.

Despite it's flaws, and as long as you aren't expecting one of Kleypas' best works, Rainshadow Road is a decent contemporary romance, and I am going to read the next book in the series.

(On a side note- the cover synopsis for the book, although mostly factually accurate, isn't really true to the story line.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magical! 21 Sep 2012
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
If I could live in Friday Harbour, I most definitely would as I want all the characters in this series to be my friends. They are such a beautiful group of people. I took this book on holiday with me and read it in one day - an ideal beach read where you get lost in a world full of Southern grace and charm.
This book is sprinkled with a frosting of magical realism, very subtle but enough to give you hope that magic really does exist out there. Lisa Kleypas can happily sit on my bookshelves alongside Sarah Addison Allen.
The author brought Friday Harbour alive for me, I could almost smell and taste how wonderful it was. The characters are charming and I defy you not to be attracted to the Nolan brothers. Don't worry ladies, there are three of them to choose from - no fighting. The Nolan brothers come from a really bad background - all of them suffered in silence as their family fell apart while their parents drunk themselves to death. Followed by the accidental death of their sister, Victoria, the brothers have to come together to look after their orphaned niece and each book follows their desperate attempts to escape romantic encounters only to discover that love really does makes the world go round.
This book follows Sam as he helps out a friend by dating his ex. Only Sam doesn't expect to fall for Lucy and it soon becomes apparent that their is something rather special about this couple, they are both so warm and wonderful together and sparks really do fly; I found myself sighing with contentment. Just beautiful.
By the penultimate chapter, I was in tears, it was just so romantic how it ended.
This series has definitely become a firm favourite with me; one I will return to again and again in the future. I really hope someone picks it up and turns it into a TV series as I would definitely watch it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars nice evening read
I liked the story but it all went a little fast for me. The characters in the book are good but not developed thoroughly. Read more
Published on 19 July 2012 by Ursula
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
I absolutely loved this book, it was precisely the right combination of romance and magic with a pinch of drama and hilarity. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2012 by S. Shamma
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, heart-warming read.
I really like Lisa Kleypas, although I've never read any of her historical novels choosing instead to stick to the contemporary ones which have been excellent. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by sassbook
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I enjoyed reading this book so much and didn't want it to end. Over the last few months I have reread most of it half a dozen times. Read more
Published on 27 May 2012 by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Always been a Lisa Kleypas fan, and this is no exception. Great interaction between characters, while not overshadowing their struggles with their own personal luggage. Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by Shezzbomb
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable contemporary romance book.
I was a bit dubious of picking this book up. I've read Lisa's Historicals and love those to bits but i've not read any of her contemporary romances. Read more
Published on 7 May 2012 by Trace
5.0 out of 5 stars rainshadow road by lisa kleypas
Bought this for the wife. she absolutely loved it. kleypas at her romantic best, she didn't want the book to end
Published on 25 April 2012 by frankbof
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read!
I've read all Lisa Kleypas books and have enjoyed them all, historical and contempory. This particular series is going from strength to strength, introducing magic is a new... Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by L. P. Mcgowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable contemporary romance
Enjoyable contemporary romance, however I do agree with one of the other reviewers in that I found the magic element a trifle strange, almost as if bunged in as an afterthought. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by LEP
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Lisa, Lisa
Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors - usually. Her last 3 contemporaries were fantastic and even Xmas at Friday Harbor was pretty good but Rainshadow Road is just...... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by hannah2
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