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Christmas Eve At Friday Harbour: Number 1 in series (Friday Harbor) by [Kleypas, Lisa]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Friday Harbor (4 Book Series)

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"Sweet, romantic, and genuine...a refreshing holiday treat."--"Publishers Weekly"

"Poignant, heartbreaking, and deeply satisfying."--"RT Book Reviews"

"A charmer from start to finish."--"Library Journal"

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"The genius [of "Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor"] comes in Kleypas's writing. She weaves words that paint pictures of the Pacific Northwest so beautifully that it comes alive..." --"Affaire de Coeur"

"A sweet and romantic holiday love story...Friday Harbor [is] a memorable place to visit."--"A Romance Review"

""

And these other novels of contemporary romance from "New York Times "bestselling author

Lisa Kleypas

"SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER"

"A romantic novel with considerable depth."--"Brazosport Facts"

"Kleypas's clever pairing of a testosterone-rich hero and a wonderfully endearing heroine gives her latest romance its irresistibly sexy flavor ...[a] richly rewarding story of love, commitment, and family."--"Booklist"

"Masterfully crafted...extraordinarily real. Readers will be thinking about these superb characters long after closing the pages and rushing out to grab everything Kleypas has ever written."

--"Romantic Times BOOKreviews"

"Intelligent and gripping..."Smooth Talking Stranger" is sharp, sexy and will keep you captivated from beginning to end."--"ArmchairInterviews.com"

"Filled with charm, wit, and an interesting and adult love story...Kleypas comes out on top again!"--"ARomanceReview.com"

"Simply irresistible."--"Likesbooks.com"



And these other novels of contemporary romance from "New York Times "bestselling author

Lisa Kleypas

"SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER"

Masterfully crafted...extraordinarily real. Readers will be thinking about these superb characters long after closing the pages and rushing out to grab everything Kleypas has ever written.

Masterfully crafted extraordinarily real. Readers will be thinking about these superb characters long after closing the pages and rushing out to grab everything Kleypas has ever written."

Sweet, romantic, and genuine a refreshing holiday treat. "Publishers Weekly"

Poignant, heartbreaking, and deeply satisfying. "RT Book Reviews"

A charmer from start to finish. "Library Journal"

The genius [of "Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor"] comes in Kleypas's writing. She weaves words that paint pictures of the Pacific Northwest so beautifully that it comes alive... "Affaire de Coeur"

A sweet and romantic holiday love story Friday Harbor [is] a memorable place to visit. "A Romance Review"

A romantic novel with considerable depth. "Brazosport Facts"

Kleypas's clever pairing of a testosterone-rich hero and a wonderfully endearing heroine gives her latest romance its irresistibly sexy flavor [a] richly rewarding story of love, commitment, and family. "Booklist on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER"

Masterfully crafted extraordinarily real. Readers will be thinking about these superb characters long after closing the pages and rushing out to grab everything Kleypas has ever written. "Romantic Times BOOKreviews on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER"

Intelligent and gripping..."Smooth Talking Stranger" is sharp, sexy and will keep you captivated from beginning to end. "ArmchairInterviews.com on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER"

Filled with charm, wit, and an interesting and adult love story Kleypas comes out on top again! "ARomanceReview.com on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER"

Simply irresistible. "Likesbooks.com on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER""

"Sweet, romantic, and genuine...a refreshing holiday treat." --Publishers Weekly

"Poignant, heartbreaking, and deeply satisfying." --RT Book Reviews

"A charmer from start to finish." --Library Journal

"The genius [of Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor] comes in Kleypas's writing. She weaves words that paint pictures of the Pacific Northwest so beautifully that it comes alive..." --Affaire de Coeur

"A sweet and romantic holiday love story...Friday Harbor [is] a memorable place to visit." --A Romance Review

"A romantic novel with considerable depth." --Brazosport Facts

"Kleypas's clever pairing of a testosterone-rich hero and a wonderfully endearing heroine gives her latest romance its irresistibly sexy flavor ...[a] richly rewarding story of love, commitment, and family." --Booklist on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER

"Masterfully crafted...extraordinarily real. Readers will be thinking about these superb characters long after closing the pages and rushing out to grab everything Kleypas has ever written." --Romantic Times BOOKreviews on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER

"Intelligent and gripping...Smooth Talking Stranger is sharp, sexy and will keep you captivated from beginning to end." --ArmchairInterviews.com on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER

"Filled with charm, wit, and an interesting and adult love story...Kleypas comes out on top again!" --ARomanceReview.com on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER

"Simply irresistible." --Likesbooks.com on SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER

Book Description

First in a brand-new contemporary romance series by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lisa Kleypas

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0091N0LD8
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049U3RCK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As an avid Lisa Kleypas reader, I had been awaiting this latest release with so much excitement. When I came to order I checked the reviews and found that it already had a few, and most were negative, so I was pretty worried.
Don't worry, I wont give you any spoilers, but what I will say is it's not as bad as they all say.

The book starts off well, at LK's usually middling pace. The characters are all established nicely, and I got the feeling LK has been to a place like Friday Harbour and liked it- the effort she put into describing everything made it incredibly vivid, like I was there. I could really see everything in my mind. Don't anyone say that romance authors can't write- LK is proof in this book alone.

However- I have to warn you that if you're the sort of romance reader that likes at least 2 or 3 steamy scenes (let's face it, most of us do- it's pure escapism!), then this book wont leave you feeling satisfied. There is one at the very end, and its barely longer than a page. I feel LK went some way to redeeming herself with the sexually tense, romantic encounters that the two leading characters have throughout the book- it's not sex but they're definitely not bland interactions.

Speaking of the leading characters, I actually really liked them. A lot of the time, even in LK's books, I find myself disliking at least one of the lead characters, at least a tiny bit. Some romance authors trip up by making their lead roles flawless both physically and morally. I start to get a little sick of the perfect Percy's and Pennys. But Mark and Maggie, the leads in this book, are flawed, sad, grieving and terrible at romance and commitment.
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I loved this book. A great little pre Christmas read, nice little story though you always know that the woman gets her man ! Nevertheless on these winter nights a nice book to read infront of the fire.
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Review taken from my Blog Post (#66) in January 2011 after borrowing from the local library:

This is the first contemporary book I've read by Lisa Kleypas, and actually enjoyed it ........... in fact, it was short but sweet.

Mark Nolan is left the custody of his six year old niece, Holly, when her mother is killed in a car accident, and he takes here home to San Juan Island in Washington State to live with him. Unfortunately, due the shock of the accident Holly has lost the ability to speak.

Mark's brother, Sam, stumbles upon a letter to Santa that Holly has written asking her to bring her a new Mummy, so Mark decides to kiss goodbye to his bachelorhood and find her just that.

One afternoon Mark and Holly go into a new toy shop in town, and the owner (Maggie Conroy) helps the little girl find her voice again with talk of magic fairies and a magic shell.

There seems to be an instant spark of attraction between Mark and Maggie, the only problem being that he is seeing somebody else and she had only recently seen and nursed her husband when he died of cancer.

Can the little girl's dream come true? Can they win the battle for love and a happy ever after?

Definitely worth a read, I enjoyed it quite a bit, given that I am not really a contemporary read kind gal.

A 3.5 Star read,but not quite a 4.
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Enjoyed this book as I have all of Lisa Kleypas however it was a very short story about a family living in Friday Harbour. The rest was nothing like the review written by Amazon there is three brothers not two and the sister has died leaving a 6 yr old. The story forcus of Mark the oldest brother who mets Maggie who owns a toy shop. No sigh of a long lost adopted sibling? Apart from all that it was a nice if but very short story.
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Whenver I find a writer I enjoy I lap up everything written by that author, one after the other with an obsessive/compulsive fever. Lisa Kleypas is such a writer and I'm very happy to say that all the books i've read so far (still working my way through her extensive collection!) have been immensely enjoyable and thoroughly satisfying. So I'm bemused (to use a writer's regular vernacular)after having read Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour. What was missing for me was substance which all her other books have spades of. The characters are likeable enough -two brothers looking after their dead sister's little girl with a third brother popping in and out of the narrative and a bright and bubbly heroine - yet, when I finished the book I felt uncommonly deflated by the experience and that's a first from a Kleypas novel! Perhaps it is a decent book in its own right (a little too linear in plot for my liking and the thinnest of all her books), however, when compared to her other works such as Sugar Daddy it just feels more like a Pot Noodle running up against a three course meal. If this ends up being your first experience of a Lisa Kleypas novel please, please, read another. You won't be disappointed.
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I've read a lot more of Lisa Kleypas historical novels, and a few of her more contemporary novels, but none of her previous novels have been as short as this one.
At 200 pages you feel like you are only gaining an introduction to a larger novel, and thankfully it is the first book in a series, but due to the length you do feel like you've missed out on some of the storyline. There are three Nolen Brothers, and this one focuses on the eldest, Mark, (and i guess that the other books will focus on the other two brothers). Maggie owns a toy store in Friday Harbour, and helps Mark with his niece who he has been made guardian of, after his sisters recent death. Whilst i really enjoyed the novel, and there was still a lot of good background information and character development, i was left feeling like i had just read an abridged version of a longer novel...
Hopefully the next book in the series is longer!
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