3.0 out of 5 stars
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour, 24 May 2011
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.