Author: Lisa Kleypas
Series: Friday Harbor, 2
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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.
My Thoughts on the Book:
I have to say after reading Christmas in Friday Harbor, I was only mildly curious about the rest of the series but now I'm overjoyed that I took the time to read on.
Rainshadow Road is a magical, lyrical, poignant and heartwarming story that really explores family, friendship and romance.
The Nolan men are all dysfunctional thanks to their alcoholic parents. Sam escaped his parents by spending time with an older couple down the street where he discovered he had a touch of magic that has prompted him into the life he's carving out for himself now as a winemaker and vineyard owner. But family scars run deep and Sam has no intention of ever falling in love or getting married.
Lucy's family wasn't much better. After her sister's health scare as a child, her parents catered to her every whim making Lucy's sister self-absorbed. Lucy's life comes apart when her sister betrays her.
Lucy's strong emotions bring on magic of their own and tries to focus on that only to be tempted by Justine's friend Sam who is sinfully handsome and tempting.
Lucy and Sam's story really takes off when Lucy is in an accident and is forced into proximity with Sam. Their hearts collide and their magic is nothing either is prepared for.
I know Kleypas is a fantastic writer though I don't often seek out her books. I don't understand why as this series is really fantastic and well worth the read.