Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour (Friday Harbour #1)
by Lisa Kleypas | Piatkus Books (Nov 2010)
Paperback, 320 pages | Contemporary Romance

This was such a lovely story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and devoured it quickly. My only real complaint was that it was too short and I would have loved to have read more about the main characters.

It has a sad beginning when Mark’s sister dies and he is given custody of his six-year old niece, Holly. As a bachelor, he doesn’t know the first thing about children, but moves in with his brother, Sam, and does his best to raise the grieving little girl. Then one morning he finds her letter to Santa:

Dear Santa
I want just one thing this year
A mom
Plese don’t forget I live in friday harbor now.
thank you
love
Holly

Cue Mark’s decision to try and find himself a wife. The relationship between Mark and his niece Holly is warm and tender. Never really believing in or understanding love until Holly arrived in his life, it has changed Mark’s whole perspective. Then we have toy shop owner and young widow Maggie. Slightly quirky, ever so caring and bruised from her loss. The instant crackle between her and Mark captured me immediately.

The story is as much about connection and family as it is about romance and I found myself becoming swept up as I watched Mark and Maggie’s journey unfold. It was a gentle, slow builder and I relished every delicious moment of it.

As well as the romance, another aspect of the book that was really entertaining was watching how the two brothers adapted to raising a little girl by themselves. There was also a part of the book I would have liked fleshed out more. Time skipped ahead on several occasions, I would have liked to see them bringing her home, how they coped with her on that very first night they had her, and more depth into the growing relationship and feelings they experienced.

On top of this, the ending felt a little short and hurried. Even another chapter would have made a real difference to me. But these are really just small niggles, because overall I thought the story was great and Kleypas’ writing style is smooth and easy, and left me feeling all cosy inside.

VERDICT:

If you’re looking for a short, sweet Christmas read then look no further. You really can’t go wrong with Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour. It’s got all the ingredients a feel good, seasonal story should have. Plus it’s the start of a new contemporary series from Kleypas, which I’m looking forward to delving into. I’ve already received book two for review, and I can’t wait to pick it up and read Sam’s story.

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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. Christmas Eve At Friday Harbour
  2. Rainshadow Road
  3. Dream Lake
  4. Crystal Grove

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Laura

A self-confessed bookworm who's favourite genres are urban fantasy, horror and a good love story with a sexy supernatural beastie. Also has a bit of a handbag fetish… actually, let's not mention the handbags; they seem to be breeding!

4 Comments


Gemma December 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Aww, this sounds a right antidote to the cold winter nights! :0

Every now and then I do like to read something a bit like this. May add this to my wishlist

Great Review Laura

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Laura December 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Yes it is perfect for cosy winter nights, thanks Gemma I’m glad you enjoyed the review :)

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Carolyn December 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

I’m really glad you liked it as I love Kleypas’s historical romances – you should definitely try those.

This one sounds really sweet and just the thing you want to read around the Christmas holidays. You have the 2nd book don’t you? I’m sure I sent it, if not let me know and I’ll pop it in the post :) x

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Laura December 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I do have book two waiting to be read thank you :-D

I think I would definitely like to try one of her historicals as I really enjoyed this one :)

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