PUBLISHER: Piatkus Books
RELEASE DATE: 28th February 2012
FORMAT: Paperback, 308 pages
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
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 pretences 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. (Goodreads).
I wanted to read Rainshadow Road after enjoying the seasonal read Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour. Book two in the series, Rainshadow Road is the story of Sam, vineyard owner and brother to Mark who we met in the first book. While I think reading the first book enhanced my enjoyment, I do think you could still pick this one up as a standalone read.
The tone was actually quite different to Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour, it introduced the concept of magic which was new to this story and gave it ever so slightly a paranormal touch. But I do mean just a touch, as I would still firmly class this as a contemporary romance.
Firstly, I have to begin with a mini rant… About the back cover synopsis. The part where it says:
Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses.
This doesn’t happen. At. All. Lucy knows that Kevin approached Sam, because Sam told her as soon as it happened. Did the person who wrote the synopsis even read the book?! It’s not a common problem, but it is one I’ve encountered before and it really bugs me, why write about something that doesn’t happen?
Phew, ok, rant over. So… back to the actual book itself. Our heroine, Lucy is a glass artist and has the perhaps the most self-centred, horrid little sister in the world. Who not only steals her boyfriend, but moves into their old house and gets engaged to him. There were so many times in the book I just wanted to give her a slap!
Enter Sam, unlike the book synopsis suggests (yes, yes I know I’ve said enough about that), Lucy and Sam meet before Kevin even asks him to ask her out, on a deserted beach. Sam is one of the nice guys, but due to a damaged upbringing is also a commitment-phobe. Then Lucy has an accident and Sam appears to be the only person able or fit enough to care for her, so she ends up moving in with him on a temporary basis.
This part of the story does require you to suspend your disbelief somewhat. For a while, I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes at the idea that Sam was the only possible person who could take care of Lucy after she was injured. Helping her shower, carrying her her to the toilet and all. It was a bit ludicrous, for a start I couldn’t buy into the reason why her parents couldn’t come and help her. So in order to enjoy the book you have to put that to one side as being silly, and kind of ignore it.
All of my complaints aside, this was a light, fun and enjoyable contemporary romance. I enjoyed watching Lucy and Sam’s slow descent into love, watching Sam battle his emotions and trying to be noble as he cares for the poorly Lucy. Watching both of them battle to overcome past wounds. Both of them have a little ‘magic’ in their lives too, such is a cute little twist.
I’m really enjoying Kleypas’ writing style, it’s light, quick and just easy. This book did have a bit of a flaw/silliness but once you put it aside the story genuinely was a lovely read. I’m definitely going to be picking up the next one in the series.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Christmas Eve At Friday Harbour
- Rainshadow Road
- Dream Lake
- Crystal Grove
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