Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Guest Reviewer:  Eliza Fleetwood writes romantic suspense and historical romance novels. She lives in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Set on San Juan Island off the coast of Washington State, this quick, easy read makes a perfect choice for a beach read.
Book Title:   Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
Format:   Ebook-Kindle
Pages:   224
Publication date:   Nov 2010
Publisher:   Pietkus Books
Favorite Passage:   << This is said by Maggie, a young widow who has sworn off love.>> 
"I can't picture you running out of things to talk about," Mark said.
 "Oh, it happens. Especially when the person I'm talking to is too nice. A good conversation always involves a certain amount of complaining. I like to bond over mutual hatreds and petty grievances."
There was another scene I liked better, but relating it might spoil it. Let me just say--three brothers trying to make a Thanksgiving meal. I think that is enough.        

Beach Read Rating:   4 (out of 5) Beach Umbrellas

Review:   This was a fun, sweet story filled with tenderness and humor. I loved the relationship between the characters. Mark and his brother are raising their young niece, Holly, who has been traumatized into mutism by her mother's death. Maggie is the owner of the local toy store. She has a way with kids and soon pulls Holly out of her shell. Maggie isn't ready to date again, but she can't resist Mark and Holly. On the negative side, some may feel that the shortness of the story may limit the depth of the plot.             

Cover blurb:   ONE LITTLE GIRL NEEDS A FAMILY One rain-slicked night, six-year-old Holly lost the only parent she knew, her beloved mother, Victoria. And since that night, she has never again spoken a word.

ONE SINGLE MAN NEEDS A WIFE The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. His sister’s will gives him the instructions: There’s no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow.

Maggie Collins doesn’t dare believe in love again, after losing her husband of one year. But she does believe in the magic of imagination. As the owner of a toy shop, she lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.

. . . TO MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE Three lonely people. Three lives at the crossroads. Three people who are about to discover that Christmas is the time of year when anything is possible, and when wishes have a way of finding the path home. . . . 

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