This book reads like a novella, it felt more like a short story than a novel, and I am a little disappointed it was over so soon. That being said, it has me in the Christmas spirit at the beginning of September and has successfully reeled me into Friday Harbor. I loved the characters and the setting and look forward to reading more about the Nolan brothers, who are as different as can be.
I read this book in a few short hours and enjoyed every minute of it. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite authors and I love the way she so easily gets me emotional invested in her stories and characters. I was reading with my eyes filled with tears one minute and grinning ear to ear in the next.
At little over 200 pages, it is not the deepest book Ms. Kleypas has written, but it served its purpose and kept me entertained and turning the pages. I am looking forward to the remaining books in this new series, my only hope being that the next books are more novel than novella. Either way the Nolan brothers/Friday Harbor series already has the makings of another amazing series!
Cherise Everhard, September 2010
Disappointed the book was so short, but it was a wonderful read~! Really got me in the Christmas spirit~! I can't wait for the next ones in the series.
I loved this story. The main characters were so likable and I was rooting for them throughout the whole book. Quick, short story - great for holiday reading. I raelly like this author - I've only read a couple of hers but this book made me want to keep reading more. I can't wait for the next in the series.
Really terrible Lisa Kleypas book. Characters are not fully drawn, there's not enough development of them as people or them as a couple to really get excited about the romance.
As a BIG Kleypas fan, it is not fun to be so critical of a book. Thus far, every short story or novella I've read by Kleypas is a total bust. I don't know if she just doesn't do as much research or doesn't give the kind of thought to her prose as she does with full length novels. Whatever the problem, if I'd read Kleypas first in a novella, I never would have read her again. The plot is thin, the dialogue is cliche and boring, even the locations read more like a quick pamphlet for the island rather than the deeply researched descriptions we expect from Kleypas.
By far the best part of this book is the excerpt from the next Friday Harbor book in the series, which starts off immediately with the kind of writing we expect from Lisa Kleypas.
This book can and should be skipped.
Bachelor Mark Nolan is shocked when his sister is killed and he is given guardianship of his six-year-old niece. Holly has been traumatized by her mother's death and has not spoken since. When they visit a new toy store in town, they meet the owner, Maggie Conroy. Holly quickly bonds with Maggie and begins speaking. Mark and Maggie are attracted to each other, but he already has a girlfriend and she says she'll never marry again after the death of her husband.
This is the story of three lonely people who need each other. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the connection between the characters. Both are struggling with baggage from their past and not looking for a relationship. But the sexual chemistry between the two is very noticeable.
My only problem with this story was the short length. At just over 200 pages I wish it could have gone on longer. I'm looking forward to books about the other Nolan brothers. My rating: 4.5 Stars.