Monday, August 27, 2012

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor

About the Book:
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.

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.

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…

My Comments:
So, Holly ends up in an institution, Mark becomes a playboy and Maggie adopts 32 cats to live in her toy shop since she has vowed never to speak to a man again in her life....of course not, it's a romance novel, how do you think it turns out?  Actually this was more predictable than most, and like many Christmas romances, it was short--just over 200 pages and they were a very easy 200 pages to read.  Though many Lisa Kleypas novels are quite steamy, this one has only one intimate scene and while we are in the room with them, the descriptions are more flowery than anatomical.  

Mark has two brothers and I look forward to reading about them in their books as soon as my library is able to get them to me.  I got this one from the library as well. Grade:  B.


  1. I love that you grade the reviews. I keep seeing Christmas novels at the library and force myself to not pick them up. I don't know how much longer I am going to be able to fight the temptation.

  2. I read this one and the next 2 in the series. I loved them all! The next two are even better! I think you will like them. there is a magical quality to all of them and they are all very different and unique.
    Did you know that "Christmas at Friday Harbor" is being made into a movie? It will air in Dec on ABC and Hallmark -


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