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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour (Friday Harbour, Book 1) [Paperback]

Lisa Kleypas
1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Nov. 19 2010
I have read most of Lisa Kleypas' books, and thoroughly enjoyed most of them. Therefore I purchased this as soon as I was able, eagerly anticipating another written delight from Miss Kleypas. I was sorely disappointed. The book is short, only 211 pages. There was no depth to the characters, I couldn't bond with them at all. The romance was barely there. I struggled to get through the book, and when I got to the end, I wished I'd given up after the first chapter.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed and shallow at best Jan. 4 2011
Like many other reviewers (on the .com site) I was very disappointed in this book.

I enjoy Kleypas for her in depth character developement and willingness to address difficult yet common issues via her characters, both in her historical and modern books. In past books the reader is provided the opportunity to really engage with the characters and the detailed, emotional writing allows the reader to actually perceive and feel with the characters in the book.

This book provided shallow dull emotionless characters who seemed to come together in the end of the book only because it is expected in a romance book.

This felt like a re-release of a first novel attempt rather than a well written book by an experienced author.

Harsh, I acknowledge, but I don't appreciate the feeling of being taken advantage of, especialy given the premium kindle price, short length, and complete downgrade compared to the writing from other Kleypas novels. I just bought this one automatically based on previous books but won't do so again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A really disappointing read July 25 2011
I think I have read every book by Lisa Kleypas and loved all of them. I was really surprised by how basic, predictable and unexciting this book was. Otherwise Lisa is one of my favourite romance authors--especially her contemporary books. This read was a total disappointment. Don't waste your money!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Your Typical romance novel Feb. 23 2012
By Sandy S. TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor is the first release in Lisa Kleypas's new Friday Harbor series. Although the storyline reads like a novella, there is just enough information imparted to the reader, to allow for the continuation of the series. As an introduction storyline, it was short, easy and followed the typical contemporary romance genre- reluctant attraction, a hidden secret and an untimely death or two. But overall, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor will warm your soul, any time of the year.

Mark Nolan is suddenly a father. When his sister is killed, leaving behind her 6 year old daughter Holly, Mark is named guardian and now has all the responsibilities of a parent. Along with his brother Sam, they jump into parenthood feet first- hoping they do not fail. But a bachelor's condo is no place to raise Holly, so he moves in with his brother Sam to Friday Harbor, in San Juan Island. But Holly has refused to speak since her mother's death, and her uncles are powerless to help.

Maggie Conroy is a young widow, who enjoys life and her family. To keep active and in touch, she opens a children's shop in Friday Harbor, hoping to forget about the past and move forward. A chance encounter with one of the Nolan brothers, has her heart beating faster and her mind whirling with erotic ideas of lust and relationship. But it is the sadness of 6 year-old Holly that tugs at Maggie's heart. Hoping to make a connection with the young girl, Maggie enters into a conversation about fairies, and without realizing, opens the floodgates that time has kept shut. Holly begins to speak, and makes a lasting impression with the beautiful woman with curly red-hair.

Mark is stunned to realize he is attracted to Maggie.
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