Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, by Lisa Kleypas (Review & Giveaway)

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5 STARS!!!!!

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…

AWWWWW! I loved this book! It got very mixed reviews (between 2 & 5 stars) but I absolutely loved it. Other reviewers said it was not her best, well if this isn't her best... I really want to read more from her!!! I loved everything about it. The cover on this book is gorgeous! It is even prettier in person!
It takes place on the Islands North West of Seattle WA., Friday Harbor to be exact. And I checked - it is a real place. The description of the Island, the Ferry, and the houses is just fabulous. There is also a little bit of history, like how Friday Harbor got its name.
"The original hardwood floors had been covered with linoleum or shag carpeting you could actually lie on and make rug angels."
I loved the characters in this story. The character development was great! What also made this so real to me was the conversation. These were conversations that could have really taken place, they seemed so real to me. Almost like I was eavesdropping.
"I like knowing that in one cup of coffee, you're getting flavors from places most of us will never get to see. The Tanzanian foothills of Kilimanjaro, the Indonesian islands, Colombia, Ethiopia, Brazil, Cameroon... I like it that a truck driver can have just as good a cup of coffee as a millionaire."
This book made me giggle a lot but it was also very heartfelt and kinda sad. I love that it could be both sad and make you feel good at the same time. The ending was great! In parts I was giggling so hard I tears rolling down ,my face and in others I was saying "AWWWWW"!
This is not a Christian book. - there is one sex scene - but not very graphic, and there is minor swearing.

This is a gorgeous hard cover copy! Did you see the picture of the cover???? Isn't it beautiful?
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Winner will be chosen on Dec. 20th. (I know not much time, but I want to try to get it there before Christmas). Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond.


  1. You are reading such wonderful holiday books, and your reviews of them have put me in the Christmas spirit, so thank you! I would love to read this one as well. It sounds gentle and lovely.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book Wendy. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

  3. I read this last year when it came out in HB. It's a great story!

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this Christmas story, I would like to read it and thank you for sharing.
    Merry Christmas
    Paula O

  5. Oh I'm interested in reading this one. It sounds so cute. I really like Lisa Kleypas as well. You should definitely read more by her.

  6. Wendy. Love your review! I have not read Lisa's books yet, I always wondered how graphic her physical scenes were. Sometimes by the covers you cannot tell. I will be picking up this book based on your review. thanks so much! Donna
    Founder, More Than A Review.
    Would love to have your post your reviews on our website!

  7. The form would not load for some reason. Please enter me. I'd love to read this book and review it. Also congratulations on the movie.

    Jane Squires
    HC 72 Box 335
    Wasola, Mo. 65773
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com


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