Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Books Read: Lisa Kleypas - Rainshadow Road

Source - Received from publisher to review

Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in beautiful, inspiring Friday Harbor, Washington.  Creatively fulfilled and engaged to be married, she is content with her life, until she is stunned by the worst kind of betrayal: her fiance Kevin announces he's Lucy to be with her younger sister.

Facing the disapproval of Lucy's parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, one of the owners of the Rainshadow vineyard,  to 'romance' Lucy and help her get over her anger.  But then Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love and things become complicated, especially when Kevin starts to have second thoughts.  And as Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretences, her world is shattered, and she is forced to question everything.

Over the last few years my reading habits have definitely changed and I'm finding that I'm reading a lot more romantic fiction novels than before.  Also I'm finding that I enjoy reading series of books especially when they are set in specific locations such as Lisa Kleypas' Friday Harbor series.

As Rainshadow Road was the second book in the series, I naturally had to buy and read the first book, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, before I started reading this one.  Although they can be read as standalone books as completely different storylines but some of the characters, the Nolan family and Maggie, do make appearances in both books.

Lucy Marinn is a talented glass artist who moved to San Juan Island to live with her boyfriend Kevin.  She thinks she has the perfect life; a job she loves and living with the man she's one day going to marry.  So she is caught off guard when Kevin tells her that he's no longer in love with her and has fallen for someone else ... her sister Alice!   
From the start we can tell that the relationship between the two sisters, Lucy and Alice, is not particularly close and that Alice has been spoilt by the whole family ever since a childhood illness.

When Kevin and Alice announce their engagement, they are initially surprised at the disapproval of her parents.  So Kevin decides that Alice's parents would accept the situation more if Lucy was in a new relationship herself so he asks an acquaintance, Sam Nolan, if he'll date her little knowing that Sam had already met Lucy and was interested in her anyway.

Sam bumped into Lucy when she was at her lowest point, hours after being told by Kevin that he no longer loved her, and he felt an instant attraction to her.  They soon start to see each other but on a 'friends with benefits' basis as neither want are committed relationship.  But can this really work? 

The characters in this book are everyday people that you can relate to and can't help but fall in love with.  Throw in a little bit of magic to the story, not too much to put me off, and you've got the perfect recipe for a relaxing read on a Sunday afternoon.

Thank you to Little Brown Book Group for sending me a copy of this book to review.  I'm pleased to say that the next book in the series, Dream Lake, is due out in August and the first chapter can be found at the back of this book.  It sounds like another interesting read involving Alex Nolan and a ghost...  

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an excellent book- sounds truly magical. Thank you so much for the wonderful review!