Title: Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor, #2)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Source: Library Copy
Published: February 28th 2012 by Piatkus Books
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2
Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington. She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her fiance Kevin has left her. His new lover is Lucy’s own sister. Lucy’s bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life. Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy’s parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to “romance” Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life–even after being broken–can be made into something new and beautiful.
In the last three months, a good friend has recommended two authors (Sarah Addison Allen and Barbara O’Neal) who quickly became favorites! So when she requested Lisa Kleypas and Rainshadow Road? I should have known I was going to love it.
I’ve really been loving books with magical elemnets lately, and this book definitely delivers that! But what I love about that? The magical parts (actual magic, not just an absolutely fabulous romance that is a whole different sort of magic!) are small and simple. They are just the sprinkles on top of the delectable icing on a scrumptious cupcake.
But magic aside? I loved the lack of predictability in this book. There was one moment where I was certain that one of the biggest romance cliches was unfolding, but I was pleasantly surprised when the book took the spin in a completely different direction.
Sam Nolan is definitely in the running for the most fabulous (grown up) book boyfriend this year! I can’t really find anything I do not love about him. His family is flawed, but realistic. And Lucy Marinn? She’s just fantastic. She’s broken, and she knows that a major change in her priorities is the perfect way to start the healing process. The chemistry between these two is so intense that you just keep turning the pages to see what comes next!
And who doesn’t love a book with some good wine, good eats and beautiful scenery? Rainshadow Road is an excellent escape that I would recommend to fans of Sarah Addison Allen’s books – the magical twists and breathtaking boyfriends will suck you in!