Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor

Lisa Kleypas, Author
Lisa Kleypas, St Martin's, $16.99 (216p) ISBN 978-0-312-60586-5
Reviewed on: 09/06/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
Kleypas (Love in the Afternoon) finds a little romantic magic in this spritely charmer. Mark Nolan's happy-go-lucky bachelorhood is interrupted by the death of his sister and his subsequent guardianship of her six-year-old daughter, Holly, who is traumatized into muteness and desperately seeking a maternal figure. Enter Maggie Collins, a toy shop owner who lost her own husband to cancer. As the holiday season draws closer, Maggie, Mark, and Holly begin to spend more time together, and Maggie and Mark's attraction becomes too powerful to ignore. Kleypas's holiday offering is sweet, romantic, and genuine, and avoids, thankfully, all the cheesy holiday miracle clich├ęs. A solid romance with strong leads, this is a refreshing holiday treat. (Nov.)
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