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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (edition 2010)

by Lisa Kleypas

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Title:Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
Authors:Lisa Kleypas
Info:St. Martin's Press (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 224 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:read in 2012, romance, island

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Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas

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This story did not focus on Christmas at all, just mentioned Christmas during the last 2 chapters. More of a romance novel. The characters were not enjoyable nor was the storyline. Very weak. This was my 1st time reading a book by Lisa Kleypas and I do not like her writing style, too shallow. The story had some major life issues that the author treated too lightly. For example, the death of parent, death of a sister, divorce, death of a spouse and sickly dog. Very strange book. ( )
  Erika.D | Jan 28, 2016 |
I love pretty much anything Lisa Kleypas writes. This is a sweet, tender love story that will leave you feeling good after the last page turn. My only complaint is that it wasn't enough, and I'm hoping Maggie and Matt's story will continue in a future, full-length book! ( )
  LeahDee | Jan 24, 2016 |
Mark Nolan's responsibility-free bachelor existence is changed forever when his sister is killed in a car accident and he's left the sole guardian of his niece, Holly. When he and Holly wander into Maggie Collins' new toy shop in Friday Harbor, Holly and Maggie quickly bond. As Mark contemplates just what his future will look like with Holly in his life, Maggie must overcome the tragedy in her past that leaves her skittish about letting anyone else in.

This Christmas romance was pretty satisfying. The writing was well-done and all of the characters were believable and well-drawn. My only quibbles are 1) that for a book with Christmas in the title it wasn't quite as Christmassy as I had hoped for and 2) the ending felt very abrupt. I was expecting a little bit more character development or another layer of conflict but the novel just suddenly ended. That being said, I'll likely pick up another novel by Kleypas as I enjoyed her writing style. ( )
  MickyFine | Dec 18, 2015 |
"It tastes like Christmas!" One of my friends has a child that announced his discovery several years ago immediately after licking a restaurant window. Long story and even longer segue...

I often think of the widow-licking episode when I stare at the holiday Kindle freebies / books in my TBR pile. Ill probably do a marathon Christmas book read this month. Because its the (tasty) thing to do.

Ive read a few of Lisa Kleypas' stories in the past - this particular story reading much like her others: short, sweet, cute, and in this case Christmas-y along with all those other adjectives rolled into chick lit. I admit, stories that include loving Dads with their child(ren) just get me all discomboobleated...warm-stupid feels. Somewhat formulaic, no surprises but still enjoyable writing.

Yay for tasting like Christmas!

3.5/5 stars ( )
  fueledbycoffee | Jun 21, 2015 |
Enjoyable heart tugging story about Mark, guardian for six year old, and widowed Maggie. As others mention, I wish this book had been longer and I look forward to future stories about the brothers.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
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To Ireta and Harrell Ellis

For showing me what love is,

and for living it every day.

Love always,

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Dear Santa

I want just one thing this year

A mom

Please dont forget I live in friday harbor now.

thank you


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Republished as "Christmas with Holly" as a promotion for the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie. Originally published as "Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor."
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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 Conroy 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…
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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.… (more)

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