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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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"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 |
When six-year-old Holly’s mother dies in a car accident, her Uncle Mark is named guardian. Holly is devastated and hasn’t spoke in the six months that she’s lived with him. To top it off, Mark just found Holly’s letter to Santa where she was asking for a new mommy. Wandering the local shops in town, the two go into a toy store where the store owner Maggie gets Holly to finally come out of the shell she’s created around herself which sets in motion an attraction between Mark and Maggie.

The story felt incredibly rushed with only 224 pages and extremely large font but it was nonetheless still a quick and entertaining Christmas read. I would have loved for the story to have more detail and back-story and I especially wanted more build-up as far as the romance went though. The connection between Mark and Maggie was instantaneous which wouldn’t have been as problematic if Mark wasn’t already involved in someone. I would have been able to enjoy this short and sweet tale if we weren’t dealing with the dramatic aspects of the love triangle. Having Mark be a single guy connecting with a very motherly character would have sufficed.

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor reads much like a story that should be included in a Christmas anthology but it’s the start of Kleypas’ ‘Friday Harbor’ series. I enjoyed it enough to continue the series but hope that future installment are further fleshed out. Definitely a worthy Christmas read for those looking for a sentimental albeit predictable story to get quickly absorbed in. (And there’s also a Lifetime movie adaptation of this to check out!) ( )
  bonniemarjorie | Jan 6, 2015 |
"Awesome! Great read - finished in two days, as could not put it down! Loved the same characters as is Rainshadow (read this one first, then Rainshoadow Road). Cannot wait until Dream Lake comes out - I look forward to reading some of her older books and future creations! " ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
This book is the first in the series Friday Harbor. I read the second book in the series before I read this book. lol I know but I had won the second book in the series with out realizing it was a series of book.

Characters: Holly, Mark, Maggie, Sam, Alex, Shelby, Renfield

Of course Holly is my favorite character in this book besides Renfield.

Holly has lost her mother in an accident. She has not talked in over 6 months. Mark (one of holly's uncles and her legal guardian) is trying to take things slow like all the doctor's are telling him. But we all know how are something like that could be.

Mark and Holly stop by a toy store and meet Maggie. She owns the toy store that is in Friday Harbor. Amazingly Maggie get's Holly to talk. But then sparks are already flying between Mark and Maggie. Unfortunately Shelby (at the time she is Mark's girlfriend) walks in and Maggie thinks it is okay because she is not ready for a relationship.

Soon Mark and Shelby break up. Shelby does not understand why Mark needs to leave when Holly is sick. Any woman that does not understand why a man would want to be there for there child (should not matter if it is biological or not) when they are sick needs a dose of reality.

While I will admit that I did not like this book as much as the second book it is a great starter to the series. I hope the third book is as great as the second book.

The bunnies and I give this book 3-Carrots. ( )
  kybunnies | Oct 19, 2014 |
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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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