Rainshadow Road: A Friday Harbor Novel
St. Martin's, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Martina Bexte
ucy Marinn's world is turned upside down when her younger sister Alice is diagnosed with meningitis and almost dies. Lucy soon finds herself overlooked by her parents, who shower all their time and affection on the ailing Alice. She grows up to become a spoiled and needy woman while Lucy follows her artistic dreams as a glass artist.
he lives and works in picturesque Friday Harbor, Washington, and is content with her life and her lover, Kevin - until he announces that it's over; he's fallen in love with Lucy's sister. She's alternately furious that Alice has once again gotten her way and sabotaged Lucy's happiness, and plagued by doubt and bitterness over her apparent inability to make the right choices with regard to her romantic life.
espite swearing off men and love, it's only a short time later that Lucy finds herself falling for Sam Nolan, a local vintner who has no use for romantic attachments, but who owes Kevin a favour. Sam reluctantly agrees to
Lucy and '
loosen her up and help her get over her anger
'. Despite Kevin's request that Sam keep their deal under the radar, Sam decides to be up front with Lucy. They both agree to a no strings affair, but it's soon clear to both Lucy and Sam that ending their summer romance won't be that easy.
oo many of the situations in
seem contrived, particularly Lucy's meeting with Sam mere hours after Kevin dumps her, as well as the fortuitous accident that lands her in Sam's home to recuperate. His emotional turnaround after realizing that falling for the
can fix anything, also happens too swiftly given his complete reluctance to commit to one woman.
he magical element Kleypas incorporates doesn't really add anything to the already generic storyline either - other than maybe giving the book an added
flavour. In Lucy's case, her emotional attachment to her glass art sometimes brings her work to life in the form of butterflies, hummingbirds and various other creatures. And Sam has a life-giving touch when it comes to growing things. Once each witnesses the other's gift they realise they're
- a concept that's far too overused these days.
leypas's engaging writing style did keep me turning the pages to find out what happens next though - and hopeful that youngest brother Alex Nolan's story,
, will pack a bit more of an emotional punch.
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