Rainshadow Road

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Release Date: February 28, 2012

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Lucy Marinn loves her life. She is a dedicated glass artist in Friday Harbor, Washington. Her heart feeds her soul and her boyfriend, Kevin, makes her feel complete. But when Kevin brutally breaks up with her, for her younger sister, Alice, no less, Lucy is devastated and shaken up. How had she not seen his discontent and his unhappiness? She is determined to not make that mistake again and decides to concentrate on her glass, pursuing a prestigious art residency in New York.

Life has a way of throwing even more curveballs and that is exactly what happens when Lucy meets Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner. He is handsome, nerdy, and smart and Lucy just knows there has to be something wrong with him. When Kevin pressures Sam into asking Lucy out, little does he realize that he has opened a door for a new relationship to blossom. But Lucy is still nervous, particularly with a man like Sam who has always been afraid of commitment. Will he find that commitment with Lucy is not a scary prospect at all, but instead something brilliant?

Finally readers get to return to the world of Friday Harbor in RAINSHADOW ROAD, the second book in the series following CHRISTMAS EVE IN FRIDAY HARBOR. Sam is the middle Nolan brother. He is a great uncle to his little niece, Holly, and he is growing closer to his brothers. Sam is also a hard worker but he likes to have fun and he sees something special in Lucy. But with her recent emotional wounds, she is very hesitant and guarded around him so their friendship springs up slowly. There is something wonderful about Sam and Lucy growing closer. They both have very creative lives, Lucy working with her glass and Sam with his grapes, plus they are a lot more alike than Lucy wants to acknowledge. The beauty of their story is that theirs is a relationship built out of friendship and a small hint of magic. I was truly rooting for them from the beginning, particularly after seeing Lucy so devastated. Her sister Alice is a character that I found almost no redeeming qualities in, she was mean and manipulative and Lucy put up with too much from her. But I guess in the end it made a difference, Lucy being the bigger person because the successful relationship she finally builds with Sam pays off in spades.

This is a sweet story. It is not particularly spicy but it is warm-hearted and a bit dorky, much like its two main characters. With the beautiful Washington backdrop framing their love story, I could not turn the pages fast enough. Theirs is a relationship filled with so much potential. I fell for this story.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sarah W

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