Monday 13 December 2010
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour by Lisa Kleypas
Published by Piatkus in 2010
I want just one thing this year. A mom. Please don't forget I live in Friday Harbour now thank you,
Mark Nolan is given custody of his orphaned niece Holly. He knows he cannot bring her up alone, so turns to his younger brother for help and they move into his house on his own vineyard. Molly has become a selective mute, since losing her mother and Mark tries everything he can to help her talk again. One afternoon, whilst wandering around the local toy shop, Holly becomes entranced by the free spirited owner of the shop, Maggie Flynn. Maggie manages to coax Holly to talk again. Mark and Holly become entranced by Maggie but Maggie is afraid to commit. Then Mark finds Holly's letter to Father Christmas and realises that he may be able to make her Christmas come true.
Ok, mmm, what shall I say about this one. I was expecting a very Christmassy romantic, comforting book. What I got was a romantic book, which is fine, but it wasn't very Christmassy. Christmas is dealt with in the last chapter and that is it. I was looking for a book that dived into Christmas from page one, so I do feel a little like I had been mislead. When looking at the cover, you would believe that this was a Christmas novel, but it really isn't.
It is a nice cosy romantic chick lit book which I enjoyed and actually fitted in with a rather hectic and stressful week. The story is very predictable, no surprises at all, but I don't think I was really expecting any. It's not the best book I have read and by far not the worst. A bit too short for my liking and a little bit rushed.
If you like romance and escapism, then this is nice short book to lose a couple of hours in.
PS - Apologies for my unexpected absence this week. It seems that Christmas crept up behind me, stressed me out and then left like a whirlwind. Normal service should be resumed as of today.