Rainshadow Road

“Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in Friday Harbor, Washington, with a boyfriend, Kevin, who she believes is her soul mate. She has always had a magical side–a gift that finds its way into the glasswork she creates–and she struggles to keep it contained. But when Lucy is blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal, she questions many of her choices. Kevin leaves her and his new lover is none other than Lucy’s own sister.

Meanwhile, facing the severe disapproval of Lucy’s family, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to “romance” Lucy so that she can more easily move on. But when Sam and Lucy begin to feel real sparks between them, Lucy must ask herself if she can easily risk her heart again. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life–even after being broken–can be re-made into something beautiful. And that it is only by discovering who you really are that you can find the one who truly deserves you.” via Amazon

After a friendly recommendation (thanks, Rachel!), I read Rainshadow Road, the second installment of the Friday Harbor trilogy, with no previous knowledge about the book or Lisa Kleypas besides what I read on the back cover. After reading the backside of the book, I wasn’t sold, normally steering away from magical stories.

But I soon realized that Rainshadow Road was a quick, engaging read. Lucy and Sam had obvious chemistry from the first time they met. With Lucy’s dismissal of all future relationships and Sam’s refusal of commitment, you’re left in steamy anticipation chapter after chapter. You get introduced to charming characters such as Sam’s niece, Holly, and his dog, who will leave you smiling. You also get introduced to Lucy’s ex and sister, who will make you want to grit your teeth, but are inevitably necessary to drive the story through.

During the few brief references to it, Lucy’s magical side seemed quirky. It’s hard to put magic in a book without making it a fantasy, and Kleypas’s idea seemed unexplained and underdeveloped. Maybe I’m a realist, but I still can’t quite wrap my head around Lucy’s connection with glass and the theory of magic in Rainshadow Road. If I were Kleypas, I would have left out the magic. Her story was unique enough without it, but I give her props for trying something different.

All in all, besides a few small complaints here and there, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to a friend looking for an entertaining, easy read, and I’ll be checking out some more of Lisa Kleypas’s books in the future. Next on my list is Smooth Talking Stranger!

Have you ever read a book by Lisa Kleypas? What did you think?

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