Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor
By Lisa Kleypas
(St. Martin's Paperbacks, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312605872, 240pp.)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
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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 Collins 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…
Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of many contemporary and historical romance novels, including the Hathaways series, A Wallflower Christmas, and Love in the Afternoon. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College and published her first novel at the age of 21. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts in the Miss America competition. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children.
“Sweet, romantic, and genuine…a refreshing holiday treat.”—Publishers Weekly
“Poignant, heartbreaking, and deeply satisfying.”—RT Book Reviews
“A charmer from start to finish.”—Library Journal
“The genius [of Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor] comes in Kleypas’s writing. She weaves words that paint pictures of the Pacific Northwest so beautifully that it comes alive...” —Affaire de Coeur
“A sweet and romantic holiday love story…Friday Harbor [is] a memorable place to visit.”—A Romance Review
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“Masterfully crafted…extraordinarily real. Readers will be thinking about these superb characters long after closing the pages and rushing out to grab everything Kleypas has ever written.”
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