Sunday, February 20, 2011

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (Friday Harbor #1) by Lisa Kleypas

Another beautiful story by Lisa Kleypas. About love, loss, and finding your way past the grief to live your life once again.

Kleypas has once again tackled a difficult subject in one of her contemporaries and done so in an eloquent way.

"I understand, Maggie wanted to tell her. I've lost someone too. And there were no rules for how to deal with the death of someone you loved. You had to accept that the loss would always stay with you, like a reminder note pinned to the inside of your jacket. But there were still opportunities for happiness. Even joy. Maggie couldn't let herself doubt that."

Both Maggie and Holly have an instant bond that not everyone can understand. The bond of understanding the loss of a loved one. The pain, the grief, and sometimes, in Maggie's case, the guilt of trying to live your life while knowing the one you loved won't be there with you.

Mark, Holly's uncle and guardian, is all but engaged to Shelby. When Maggie manages to get Holly to talk for the first time in six months (since her mother's death) he takes notice. As Elizabeth states, "It's not over 'til the "I do's" have been said." Fun to watch as love, like a slow rising tide, engulfs them in it's undeniable grip.

I believe Kleypas has captured the magic of her historical romances in this contemporary novel. Using her signature style of description I call "poetic gesture", for lack of a better term, where she takes something as ordinary as baking and weaves terms associated with it throughout a portion of the story as she spins a delightful tale. Nothing rhymes, but by the repetition of associated terms it almost appears to.

I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

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