Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

61%

19 Critic Reviews

But in Rainshadow Road, the paranormal scenes were awkward and inorganic to the story, which was very disappointing.
-Joyfully Reviewed

Synopsis

Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington. She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her fiancé Kevin has left her. His new lover is Lucy's own sister. Lucy's bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life. Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy's parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to "romance" Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. 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 made into something new and beautiful. Rainshadow Road is the second book in Lisa Kleypas's Friday Harbor series.
 

About Lisa Kleypas

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Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of many contemporary and historical romance novels, including the Hathaways series, A Wallflower Christmas, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, 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.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 336 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Rainshadow Road
All: 19 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

Strengthened by characters with depth and something interesting to say, this winning first installment in a trilogy is sure to thrill fans of modern romantic fiction.

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Dear Author

Excellent
Reviewed by Jane on Feb 27 2012

It’s a book with passages I’ll want to revisit...

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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Pat Henshaw

Rainshadow Road portrays a realistic look at the journey and the honest emotions of two people who are conquering their pasts in order to take the leap of faith and trust that true love demands.

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The Bookbag

Below average
Reviewed by Sue Fairhead

I don't have a problem with magic in books, but somehow it didn't work.

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USA Today

Above average
Reviewed by Mary Grzesik on Mar 17 2012

...I pretty much smiled through the whole book and want to know how Lisa can take broken people and infuse them with humor and heart.

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Sound Commentary

Below average
Reviewed by Carol Kellerman on Jun 01 2012

What does not work as well in this story is the magical element, which seems to have almost a guest-starring role...

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Smexy Books

Below average
Reviewed by Mandi on Mar 09 2012

Lucy comes across a bit prickly through much of the book.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

Good
Reviewed by Myretta Robens on Feb 20 2012

She makes magic by taking daily events, ordinary parts of life, and, by using them to illuminate the emotional life of her characters, makes them extraordinary.

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Book Binge

Good
Reviewed by Holly on Mar 02 2012

It took a small suspension of disbelief to buy into the paranormal element, but in the end I think Kleypas made it work.

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The Romance Dish

Good
Reviewed by PJ on Jan 14 2012

Rainshadow Road has earned a place on my keeper shelf where, like a treasured friend, it will be valued and visited often.

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Joyfully Reviewed

Below average
Reviewed by Shayna

But in Rainshadow Road, the paranormal scenes were awkward and inorganic to the story, which was very disappointing.

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Blogging for a Good Book

Good
May 15 2012

Kleypas deftly weaves magic, romance, and reality to create a wonderfully rich contemporary romance.

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My Reading Room

Good
Reviewed by Crystal on May 17 2012

With great chemistry, great romance and a plot that keeps the book moving, Rainshadow Road is one of those perfect romances to pick up and take to the beach.

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Romance Around the Corner

Below average
Reviewed by Brie on Mar 13 2012

There’s nothing special about it besides wonderful characters and a lovey romance...

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Babbling About Books, and More

Below average
Mar 06 2012

Rainshadow Road isn’t the best book Lisa’s written.

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Once Upon a Series

Good
Reviewed by Chrissie

A sweet and charming love story that is full of well-written, three-dimensional characters that you can't help but fall in love with.

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Blueshelled

Good
Reviewed by Jillian on Jun 03 2012

In this tale of romance, there are some mystical elements that enhance the story as well as enough humor to make it move quickly.

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The Write Teacher

Good
May 03 2012

This is a book that explores intimacy on every level-physical, emotional, spiritual, magical; Kleypas hits it all.

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Reading With Tequila

Below average
Apr 19 2012

Things got a little too magically supernatural for my taste in contemporary romance.

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