Rainshadow Road is the second book in Lisa Kleypas's popular Friday Harbor series.
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.
Kleypas launches the Friday Harbor trilogy with a delightful portrait of a picturesque town where people know everything about everyone and look out for each other. Friday Harbor, Wash., gets claustrophobic for Lucy Marinn when her boyfriend of two years dumps her in favor of her younger sister, Alice. Lucy meets and falls for Sam Nolan and they discover how to love and trust together against the backdrop of his vineyard and her work on a stained glass window. The subtle element of magic is unnecessary, but it evokes sweetness and gives Sam and Lucy a way to build their trust. The relationship between Lucy and Alice is complex, dating back to their childhood, and gives Alice more definition than the usual man-stealing antagonist. Kleypas enchantingly weaves together additional connections with relatives and friends, leaving many dangling threads that will lead the reader straight to book two.
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Spectacular page turner!
After reading Dream Lake, I absolutely had to read Rain Shadow Road. Sam's story is fantastic, and has enough hints and tie backs to Alex's story that all of the things you thought you missed are cleared up. Both books take place at the same time, which means there are a lot of aha-moments which leave you feeling more complete. I can't wait to read the next book, which I preordered based on the description, and purchased (and read) Dream Lake and Rain Shadow Road to make sure I read them in the intended order. I believe however that order won't actually matter in the end, because the stories are written and linked so well that the reader actually could read them in any order and not be spoiled by the plot lines crossing
Simply put, one of the best series I have read in quite a while. This may also have to do with my missing the Seattle area, and the wonderful people I had the pleasure of knowing in Issaquah.
This book was extremely difficult to get through. IIn the beginning it crawls along very slowly and throughout the rest of the book.