REVIEW: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor


“ONE LITTLE GIRL NEEDS A FAMILY. 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. ONE SINGLE MAN NEEDS A WIFE. 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 given him the instructions: There’s no other choice but you. Just start by loving her. The rest will follow. SOMETIMES IT TAKES A LITTLE MAGIC…. Maggie Conroy 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. …TO MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE. 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…”

*NOTE: Summary lifted from book jacket.


I know, I know. I’m a day late. BUT, it’s still Christmas day somewhere else in the world (I hope) so technically, my greeting’s still on time.

Anyway, I got this book a while back but intentionally put off reading it until now because DUH. And it. was. PERFECT. Of course, my opinion might have been influenced by the fact that it actually is Christmas. Nevertheless, I think it would have worked too during another time of the year albeit not as much without some “Christmas magic”.

The story itself was straight to the point without feeling rushed or forced. It just sort of..flowed. Even the chemistry between the two leads felt so light and natural. Like, you know there’s romance brewing and that these two are gonna get together sooner or later but there was also none of the instantaneous connection and grand gestures of love typical of romance novels, which was refreshing, if I say so myself. And believable. I especially liked that there was almost zero resistance from the two leads to their feelings for each despite their pasts and grievances. There was also none of the “big fight” scenes so typical of romance novels, which, coincidentally, was another thing that made it such a joy to read.

All in all, I think it’s safe to say this book is going on my favorites shelf. :)

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