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.
I was very excited to receive this book and in fact I read it in less then 5 hours and in a straight shot, only breaking to eat dinner! I was highly anticipating this book after reading Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor and this book did not disappoint! It took the characters and environment created in Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor and developed it and spun a wonderful romantic story.
Lucy suffers a great big blow when the man she lives with and she thinks she loves, admits he was cheating on her and leaving her for her sister! Lucy moves in with two girlfriends who own a Bed and Breakfast and starts to heal, meeting Sam a time or two but always in awkward situations. When Lucy get's hit by a car, Sam and her and thrown together in a situation that helps them build their romance, though again in realistically awkward situations. There is great witty banter between Lucy and Sam and quite a few memorable sentences that had me laughing out loud.
There is a aspect of Magic in this story, which I wouldn't go too in depth about, but Lisa writes it in a way that feels entirely plausible. I will say that the stain glass window Lucy creates for the Victorian house and the scene where the Magic comes alive for Sam and Alex is amazing and one of my favorite scenes in the story. I got chills and the foreshadowing it creates for the future books is AMAZING!
All in all, a fantastic book written by Lisa Kleypas. and I Highly Recommend to anyone who loves Contemporary Romances or even Romances with a hint of Paranormal.
***I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the Publisher and Author for the purpose of reviewing and because I'm part of Lisa Kleypas' Divas. ***