One little girl needs a familyOne 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 wifeThe 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 will gives 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 Collins 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 trueThree 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….
©2010 Lisa Kleypas (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
A magical place.
Maggie was my favorite. Her relationship with her father was a great one. She wasn't selfish or afraid to reach out to a child and give her a little magic to help work through her grief. And it was amusing to watch her and Mark try to fight there attraction to one another.
I enjoyed the story more for the way she brought all the characters to life for me. I disagree with an earlier reviewer who doesn't like the narrator. Thank you Tanya I enjoy listening to you and have other books you have narrated.
Yes when Holly spoke for the first time to Mark and Sam since her mother's death.
This may help you decide to purchase the book I hope so for Lisa Kleypas dosen't disappoInt. This is a great start to what appears to be another wonderful series by Lisa. I can't wait to listen to Sam's story. Thanks to Lisa I have tried contemporary books for I only read her historicals, etc.
Say something about yourself!
Tanya Eby brings the characters to life. Does a good job with both women and men. Wouldn't even consider print over audio.
Author reminds me of Susan Mallery's books.
Yes. Enjoyed the book and read it straight through. Loved Mark and Sam and how they grew as uncles. Halle was sweet.
Say something about yourself!
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 3.75
Part of my 25 Books for the Holidays for 2012
How Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor put me in the Holiday Spirit: Don’t stories that involve kids and rescue dogs always pull at your heartstrings? This one even started with a letter to Santa–how could you not be in the Holiday spirit after that?
What I thought of the characters/story: Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor was a pretty short listen for an audio book (5 or so hours) and in places I thought the story was a little rushed. I felt the break-up with the current girlfriend to the “I Love You” was to quick. That being said, I loved the characters. I thought each of them were unique, fun, and in their own ways lovable. I am pretty sure that I will be continuing the series to find out what happens with the other two brothers. I loved Maggie and her relationship with Holly and Mark. I felt that the story from her side was very organic and wonderful. I loved that Holly and Reinfield (the ugly rescue dog) were important parts of the story too. Overall, for a short story it was very heartstrings pulling even though it was a little rushed.
What I thought of the audio: Tanya Eby did the audio and she did a pretty decent job. I still have problems with her male voices but she is certainly growing on me.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A sweet cozy that is quite predictable. A bit of background about Friday Harbor and likable characters kept me interested. A few laughs and some light to heavy romance made this a nice Holiday listen. Narrator did a good job.
I was afraid to try this audiobook because some of the reviews said it was too short and wasn’t as good. I was also afraid to venture out of HR where you reign supreme. But you came through again, making me fall for yet another series and another dysfunctional family—The Nolans.
Single Mark Nolan was thrown for a loop when his sister Victoria suddenly died in a car accident and left a will naming him guardian of her 6 year old Holly. Mark not knowing the first thing about kids coerced his younger brother Sam to join him in raising their niece together. It was challenging since the trauma of her mother’s death left Holly mute. But the brothers tried their best to be there for the little girl.
One day, as Mark was perusing a toy store, the owner, widower Maggie Collins began chatting with Holly, and for the first time since his sister’s death, Mark heard Holly speak. That is when this wonderful journey to a new beginning commenced.
It’s a short book so I won’t even get into the details but I will say the narrator did a great job in delineating the characters. The writing was great, the story was great and I was really pleased with the growth in each character. LK has a way with words. She can take a seemingly familiar story, but deliver it in such a way that you are completely taken in. I smiled a lot as I read this story and I can’t wait to see what is in store for Sam and Alex (Mark’s other brothers). I can’t believe I only discovered LK a year ago. She is an amazing writer.
I've read/heard many Lisa Kleypas books and enjoyed them, but they were Historical Romances, which she does well. This didn't sound like she wrote it.
Although Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor was a sweet story, I wouldn't call it entertaining, there wasn't much to it.
I wouldn't chance a credit on another Friday Harbor book.
The Narrator was the best part of this audiobook, in my opinion.
What a disappointing, short, predictable book! I didn't hear one original idea in the short 4 hour read. Knowing that reality has to be sometimes suspended to accomplish the story, I was still disappointed that the characters weren't developed, the story was predictable, the situations flat and the brother was given more importance in the story than the main character.
I've read/listened others by LK that were much better. This must have been a weekend writing event thinking her fans would buy anything.
If this had been a Christmas present, I would have returned it.
It was difficult to listen to this performance but it became impossible around 3 hours in. Narrator starts to sound like a robot.
Did not make it to the end
Narrator made it impossible to complete the book
I am a big fan of Lisa Kleypas' historical novels, so I was a little bit reticent to start with this series, a contemporary novel about Mark Nolan, the oldest of the Nolan siblings, his newly orphaned niece Holly, and Maggie Collins, the young widow who owns the local toy shop. However, I am so glad that I did! Lisa really develops her characters and makes you care about what happens to them. There is A LOT of romance, including a sex scene, in this story, but nothing too explicit. This was one of those novels that had me running to order the rest in the series. I don't want to spoil the story for you, but I bet that those of you who are fans of sweet romances will love this book, too!
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
This was a nice little story that could have been better if the characters were better developed. Enjoyable even so. I saw an ad for a Hallmark movie that looks like it was baed on this story. I find myself wondering which came first......
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