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“4.5* I forgot how much I love Lisa Kleypas's writing. This was a really sweet, quiet story. No big drama but a lovely romance between two really interesting, likeable characters who I rooted for the whole way through. The only problem I had was the magical realism. It wasn't necessary to the...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Very good book. The beginning lays the groundwork of the strained relationship between Lucy and her sister Alice. Alice's childhood illness caused her to be catered to and spoiled and as an adult she can be manipulative. As a child Lucy became interested in glasswork and as an adult it offers her an escape from her troubles. I really loved seeing her creative process. The work she did on the window for Sam was amazing. I also liked the touch of magic that is involved with her glasswork and how it affects her stay with Sam. When Lucy's boyfriend dumps her for her sister she is bitter about what happened and vows to stay away from men. She meets Sam, who she is attracted to, but refuses to enter a relationship with since he is anti-commitment. When she gets hurt in an accident he offers her a place to stay where he can care for her. They are honest with each other about their feelings about relationships and find themselves in an unusual friendship. I loved the way that they were able to talk about anything with each other. This comfortable feeling Lucy feels with Sam starts to change and she realizes that she's on the way to getting her heart broken again.
Sam and his siblings are the children of two alcoholics. The childhood that they had affected the way that they look at love and relationships. Sam doesn't feel that he is a good bet for anything long term so he keeps his relationships short, simple and light. The only people who get close to him are his family members, especially his niece. When he meets Lucy he is attracted to her but senses that she is not the type of woman he is usually involved with. I loved the way that he seemed to know just what she needed at any given time. He could be sweet, funny, or sarcastic at any given time. I loved the way that he took care of Lucy after her accident. That was the beginning of her getting under his skin and showing him that maybe he had more to give to a relationship than he thought he did. I loved seeing how close he is to the land of his vineyard and how his own bit of magic has affected his career choice. It also gave him another connection with Lucy.
All the secondary characters were also well done. Alice was especially important in her role. I really didn't like her through most of the book. She had no clue and did not care about the consequences of any of her actions. It wasn't until the end that I started to see how the past had affected her also. Sam's niece Holly was a sweetheart and seeing Sam with her showed just how much love he had to give if he could just break free of his fears. ”
“4.5* I forgot how much I love Lisa Kleypas's writing. This was a really sweet, quiet story. No big drama but a lovely romance between two really interesting, likeable characters who I rooted for the whole way through. The only problem I had was the magical realism. It wasn't necessary to the story and didn't add anything to the story. I think if it had been a straight contemporary romance I would have given it 5 stars.”Liz (Bugetta) wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good story, but too much info about stained glass-making, for my taste - and magic! Really? There was an interesting romance, though. This is a neat series, and I love Washington state.”Marie T wrote this review Wednesday, August 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was my first of Lisa Kleypas' novels, and I loved it. I found it to be a sweet, captivating story, unfolding with just the right speed and pace. The characters worked well together, but could have been developed just a bit more. The setting for this story was perfect -- Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands. ”zzz wrote this review Sunday, September 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“want to give it 4.5 stars, but shelfari won't do that. a fun read.”winterslights wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Better than the first one.”Lovelypenny wrote this review Wednesday, April 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderful story. Lucy , a glass artist, is dumped by her long time lover. Turns out he prefers her sister (with who she has had issues her whole life). The jerk tells his friend Sam to get her to date him. Little did the jerk know that they had already met and the spark was there. This is such a great story”Marty H wrote this review Saturday, March 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Prelepa, cudesna ljubavna prica”Ljiljana M wrote this review Sunday, March 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cute but forgettable, something I wouldn't expect from Kleypas.”Arielle wrote this review Tuesday, March 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No