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“To this date, I have read each and every one of Lisa Kleypas's books. And granted, there are books that I prefer more than others, books that are stronger in plot and characterisation than others, but still...I have yet to find a book that I do not like.
“Barb's Book. Friday Harbor Book 3”Romantic @ Heart wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Despite not being a romance reader normally, Lisa Kleypas's Friday Harbor series seems to draw me in. I enjoy reading about the Nolan Brothers and their women. The ghost in this story helps move the story along and helps bring things together in the end. The story is really rather well thought out and presented. Alex and Zoe , in the tradition of good romance writing, seem to find each other despite their differences. I even enjoyed the intimate scenes between them. The backstory of Zoe's grandmother and her long-ago love (the ghost) help to make the story better.”Rick B wrote this review Wednesday, October 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Again: not bad, but forgettable. The main characters had potential but they didn't carry over well into their own book. Overall, this series has been lackluster.”Arielle wrote this review Tuesday, March 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have to agree with many here, this was the best book in the series so far. It tells the story of the youngest Nolan brother, the one with the most demons to overcome to find love and happiness. I also enjoyed the story of Tom and Emma. The is the first book in a very long time that I devoured in one day, I actually stayed up until midnight because I had to finish...and I never stay up that late!”Debbie M wrote this review Tuesday, February 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Zoe Hoffman is a caretaker for her Grandmother, Emma, who is suffering from dementia. Deciding her Grandmother's old cottage will need updated, Zoe hires contractor Alex Nolan. Just getting over a disastrous marriage, Alex is broke and drowning his troubles in a bottle of whiskey. On top of that, a ghost no one but Alex can see has been following him everywhere. The ghost doesn't know his name of why he is stuck with Alex, but he knows Alex holds the key to finding out his past.
This is the 3rd book in the Friday Harbor series and my favorite so far. I didn't care for the paranormal element in the previous book, but I absolutely loved the ghost in this one. Zoe and Alex are both well drawn characters. Alex's alcoholism and Zoe's pain over her Grandmother's condition made the characters feel real. Add to that the red hot chemistry between the two and I couldn't put this book down. My rating: 5 Stars.”
“A simply wonderful story with engaging characters and some truly heart-breaking moments.
Several reviewers dislike the inclusion of a ghost in the book, however, as a fan of ghosts and ghost stories, not only did this not bother me in the slightest but it added an extra layer of meaning to both the primary and secondary romances. Another enjoyable aspect of the plot are the allusions to Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook and the film Simply Irresistible - both of which make my list of all time favorite romance movies.
While the first two installments in the series are fun reads, neither managed to knock my socks off. Dream Lake, in contrast, hit all the right buttons from the ghost's heart wrenching story of love lost and found to the tortured hero in need of love and redemption.
Alex is a damaged man with a tortured past and a difficult lifestyle. He has steeled himself against loving and being loved but his softer side is slowly revealed through his relationship with the ghost and the parallels in their back stories as well as in his almost palpable passion for Zoe.
Zoe is a sweet and gentle heroine, the exact counterpoint to Alex's hardness, which makes their intense chemistry and emotional bond even stronger.
Highly recommended for fans of Lisa Kleypas and those in need of a sweet and charming story. ”
“Sweet story :)”Michelle wrote this review Tuesday, January 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved it! It is a great addition to the Friday Harbor series. There is a supernatural element that is very believable and adds a little sense of mystery to the story. ”Judy wrote this review Thursday, January 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Zoe Hoffman creates magic in her cooking and baking. There's something special about her concoctions, transferring the love and care she takes in making them into those who have the good fortune to eat them. She's the co-owner of Artist's Point, a B&B in Friday Harbor and when she crosses paths with Alex Nolan, the deeply troubled youngest of the Nolan brothers, both of their lives are transformed.
Alex agrees to restore and renovate a cabin off of Dream Lake for Zoe. It's owned by her grandmother, Emma, whose health is rapidly declining because of dementia and Zoe plans to move her there so she can take care of her. There's also a mysterious ghost that's attached himself to Alex and he is trying to figure out who he is and why he found himself in Sam Nolan's house on Rainshadow Road. He's pretty disturbed about Alex's drinking and self-destructive behavior and makes no bones about.
I loved the pairing of Alex and Zoe! What may seem to be an odd match is actually a brilliant one. Her gentle manner is enough to give Alex pause and while he believes he doesn't deserve someone like her and fears hurting her, he's also inexplicably drawn to her. Their romance is both heartwarming and sometimes disturbing at the same time but it really works. Her magic and Alex's ghost provide a touching level of mysticism that I still find enchanting in this series. It provides hope for the deeply troubled and borderline alcoholic Alex and comfort for Zoe who has to watch the one person in her life who loved her unconditionally slowly slip away.
This book is special and Alex and Zoe's triumph will make you feel great as they find peace in themselves and each other. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.”
“Beautiful romance. H/H both have issues but still cant seem to give each other up. Alex is fast becoming an alcoholic like his parents because he has been convinced that he is good for nothing. He happens to be a fantastic carpenter and is doing a restore on Zoe's cottage. Book three in Friday Harbor series.”Marty H wrote this review Friday, November 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No