Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor Audiobook
By: Lisa Kleypas
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Published by: Brilliance Audio 10/20104 hrs and 11 mins
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 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 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…
I was thrilled when I found that one Ms. Lisa Kleypas’s novels were going to be made into a TV movie – I love, love her! She’s one my very favorite authors; I literally devour everything she publishes, but when the news came that it was going to be Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, I couldn’t help but feel a bit disappointed. We all have our favorites, and I would have been on cloud nine with any of the novels in the Travis series in its place; nevertheless, I’m very happy for Ms. Kleypas. This is the first novel and introduction to the Friday Harbor series, and in spite, its length (4 h -11m) Ms. Kleypas manages to create a vivid and colorful world with great characters to go with it. The story is warm and sweet, and it’s layered with the author’s uncanny ability to transport you to the setting – for the entire duration of this book I felt as if I were on that beautiful island. Mark and Maggie are very likable characters; their romance is sweet, emotional, heartfelt, nicely paced, and although predictable, I found their story touching and enjoyable. The trauma of losing her mother as such a young age, makes young Holly run into some emotional problems – and it will be Maggie, who brings the little girl to a happy place again, with a little help from magic. The magic element is well played, and it never feels silly on unreal. Here, we also get introduced to the Nolan brothers. I’ve already listened to the 2 following books, and I can honestly tell you; they just get better.
So, if you feel like a sweet story with good characters, and sprinkle with a touch of magic with a bit of sexiness, then Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor is your ticket.
I first experienced Tanya Eby with Rainshadow Road (book # 2 in the Friday Harbor series) and I really was impressed then. She does a good with the overall feeling of the books, but what I like the most is her ability to deliver credible male voices, they feel natural and never forced, she uses her tone and modulation, as suppose to extreme changes in her voice, and it definitely works. I never felt confused or distracted; she does a good job of pulling you into the story by conveying the emotions. She also did great with little Holly, as well as the rest of the characters. All in all, this was a very good interpretation.