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Rainshadow Road

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

25 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

Nicely done story of romance after heartbreak

Lucy Marinn thinks she finally has the life she has always dreamed of. After a childhood of being pushed aside for her younger sister who once had a medical crisis, she has a wonderful boyfriend, a perfect home, and a career she loves. Then, her boyfriend Kevin tells h...
Lucy Marinn thinks she finally has the life she has always dreamed of. After a childhood of being pushed aside for her younger sister who once had a medical crisis, she has a wonderful boyfriend, a perfect home, and a career she loves. Then, her boyfriend Kevin tells her it is all over, she needs to move out and by the way he is in love with her sister Alice. She runs from their home and takes a walk to clear her head and meets Sam Nolan, a local vintner. They have a conversation and Lucy goes home to begin her life all over again.
For once, Alice’s family sides with her and Alice is the villain and she doesn’t like it. She and Kevin plan to marry and the family is not supporting the idea and won’t pay for a wedding. Alice and Kevin hatch a plan to get Lucy a boyfriend so they won’t be the bad guys anymore (not because they feel bad for being selfish jerks). Sam gets pulled into the plan and goes along because he felt an attraction to Lucy.
At this point I thought here we go again, Sam and Lucy fall in love and she finds out about the way it began and so on. But Ms. Kleypas didn’t take the clichéd way, she had Sam act like an adult and tell Lucy the truth from the beginning. Loved it! Especially since Lucy had major trust issues that would cause problems in any relationship. Fate intervenes and Lucy and Sam are thrown together when she ends up recuperating at his house. He has family issues of his own that she gets to see a little closer and they both have to learn to work through their resistance to love.
This was an interesting book because it had a little bit of everything going on. Betrayal, magic, family problems, all the fun things are included in this book. It all works and feels appropriate not just stuck in to make the plot work. There is also a nicely done set up for the next book in the series.

posted by SharonRedfern on February 28, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

59 out of 91 people found this review helpful.

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Please do not explain so much of the story when you review! Let us find out something when we read it ourselves,

posted by 4282736 on March 14, 2012

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Just Ok

    Not quite what I was expecting coming from Lisa Kleypas. The story of Lucy who is betrayed by her own sister when she hooks up with her boyfriend. The whole magic thing with the characters wasn't really explained well especially for Sam, the "grape grower". The way the two are forced to spend time in eachother's company didn't quite do it for me. I just couldn't picture these two being intimitate when she was incapacitated. I realize the side stories of Sam's alcoholic brother and Lucy's friends sets you up for the sequels but I don't think so much writing should have been focused on them. Do that in the sequels.
    All in all, I was disappointed in this one. I won't be looking to read the others in this series.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Ok

    It was boring at some parts and i think they should have left out the bad language

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Not to my taste. Starts with too much backstory. More than I wan

    Not to my taste. Starts with too much backstory. More than I wanted to know about growing grapes and shaping glass. Just another guy who didn't want to commit, but did, after meeting the 'right' one.  It was fine, just not for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Ok book.

    I picked this book because it is set in Washington near where I grew up. The writing is good, not spectacular. She brings in supernatural elements into the story and the forgets about them. They added nothing to the story. I might read more of her books, as they are a light read and inexpensive.

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

    Butterfly magic butterfly love

    I expected some powerful magic both literal and literary of Lisa Kleypas in Rainshadow Road but I found no magic in this book (either in the writing or wand waving type) and came away disappointed. I felt the promos on the book offered a better read than was presented. The book was interesting but not what it was held out to be and not what it could have been. Her writing is generally okay but she takes too many liberties with the English language and some of them just don't work which disrupts the flow. The magic promised in the promos for this book never really develops into a part of the story and it was this magic that interested me. I probably would not have read it otherwise. The butterfly magic offered in the book didn't make sense or fit. The beginning of the book held a lot of potential that didn't happen, at least not for me. Rather than a love story it was a reaction to animal attraction which I really don't care for and it seldom results in a good romance story. It seemed like no one in the book really knew where they were going. Everything was reactionary. Lucy knew how she wanted to apply her so called magic with glass but had no idea what she wanted with her life. Even when she had it she didn't believe it and caused its demise. I didn't enjoy the characters. They were all a bit odd and didn't draw me in. But obvious I had to like something to give it a 3 star. Lisa Kleypas does tell a story and a story that is interesting and draws you along to read more and I have to give her three stars for that. From the reviews many enjoyed what she wrote. But all said and done it was not what I expect from Lisa Kleypas and from the promotion of the book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 28, 2012

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