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They say that opposites attract. But what happens when one of them has been devastated by betrayal and the other is so damaged and jaded that his heart is made of stone? In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas's Dream Lake, readers well enter the world of Friday Harbor, an enchanting town in the Pacific Northwest where things are not quite as they seem and where true love might just have a ghost of a chance. . . .

 

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They say that opposites attract. But what happens when one of them has been devastated by betrayal and the other is so damaged and jaded that his heart is made of stone? In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas's Dream Lake, readers well enter the world of Friday Harbor, an enchanting town in the Pacific Northwest where things are not quite as they seem and where true love might just have a ghost of a chance. . . .

 

Alex Nolan is about as bitter and cynical as they come. One of three Nolan brothers who call Friday Harbor home, he’s nothing like Sam or Mark. They actually believe in love; they think the risk of pain is worth the chance of happiness. But Alex battles his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, and he lives in his own private hell. And then, a ghost shows up. Only Alex can see him. Has Alex finally crossed over the threshold to insanity?

Zoë Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come. When she meets the startlingly gorgeous Alex Nolan, all her instincts tell her to run. Even Alex tells her to run. But something in him calls to Zoë, and she forces him to take a look at his life with a clear eye and to open his mind to the possibility that love isn’t for the foolish.

The ghost has been existing in the half-light of this world for decades. He doesn’t know who he is, or why he is stuck in the Nolans’ Victorian house. All he knows is that he loved a girl once. And Alex and Zoë hold the key to unlocking a mystery that keeps him trapped here.

Zoë and Alex are oil and water, fire and ice, sunshine and shadow. But sometimes it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the dark, and sometimes love can reach beyond time, space, and reason to take hold of hearts that yearn for it. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas and her Friday Harbor novels

DREAM LAKE

“A little magic, a lot of romance and well-drawn characters make a satisfying read.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A multigenerational story of love, loss, forgiveness, and redemption. Lovely… as poignant as an old song.”—RT Book Reviews

It works perfectly. With her effortlessly poetic prose and flawless characterization, Kleypas make[s] every page feel like a delicious morsel for your mind to devour. Dream Lake is a thing of beauty from start to finish.”—Daily Record

“Warm and welcoming, charming and romantic.”—Examiner.com

RAINSHADOW ROAD

“A surprising page-turner…strengthened by characters with depth and something interesting to say, this winning first installment in a trilogy is sure to thrill fans.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Lisa Kleypas can take broken people and infuse them with humor and heart.”—USA Today

“Kleypas brings together richly nuanced characters, an emotionally riveting plot, and a subtle touch of paranormal to create an unforgettable romance that is pure reading magic.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A delightful portrait of a picturesque town where people know everything about everyone and look out for each other…Kleypas enchantingly weaves together additional connections with relatives and friends, leaving many dangling threads that will lead the reader straight to book two.”—Publishers Weekly

“Magical.”—RT Book Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
The amnesiac ghost of a World War II pilot could be just what Alex Nolan needs. The third in Kleypas' (Rainshadow Road, 2012, etc.) Friday Harbor series follows the fortunes of the youngest Nolan brother. Emotionally starved by his alcoholic parents, Alex learned to trust no one. When his wife, Darcy, asks for a divorce, Alex doesn't even ask why, because, of course, it was only a matter of time before she realized the extent of the damage to him. The breakup coincides with a steep economic downturn, which torpedoes his real estate development project, driving Alex to seek comfort in a bottle of Jack Daniels every night. Erasing himself bit by bit, Alex nonetheless begins helping his brother, Sam, renovate a beautiful home on Rainshadow Road. The moment Zöe Hoffman walks in the door with a plate of blueberry muffins, however, Alex realizes he is in trouble. Zöe is the gorgeous chef at a local inn, and, like Alex, she has sworn off love after a heartbreaking divorce and years of being seen as nothing more than a pinup girl. Abandoned by her parents, Zöe was raised by her loving grandmother, who will soon need round-the-clock assistance and a home with some serious renovations, which Alex could do well. Alex and Zöe are clearly meant for each other and predictably try to deny their obvious attraction. Luckily, Alex has also met the ghost, who has lived in the old house for over 60 years. Yet the moment Alex sees him, the ghost becomes instantly anchored to him, an unwilling witness to Alex's alcoholic binges, an eager investigator of his own shadowy past and a believer in true love. Surprisingly, the ghost character works, allowing other magical events in the novel to seem less contrived. A little magic, a lot of romance and well-drawn characters make a satisfying read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250014276
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Friday Harbor Series , #3
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 23,126
  • File size: 984 KB

Meet the Author


LISA KLEYPAS is the award-winning author of thirty-four novels. Her books are published in sixteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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Reading Group Guide

1. Do you believe in ghosts? If so, why? If not, why not? Have you had any experience with supernatural events in your life?

2. What factors do you think have brought Alex Nolan to the bad state he is in when the novel opens? And in what ways do you see Alex’s story mirrored in the ghost’s?

3. Zoë and Alex are opposites in every way. Do you believe this made their attraction more compelling?

4. Of the three Nolan brothers, why do you think Alex is the most damaged, even though they all come from the same family background?

5. What was the turning point for you in Alex and Zoë’s relationship? When did you truly believe that these two belonged together? Was there any moment in the book when you felt that they should not be together?

6. How realistically do you think the author handled Alzheimer’s disease in this novel?

7. In the context of the novel, do you believe that the childlike aspects of Alzheimer’s make one more open to the possibilities of the supernatural?

8. What elements of Friday Harbor itself make it come alive to you? Is Friday Harbor a place you’d like to visit? To live? Why or why not?

9. Why do you think the ghost could not cross over and what do you believe occurred to make it possible?

10. What is the author trying to say about true love and the power of love?

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    A wonderful story. I have never written a review on a book befo

    A wonderful story. I have never written a review on a book before but
    this book touched my heart so I had to write about it. I love Lisa's
    books and have pretty much read everything she has published. Once I
    started it, I couldn't put it down. Lisa can describe emotions better
    than most writers out there, and because of that she doesn't need to
    write graphic sex scenes which I get tired of especially after the
    hoopla of Fifty Shades. This book is romantic and loving. I even liked
    the ghost and the sub-plot with Zoe's grandmother.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Loved it!

    This latest book about the youngest of the Nolan brothers was sweet, endearing, romantic, and whimsical. This storyline actually runs during the same time as Rainshadow Road, which I thouht gave it an interesting perspective.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Absolutely a "have to read" book

    Lisa Kleypas hits a home run with this book. Loved the first two books but this was absolutely great. Loved the development of the characters, the tie in to family obligations and the references to the other books characters. It gave a nice time line that this story happens at the same time as the other books. It really was intriguing. The story moves quickly and was hard to put down.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

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    I have really enjoyed all of the books in this new series by Lis

    I have really enjoyed all of the books in this new series by Lisa Kleypas and Dream Lake is no exception. The book tells the story of the third Nolan brother, Alex, a troubled man who is fast becoming an alcoholic. Alex is recently divorced and his bitterness about life and love makes him an uncomfortable to be around. He is on the brink of losing his business and agrees to take on the job of renovating a cottage for Zoe Hoffman. Zoe is a baker and is friends with Lucy who is the girlfriend of Sam Nolan, Alex’s brother.
    Zoe is moving into the cottage with her grandmother, Emma, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia. Zoe is instantly attracted to Alex and him to her but he is convinced that he is a bad bet and warns her off. Zoe ignores the warning and finds herself falling for Alex. Zoe has also been divorced and there is a brief side trip about that but it really doesn’t impact the story.
    Alex is having an interesting time during the renovation. A ghost has become attached to Alex and gives him a lot of unwanted advice about his relationship with Zoe. The ghost has no idea who he is or why he is stuck with Alex. When they get to the cottage, the ghost realizes that he is connected to Emma but is not sure of the circumstances. Alex, in the meantime, decides to quit drinking and discovers himself relying on Zoe and the ghost for support during the tough times.
    What is interesting about this book is that Alex really is a bad bet in the romance department as his marriage was extremely dysfunctional mostly due to him. Alex is the child of alcoholics and has all of the issues that go with that type of upbringing. Zoe has parental abandonment issues as well but has taken a different path when it comes to relationships, thanks to the loving support she had from Emma. There is a vignette with a family dinner including Zoe’s father that is painful to read. The major message of the book is that it is never a mistake to love someone but it requires strength and even courage to keep the love alive during tough times.
    All of these books have parts in common and this book also sets up the next one ,which will obviously feature Justine, Zoe’s cousin. It should be a nice wrap up to the series.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    There are only few books with a great storyline. This was one of

    There are only few books with a great storyline. This was one of them. A great summer read.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

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    I really loved this book and it's characters. I couldn't put it

    I really loved this book and it's characters. I couldn't put it down! It
    was well written, heartfelt, and fun. I definitely connected with Alex
    and Zoe. The only thing I thought that was off about the book is the
    super over the top ending. I felt like it was not true to the character
    of Alex. But still wonderful nonetheless :)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Highly recommended - can't wait for third book!

    Luv it. Can't put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Excellent

    I loved this book. Could not put it down. Can not wait for the next one.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Huh?

    I guess because we are getting older with Kleypas, she think that writing should be boring, not hot and sexy., or funny. I didnt mind the parnomal romance, i like it actually, but kleypas magic was nowhere to be found.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    I like this brother the best

    I read all the books in this series and I wasn't disappointed in any of them. Great author!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Wow!

    I couldn't put it down! A great read from a truly great writer! Have a box of Kleenex handy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Great story

    Must read for Lisa Kleypas fans...must read for anyone who loves a good romance and happily ever after. And you get two stories. Happy reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    A terrific story

    This is the third book of the Friday Harbor series. I did not like Alex in the other two books. But this is Alex's story of a tragic childhood and the adult he became. I enjoyed his story most of all, and I like this story more than the others. A heartwarming story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Liked it!

    Loved Zoe Hoffman's personality and Alex...I have read the other Friday Harbor books and nice continuation of the Nolan brothers. Zoe Hoffman, an innkeeper (being in boutique hotel business, always love the setting) who has all but given up on love is a gentle, romantic soul, but has been so hurt in the past that she dare not trust her heart with anyone.

    Especially not Alex Nolan, who is the most haunted of all the Nolan brothers. He drinks to keep his demons at bay and not only has he given up on love, he has never, ever believed in it. Zoe and Alex are oil and water, fire and ice, sunshine and shadow. But sometimes, it takes only a glimmer of light to chase away the dark. Liked the ghost aspect and how the story related to past history and love affair with Zoe's grandmother and her illness and struggle with Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Looking forward to Crystal Cove, which read teaser and sounds like it will be more about Justine, Zoe's Inn partner and possible a little witchcraft!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Eh just so so

    Did not care for the paranormal. I bought the book because i wad a fan of the authors previous style.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Good read

    I enjoyed this book. Was worth the wait.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    At last

    I have become jaded lately after reading so many books that disappoint me a bit, this one has renewed my enthuiasm for the romance genre. Thank you, Lisa! I can honestly say this is the best book I have read in years.

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

    WOW! LOVED IT! Okay, I LOVE Lisa Kleypas! And, I have read every

    WOW! LOVED IT!
    Okay, I LOVE Lisa Kleypas! And, I have read every novel I can get my hands on. I don't even really have to read what they are before
    buying because, I know I will love it. I loved all the previous Friday Harbor books. And, although I did not really like Alex in the other 2
    books. I had to give it a try. Reading the back & realizing it was with a ghost was a little weird. Not, that I don't like books with that… I just
    wasn't use to it with her. The previous one had a little intro to magic & I found it sooo sweet. But, a ghost… Once I started reading, I fell in
    love with it. And, finally getting into the deep pain that Alex had, makes you love him. What great characters! Wonderful Story! Can't wait
    to read the next one!

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  • Posted March 31, 2014

    I really loved this 3rd book in the Friday Harbor series. It is

    I really loved this 3rd book in the Friday Harbor series. It is filled with so much magic. It has a great love story, even more than first expected. There are some bittersweet moments that Lisa Kleypas handles so beautifully. Definitely a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Austin

    Runs in and kisses her

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