Synopsis: Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington. She is stunned and blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal: her fiance Kevin has left her. His new lover is Lucy’s own sister. Lucy’s bitterness over being dumped is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life. Facing the severe disapproval of Lucy’s parents, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on San Juan Island, to “romance” Lucy and hopefully loosen her up and get her over her anger. Complications ensue when Sam and Lucy begin to fall in love, Kevin has second thoughts, and Lucy discovers that the new relationship in her life began under false pretenses. Questions about love, loyalty, old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings are explored as Lucy learns that some things in life–even after being broken–can be made into something new and beautiful.
My Thoughts: I think it’s fairly appropriate that my first book review on Under a Gray Sky is set in the Pacific Northwest, don’t you? Rainshadow Road is the second book in the “Friday Harbor” series although if you ask me, it could easily be the first in the series as I didn’t feel like I was missing anything from not having read the first. This is my first novel by Lisa Kleypas (apparently she’s written twenty-one novels!) and I found her writing style to be light and engaging. She was descriptive without being too descriptive leaving me with the feeling that I was right there in Friday Harbor living right alongside the characters. While some of the characters seemed a bit predictable with their actions, I still found them to be interesting and likeable (or unlikeable as the case may be).
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway over at Goodreads.com and am so glad that I did because I probably would not have picked this book otherwise. I’m rating 4.5 out of 5 because I really did enjoy this book and would recommend it to any romance readers out there.