Mark Nolan was not expecting to take on a child but due to his sisters untimely death he was now guardian for his niece Holly. Mark will be out of his depth but with his brother’s help they make it work. It doesn’t hurt that he meets Maggie who gets Holly to speak for the first time since her mother’s death.
Maggie Conroy never wanted to marry again after her husbands battle with cancer which eventually killed him. She will not have a choice though when she meets Mark and his niece Holly as she falls for this family.
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor is the first book to Friday Harbor from Lisa Kleypas. I fell in love with this series after reading the third book. Now I got to read how the series started and it was a perfect beginning to this series. In this book though there wasn’t really a magic aspect that followed the rest of the book. I guess you could say the magic was there in the imagination and belief that Maggie shows Holly.
This was a sweet story with people getting over tragedies that will stay with them for the rest of their lives but they are getting a second chance of happiness. I liked Mark’s character especially as he bonds with his niece. He is sweet as he goes along with the make believe to keep Holly happy. Now he is dating a woman and has a thing for Maggie. Before Maggie and Mark take that step into bed he does break up with Shelby so he is not completely a bad guy. Maggie was a nice all around person. I liked that she was the one able to get Holly to speak for the first time in months.
For me the story was on the shorter side of all the rest of the novels so when Mark and Maggie finally get together it is right at the end of the book. Now since I have already read the other books I do know that Mark and Maggie do have a happy ending as Kleypas keeps them in the picture with the other books.
I am looking forward to continuing the series with Lightening Bay when that comes out but until then I will be looking for another series of hers to read. I have a couple in mind like Hathaways and Wallflowers. I have already read one book from the Wallflowers, Devil in Winter, so I know that series will be worth reading.