Tuesday, May 29, 2012

From the Lowest to the Highest Point of Life... Magical Realism


Review on 'Rainshadow Road' by Lisa Kleypas


Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas
Contemporary Romance ; (308 pgs)
St. Martin's Press

Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful, Friday Harbor, Washington, with a boyfriend, Kevin, who she believes is her soul mate. She has always had a magical side - a gift that finds its way into the breathtaking glasswork she creates - and she struggles to keep it contained. But when Lucy is blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal, she questions many of her choices. Her boyfriend leaves her and his new lover is none other than Lucy's own sister. Lucy's bitterness over this devastation is multiplied buy the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life.

Meanwhile, facing the severe disapproval of Lucy's family, Kevin asks his friend Sam Nolan, a local vineyard owner on the San Juan Island, to "romance" Lucy so that she can more easily move on. But when Sam and Lucy begin to feel real sparks between them, Lucy must ask herself if she can easily risk her heart again.

As Lucy questions her beliefs about love, loyalty, and old patterns, mistakes, and new beginnings, she explores the possibility that some things in life - even after are being broken - can be re-made into something beautiful. And that is the only by discovering who you really are that you can find the one who truly deserves you. (GoodReads)


This book was enjoyably beyond my expectations.  It was the first time I have heard of this author.  It seemed to me like just another book.  Somewhere within the writing, though, there is something distinct that makes it more than just a book.  It's a little bit beyond just a mainstream literature.  Lisa Kleypas is very honest and real about emotions and leaves nothing to the imagination.  There is a tragedy about sudden changes, and this is definitely is the case with Lucy. Somehow, though, she finds the power to channel herself into something she feels fundamentally passionate about.

This is a story about how Kevin finds himself escaping his own relationship with Lucy because he can't communicate with her, because he feels he doesn't fit in her life, because he feels he can't connect with her.  Why does Kevin have to cheat on Lucy with her sister, Alice?  Why doesn't he have the guts to just end it with Lucy before starting anything with Alice?  Why is he such a coward?  And how can he face Lucy every day of his life with her sister by his side?  This, to me, was the most shocking element of the books.

Then, of course, is the Lucy's empowerment to find her way through life by way of the magical realm of glass art.  She believes this is truly where she belongs, and seeks to live it and breath it even against the mortifying sadness of her life.  Lisa Kleypas takes us through all the motions of coping with breaking up with the person you love.  Among them being the fact that all of Lucy's friends are friends she has met through Kevin.  How does it all turn out when you reach out the people regarding the one person that brought you to them, in the first place?

This is a really cool novel to just read on the beach, on vacation at a cabin, or just for random relaxation.  It's got drama, heart, and definitely tons of valuable entertainment.  No doubt a good recommendation.

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