Friday, March 16, 2012

Romance Novel: Rainshadow Road, Author: Lisa Kleypas

Rainshadow Road -- book one of Lisa Kleypas's new contemporary romance quartet

Lucy had been burned.

“Fireflies can’t find the signals of their mates, because they’re so distracted by porch lights, streetlamps, illuminated sign letters…” “You think you’ve found the perfect mate and you head for him, blinking as fast as you can, and then you find out he’s a Bic lighter.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

Sam was handsome enough that he got what he wanted from women – sex only:

“Staring into those ocean-green eyes had been like sinking into moonlight.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

Lucy was a glass artist:

“Lucy had struggled to understand how and why it happened, until she had read a quote by Einstein—that one had to live as though everything was a miracle or as if nothing was a miracle. And then she had understood that whether she called her gift a phenomenon of molecular physics, or magic, both definitions were true, and the words didn’t matter anyway.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

Sam was a grape grower:

“Something was at work in the vineyard…some force of nature or enchantment, a wordless language that summoned the vines in a canticle of respiration.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

“As Sam tended the plants, bees never stung him and flies never bothered him, and the trees extended their branches as far as they could to keep him shaded.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

When they were together, magic happened:

“Is glass feminine or masculine?”
“Lucy gave a surprised laugh, having never been asked such a question before. She considered it carefully. You had to let glass do what it would, partner it rather than control it, handle it with gentleness and strength.”
“Feminine,” she said. “What about wine? Is it feminine or masculine?” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

This is Kleypas’s latest book just out and I am SO GLAD that it is the first in a trilogy. We can look forward to book 2 in August of 2012. The story is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. She talks about magic in the book and the way she uses words is obviously her magic.

UPDATE: As commenter Ann_a_reader advised me below - this is the second in a quartet. Book #1 is Christmas Eve At Friday Harbor. Book #2 is Rainshadow Road. I've never been happier to be wrong cause now I don't have to wait until August to read another one of these. Thanks Ann!

There are shimmering sentences:

…the distance between ordinary and extraordinary was only a step, a breath, a heartbeat away.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

“Stolen moments, filled with the bittersweet knowledge that happiness was ephemeral as moonlight.Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

There are funny conversations:

“If you flush hundred-dollar bills down the toilet continuously for a week, that amount would just about cover it.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

There are resonating truths:

Sometimes giving up something you want is the very kindest thing you can do for yourself.Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

Truths that seem to conflict with one another but are made irrefutably true by the simple words – sometimes – and – there are times.

“There are times in life when you had to take a risk that might end in failure. Because otherwise you would be haunted by what you hadn’t done…the paths you hadn’t taken, the things you hadn’t experienced.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

This truth reminds me of a recent blogpost by Delia  and the subsequent conversation in the comments:

The realization was so simple that many people would dismiss it as being beneath more sophisticated minds. Only those with some remnant potential for wonder would understand.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

The take away from the post and the comments was; there are lots of good people out there who still have this sense of wonder and are parenting their children in ways that foster it in them, as well.

I’ve tried to give you a taste of the book without giving any spoilers. I loved every word of it. I’ve already read it twice and it is one that I will read a couple more times before the sequel comes out.

And saving the best for last;  for all of us who love geeks---

“It doesn’t matter where you go now,” he murmured. “No matter what, we’re together. A binary star can have a distant orbit, but it’s still held together by gravity.”  Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas   

That’s right ladies. Be still your hearts and mine – this book has…

“Geek love talk.” Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas


  1. Oooh. This one sounds good. And thanks for the shout-out. :)

    Also, I could've sworn I left a comment on the last one. I don't know where it went. :(

    1. Mercury retrograde is heavy duty on our asses, Dee.

      Judy, great quotes. This one looks amazing! You have such good taste.

    2. Delia - no worries!
      Julie - there are things about this series that you are going to love.

  2. You don't have to wait to read another because this is the second of a quartet.
    Friday Harbor
    1. Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor (2010)
    2. Rainshadow Road (2012)
    3. Dream Lake (2012)
    4. Crystal Cove (2013)

    1. Wow thank you so much. I'll edit my blogpost and I can't wait to check it out!

  3. "n a canticle of respiration" THat's lovely.

    1. I loved that line. The book has this kind of word-beauty sprinkled liberally throughout.

  4. Oooh, sounds great! I love Kleypas, especially her contemporaries. Not that I don't adore her historicals, too.

    1. I've read some of her historicals but historicals of any kind will never be my favorite. I really enjoy her contemporaries.

  5. I don't usually like novellas-- too little room for character development-- but I liked Christmas at Friday Harbor (it's about 200 pgs). I'm waiting for Rainshadow at the library! it sounds like it will be worth the wait.

    1. Barb - She develops the characters pretty fully here. And there is some definite foreshadowing that lets me know, book #3 is going to be fascinating.