Rainshadow Road is the first in a new trilogy by Lisa Kleypas. However an introduction to some of the characters is in Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor. Even thought Rainshadow Road can stand-alone I recommend reading Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor first. It will give you some background on several secondary characters in Rainshadow Road.
Lisa Kleypas really knows how to structure a story. Before we even get to the romance we get to know the characters. Lucy is a glass artist who has just found out she is being dumped by her boyfriend of two years. Not only dumped but for dumped for her sister. Lucy’s family has some very strong issues and those are explained and developed. Sam Nolen has issues of his own and we know all about them before he and Lucy become involved. Nothing is rushed. Although Lucy meets Sam on the day of her breakup they do not meet again until several months have passed. All of those factors make the story much more realistic.
Lisa Kleypas also does a very good job of jumping from historical to contemporary in her writing. This is her second series set in modern times and I think it is even better than her first. The next two books are due out in August of 2012 and February of 2013.
ST. Martin’s Griffin published Rainshadow Road by LIsa Kleypas in 2012.
I received an ARC of Rainshadow Road from Amazon Vine.