Set in Friday Harbor, Washington, Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor) brings a tale of two sisters and the long-ago event that defined their lives for years to come.
The story opens with Lucy Marinn’s dramatic listing of three things that happened and how, afterwards, she became aware of a unique gift—magic, if you will—that revealed to her that “the distance between ordinary and extraordinary was only a step, a breath, a heartbeat away.”
It is no surprise, then, when Lucy becomes a glass artist who creates magical windows. Not only beautiful, but in them, the viewer can visualize birds flying or butterflies dancing.
Yes, this is a love story. But it is also a revelatory exploration of an extraordinary woman’s journey toward a very unique love. Does she find it here in Friday Harbor? It seems that she almost does, and then loses it. But what comes next will be another kind of magic.
How does Lucy’s sister Alice, to whom their parents cater after a childhood illness, come to play a role in Lucy’s love life? And how does this event set the stage for something better?
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, who felt real and layered with complexity; I also felt considerable annoyance for Alice, but in the end, she, too, had vulnerabilities that made her more appealing.
In this series opener, I enjoyed the story as it unfolded, and now want to read the next one…as soon as possible. Five stars.