Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship.

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person? Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come… until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
A compelling read about starting over, even when you don't want to.

Lanie is looking for a fresh start, away from the pain, heartache, and pitying looks from her so-called friends and co-workers. Turns out her husband was a serial husband. He liked being married and as a person who traveled a lot for business, he had plenty of time to acquire other wives. As his "first" wife, she was entitled to his life insurance and other benefits and some of his other wives disagreed with that – vehemently.

She understands the anger and hostility. She just wishes that they would heap it on the man himself. She didn't create the mess they all find themselves in. She just happened to be the first in the long line of women who fell for the seemingly perfect guy who turned out to be a liar.

Taking a job with the Capriotti Winery, she's hoping that the gossip will die down while she's gone, and she can find a way to move on with her life. What she doesn't expect to find is Mark Capriotti and his twin daughters. Seems as though she's not the only who's had to deal with a troublesome spouse. Only Mark's wife didn't die, she just left him and his children for the single life a continent away.

Both Mark and Lanie have trust issues and it’s interesting to see how they manage to work through those issues. They each have to deal with dramatically different issues about why they refuse to let anyone close to them, but in the end, it's all a matter of trust.

I thoroughly enjoy this series and can't wait to see what happens next.

This is the second book in the series – and whilst I think it stands up well as a stand-alone read, why would you deny yourself the pleasure of a Jill Shalvis book and not read book one first?

I think the underlying theme in this book – other than the joy of families, love, and romance (obviously) – is not to make assumptions about people based on what you see. Time and time again, Lanie jumps to a conclusion based on her previous experiences rather than asking and listening to the answer. It is not an unusual failing, I am sure we can all agree! It is a clever way of telling the story though, as we can see the bigger picture, and are not restrained by her preconceptions. We, therefore, can question her behaviour, even when we would probably have done the same as her. She has been dealt some cruel hands and has persevered and continued to be the naturally good person that she is.

Luckily when she starts at the winery, she joins a family with a heart as big as hers, and no intention of ever letting someone down. And whilst she struggles to understand how it can possibly work, she is engulfed in their charm and caring. And then there is son of the family, Mark, a damaged soul himself, doing the best he can for his family and his twin daughters. Those two girls have some of the very best lines in the book – especially amusing given Uncle Jack's terrible jokes! They both play an important role in addressing the fears and dreams of their father, and Lanie too.

This is a book which you want to climb into and join in with the life they lead, and be there in person to enjoy the highs and hug through the lows. From romantic evenings body boarding, to emergency trips for chocolate cookies, it is difficult not to become totally invested in Mark and Lanie's future.

Beautifully written, thoughtful, caring, and also very romantic. Jill Shalvis has done it again!

Also Available in the Wildstone Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Lost and Found Sisters post.

Book 1.5
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For reviews & more info, check out our The Good Luck Sister post.

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone #2) by Jill Shalvis to read and review.

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