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Today, we're joining the HarperCollins Publishers team for a blog tour celebrating the latest release for author Jill Shalvis. (Woot woot!) You may have read her Heartbreaker Bay series (love it!), or perhaps the first book in the Wildstone series (loved it too!), or any of the other titles in her lengthy body of works, but trust me when I say, you're gonna want to make room on your summer reading list for this one, STAT! Yep, it's another gem from an author who knows her craft, but let's let the work speak for itself, or at least my trip through its pages, as we introduce today's book of choice...
About the book...
Following the USA Today bestseller, Lost and Found Sisters, comes Rainy Day Friends, 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 Green 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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Heading back to Wildstone was just like coming home in the best ways possible.
Lanie is in an impossible situation, only made slightly better by the fact that the person who caused it all is no longer within her reach. What do you do when your world is crumbling around you? Well, if you're Lanie, you pick up the pieces and try to start again. Her road to recovery leads her close to home, or rather what was originally her home, but also into the arms of a uniquely exceptional group of people that while nosy, loud, and in everyone else's business, are one of the best representations of a true family that I've ever seen. They are not all blood related, but that doesn't make them any less a part of the whole, and while Lanie gets her feet back under her, they'll serve as a safety net she was never expecting...and a means by which her heart can heal even though that's the furthest thing from her mind. Meanwhile, we have Mark...
Mark has been suffering himself, though he himself is nothing to suffer. *ahem* His whole family dynamic changed at the drop of a hat, and while his big alpha male military self was a take charge kinda guy in the field, now he's braiding hair, attending dance recitals, and listening to bedtime stories from the mouths of babes. That's right, he's a single father with twins, though not by his own choice, and he wouldn't change their appearance in his life for the world. In truth, he's a great dad even when he has little time for it, and watching him with Sam and Sea will touch your heart, if it wasn't already melting for him already. Problem is, Lanie's arrival is going have him feeling things he doesn't want to feel, and exploring opportunities neither is fully ready for. Fear of something has never stopped him in the past,but what if that hesitation is from BOTH sides? Can walls be broken down that were so carefully constructed and will what's on the other side be ready to love again? Only one way to find out...
Have I mentioned, I love this author's work? Because I do, I really do. I loved the whole lot of the Capriotti family, from the tall to the small, the cordial to the attitude driven, the collected to the those doing the collecting. They were loud, boisterous, full of life, and though they may not always do the right thing, their hearts are always in the right place. While our leads were outstanding, you can't help but fall for the secondary leads (River and Holden) too, as well as the extended family and friends (Cora, Mia, etc, etc). They work their way into your heart one well intended intrusion at a time and keep you steady when all else seems to fail...and let's not forget the sexy times because yes, there are a few of those too!
The long and short of all it all is that its a wonderful addition to the series, managing to introduce a slew of new characters with so much potential for future exploration she could write their stories alone and have at least six more novels in the works. (Woot woot!) There's heart, there's humor, there's unintentional embarrassment, and giggles to spare, but beneath it all, there's a strength of family that keeps things running through thick and thin and with nary an expectation of payback no matter what the perceived cost.
About the author...
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, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
Special thanks to Julie at HarperCollins Publishers for the copy for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the link provided above. This title is newly available this month via William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
BEFORE YOU GO...
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Up for grabs... (1) paperback copy of Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis!
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Until next time, remember....if it looks good, READ IT!