Jill Shalvis returns to the blog today with the second novel in the Wildstone series, full of welcome, second chances and a warning. Do not start this book thinking you’ll read a few chapters and put it aside to go to bed. Three in the morning and I looked up, 2 chapters to go. Of course I read on to finish!
Rainy Day Friends
Take note – you must read this book – you’ll thank me later. But, be warned: if you start it late –your next day plans will be suffering because you won’t want, nor be able, to put this book down. The Capriottis – loud, boisterous, welcoming and utterly unable to contain themselves from helping when someone is in need of their particular brand of interference, support, advice and inclusion. Lanie SO needed to meet this family after discovering after her husband’s death that he was a bigamist as wives came out of the woodwork to ‘blame and claim’, left her self-worth at an all-time new low, when it was never solid in the first place. A short-term temporary freelance assignment as a graphic designer to revamp the Capriotti Winery brands, labels, packaging and website was just what she needed to get away from everyone who knew of Kevin, and her humiliation.
Inside Lanie’s head is a series of never-ending denegrations, a touch of anger, and far too much second-guessing and overthinking of everything, from the smallest offering of a smile to the devastation wrought, and her ignorance of, her husband’s behavior and other lives. But, the Capriottis, led by Carla, are not willing to let anyone slide in quietly and stay uninvolved. Their lives are all about joining in, supporting, pushing and pulling people into their circle and making them family. And, lucky for Lanie, she’s the newest member, despite her remaining close-mouthed about her past, her life and her deep-rooted self-doubts. With few to no places to hide, even the small cottage provided with the job isn’t safe from intrusion: from homemade cookies to a hideout for the twin girls, aged 6, who are curious about the newcomer and her sparkle purple nails, lip gloss and roll-on scent.
Oh, and you can’t forget Marcus: a Capriotti, now a deputy sheriff,: former military man, now single father to the twins Samantha and Sierra. His former wife and the girls’ mother left them without looking back two years ago, and Mark’s life changed forever. Dedicated to the girls and determined to never let them feel abandoned again, he’s sworn off women and relationships, working all hours possible, but always having time for his girls.
Shalvis doesn’t stop with just Lanie and Marcus though, as everyone in this story has moments that push or pull at your heart as the rollercoaster of emotions hurtles forward. When you add in the unveiling of Lanie’s secrets in the most painful way possible in the form of River, a twenty year old pregnant, homeless girl who is thriving in this boisterous and welcoming family, a quiet yet always there, now on leave, handyman Holden, former homeless teen with his own Pullman carload of issues not yet shared (hopefully in the next book), Lanie’s aside conversations with her anxiety that start every chapter, and a family that, like all the best ones is frustrating, loud, intrusive and most of all inclusive, the story has so many different places and scenes to be your favorite moment…until the next. From Sam being the ‘spokes-twin’ , to the daily mandatory lunches made by the family to be shared by family, you want to pack up and move to Wildstone – to be a part of this family and place that is so alive with love and acceptance. A favorite read in what is fast becoming a favorite (and sure to be read often) series.
Title: Rainy Day Friends
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #2
Also in this series: Lost and Found Sisters, The Good Luck Sister, The Lemon Sisters
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Romantic Elements
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published on: 19 June, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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