Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone #2) by Jill Shalvis

"I'm afraid of something happening to the people I care about. Including you." - Mark Capriotti

Rainy Day Friends
Series: Wildstone #2
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: June 19, 2018
Source: Publisher

Buy Links: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iBooks - Google Play - Kobo
Add to Goodreads

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.

Holy shit... Words cannot describe how much I loved Rainy Day Friends. When I'm reading a review book, I love highlighting passages, quotes, descriptions... Pretty much anything that pops out at me. While I read Rainy Day Friends, I stopped highlighting and I just read. I stopped looking at it through a reviewer's eye and just enjoyed the book. Sunday's calm and slow pace moved around me while I laid on my bed with an iced coffee and just read. And you know what? That was marvelous.

Rainy Day Friends was a breathtakingly haunting novel about love, friendship, and forgiveness. The love between family and friends. A budding friendship between two very unlikely women. And not just forgiving others, but also learning to forgive yourself.

Lanie, Mark, and River are all beautifully flawed characters. Lanie doesn't know how to be loved because she's never been loved. Between her parents and her late husband, it's no wonder Lanie always believe she wasn't good enough to be loved. When Mark and his family welcome her with open arms, she's taken aback by their love and acceptance. Just as she starts to feel comfortable, her world is shaken by a woman who had a precious gift that Lanie was once denied. 

Mark's world was tilted off it's axis the day his wife left him. Now he's back in Wildstone with adorable twin daughters and a woman he can't resist. He told himself that he wasn't going to open his heart until his daughters were older, but things change. With this heart on the line, Mark can only pray Lanie is brave enough to stay and fight for their love.

River is desperate to stand on her own two feet. To do so, she has to confront Lanie, a woman who has every right to hate her. When River's actions threaten the unlikely bond that formed between the two women, it breaks her in ways she never thought possible.

Wow, I just realized how incredibly cryptic that whole thing sounded. I'm trying my hardest to not give anything away because it's best to experience Rainy Day Friends yourself. I loved this book beyond words. From the characters to Jill's writing, I was in heaven. I loved all of the characters. Not just Lanie, Mark, and River, but also the rest of the family and Holden. I wan everyone to be happy and full of love. It's a tough road for all of them, but I know they're strong enough to fight. There were moments when I giggled and moments that had me tearing up. Rainy Day Friends was just everything I needed wrapped up in a pretty book. Simply amazing. I can't wait to see whose book is next because I don't want this series to end.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

No comments:

Post a Comment