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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis- Feature and Review


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.



 Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone, #2)Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis is a 2018 William Morrow Paperbacks publication.

Wow! The ‘feel good story’ of the year!

Have the tissues close by- this book will have you laughing and crying –often at the same time!!

“I’ve learned that life is a crapshoot, and at any moment someone can walk into it and change it forever”

When Lanie’s husband passed away, she discovered he was a polygamist. He had several other wives, in fact. Reeling from this revelation, and in desperate need for a fresh start, Lanie takes a job at the family run Capriotti Winery. Immediately the family embraces her like one of their own. But, Lanie is not exactly an outgoing ‘people person’.

Enter Mark Capriotti –

Air Force veteran Mark Capriotti left a better, more prestigious job, returning home to raise his twin daughters after his wife abandons them. His entire focus is on his girls, meaning he doesn’t have room in his life for anyone else. But, he employs a few special skills to draw Lanie out of her shell and has her feeling like a part of the family in no time.

But, While Mark has no trouble being very friendly and making nice with Lanie, he draws the line when it comes to sharing his heart….

“She needed to learn to keep her distance better around them. Especially Mark, because the man was one of those quiet troublemakers, she could tell- the kind that sneaked in under a woman’s guard and made himself at home. And then decimated her heart and soul….

However, Mark has nothing on Lanie. Compared to her predicament, anxiety, and frozen heart, he’s a warm -hearted teddy bear.

Enter, River Brown-

River arrives at the Capriotti Winery in a broken down crap car, very pregnant, all alone, and in desperate need of a place to stay and a job. Naturally, the Capriotti’s welcome her in, taking care of her immediate need for shelter and money. But, River is harboring some explosive secrets that will upend all the personal progress Lanie has made, jeopardizing her job , her relationship with Mark, his daughters, and the entire Capriotti family.

I loved this story!! LOVED IT!! Shalvis delivers one of the best, if not THE best contemporary romance novels of the year, so far.

Each chapter begins with quotes provided to us by Lanie, all which are very funny, but also very poignant. The quotes alone are worth reading the book for.

“The human body is 90 percent water, so basically we’re all just cucumbers with anxiety”

Each of the main characters have taken some serious emotional hits in their lives. No one person has it harder than the other from an emotional standpoint, each one facing monumental challenges due to the curve balls life threw at them, without warning.

The secondary characters are also faced with a few ready- made challenges that will tug at your heart. I do hope to hear a little more about these characters in the future- especially Mia!

“A spider just landed on my desk. Oh, and in other news, it turns out when I’m startled, I can jump five feet in the air with just the power of my butt cheeks”

But, the reader will find themselves pulling for every single character, which left me feeling very conflicted along the way, sometimes. But, this is just one of those stories that makes you think:

“This is how things should be”.

If we all somehow managed to look past our own pain, to consider what someone else is suffering through, to listen to people, help those who are going through a hard time- if we can forgive, and work towards a solution together, what amazing things we could all accomplish!!

If you need an inspirational story, this one is for you. If need a funny story- this book is for you. If you like a little steam with your romance- this book is for you. You love heartwarming tales?- this one is for you, too. In other words, this book is just an all- around great story and has a little something for everyone.

Highly recommend!!





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 http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.






or email her at contact@jillshalvis.com

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