Jun 15, 2018

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis Review

Rainy Day Friends
Wildstone Friends #2
By Jill Shalvis
Release Date: June 19th, 2018
William Morrow
Source: ARC provided by the publishers

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.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

In full disclosure, The Wildstone series is only the second Jill Shalvis series I have ever read, so when others talk of these great hearts stopping moments, which is so different from the light-hearted Heartbreaker Bay series, I didn't quite get it. But then I read Lost and Found Sisters, and Good Luck Sister and I was shook! And then along came Rainy Day Friends, and then I knew the gut ripping devastation that a Jill Shalvis book could do.

So let's get into the story, Lanie Jacobs has faced the ultimate betrayal! The betrayal of a mate, the one who is supposed to love her until death do us part, not until the next women turns up, but then Lanie didn't realize this until after he died, six months, one week, and two days! And now Lanie has a new fresh start, she got a new job at Capriotti Winery, she made friends with the Capriotti family and others in Wildstone, and forms an attachment to Air Force vet, Deputy Sheriff Mark Capriotti, so finally she begins to feel peace, until the past rears its ugly head, and someone she thought she could trust betrays her!

My goodness! This book has managed to give me a book hangover for a week now, I have gone back and read some of my favorite passages again and again, so I'm almost 100% positive that it's never going away. But with all kidding aside, Rainy Day Friend is so much more than a romance, it truly is a book about strength, about letting go, and finding one's peace and it's wrapped up in a beautiful story.

Rainy Day Friends is a well written and delivered books, with characters you love and a story that you never want to end! Which is why I give it 5 stars!

Chapter 1
Anxiety Girl, able to jump to the worst conclusion in a single bound!

Most of the time Karma was a bitch, but every once in a while she could be surprisingly nice, even kind. Lanie Jacobs, way past overdue for both of those things, told herself this was her time. Seize the day and all that, and drawing a deep breath, she exited the highway at Wildstone.
The old wild-west California town was nestled in the rolling hills between the Pacific Coast and wine/ranching country. She’d actually grown up not too far from here, though it felt like a lifetime ago. The road was narrow and curvy, and since it’d rained earlier, she added tricky and slick to her growing list of issues. She was already white-knuckling a sharp turn when a kamikaze squirrel darted into her lane, causing her to nearly swerve into oncoming traffic before remembering the rules of country driving.
Never leave your lane; not for weather, animals, or even God himself.
Luckily the squirrel reversed direction, but before she could relax a trio of deer bounded across the road. “Run, Bambi,” she cried, hitting her brakes, and by the skin of their collective teeth, they all missed each other.
Sweating, nerves sizzling like live wires, she finally turned onto Capriotti Lane and parked as she’d been instructed.
It took a moment for her pulse to come down from stroke level. She’d been taught anti-anxiety techniques, but she’d never quite figured out how to make any of them work while in the actual throes of an anxiety attack.
It’s all good she told herself but because she wasn’t buying what she was selling, she had to force herself out of the car like she was a five-year-old starting kindergarten instead of being thirty and simply facing a brand new job. Given all she’d been through, this should be easy, even fun. But sometimes adulthood felt like the vet’s office and she was the dog excited for the car ride -- only to find out the real destination.
Shaking her head, she strode across the parking lot. It was April, which meant the rolling hills to the east were green and lush and the Pacific Ocean to the west looked like a surfer’s dream, all of it so gorgeous it could’ve been a postcard. A beautiful smoke screen over her not-so-beautiful past. The air was scented like a really expensive sea-and-earth candle, though all Lanie could smell was her forgotten hopes and dreams. With wood chips crunching under her shoes, she headed through the entrance beneath which was a huge wooden sign that read:

Capriotti Winery, from our fields to your table…

Her heart sped up. Nerves, of course, the bane of her existence. But after a very crappy few years, she was changing her path. For once in her godforsaken life, something was going to work out for her. This was going to work out for her.
She was grimly determined.

New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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