Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Title: Lost and Found Sisters
Series: Wildstone #1
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release date: June 20, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins.

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.

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We've all been in a rut in our lives at one time or another. For that matter, maybe even multiple times. So I think that alone makes Quinn's character instantly relatable and easy to connect to as a reader. Two years ago, she unexpectedly lost her beloved sister Beth in a tragic car accident. But she has a deeper issue than just coasting through life with no upward momentum. She's fallen into a state of apathy. All of her passion and motivation to develop deeper relationships, disintegrating. Besides the grief that stubbornly clings to her, she's blessedly numb.

Time wasn’t her friend. And as much as she tried to hold on to every single memory she had of Beth, it was all fading. Even now she couldn’t quite summon up the soft, musical sound of her sister’s laugh and it killed her.

Losing a sister was devastating, but life wasn't done pulling the rug out from under her feet. Quinn receives some stunning news that leaves her more lost than ever. Now, feeling as if her entire identity is a sham, she leaves L.A. and heads to Wildstone to clear her head and get some answers. Wildstone played a pivotal role, it wasn't just a generic backdrop. I love the atmosphere of a small town centered novel. The feeling of fellowship, and support with the richly developed secondary characters. The quaint and simple way of life, where relationships are valued more than things. Where everyone is always up in your business, but sometimes that's not such a bad thing. Because they genuinely care.

The first person Quinn meets in town is Mick. Mick is a structural engineer from San Francisco who is currently commuting back to his mother's house after his father's death four months prior. But unlike Quinn, he isn't feeling that loss in a profound way. He and his father never had a close relationship, in fact, it was his constant criticism and rigid personality that drove him away from Wildstone. Yet he still comes back and helps his mother put her affairs in order, no matter the discomfort it may give him. I really loved Mick. There wasn't one thing about him that wasn't admirable. You get a feeling of strength, warmth, and the certainty that he's the type of person you can always depend on. And it didn't hurt that he got her indisposed libido back in working order either.

Although Mick played a fairly sizable role, the main focus of the book remained Quinn's personal journey, the dynamics of her family relationships, and how she picked herself up and re-invented herself after getting knocked down. It was a poignant story that still had the trademark Shalvis humor sprinkled liberally throughout the book.

Her heart squeezed hard. Dammit. She was so used to not feeling a single thing. And now here she was feeling . . . everything. All the damn time. Before she knew it, she’d probably be crying at tampon commercials.

There were so many moments that had me laughing out loud and smiling. This couple was so sweet together, with many tender and meaningful moments that warmed my heart. This would be the perfect summer beach read when you're looking for something light and charming with a dash of romance thrown in to enjoy. My only issue was that the story dragged in the last third of the book somewhat, but not enough to substantially concern me.

I especially loved Boomer and Lena's side story, and I'm really looking forward to learning more about how they will find their way to each other in their own book. Wildstone is bursting with possibilities, and after this introduction to the series, I'm really looking forward to my next visit.


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