Series: Wildstone #1
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Date Read: June 18, 2017
Length: 400 pages
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 earth shattering, 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.
What a wonderful book this turned out to be! Jill Shalvis is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary romance authors because her books are consistently good. This book was even better than I could have hoped. I was grabbed by the story right away and it just kept getting better. I ended up reading most of the book in a single day because I just couldn't put it down. It was one of those books that left me with a big grin when I reached the conclusion and was an utter delight to read.
Quinn is the main focus of this story. She is getting by one day at a time and not really feeling much of anything after the sudden death of her sister. She gets some unexpected news that turns her whole life upside down. She has some really big decisions to make that will have a lasting impact not only on herself but on other people as well. I liked Quinn a lot. She was resilient and cared about other people deeply.
Mitch is in Wildstone trying to help his mother get her house in order. His constant companion is an aging Golden Retriever named Coop. Along with Coop, Mitch runs into Quinn when she is having an emotional moment and something just seems to click. They run into each other again later on and just seem to hit it off. Mitch was such a great character and I loved everything about him. He really fit with Quinn very well and they had some wonderful chemistry.
The story was really well balanced. This book had a wonderful romance in it but it wasn't just a romance. Quinn had some other things going on that were just as life changing. I really liked that this story was so complex and full. The secondary characters were wonderfully done. There was even a bit of humor that gave the story an element of fun.
I would highly recommend this book to others. This was a really great story about love and completely rediscovering yourself. I am really excited that this book is the beginning of a new series because I am already looking forward to spending more time with the people of Wildstone.
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