Review and Giveaway - The Forever Girl by Jill Shalvis



The Forever Girl by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #6
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Date Read: January 9, 2021
Length: 400 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★★
When Maze returns to Wildstone for the wedding of her estranged bff and the sister of her heart, it’s also a reunion of a once ragtag team of teenagers who had only each other until a tragedy tore them apart and scattered them wide.

Now as adults together again in the lake house, there are secrets and resentments mixed up in all the amazing childhood memories. Unexpectedly, they instantly fall back into their roles: Maze their reckless leader, Cat the den mother, Heather the beloved baby sister, and Walker, a man of mystery.

Life has changed all four of them in immeasurable ways. Maze and Cat must decide if they can rebuild their friendship, and Maze discovers her long-held attraction to Walker hasn’t faded with the years but has only grown stronger.
My Review

This was fantastic!  It is no secret that I have been a fan of Jill Shalvis's writing for a while so I was really eager for the chance to read this newest installment in the Wildstone series.  The Wildstone series are all set in the town of Wildstone but can be read in any order so you can feel free to jump in anywhere you like in the series.  When I picked this book up, I planned to read about half of it if I could but by the end of the day, I had finished it because it was simply too good to put down.  

Cat is getting married and she wants her family to be with her in the week leading up to the big day.  Maze, Heather, and Walker are the foster kids that lived with her family for one wonderful year until tragedy struck and she considers them to be her family.  The group has gone their separate ways during the past three years and they have some catching up to do and some wounds to heal.  Cat is determined to bring everyone back together so that they can reestablish the close bond they once shared.

Maze and Walker have a little secret that the others don't know about.  Nobody knows about that weekend in Vegas that they shared years ago but neither of them can forget.  Maze and Walker had fantastic chemistry and I thought that they were absolutely perfect together.  I love that they shared a past and had so much in common with each other.  All of the characters in this book have been through a lot and while the events from the past have stayed with them, they are working hard to have the best life they can.  I loved watching Maze and Walker work through their issues and try for a second chance.  

This book was very well written.  I love the fact that the book dealt with some pretty tough issues but was also able to make me laugh.  The relationships between all of the characters changed and grew throughout the book and I loved the way that things progressed in a way that felt authentic.  I liked that the relationships between the core group of characters were as much of a focus as the romance between Maze and Walker.  There is even a bonus romance to keep things even more interesting.  

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I found this book to be filled with fantastic characters, the perfect dose of humor, and a lot of heart.  I cannot wait to read more from this fantastic author.

I received an advanced review copy of this book from William Morrow Paperbacks.
About the Author

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 her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Giveaway
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give away a copy of THE FOREVER GIRL by Jill Shalvis to one lucky reader of this blog, courtesy of William Morrow Paperbacks.
 
The publisher reserves the right to disqualify any winner that has already claimed a prize from another stop in this blog tour. The contest is open to US residents only.

Comments

  1. Oh I always have such a nice time with her books!

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  2. Lovely cover and 5 stars means somethin'! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  3. Thus is next on my list to read. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  4. I've been hearing some great things about this book. And I love Jill Shalvis, so I'll definitely need to put this one on my TBR. ;)
    I'm glad you loved this one so much!

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    1. If you enjoy Shalvis, you will not want to miss this one, Maureen.

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  5. New author for me but sounds great.

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  6. I don't have a favorite from Shalvis since I've yet to read anything from her. I find her backlist pretty intimidating! This one sounds excellent, though!

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  7. I remember when I first saw Shalvis was going to do a women's fiction series. I wasn't sure, but this has grown to be one of my favorite series of hers. I think I like each new book more than the last. The family vibe was so good here, and like you said, she infuses her stories with lots of humor. So glad you liked it!!!

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  8. I have never read anything by Jill Shalvis but I love trying out new authors

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  9. Would you say that comparing her writing to Elin Hilderbrand would be accurate? I've never read her and am curious what her books are similar to.

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    1. I have not read Elin Hilderbrand yet so I can't really say. Sorry that I am not more of a help, Ethan.

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  10. Would be a good series to start on if I say so myself

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  11. I am always glad to see a glowing review--it means I have another book to add to my wish list and look forward to. And I do enjoy Shalvis. I am so glad you enjoyed this one. I look forward to reading it.

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    1. I hope that you enjoy it just as much as I did when you get the chance to read it, Wendy!

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  12. Sounds lovely :)
    I also need that bike!

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    1. It was a great book! I am not sure that I am coordinated enough to ride a bike anymore.

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  13. I haven't picked up a book from her in a while but I've always enjoyed her. Must read more by her! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. great review. jill's name is familiar to me but i would have to check my tbr to see if i have read any of her work. glad you loved it so much
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  15. I loved this one also. Shalvis is a favorite. Excellent review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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