Series: Wildstone, #2
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on June 19th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis’ moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship
Oh, what a delightful addition to this wonderful series. Jill Shalvis is easily one of my go to’s and the Wildstone series one of my favorites. There’s a strong theme about what makes for a family and learning to trust ones judgement after experiencing betrayal. Lanie Jacobs travels to Wildstone, California for a short term work opportunity. From the moment she steps on the grounds of the Capriotti Winery she finds herself experiencing something altogether new.
Jill’s stories are always emotionally riveting, with unique situations and captivating characters. Lanie is a character that I really got. Nothing about her situation is anything I’ve experienced, but there is something about her emotional energy I connected with. I could anticipate her reaction to certain situations, just knowing how I’d feel about it. As she is brought into the fold of the Capriotti’s and especially Mark and his two adorable daughters, she begins a slow transformation. Mark and his little moppets steal the show ~ “He’d never intended to raise sweet yet savvy little hellions, but somewhere along the way they’d adapted to his life and become his Mini-Mes.” The connection that develops between Mark and Lanie is strengthened by Samantha and Sierra and it was easy to see this little foursome becoming one.
Also joining in is the mysterious River and while I could see the writing on the wall, I hadn’t quiet prepared myself for the amount of anxiety it would bring. Jill doesn’t shy away from calling out what Lanie learns, nor does she lighten Lanie’s reaction to make it more “comfortable”, she keeps it real.
This might be the most emotional of all of Jill Shalvis’ books I’ve had the chance to read. Just looking back at my highlights brings tears in my eyes ( because of course I highlight all the really angsty moments). But it’s not all heavy, its also sexy and funny, wrinkled with cute a cuter moments brought to you the Caprioti sisters (both the older ones and especially Marks girls).
This is a must read series, a recommendation for a long weekend stay-cation or a trip to the beach.
~Review by Cyndi