Title: Rainy Day Friends
Series: Wildstone, #2
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: William Marrow
Following the USA Today bestseller, Lost and Found Sisters, comes Rainy Day Friends, 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 Green 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.
I was in the middle of reading a pretty tough and heavy book and I needed a break from it. I had to read and review RAINY DAY FRIENDS soon so I figured it would be the perfect book to take my mind off my current read and to help get me over the middle of a book slump. And man was I right, RAINY DAY FRIENDS was just what I needed. Light. Funny. Emotional. Exactly the kind of story that I love to read during the summertime.
Lanie’s husband died six months ago. And instead of grieving about his death, Lanie soon discovers that he had several other wives. Needing to take a break and to get her mind off the heartbreak and betrayal, Lanie takes a job at family run Capriotti Winery. Here she finds way more than she’s bargained for.
The Capriotti family is truly the polar opposite of anything Lanie is familiar with. They are nosey, involved, loving, warm, loud, and extremely welcoming. After some time she begins to warm up to them, even to the hot, single father, cop Mark. (Yes, I had to use all those words to describe him!) But Mark isn’t interested in a relationship. . . which is perfect because neither is Lanie after everything she’s been through. When River Green shows up and lands a job at Capriotti Winery, Lanie takes her in just as the Capriotti’s took her in. But River may not be the bright, young girl everyone thinks she is!
Y’all. I love Jill Shalvis. I love her writing. I love her humor. I love her characters and storylines. And RAINY DAY FRIENDS was perfect! This book focused a lot on anxiety, especially social anxiety. I could truly relate to so many situations that Lanie was placed in. I think every reader will be able to relate to Lanie and River.
I devoured this book in one sitting and I’m so excited for the next in the series.