by Jill Shavis
Why I chose this book? I needed a ‘summer’ read
When I read this book? June 2018
Who should read this book? Readers of contemporary romance
Source: TLC Book Tours
My Rating: ★★★★ 3 Stars
Here is a synopsis of Rainy Day Friends from TLC Book Tours
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 19, 2018)
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
Rainy Day Sisters is a contemporary romance and a quick summer read. As such, there is not a lot of ‘meat on the bones’, and you know exactly what you are getting when you read the synopsis, so you sit back and enjoy the journey.
The highlight of this book is the Capriotti family with their ability to be both nurturing and obnoxious in same breath! And the twin girls were the highlight of the family! However, the main character, Lainie, was at times a real downer. You couldn’t help but pull for her, but at the same time, she was annoying. Yes, she’d been dealt a bad hand, and the death of her husband was a blow, but the embarrassment she felt at learning she was not his only wife didn’t seem realistic. Anger, vengeance, bad-mouthing; all of those would have been understandable. But hiding her past because she felt she was to blame?—that didn’t fly for me.
I enjoyed the book, but the romance between Lainie and Mark was almost too quick to develop and very predictable. I think a couple of the stories with secondary characters would probably have been more interesting to follow had they been allowed to develop; specifically the romance between River and Holden, and the storyline of Mia.
That said, if you are looking for a good read for a lazy summer afternoon, one that lets you relax and enjoy the story, this is definitely worth throwing into the beach bag. Enjoy!
About Jill Shalvis
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis is the award winning author of over three dozen romance novels. Visit www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and a daily blog chronicling her I-Love-Lucy attempts at having it all; the writing, the kids, a life ...
Find out more about Jill at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This book review is included in a tour by TLC Book Tours. I was provided a copy for review purposes.
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