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Lost and Found Sisters

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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 earthshattering, 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.

416 pages, ebook

First published June 20, 2017

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Jill Shalvis

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Multiple New York Times and USA Today 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 … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. Her newest Sunrise Cove novel, THE BACKUP PLAN, is out now, and THE SWEETHEART LIST comes out in June!

Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning novels wherever books are sold. Visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and fun blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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2,348 reviews24.7k followers
April 23, 2017
Lost and Found Sisters is book one in the brand new series, Wildstone, by Jill Shalvis. I admit, I am an ardent fan of Jill Shalvis’s books. Every single one just makes the day better. But this book, this book is special. It feels a little different somehow, than some of her previous books. I re-read the blurb and it really says it all. I don’t want to give anything away but will try to give you a few more reasons why you should read this book.

Quinn Wellers is thirty years old, is a sous chef for a trendy restaurant in Los Angeles and has a wonderful life. But inside, she just feels empty. Two years ago she lost her sister, Beth. Ever since then, she just sort of gets through the days. She doesn’t really feel anything. She has loving parents who were so much fun to read about. Her parents made a few mistakes, but they loved Quinn like crazy. She had been dating Brock, but they went from a relationship to just friends after Beth’s death. Brock wants to move back to the way they were before but Quinn just can’t. Her job at the restaurant is stressful, but being a chef is what she has always wanted.

Then one day, while waiting in line at the coffee shop, her world is literally thrown off it’s axis. A lawyer approaches her with shocking news, news that makes her question her entire life. So she packed a suitcase and hit the road for Wildstone, CA, to get some answers, and try to sort out her life.

California coastline:

Mick Hennessey couldn’t leave the small town he grew up in, Wildstone, fast enough when he left for college. He wanted to get as far away from his controlling father as he could. Now he has a successful career in San Francisco but his father has passed away so he is traveling back and forth to try to make repairs on his mom’s house and help her to clean things out. Mick has an adorable senior golden retriever, Cooper, that is by his side constantly. Was Mick looking for love, no, especially in Wildstone. But when he saw the woman at the beach seemingly having a panic attack, something in his heart opened up, just enough to let a little bit of her slip inside.

golden retriever with head out the window:

Quinn has inherited part ownership of both a house and diner. But there is more that ties her to Wildstone, something so much more. The longer she stays and gets to know the people of the town, the more she questions whether she really wants to leave or not. Something is happening to her inside, she is feeling again.

“She was so used to not feeling a single thing. And now here she was feeling…everything. All the time.”


Mick and Quinn can’t fight the attraction to one another. But Quinn still considers herself broken. Her home is in Los Angeles, Mick’s in San Francisco. This is just a temporary thing, having fun. Or is it?

“If Wildstone and everything in it is my storm cloud, you’re the silver lining.”


From the first page I fell in love with this book. Mick stole my heart from the beginning. This man…he was sexy, kind, smart, patient, loving, and did I say sexy? And don’t even get me started on his dog, Cooper. As Mick and Quinn each deal with their own ghosts, there is plenty else going on to deal with, such as Mick’s high school sweetheart deciding she wanted Mick back, a city manager who doesn’t seem to be operating above the law, and a town that seems to be slowly dying. This book is silly, sweet, sexy, and just plain lovely. I sighed, swooned, smiled (a lot) and fell in love, with both Quinn, Mick and everyone else in Wildstone.

diner booths:

If you pick one book to read this summer, make sure it’s this one. You won’t soon forget the characters within these pages. I know I won’t. Thank you again, Jill Shalvis, for making my day just a little bit brighter. I can’t wait to visit Wildstone again.

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1,446 reviews1,156 followers
June 19, 2017

I’ll read Women’s Fiction if Jill Shalvis is the author.

When one of your very favourite authors announces she’s going to write something a little different, do you:

A) Bounce up and down and do a fist bump in the air because she is releasing something new?

B) Cry and scream - Why…why…why…would you do this to me? I don’t like change. Why change a good thing? Please tell me the hero doesn’t die/the heroine doesn’t die? It’s not an apocalyptic/time travel/alien invasion story, is it?


C) Well, OK. I’ll give it a go.

Well, to be honest, I kind of did all three when I found out that Jill Shalvis was writing her first Women’s Fiction. Now, here is where I admit that I’m a bit of a dag. I should have done the smart thing and looked up the definition of women’s fiction. For some silly reason, I thought it was going to be all…women rule the world, work is my focus and if I’m happy in my career – I’m happy in my life. Now, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH ANY OF THESE THINGS!! I hope I’ve made that loud and clear enough. I, myself, read romance for a reason. I love LOVE. My greatest accomplishment in my life is loving my husband and having two wonderful sons. Yeah, I work, I’ve had careers and opportunities, but for me, they are nothing compared to my family. So, when I read contemporary, I want something I can relate to. To me, romance stories are that little space in time when love becomes the focus and life/duties take a backseat.

Anyways…after finishing Lost and Found Sisters I looked up the definition of Women’s Fiction. This article says it in a way I completely understood and could relate to. If like me, you’re a little unclear of the differences between Romance and Women’s Fiction, I suggest you check out this article.


So, I started reading Lost and Found Sisters looking for the differences. At first, I thought a major difference was that it was a lot more serious. As I went further through the book, I got an AHHA moment when we got to the sexy times. So, women’s fiction means we cut back on the rubbing and grinding and just show the connection in the intimate scenes. Then at 6:30 am I had an epiphany. *Oh, women’s fiction is about life and relationships.* It wasn’t just about him and her getting it on (or what leads up to that), it was about a woman leading her life and managing her relationships with everyone.


I honestly thought this would be a get in and get it done read and admit to a little hesitancy in starting. I had a *Sure, Jill Shalvis, give it your best shot trying to convert me from romance to women’s fiction…* mentality.

Well, I’m converted. I can now proudly say that I read romance -AND- women’s fiction…maybe I should stipulate that at this particular time, I read Jill Shalvis’s women’s fiction.

So, I loved Lost and Found Sisters. I loved the emotions and feelings generated seeing Quinn (the heroine) grow and form new relationships. It wasn’t an easy journey watching her hesitate to take a risk or step out of her comfort zone. I could relate to her hesitations as I have felt those same hesitations myself. Who wants to make mistakes or be rejected?

There were a couple of things that really made this book shine. Mick, the hero, is AWESOME!! Tilly, Quinn’s little sister, has these little quotes from her journal at the start of each chapter. I got to a stage where I was reading them out to my husband. They were so relatable and funny. I would suggest buying this book for those alone…well, maybe not those alone, but they really enhanced the excellentness of the story. I loved Wildstone and want to visit the little town. Actually, I want to live in Wildstone…if it was real and maybe in Australia.

Lost and Found Sisters is about trusting your instincts, being true to yourself and opening up to new experiences. There is a lot of love, laughs and connections that we see start and then grow. Relationships are not just the romantic kind and this story helped me to appreciate that all relationships help to mould our lives and find happiness.

Sorry, this was a very rambling review. I loved Lost and Found Sisters and I can’t wait for more in the Wildstone series. Jill Shalvis, in my eyes you can do no wrong and this story is proof…that is, unless you decided to write a story where you kill off all the characters and make it an apocalyptic/time travel/alien invasion story.


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2,307 reviews703 followers
June 21, 2017
4.5 - "We're in it together... Always." Stars!

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A new series by Jill Shalvis always gives me that excited tingle, and the first book in the Wildstone series; Lost and Found Sisters delivered in every way I would expect from this author, and exceptionally well.

Quinn and Mick’s story is quite simply Shalvis, writing at her best, as you would expect you are given lots of little side plots to keep the interest building, with the addition of the usual plethora of secondary characters some you love, and some you just love to hate, to flesh out the story-line, add in a few cute pets, and all the while everything is developing the author still manages to keep the focus on the main characters as the book unfolds.

"I think maybe you just switched me back on."

The main characters in question are Quinn Wellers, a woman approaching thirty who on the outside appears to have everything going for her, when the death of a woman she doesn’t even know literally puts her whole perceived life into a tailspin. New town, new sister and new man follow on in quick succession, and you are basically along for the ride as Quinn tries to negotiate a relationship with her teenage sister Tilly, as well as try and deal with her feelings for Mick. He is back in town to help his mother deal with the aftermath of his father’s death, but quickly find himself returning time and time again looking to spend more time with Quinn.

"I guess a little kink never hurt anyone..."

This is a pretty long book, I read it in a day, alright I will admit I stayed up until the early hours of the morning to finish it, but it was just pure reading pleasure. I loved going on the emotional journey with both Quinn and Tilly, the POV’s provided by them and Mick, gives you a real opportunity to get in each of their heads at pivotal points of the story, as always Jill manages to inject humor alongside the tears, and bring a light to what could be construed as quite a heavy story-line, and I cannot wait to see what stories further visits to Wildstone will yield in the coming months/years.

"Seems we’re a good fit afterall..."

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3,227 reviews1,929 followers
June 21, 2017
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I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of Women's Fiction and have actually never even wanted to read a book in the genre. But Jill Shalvis is one of my go-to authors and the blurb for Lost and Found Sisters really intrigued me. I'm really happy that I gave this book a chance because I ended up enjoying quite a bit.

This is a story of finding yourself and taking control of your life. I loved all of the characters that we got to meet but I especially have a huge place in my heart for Quinn. I really liked that we got to see all of her struggles and her hesitation to take that next step in life and actually live, instead of merely existing. I admired her a lot for being able to step out of her comfort zone as much as she did.

And then there's Mich and his pooch, Cooper. Mick will never be a forgotten Hero for me and I think anyone that gives this book a chance will find themselves saying the same. He was so close to perfect and yet not so flawless that his character made you roll your eyes. But even with his flaws, his sweet personality will win you over in no time.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. Even if you don't think Women's Fiction is a genre you would enjoy I urge you to at least give this book a try. If I can be lured to the dark side, anyone can.
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1,988 reviews194 followers
July 24, 2017
5 Stars for for a book that gave me giggles, tingles, wiggles and a big wide smile.
I adored these characters, I want to move them in next door. Quinn, the woman who lost a part of her soul when her sister died, and her past was scrambled. She was so easy to attach to. She was snarky, emotional, warm, giving and stubborn and she cooked, bonus. Mick, strong, tall, dark, sexy, dedicated, kind, giving, and good to his mom. Yums. Tilly, she was the teenager who had life hit her upside the head. This girl was not the stereotypical teen in most books, she had her drama, her back talking, and defenses in full force but she was also very lovable and unselfish. So many characters from the parents, the catty ex, to the weird old men hanging around gossiping, I loved them all, each were developed just enough never over done.
The story was a beautiful love story that dealt with finding the right place in the world. It may not be where you are planning on going. There is a lot of heart felt emotional findings in this and so much fun. Tilly's journal note at the beginning of each chapter always made me laugh.
The story touches of some sensitive subjects. Death of a sibling, child abuse, adoption, corruption, all were handled tastefully and resolved.
I gave it 5 stars for pure enjoyment I got out of the book. I am planning of re-reading this and listening to it on audio.
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970 reviews194 followers
September 24, 2017
Quinn denies being in a rut claiming she wants to keep her life simple but by simple she means shutting herself off and building a wall around her heart.
When a chance of love comes her way can Quinn overcome, a stroppy teenager, an ex-boyfriend, an ex-girlfriend, misunderstandings and careers in completely different towns?

This is a story about insurmountable loss, family secrets and second chances. It is humorous at times with a few city girl, country life moments and heartbreaking at others. Shalvis has plotted well with believable obstacles for Quinn to push herself to overcome.

I liked at the start of each chapter there are extracts from Tilly’s diary, little insights into the mind of a confused 15 year old.
”There are three stages of life:
1. Birth
3. Death
- From “The Mixed-up Files of Tilly Adam’s Journal”

There is not only the story of Quinn but also of 15 year old Tilly and the sweet romance between her and Dylan. The country town of Wildstone is as much a character as its residents who pop in and out of the story but all pitch in and work together when needed.
Lost and Found Sisters is a well written contemporary romance with substance and I’m looking forward to reading book two in the series.
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993 reviews804 followers
December 21, 2017
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘A hint about women,’Mick said to Cliff. ‘Never in the history of all history has telling a woman to calm down ever calmed one down’

Though marketed as woman fiction, this was a pure Jill Shalvis romantic comedy in my eyes. Maybe the sex scenes weren't as graphic as she can write them... Maybe the romance wasn't the main plot of the story? Whatever had this book being labeled Chick Lit or Woman Fiction, it didn't stop me from enjoying it as I would any other book by this author.

Lost and Found Sisters had everything I love in a Jill Shalvis' book anyway:

A strong and resilient heroine with a looney side to her. Because serious people are b.or.i.n.g.
Quinn was a so well rounded character. compassionate, driven but like every human she comes with her quirks and shortcomings. I loved her. Faced to a life altering news she could have opted for the safety of her well compartmented life back in L.A. but a major panic attack sends her right where everything started.

A strong alpha hero with glimpses of beta caring male. Alpha light with a soft and sensitive side. THE BEST. The best yet not perfect, which makes him even more appealing for some reason. And maybe I'm just on a Shalvis' high but the way she has to write her male characters, especially the heroes, the way she describes them? Little things, really, but it's like I'm suddenly right there within a touch... And I swear I was seeing Mick drinking his beer as if I was right next to him and that sound he made when he rubbed his jaw? I heard it. A manly male written by Shalvis definitely does it for me.
“He had a hand resting on his bottle of beer, his thumb taking lazy swipes at the condensation. He took another long pull and she watched his throat as he swallowed.
He was sporting at least a day's worth of stubble. Maybe two. All she knew was that when he rubbed a hand over his jaw, the ensuing sound made her mouth feel dry enough that she needed another sip of her drink.”

Also an oh so charming small town setting. You can picture yourself there, you can smell the ocean, you can feel the air and everything. In other words, the PERFECT place to escape. Wildstone, California I'm coming for you!

Relatable and affectionate secondary characters. They're not just props in the background, they're fully part of the story and makes it all more real and sincere.
I loved Quinn's best friend, her lost sister was a hoot and a great addition but the newfound one was a hoot! A snarky and pain in the ass ex girlfriend that you can't help but like and it's worth mentioning because usually the ex girlfriend's role in romance books is relayed to cause unnecessary drama. So kuddos, Ms Shalvis, for being the exception.

A tongue in cheek humor I'm just addicted to. Nothing quite as good and uplifting as a good laugh!
There are three stages in life:
1. Birth.

An indisputable chemistry between the main characters. I'm not talking about lust—although nothing wrong with lust and these two were definitely lusting after each other— I'm talking about compelling, potent chemistry!

Compelling dialogues that feels natural. Worth mentioning as I've had my share of reads with stilted and rehearsed sounding dialogues.
‘You should probably know something about me.’
- ‘I'm all ears.’
- ‘I'm not doing the whole guy thing right now.’
- ‘How about pizza?’ he asked, cocking his head with a smile. ‘Are you doing the pizza thing?’
Damnit. The way to her heart was pizza. And maybe also that incredible smile he was sporting.

An emotional journey. I wish I could freely tell you more about the main plot of this book, but I'd hate to spoil it to you. Just know that the romance between Quinn and Mick isn't the main part of the story and that something just as sweet is there for you to discover.

Engaging story telling. What is it with Jill Shalvis' writing? It's lighthearted but meaningful at the same time. Prepare thyself to laugh, swoon, groan, cry and laugh all over again. It's a cycle. Really.

The Dog. The dog almost stole the show once again. If you are familiar with this author's work then you know what I'm talking about, and if you're new to her and a lover of furry friends? Believe me you'll have a whole new reason to love her books. She manages to make animals complete cast of the story adding charm, amusement, cuteness and a comical streak to an already well rounded story.

What more is there for me to say about this book? I just loved it plain and simple and once again I found my happy place within a Shalvis' book.
If it has tires or testicles, it's gonna give you trouble.

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959 reviews1,241 followers
July 4, 2017

Title: Lost and Found Sisters
Series: Wildstone #1
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release date: June 20, 2017
Cliffhanger: No

We've all been in a rut in our lives at one time or another. For that matter, maybe even multiple times. So I think that alone makes Quinn's character instantly relatable and easy to connect to as a reader. Two years ago, she unexpectedly lost her beloved sister Beth in a tragic car accident. But she has a deeper issue than just coasting through life with no upward momentum. She's fallen into a state of apathy. All of her passion and motivation to develop deeper relationships, disintegrating. Besides the grief that stubbornly clings to her, she's blessedly numb.

Time wasn’t her friend. And as much as she tried to hold on to every single memory she had of Beth, it was all fading. Even now she couldn’t quite summon up the soft, musical sound of her sister’s laugh and it killed her.

Losing a sister was devastating, but life wasn't done pulling the rug out from under her feet. Quinn receives some stunning news that leaves her more lost than ever. Now, feeling as if her entire identity is a sham, she leaves L.A. and heads to Wildstone to clear her head and get some answers. Wildstone played a pivotal role, it wasn't just a generic backdrop. I love the atmosphere of a small town centered novel. The feeling of fellowship, and support with the richly developed secondary characters. The quaint and simple way of life, where relationships are valued more than things. Where everyone is always up in your business, but sometimes that's not such a bad thing. Because they genuinely care.

The first person Quinn meets in town is Mick. Mick is a structural engineer from San Francisco who is currently commuting back to his mother's house after his father's death four months prior. But unlike Quinn, he isn't feeling that loss in a profound way. He and his father never had a close relationship, in fact, it was his constant criticism and rigid personality that drove him away from Wildstone. Yet he still comes back and helps his mother put her affairs in order, no matter the discomfort it may give him. I really loved Mick. There wasn't one thing about him that wasn't admirable. You get a feeling of strength, warmth, and the certainty that he's the type of person you can always depend on. And it didn't hurt that he got her indisposed libido back in working order either.

Although Mick played a fairly sizable role, the main focus of the book remained Quinn's personal journey, the dynamics of her family relationships, and how she picked herself up and re-invented herself after getting knocked down. It was a poignant story that still had the trademark Shalvis humor sprinkled liberally throughout the book.

Her heart squeezed hard. Dammit. She was so used to not feeling a single thing. And now here she was feeling . . . everything. All the damn time. Before she knew it, she’d probably be crying at tampon commercials.

There were so many moments that had me laughing out loud and smiling. This couple was so sweet together, with many tender and meaningful moments that warmed my heart. This would be the perfect summer beach read when you're looking for something light and charming with a dash of romance thrown in to enjoy. My only issue was that the story dragged in the last third of the book somewhat, but not enough to substantially concern me.

I especially loved Boomer and Lena's side story, and I'm really looking forward to learning more about how they will find their way to each other in their own book. Wildstone is bursting with possibilities, and after this introduction to the series, I'm really looking forward to my next visit.


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1,232 reviews2,038 followers
June 24, 2017
4.5 stars!

Admittedly, I was a bit nervous starting this book because this was marketed as Women's Fiction and not romance. And I always get nervous when it's WF because I happen to love my HEA...and well...WF can be downright depressing and drab. But it's Jill Shalvis! I trust her and I wasn't disappointed.

This book rocks!

It was humorous but also poignant, and the characters are flawed but still completely relatable, which is always a plus.

Lost and Found Sisters is a story about Quinn Weller who is still grappling with her sister's death a couple of years ago. Her sister's accident had hit her so hard that she still hasn't moved on emotionally from it. She's contemplating how empty her life is and how numb she felt but doesn't really know how to get out of it when she meets a lawyer who told her some devastating truths about Quinn's life. And this is where the story really gets interesting for me.

Quinn, driven by curiosity left LA and went north to Wildstone, California in order to uncover the secrets of her past and the inheritance that she's going to receive. Quinn's own expectations were upended when she arrived in Wildstones. She's not only discovering the secrets of her own past and her own family, she's also getting involved in the lives of the people in Wildstone, especially Mick's.

Mick is a Wildstone native who ran out of town the moment he graduated high school. He's now a successful businessman who's temporarily back to help his mother get on her feet after his father's death. He had no plans of coming back to Wildstone permanently. When he meets Quinn, he's drawn to her and she to him but because Mick isn't really staying in Wildstone and Quinn is dealing with some family stuff, their relationship started off tentatively without any promises.

With Lost and Found Sisters being tagged as Women's Fiction and not Romance, I was a bit prepared for the romance to be thin and secondary. While the romance between Mick and Quinn isn't the main focus of story, it's still well developed and substantial, in my opinion.

There is also a secondary set up romance between two characters that I hope would develop into something more in the future. And since this is looking to be another series, we might be getting their book as well.

Romance aside, I enjoyed Quinn's journey as a character. She came to Wildstone expecting one thing and came out with so much. The secondary characters are well drawn and complex. They do have personalities of their own. They're not there just to advance the plot of the main character. I actually wanted to know them, which is a testament to how talented Ms. Shalvis is for making me care about these secondary characters.

Wildstone itself is a character in the book. Its landmarks and struggles feature heavily in the book. The town feels alive and populated by real people. I'm definitely looking forward to visiting and discovering more of its secret in the coming books.

As of right now, I'm happy with how this book turned out. It exceeded my expectations. And yes, I highly recommend this book to everyone!

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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1,797 reviews455 followers
June 26, 2017
A sassy, sexy and touching story about family, friends and love that made me smile from start to finish.

Quinn Weller just turned thirty and aside from the overwhelming emptiness her sister’s loss caused her, she seems to have everything from a loving family, to a great career and a boyfriend who’s just waiting for her to lift the embargo on her heart and feelings. But something is just a bit off and then her entire life is turned on its axis when she’s informed of an inheritance from an unknown relative which causes a domino effect revealing upsetting lies.

Needing to get to the bottom of things, Quinn puts her life on hold to go to Wildstone, a small town where everybody knows everybody and the pace is vastly slower from L.A. Sticking out like a sore thumb at first, she’s captivated by the town’s charm, its interesting inhabitants and one gorgeous man who’s been welcoming, helpful and engaging her in sexy, teasing banter.

While trying to do the right thing, Quinn starts a journey of self-discovery which eventually will lead to fork in the road. Will she go back to her empty yet familiar life or will she take a risk and embrace love, family and strange pets in a way she never imagined?

I love reading books that are set in small towns where the author gives readers graphic details that allow the imagination to soar and characters that draw you in. I loved reading about every single one of them including the animals that make for every interesting and fun scenes. I also appreciate when loving and supportive parents are included in the secondary character mix.

I’m being purposely vague because there are very interesting twists to this story I don’t want to spoil you with. I can say though that I really enjoyed Quinn’s journey. I was so much more about the sweet and sexy romance between Quinn and Mick.

The Lost and Found Sisters is book #1 in the Wildstone series by Jill Shalvis. It is a standalone contemporary romance. It was touching, it was sexy, it was heartwarming and full feels. Told from two points of view with a happy ending.

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2,438 reviews812 followers
June 20, 2017

Jill Shalvis has changed things up slightly with LOST AND FOUND SISTERS. This is her first Women’s Fiction novel. As a fan of Shalvis, I was curious to see how she would tackle this new genre. I think she did a good job, however, I don’t know if I would say this is her best book.

The heroine of this novel is very important. Chef Quinn Weller’s life is completely turned upside down when she unexpectedly learns that she was adopted and her birth mother has left some things for her. At twenty-nine years old, Quinn really had no idea that she was adopted so this has come as a huge shock to her.

Her life is a little less than perfect. Her relationship is at a standstill and she is feeling very restless with her life. So when the opportunity arises for her to travel to Wildstone, California, she doesn’t really take long to decide to leave L.A.

At first I wondered how different this book would be to her Romances. I feel like Quinn’s character kind of falls into the mold of all of Shalvis’ other heroines. She tends to like to write heroines who are really down on their luck so Quinn was no exception to that.

But I noticed that the real difference lies in the fact that we stay with Quinn throughout the whole book, which means that our connection to her must be strong from the very beginning to make a good book. While I liked Quinn, I’m not sure that I made that solid connection with her. I felt bad for her, but I also felt that the beginning was a little rushed.

There is also quite a bit of repetition. For example, the same dialogue is used throughout the book. I don’t know if the author and editor missed that, but I found several lines that were repeated in the book.

I’m on the fence about continuing the series. I think it’s a pleasant start, but the genre does try my patience a little bit.

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1,719 reviews462 followers
June 22, 2017
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss.

Initial Thoughts
So much to love about this story. Amazing characters dealing with some difficult situations. And Mitch...I am swooning over here.
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1,393 reviews243 followers
April 26, 2018
After devouring several of Jill Shalvis’ books over the past couple of months, I paused my Lucky Harbour binge to acquaint myself with Wildstone, where the quirky residents welcomed me and the romance wooed me.

description If it’s got tires or testicles, it’s gonna give you trouble.”

As I’ve rapidly realised, Jill Shalvis has a gift of creating great stories for characters who have the most perfect of chemistry’s and Quinn’s story sucks you in from the start as she approaches the big 3-0 and is walloped with some life-changing information. And it’s this that sees her head off to quiet small town, Wildstone where she soon makes a few discoveries.

description Follow your heart and go for it.”

Whilst at times this one felt a little steady paced, it never detracted from the fact that Quinn’s romance with Mick was perfect—as was Mick himself—and the developing overall deeper story added just the right dose of humour, angst and drama into the mix. For me it��s straight into the novella which follows this The Good Luck Sister, and I look forward to seeing what the series brings.

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2,640 reviews2,559 followers
August 27, 2017
Quinn Weller is a sous-chef at a trendy restaurant in Los Angeles. Still grieving from the loss of her sister two years ago, Quinn gets visited by a lawyer. He drops a life-changing bombshell on her. What follows is a journey of self-discovery and adventure in the little town of Wildstone. Quinn’s life will never be the same again.

When a lawyer delivers earth shattering news to Quinn, she begins to question her whole life. With a young sister she was unaware of, Quinn has her work cut out getting to know her. She feels torn going back and forth between Los Angeles and Wildstone. A chance meeting with an attractive stranger, Mick, has her all a flutter. The chemistry between Mick and Quinn is undeniable. I imagined Mick to look like Luke from the television show, Gilmore Girls. I’m sure that’s nothing like Jill Shalvis intended, but it worked for me!

I fell in love with his character and was rooting for him and Quinn all the way. The tender scenes between them were beautiful. Neither Quinn nor Mick have plans to stay in Wildstone, despite both having family there. This leaves a constant question over their future together. There is also the matter of Mick’s ex-girlfriend, Lena. A determined and confident woman, she tells Quinn that she wants Mick back and that she will get what she wants. It made me dislike her character, but Quinn handles the situation very well. Shalvis then spins your emotions and the situation that Lena is in, and you begin to feel a little sorry for her.

I loved Quinn’s first meeting with the lawyer, Cliff Porter. She renames him Harry Potter (in her head) due to the uncanny resemblance to the boy wizard. It did make me chuckle.

Tilly’s character is wonderful. A young, yet wise, teenager. Her life has been ripped apart by the death of her mum. Looked after by a family friend, Tilly is finding life tough. All she has in the world is her best friend, Dylan. It took me a while to warm to Dylan’s character. After learning of his background and home life, I saw him in a different light. As his character evolved, so did my opinion of him.

Keep your eye out for two characters who deserve a special mention – Tink the cat, and Coop the dog. They both provide amusement. Having cats and a dog myself, I know that these two characters are very realistic!

The quiet setting of Wildstone is different to that of bustling Los Angeles and I didn’t like it to begin with. I could see why Quinn was looking to return home once she’d tidied things up in Wildstone. Wildstone seemed dated and the locals all had a much slower pace of life. Even I found it frustrating! But, like Quinn, I soon began to enjoy it. She then finds herself divided between returning to Los Angeles and staying in Wildstone. Quinn has formed strong connections in both places. She knows that wherever she chooses to stay, she will be leaving people behind that she loves.

I liked the quirky headings of the chapters. Each one is a small excerpt from ‘The Mixed-Up Files of Tilly Adams’s Journal.’ The first one is “I walk around like everything is fine but deep down inside my shoe my sock is sliding off.” It speaks volumes about how Tilly is feeling in one short sentence. It makes a refreshing change to having numbered chapters.

I wasn’t disappointed by this unputdownable book. Lost and Found Sisters had so many elements to it. It was very realistic and the characters came alive in my head. I had previously read another of Jill Shalvis’ books – My Kind of Wonderful, so I knew I was in for a treat with this one – and you will be too!

Reviewed by Jodie on www.whisperingstories.com
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1,149 reviews193 followers
July 15, 2017
Lost and Found Sisters

Jill Shalvis

Received from Edelweiss

LOST AND FOUND SISTERS is the first book in the Wildstone series. I am kicking myself after finishing this wonderful story because there are so many more Jill Shalvis stories that I have yet to read. I need to fix that very very soon.

Once I started reading LOST AND FOUND SISTERS I had a very hard time putting it down. Quinn Weller lost her sister in a tragic car accident. She has been going through the motions of life but not really dealing with any of it. She thinks she is starting to get her life back when she is dealt another blow. She finds out a very big secret about who she is She is almost thirty years old and never even had a clue. She learns she has a sister out in Wildstone and her sister needs her. Her mother has just passed away and poor Tilly has no one.

Quinn drives straight to Wildstone to see what the heck is going on. Once she is almost there, she pulls over because she is having a panic attack and runs right into Mick Hennessy. He tries to calm her down and after a bit, she is on her way to the lawyers office to see just what she has inherited and to find out what other secrets this small town holds for her. I fell in love with Mick pretty much as soon as I met him as I'm sure all the other readers will as well. He is so good to Quinn and doesn't push her too much. Well, only when necessary haha. Once learning of all of the secrets and things Quinn is going through I quickly wanted to be her friend and help her see her way through all of it. When she meets Lena who also happens to be Mick's ex,
I hated her at first but she quickly stole my heart too.

Quinn is starting to really come to love this little town and all of the people in it but she still considers herself broken which is why she can't open up her heart to Mick. Mick has plenty of ghosts from his past that are chasing him and at first he tries to resist Quinn but he opened his heart up just a little bit and now she is in it no matter how hard they both try to fight the feelings building between them. My favorite quote from LOST AND FOUND SISTERS has got to be " if it has tires or testicles it's gonna give you trouble". How perfect is that? I can not wait to continue with this wonderful series and I'm really looking forward to who the next book will be about.
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794 reviews51 followers
March 23, 2018
Super cute! I had many laughs while reading this book, especially with the little snippets from Tilly's journal at the beginning of each chapter. I hope the next book features Boomer and Lena, but I will still read it even if it doesn't. Fun times!
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2,937 reviews1,548 followers
July 7, 2018
The most painful part of this story was the romance. I kind of liked the town. And I liked developments between Quinn and her sister (including the woo-woo appearances by the dead sister, Beth). And I particularly liked the frenemy relationship with Lina (who will, no doubt, have a romance of her own later in the series).

The thing with the romance is that both characters have a lot of unearned angst about commitment. Neither has much reason for it; they just don't want to fall in love. Yes, this is pretty much the definition of negative motivation*. Mick gets over it early and he at least has the guts to let Quinn know that he'd like more. So Quinn is the real boo on this front. Which made it hard for me to really invest in her romantic happiness.

And it doesn't help that I had a strong dislike to Quinn's reaction on learning that she was adopted. She has had a close relationship to her very loving parents and to her sister. But she's pretty mean about it when she learns that she was adopted. It felt like she was a 12 year-old in her response and that put me off enough that for a while I didn't really care about the town or her building ties there (I was more interested in her patching things up with the parents who love her).

Which isn't to say I didn't like the story. Like I said, Quinn building a relationship with Tilly (the sister she just found out she has) was very well-handled. Tilly is a big bundle or teen angst and need and I loved seeing Quinn step up and give her some love and stability and patience. And the more I think on it, I really did like Mick. I liked that he's quick to come clean and that he didn't drag out misunderstandings and that he actually communicated with honesty and courage. So really, Quinn is my main problem with the story. Huh.

A note about Steamy: There are some explicit sex scenes. It's about the middle of my steam tolerance but I didn't keep very close count. I remember a couple of times where Shalvis pulls back before we get details because the important emotional arc had already been established, and I always appreciate that in a romance with explicit elements.

* Negative Motivations: I kind of hate that the term "negative motivation" isn't widespread, yet. Since it isn't, I'm going to save off this little jag to append to my reviews that feature the term. Jennifer Crusie blogged about it a bit back and it changed how I understand story. The problem with the term is that if you've never heard it before, you'd assume it meant motivations that are harmful or immoral. Not so. What it refers to is motivations not to do something. The thing is that many of us are motivated to not do things for a lot of different, perfectly valid and reasonable, reasons. The problem is that in a story motivations to not do things are a huge drag on the plot—particularly considering the fact that most negative motivations are overcome by the character simply deciding they don't care any more (or, rather, that they do care and are now motivated to do the thing). So not only do you have a counter to action but you also have a situation where to overcome it, all a character has to do is change their mind. Which means eventually, the reader is rooting for the character to get over him/herself already and do the thing we want them to do. Conflict drives story. Conflict between a reader and a main character drives readers away from story.
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521 reviews
July 14, 2018
Read #2 July 2018
After this re-read I've decided to change my rating to 5 STARS. I recently finished the sequel Rainy Day Friends and decided to go back and reread this book. I felt I enjoyed it more the second time around. I loved the humor, the tears, the characters - heck even the dog and cat are well written. I love Tink. Anyway, here is more wisdom from teenager Tilly's Journal which heads up each chapter:

"Sometimes my life feels like a test I didn't study for"
"I've learned that you can't make everyone happy, you're not a bowl of ice cream"
"No matter how much you eat, there's always room for desert. Dessert doesn't go to the stomach, dessert goes to the heart"
And finally a variation of a quote from my favorite movie:
"I'm just a girl, standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a doughnut."

First Read review July 2017
Huh. I learned a new term for a genre "Woman's Fiction". Which this book is labeled. Don't laugh, I realize now it's been around for ages, I just haven't been paying attention. Amy Sue Nathan defined "Woman's Fiction" as
"The driving force of women’s fiction is the motivation of the main character to get herself from point A to point B to point C, learning and changing and growing and making mistakes along the way. What makes a women’s fiction main character tick is the methods by which she learns and changes and grows and makes mistakes. Women’s fiction tackles extraordinary real life issues and emotions."
Can there be Romance? Yes, but it is not the main focus of the novel. Also, unlike "Romance" there is no guarantee of a HEA.

For a number of years now, the majority of the books I read are Lesfic and they can fall into any category from Romance to Fantasy to Mystery etc. I don't think I've heard a Lesfic book categorized as "Woman's Fiction". I guess it would be confusing? Whatever. A good book is a good book. And this book was a good one!

I think I first heard about it as a Beach Read on NPR. It follows 30 yr old Quinn, who is still grieving the death of her sister and I think is in a depression. Her life is further shaken when she gets news about herself and that she has an inheritance. She goes to a small town in No. Cal., Wildstone where she meets a unique cast of characters, including a tall, dark and handsome, Mick. This book is funny, sad, and triumphant as we watch Quinn stumble and grow and I guess you can say find herself in Wildstone. If you've read any of Robin Alexander's books, she has similar quirky characters.

I really loved the short excerpts of "Tilly Adam's Journal" that begins each chapter. Such as "I'd give up being a bitch, but I'm not a quitter" or "There are three stages of life 1. Birth, 2. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? 3. Death.

Anyway, I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next installment "Rainy Day Friends". Ugg, but I'll have to wait until Jun 2018.
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1,234 reviews245 followers
September 20, 2017
I really enjoyed this book by Jill Shalvis. It is the first book I've read by her and I really liked all the characters in this story. It was a quick read and I read it in a day. I am already looking forward to her next book coming out in September 2017 called "Chasing Christmas Eve".
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2,724 reviews331 followers
June 21, 2017
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Shalvis hit it way out of the ballpark with Lost and Found Sisters! What a strong story, with characters who made my heart both swoon and ache.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Lost and Found Sisters is a bit different from Shalvis' usual novels, but still has the same feel to it. A deep story, where Quinn, the main character makes several discoveries about herself, which in turn brings her to move out of LA to a small village to try to find her way, while also getting to know some people that will become very important to her.

The main theme in Lost and Found Sisters is family, and what exactly family is. Does it have to mean those people we are related to by blood? Can family be the people we choose? People who choose us? Quinn has to ask herself all those questions, and more, while also figuring out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. The sexy Mick doesn't make the choices Quinn needs to make any easier, but they do make them somewhat hotter.

Each chapter of Lost and Found Sisters starts with a line or two from Tilly's diary, and they are hilarious! There should be a collection of those to pick up on a bad day just to make us smile, all the while agreeing with the deeper meaning of what is stated. Written in third person point of view, past tense, and with dialogues to fill the readers in on the characters thoughts and feelings, this story hit me in all the best places.

Fave Quotes - (un)Conventional Bookviews

"You only live once, right?" "Not true," Quinn said. "You live every day. You only die once."

For her, the good, ol' US of A had always consisted of Los Angeles, New York and San Fransisco, with nothing in between except a nap at thirty-five thousand feet. She realized that probably made her a city snob, but the truth was, she just didn't know anything different.
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503 reviews2 followers
January 29, 2020
This book had every hallmark of a Hallmark channel movie, ( pun intended 😉) only in book form and it’s not Christmas. It has everything the Hallmark kitchen sink has to offer. You probably could figure that out, from just the book cover though.
✅ Big City girl
✅ Unbelievable circumstance happens
✅ She arrives in an incredibly small town
✅ Not looking for love
✅ Enter incredibly handsome guy who unbelievably is not taken already
✅ Small town resident Bitch face who wants handsome guy back for herself
✅ Everyone in the small town seems to be on the same server all at once and are all knowing
✅ Bratty teenager annoying us throughout entire book
✅ There is a gay couple
✅ There is a fight
✅ There is a dog who “barks happily”
✅ There is an asshole cat who hates everyone
✅ There is a classic town controller villain , ruining everything and everyone
✅ Everything wrapped in a nice neat bow at the end
All that being said. If you love the guilty pleasure Hallmark type story (when you are in the mood for it) This might be your book series. I’ll read the rest of the series for sure, when I’m in the mood for Hallmark far fetched guilty pleasure read. 👍🏻
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1,633 reviews479 followers
November 26, 2017
Cute new Shalvis, with a little more flavoring of Susan Mallery than she usually has. I have been quite enjoying that type of slow-moving, regular-life pacing more as I get older, so I was on board! The intro and the ending was a tad bit weak for Jill Shalvis, but had a strong core.
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3,032 reviews645 followers
June 19, 2017
Shalvis is quite the storyteller and I was delighted to find myself quickly drawn into Quinn's story. Quinn's life is about to be altered and it's a good thing too. Since her sister's death, she has just been going through the motions of living. When a lawyer contacts Quinn about a mysterious inheritance it comes with earth-shattering news. She feels betrayed, unsure and overwhelmed.

Blindsided she gets in her car and heads to Wildstone. When she has a panic attack in the beach parking lot a golden retriever named Cooper and his sexy owner, Mick Hennessey assist her. Mick has returned to the town his father made him hate to help his mother after the old man died. He intends to make repairs, clean out the junk and return to his life in San Francisco. Fate has other plans for him.

The romance delivered wonderful chemistry and brought change to both characters. Shalvis peeled back their layers and quickly had me swooning over Mick. His compassion, patience, and love for his dog make him a worthy book boyfriend. Quinn struggled with change and decision making, but she has a good heart and sees the good in people. I felt for her as she found her footing and loved the added touch concerning Beth.

The small town of Wildstone and its characters proved to be very interesting from Mick's snarky ex-girlfriend to the women who works in the diner. I loved the complication with the inheritance and enjoyed seeing the developing relationship. Shalvis provided plenty of laughter in this heartfelt tale, from bugs in the tub to a snarky stray cat.

Since this is the start of a series, several threads are woven in alongside Quinn's story from politics to a troubled couple. Of course, Shalvis already has me counting down the days until the June 2018 release of RAINY DAY FRIENDS.

Copy provided by the publisher. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer
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3,404 reviews449 followers
June 3, 2020
this book...wow!!!

I heard marvelous things about this series especially book four, so I tried it and read from the beginning of the series...and let me tell you I am not sorry one bit...because I enjoyed this book very, very much and I just can't wait to dive into the rest of the series.

This is a book that is heavily family-oriented with a lot of emotional issues that they deal with. It is also a book about sisters and friendships.

The premise of the book is that "what if you one day found out you were adopted?" how would you react? What impact would that have on your life and relationship with your parents?
Quinn has to deal with that and she also lost her sister in a car accident two years ago. So the title of the book is pretty revealing when she also finds out that she has a 15yo sister that needs her.
Watching Quinn get out of her comfort zone and be with her on that journey is pretty amazing.

Even though this book deals with all that it also has beautiful romance stories in it. And I was SOLD!! I loved Mick. He is such a breath of fresh air to read and the relationship they have is fantastic.

Then there is the charming little town and all the residents that brought so much to the story as well. Delightful!!

There is also lot of animals & food in this book!!

4,5 stars

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2,496 reviews150 followers
May 30, 2017
4.5 stars
This is the first in a new series by Jill Shalvis focused on the small town of Wildstone, California. I am going to try hard not to spoil any of the surprises in the story.

Quinn Weller is an LA girl...she has loving parents, a challenging job, and a good male friend/old flame willing to be more again. But her life is in a rut. She suffered a loss and she basically did not fully recover from her grief. But a visit from someone from Wildstone shocks her when he asks her to come to the town to learn of an inheritance. It makes her think differently about everything, and nothing could prepare her for the changes she would face.

Mick Hennessey is a successful business owner in San Francisco. But he grew up in Wildstone and still returns to help his mom. He seems to become Quinn's unofficial Savior. And their sexual tension and chemistry is hard to ignore.

But their lives are complicated. They've both got issues. They both live out of town and are busy with their jobs there. They really are not looking for a relationship. She has been afraid to feel or become attached. And he is worried about getting in too deep with someone that has no clue what they want. Wildstone is just supposed to be temporary and they are both afraid of getting tied down further there. She is not sure what her plans are, but she is torn between her life in LA and the new people in this town. And he is being pulled in different directions as well.

This shake up of Quinn's life begins to push her out of her comfort zone and to try new things. She is beginning to feel again. And she is trying to decide what to follow...her heart or her head.

Mick is a swoonworthy hero. He is sweet, sexy, funny, patient, and kind. Quinn is strong willed, confused, fearful, and guarded, but she also has a big heart that is aching to give and receive real love. She really has a lot to deal with and none of it is easy. She is totally out of her element and just doing her best to make it all work. And Mick has his own complications in his personal life and business dealings.

I loved the inhabitants and charm of this town. I became attached to Tilly, Dylan, Lena, Boomer, Greta, Trinee, and Cliff. I enjoyed the small town gossip mill and support system. Even the animals had personality. Of course there were some antagonists and some town drama. But Jill Shalvis really created a setting with memorable and quirky characters that added to the story. And there were some surprises and twists that kept it interesting. This was a delightful, sweet, heartfelt, and emotional story about hope, family, love, and finding a home. I am looking forward to the next book Rainy Day Friends.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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1,465 reviews236 followers
December 8, 2017
I really enjoyed this book, a story of sisters but with that slight twist of difference that kept me reading. Loved the snarky friendship too. And of course small bit parts played by ageing animals. Will definitely want to revisit Wildstone in #2.
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1,872 reviews1,879 followers
October 9, 2020
At the beginning of the year I read book four in the Wildstone series, Almost Just Friends (not pictured) and fell head over heels in love with Jill Shalvis writing. I immediately looked up her backlist and saw she has something like 100 books, but decided to order the first three books in this series to start. I finally went back to book one, The Lost and Found Sisters and loved it just as much as I had hoped. This was such a perfect blend of romance and family drama for me, it was funny, witty, warm and sexy. The characters are vibrant and authentic and you feel like you’re making new friends while you’re reading. You can easily read these books out of order like I am and be totally fine too since each book focuses on new people, they’re all just set in the same town. If you need an escapist read right now, (and really don’t we all? This election may do me in) you have to try JS, her books are so damn good!!
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