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The Forever Girl

(Wildstone #6)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  5,052 ratings  ·  750 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis does it once again with a heartfelt story of family, forgiveness, and secrets that have the power to change the course of more than one life.

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 tra
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Irena BookDustMagic
Dec 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Today I finished The Forever Girl and realized that it took me a month to finally read the whole novel.
When a story can't grab your attention strongly and it takes you almost 30 days to read 400 pages, it probably means it isn't as great as you hoped it would be, right?

I still think this is a good book, but it just wasn't as interesting to me. That is the raw true.

There are multiple characters and unfortunately I didn't feel the bond with any of them.

The story is written in third person, followi
SO GOOD!!! 😍😍😍

I have got to stop reading teasers for the next book before I write my review for the book I just finished. I’m emotionally wrung out from a couple of pages and DESPERATE for more information about Love for Beginners.

The Forever Girl was bloody good but it was also pretty sad. Maze, the troublemaker, Caitlin, the bossy boots, Heather, the terrible secret keeper, and Walker, the Bond … a wee bit James Bond and a lot, bonding agent keeping them all connected. These guys are not blood
Sep 19, 2021 rated it liked it
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There’s just something about Wildstone.

Returning to Wildstone for her best friend’s wedding isn’t easy. After all, it’s been several years and Maze walked away for a reason. Leaving everyone behind broke her heart. Once part of a foster family that included her estranged best friend Cat, baby sister Heather, and Walker, the man who stole her heart, Maze has been wandering since the moment she left. Back together for Cat’s wedding, th
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

She’d grown up with big dogs, so she didn’t quite get the appeal of the little ones. They yipped. They had a Napoleon complex. Last week at the dog park, they’d terrorized a big dog into peeing on them.

She’d kept all this bottled in because . . . well, that’s what she did, always. There were lots of corked bottles of emotion deep inside her.

“Healthy relationships are about the three Cs.” “Calamity, cluelessness, and catastrophe?” Maze asked.

Somewhere along the way, she’d become t
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
another book in one of those series (can be read as standalone) that walks the line between romance and women fiction, can be shelved in both categories..

this whole series is based around sisterhood in various ways & found family...
in this one, we get foster sister/ brother relationships..

I enjoyed reading each book in this series but some books I loved more than others..
in this one, I like all characters except "main" characters, and the storyline around them - Maze & Walker were just too anno
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Because, Maze?” “Yeah?” “You’ve never been ‘just’ anything in your life.”

You may not believe this, especially me being a self proclaimed angst-addict, but I do read non-angsty books. Sometimes. Not often. And when I do, Jill Shalvis is my go to.

Whenever I'm in the mood for a read with plenty of feels that will give me a butterflies and a satisfied smile in the end, a Jill Shalvis book is a no brainer. The Forever Girl was a beautiful story of a family formed in bond rather th
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Jill Shalvis
SERIES: Wildstone #6
RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2020
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
THEMES & TROPES: Second Chance


I LOVED THIS BOOK. Like, really loved it. The Wildstone series is a hybrid of romance and women's fiction, perfect for those who need the romance aspect in their stories. THE FOREVER GIRL gives us Maze, Walker, Heather and Caitlin and while these characters couldn't be
Larry H
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars.

The Forever Girl , Jill Shalvis' new book, is a story of friendship, family, love, and honesty.

Once they were all a family. Heather, Walker, and Maze were all foster children taken in by Caitlin’s parents, and they were inseparable. Then tragedy tore them apart and they went their separate ways. But while some reunited or at least kept tabs on one another, Maze has always kept everyone at arm’s length.

Now Caitlin is getting married and she is determined to have the siblings of her h
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this contemporary romance. It dealt with tragedy, heartbreak, family, friendship, second chances, and love. The writing of Jill Shalvis created a roller coaster ride of emotions that made this layered tale engaging, humorous, tear jerking and so very heart warming.

I read the blurb and knew that this story sounded wonderful in my mind. I don’t want to tell you about the tragedy because it’s a major part of the story and the feelings it evokes should be found out organica
RaeAnne Thayne
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jill Shalvis writes books that drag me in from the first page. I love her characters, her humor, and the way she always manages to tug at my heart!

There seems to be a pattern when it comes to Jill Shalvis books for me now. Sometimes, I really like her books and they are a huge hit for me. But then another one comes out and it seems to be a miss.

For me, THE FOREVER GIRL didn’t continue the excitement from the last book of the series. Although this is the sixth book in the Wildstone series, you can definitely read this on its own. I just found that I didn’t quite connect with the characters like I have with other Shalvis books. I find th
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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 th
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I have yet to come across a Jill Shalvis book I don’t love, and The Forever Girl was no different. Despite this being the sixth book in the Wildstone series, it works well as a standalone. In this new book, the reader meets Maze, Walker, Caitlin and Heather. The story began with them gathering for their yearly graveside visit, which began after the tragic accide
Jessica Alcazar
I’ve had this story read and ready to review for a while now, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to say what I wanted to say without 1) going into details that would give away the plot and 2) sounding like I didn’t like/enjoy the book. But time is up and it is release day so …

I’m not to sure this story even comes close to romance fiction, even tho there is a romantic element, because it is overshadowed by everything else that is happening in the book. If you’re a Shalvis fan and have read this
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
The Forever Girl easily became one of my favorite Jill Shalvis books! Secrets came to light, family and friendship were tested and through it all was the most breathtaking bond between this group of people. Watching the story unfold, it felt as though these characters reached into my heart and wouldn't let go. And while I cried three different times, there was so much hope and love splashed across those pages. If you're a fan of Jill Shalvis, romance or stories where friendship is family, then d ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - "Truth is... I'd probably go anywhere with you." Stars!

We return to the Wildstone Series, with book six; The Forever Girl giving us Maze, Walker & Caitlin's stories. Family though not through blood, as Maze and Walker were fostered by Cat's parents in their teens, but one night, one housefire and one death irreparably tears them apart, the effects still being felt and dealt with by each of them, especially as they are forced into a week of close proximity by Cat for the build up to her wed
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
I am a huge Shalvis fan. So when asked to review this book I jumped on it. It can be read as a stand alone but it is the sixth book in the Wildstone series.
The writing is wonderful and so realistic and the characters are easy yo connect with.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend this series.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What’s your favorite series? Wildstone is definitely one of mine and every time I read a new installment I’m reminded just how freaking good these books are. They’re full of heart, snarky humor/banter, hope and they always have some sort of emotional component that pulls on my heartstrings.

The Forever Girl is the latest book in the series, they are all able to read on their own as they’re just set in the same town but follow entirely new characters. I started at like book 4 and then went back l
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cat was determined to reunite her "family". After years of separation, the foster-siblings were summoned back to Wildstone for Cat's wedding. Once back together, they were flooded with a mix of emotions regarding their past, present, and future together as they worked to rebuild the relationships they previously shared.

I know I say this in all my Shalvis reviews, but I have read over 30 of her books, and she never fails to make me laugh, smile, and swoon. Once again, I was back in Wildstone, fe
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free review copy of The Forever Girl. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.*

The Forever Girl is a feel-good-romance of epic proportions! There are characters that are bent but not broken, relationships that need to be mended, and a family that need to find their way back together.

I have officially made my way through the backlist of the Wildstone series and I kinda wish I weren’t since I have been loving them so much. The Forever Girl by Jill Shalvis is funny, emotional, and has the cutest little pugs as part of the story. I love that there is always at least one animal included in each book and even though Roly and Poly weren't a HUGE part of the story, I could picture them in my mind, and I always smiled when they were talked about. As always, the viewpoints chang
Simply Love Book Reviews
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Forever Girl by Jill Shalvis is a standalone story in the Wildstone series, and a story of second chances. For one year a family took in 3 foster children, Heather, Maze and Walker, and raised them with their own two, Caitlin and Michael, until a fire destroyed their home and took their youngest. Michael’s death broke the family apart. Now years later, they are getting back together for Caitlin’s wedding and there is a lot of apprehension about this reunion from all parties. Cat is on the fe ...more
Dec 31, 2020 marked it as to-read
Giveaway Win!
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
That cover😍😍😍. And what a book with heart!

The Wildstone series is great for introducing a motley crew who all have to navigate with wounded past and strong emotions. In this novel, grief kept away four foster siblings but the wedding of the oldest will bring them back together.

I didn't take many notes for this book but I noted many quotes that I like so here's a few:

"She hadn't needed the shrink from Child Protective Services to tell her it was because she'd never really had a sense of belongin
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missy
I am a softy when it comes to a second-chance romance, especially one that also crosses with a reconnection with old friend, who are more like family. Which is just what I got with The Forever Girl and I loved all the time I spent with Maze, Cat, Heather, and Walker.

And while The Forever Girl is a wonderful, smart, sexy redo of Maze and Walker’s romance, it’s also so much more. It’s a celebration of friendship and accepting each other’s faults and forgiving each other for past hurts.

I loved the
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great end to wonderful series!
Chloe (Always Booked)
4.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book early. This is my favorite in the Wildstone series- I enjoyed it so much!! This book is about Maze. She is returning to Wildstone for her estranged sister's wedding. She is one of 3 foster children that were apart of a family with 2 biological children. The biological children were Caitlin (the one getting married) and Michael who died at the age of 9. The foster children all came in at different ages but w ...more
A story of friendship, family, loss, love, healing & forgiveness. ⁣

This book was a delight! It was my first foray into the 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 and I ordered the first five books after reading this book bc I was enamored! Thankfully, they are all standalone reads that can be read in any order and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to arrive. ⁣

This book was full of so much heart and emotion and the best banter - it caught me off guard and totally pulled at my heartstrings in the best way. The
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
This one was a doozy, lots of drama in this family, drama that split them up when they needed each other the most and when most of them had no other support. It didn't help that they never really dealt with the drama of the past that was at the bottom of everything.

I liked that Cat forced everyone to come to her wedding and how she fooled them all into spending more time. During that time everyone seemed to remember how much they loved each other, a great thing. Then as the wedding came close a
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, read-2021
I can’t believe I’m giving a Jill Shalvis book 2 stars. This whole book was such a slow and tedious read. I usually fly through her books in a day or two. It took me 16 days to plod through this one. It was easy to put down and read others instead. I strongly suggest borrowing this one from your library and saving your money.

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