Title: Lost & Found Sisters
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #1 (stand-alone)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 20th 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“My mom used to say it’s easy to love someone when they’re at their best, loving them at their worst is the true trick.”
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.
4 of 5 stars to Lost & Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
This is probably Jill Shalvis’ best work yet. The story just felt more profound than her previous releases. It had more layers to it past the romance. It had a touch of everythingㅡfamily issues, teenage angst, small town drama, close communityㅡthat worked together perfectly to create an unforgettable story.
Every element I mentioned above was given equal importance in the story. And while the book discussed a lot of issues, it wasn’t surface exploration but whole. The romance wasn’t overpowering and progressed in pace as the other plots.
Topic of the story aside, this book also has remarkable characters.
Quinn Weller is the most complicated of Shalvis’ heroines but the most realistic and yes, sympathetic. She spent so much time being afraid of commitments and responsibilitiesㅡin all kindsㅡbut she wasn’t unlikeable because she was being so honest about her shortcomings not just to herself but to other people. It felt so touching that after the loss of her sister Beth, she was gifted a new one, and she worked so hard to attain happiness that had eluded her for the last two years. Reaching this point wasn’t an easy journey. Quinn was clueless most of the time but she took it one day at a time until she finally understood what she had to do. After everything, she deserved that.
Mick Hennessey is the most reliable guy to ever walk the romantic planet. He never shies away from problems and faces them head on even if he gets hurt or sacrificed in the end. He has almost the same amount of emotional baggage as Quinn and maybe that’s why they clicked. They never expected to find love or happiness again but the small town of Wildstone threw them together in the most dramatic and unexpected way possible.
The minor characters are just as deeply layered as the main ones.
Tilly’s journal entries were hilarious and witty. I was reminded of my teenage days when all I seem to write about in my journal were endless complaints and overdramatic declarations. Shalvis really understood teenage sentiments. But more than her clever quips and past her wild tantrums, Tilly is so loyal to the people she cares about. Her relationship with Dylan hurts so good. It was touchingly sad and I want to know about their future together. (Really hoping Shalvis gives them a separate book in the series!)
Cliff, the small town lawyer, is another reliable person from the Wildstone folk, Lena is quite a btch but she seems to have a good heart, the three oldie musketeers are the cutest trio ever, Greta and Trinee are amusing, Skye is a very supportive friend and Boomer.. well, he needs to figure his life out.
However, except for Tilly and Dylan, I’m not intrigued enough about the minor characters who I assume are going to have their own books too. I’m quite happy with them remaining as background characters.
Lost and Found Sisters is a great start to Shalvis’ new series. I am hoping we get new characters soon as I am not really interested in reading about the others that have been introduced so far.
***cover art: 2/5 stars. Looks good for a women’s fiction but why is there a dog…***