Series: Wildstone #1
on June 20, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Realistic
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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
A woman learns a surprising secret in this sweet adult romance. Let’s review!
Considering how much romance I’ve read in the past, it’s sad to say I’ve never read Jill Shalvis before. Full of family, friendships, and small town life, this novel is absolutely delightful. Quinn is a vibrant protagonist. Her humor in awkward situations and her sassy responses are wonderful! She is my new best friend. Her romance with Mick happens quicker than I like, but their connection is strong. The other characters are just as unique and sassy as Quinn herself.
The plot took me by surprise. So many things happen in such a short time span. I do wish more time passed in the story rather than only a month or two, but the author does a great job ensuring the character’s growths with themselves and each other never feel rushed. It also had some magical realism, an unexpected fun part of the novel.
While the characters drew me into the story, the setting drew me into the series. Wildstone is not a haven of perfection as it faces economic depression. Its imperfections drew me into the story just as much as Nora Robert’s perfect small town settings. I’ll definitely be checking out the second book in the series.
tl;dr A sweet romance with a sassy, fun protagonist and an imperfect small town setting.