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The Family You Make: A Novel (The Sunrise Cove Series) Audio CD – Unabridged, January 11, 2022
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"Fall in love with Jill Shalvis! She's my go-to read for humor and heart."-- Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author
Beloved New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis begins a new series--Sunrise Cove--set near beautiful Lake Tahoe, with a heartwarming story of found family and love.
During the snowstorm of the century Levi Cutler is stranded on a ski lift with a beautiful stranger named Jane. After strong winds hurl the gondola in front of them into the ground, Levi calls his parents to prepare them for the worst...but can't bring himself to say goodbye. Instead, wanting to fulfill his mother's lifelong wish, he impulsively tells her he's happily settled and Jane is his girlfriend--right before his phone dies.
But Levi and Jane do not.
Now Levi's family is desperate to meet "The One." Though Jane agrees to be his pretend girlfriend for just one dinner, she's nervous. After a traumatic childhood, Jane isn't sure she knows how to be around a tight-knit family that cherishes one another. She's terrified, and a little jealous. But an unexpected series of events and a host of new friends soon show Jane that perhaps this is the life she was always meant to have.
As Jane and Levi spend more time together, pretend feelings quickly turn into real ones. Now all Jane has to do is admit to herself she can't live without the man she's fallen in love with and the family she has always dreamed of.
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Fall in love with Jill Shalvis! She's my go-to read for humor and heart.-- "Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author"
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- ASIN : B09CRQL5T9
- Publisher : HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (January 11, 2022)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200851324
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,081,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Levi and Jane do not meet under the best of circumstances, it actually might be the worst of circumstances... Cue a fake relationship that becomes very real for both of them fairly quickly, where they both doubt that they deserve love, or that what they have can be something that will continue to grow over time.
Levi's family is full of nosy people, but I loved them! And Jane's found family is so amazing I want to share it with her :)
Shalvis always manages to tug at my heartstrings, and I felt all the feels reading about Levi and Jane, and how they were able to help each other because they had emotional strength in different areas.
This situation left a deep impression on both Levi and Jane. The two of them were very closed off to a new relationship especially Jane. She is a nurse that works around the globe with Doctors Without Borders. She never stays in any one place for very long. Because of that she never has to worry about forming any attachment to anyone or anything. She blames her childhood for all the walls she has put up.
Levi has not followed the path in life that his parents wanted him to. Because of this he always felt as if he didn't belong and was the black sheep of the family. This will be a long and rocky road for Jane and Levi. They are both hesitant to let the other in. I loved every minute of their story and did not want it to end.
I enjoy the character development & writing style of Ms. Shalvis. As always, the first book in the series introduces us to the main characters, the location & sets the scene for the series. Her descriptions of the characters & location allow you to bond with the characters & have you emotionally involved in the outcomes. After a start like this, I can’t wait for the rest of the series!
Of course, they survive (wouldn't be much of a book, otherwise), and when they get back to town, Levi's family is all about meeting this woman. In yet another attempt to make his mom happy, Levi gets Jane to agree to be his pretend girlfriend and attend his parents 4oth wedding anniversary dinner in a few weeks. Oh and they should spend some time getting to know one another, so it looks real to the family. As they do, their attraction grows and both find themselves questioning how pretend this really is.
There is also lots of substory involved here, as Jane has good reason to trust no one, but has settled in with a friend she is coming to view as a sister. Charlotte has her own issues, and when she begins to fall for her next door neighbor, Matteo, theirs is also a great story. Watching these two scarred women discover that they are indeed worthy of love is a treat, as is the entire story. Oh, and my favorite part? The 40th anniversary dinner, which had me laughing out loud!
The Family You Make we are not only introduced to a new book but also a new series. We meet Jane and Levi. Jane and Levi meet under an unusual and exciting yet stressful situation. Their chemistry is undeniable. Enter a fake relationship that turns more real. I just love the Fake Relationship book trope. I really enjoyed watching Levi and Jane grow individually and together. Their journey was heartfelt.
I loved all the secondary characters especially Charlotte and Mateo. Even though Levi's family seemed very nosey and at times frustrating, I loved them. I felt as if I were actually there and not reading a book. Jill Shalvis captivated my heart and soul from page one. I cried and laughed and had many heartswooning moments. I couldn't put the book down. I became invested in The Family You Make. I felt I could relate to them personally. The Family You Make is a story of love, friendship, family and hope.
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Hope it improves but will give up on it soon. Waste of $13.
The story is well written with so much detail and humor, that you'd want to be there and be part of the family yourself.
Because of the details, it's easy to understand the difficulties people go through. It builds understanding and empathy for the ones that have problems to commit to a relationship. And there are more and more of those these days.