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The Forever Girl: A Novel (Wildstone) Audio CD – CD, January 12, 2021
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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 tragedy tore them apart and scattered them wide.
Now as adults together again in the lake house, there are secrets and resentments mixed up in all the amazing childhood memories. Unexpectedly, they instantly fall back into their roles: Maze their reckless leader, Cat the den mother, Heather the beloved baby sister, and Walker, a man of mystery.
Life has changed all four of them in immeasurable ways. Maze and Cat must decide if they can rebuild their friendship, and Maze discovers her long-held attraction to Walker hasn’t faded with the years but has only grown stronger.
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"Readers will be very satisfied with the ending of Shalvis' latest enjoyable Wildstone story."-- "Booklist"
"Shalvis capably weaves the complex, intertwining relationships into an appealing story of second chances. This is sure to satisfy."-- "Publishers Weekly"
About the Author
Jill Shalvis, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, has written more than fifty acclaimed, award-winning romance novels. She is a three-time winner of the National Readers Choice Award and has been nominated for the RITA Award and for Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.
- Publisher : HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (January 12, 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1799970728
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799970729
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,859,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We start with Caitlin, who is getting married and determined to renew the family from her childhood that fell apart three years ago. She cons/convinces Maze, Heather and Walker to spend the week before her wedding at her house to rebuild.
They are all foster siblings, who spent 1 year with Caitlin and her parents until tragedy struck. Everything that had to do with the tragedy hit me in the feels, it was so sad and seeing them each work through their part in what happened had me teary eyed.
I loved each and every one of them, it was impossible not to. They're all so different, but you know they desperately need each other and Caitlin bringing them together was the best thing for them. The road wasn't always easy though. Heather came with new secrets. Maze and Walker and working through their history. And Caitlin is struggling with her wedding to Dillon.
If families, friendship and love are your thing I highly recommend The Forever Girl. It will hit you in the feels and you will have no regrets.
But "Mayhem" Maze has shut herself off from her family because she is afraid of hurting them and being hurt herself. Childhood traumas do have long term effects and need to be healed. And this is a book about the power of love and healing.
Everyone in this novel has issues they need to address due to childhood trauma. It is handled with a very delicate hand and well done. Plus we are able to see how love really can conquer all when we are willing to let down our wall and let someone in who may have the power to hurt us but they really love us. It is something that not only Maze learns in this novel but everyone in her misfit family.
Yes, there is a real love story in this wonderful novel but for me, it is secondary. What mattered the most to me was how everyone was finally able to start the healing from their childhood traumas. Healing is a life long process but it is also freeing. And watching the transformation of Maze as she started to heal was amazing.
Like all of Ms. Shalvis' books, the characters and storyline are well researched and written. She weaves a delicate hand with dealing with childhood trauma and how it makes it harder to trust. Plus there are some really good love scenes in this book as well. After all, it is a romance novel.
I always say her latest book is my favorite and it is quite true. I love this one. And I have already planned my re-read. I took my time reading this one and savoring it. There is a lot to pick up. But if you prefer to plow through your romance books, this book works for that too. However, I think you will miss some of the underlying currents.
Plan a weekend where you can hide away curled up in a comfy spot and escape to Wildstone again.
I did receive a copy of this novel in advance from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. The opinion expressed in this review is all mine though.
Jill Shalvis is the master at writing romances of the heart. The Forever Girl is the 6th book in the Wildstone series and my new favorite of the series as well!
The main character in this book, Maze, is one of four adults who were torn apart as teens, after a horrible tragedy. Maze, Walker, Cat, and Heather have had their struggles and an argument that puts a huge rift in their relationship…but years later, Cat is able to get them together for her upcoming wedding.
They all bring with them secrets, feelings, and a need to heal…
This storyline was so dang good! I loved how well the story flowed. The characters were so detailed and complete and I loved how the author gave them such deep personalities. I enjoyed the heart and hurt throughout this romance. I absolutely loved this book, and feelings I have after reading it. 5 stars.
Maze has come back to Wildstone for her friend Caitlin's (Cat) wedding and in the process, she reunites with the other two, Heather and Walker, who as teenagers made up the foursome that spent so much time together and were bonded by both wonderful memories and hardships.
While the four of them have been apart for many years, when they find themselves under one roof again, many things revert back to "normal" pretty quickly, while there are other things that time has changed about each of them causing some issues and bringing things to the surface that weren't dealt with years before. Will they be able to re-establish the connections that they once shared or has time separated them too much?
You really get a bit of everything with this book; romance, friendship and family. Each of the characters, along with the secondary characters, are well defined, so you find yourself rooting for each of them to end up exactly where they are supposed to be. This is another fantastic addition to the Wildstone series!