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Lost and Found Sisters: A Novel (The Wildstone Series, 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 2019
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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. So why does she feel like she's looking for a missing piece she can’t find?
Then when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim, the shocking revelation washes over her like a tidal wave. Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend and heads up the coast to her small hometown of Wildstone, California. 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 in, she discovers 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 and 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.
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“Part women’s fiction, part contemporary romance, the latest from Shalvis equals one wholly endearing novel. Humor lurks around other corners too, nicely balancing the heartwarming story about the bond between sisters. Humor, heart and heat make for a great combination!” -- RT Book Reviews
“I love everything about this book, the family dynamics, the humor and the amazing romance. Just amazing!” -- Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author
“The love story you need to read this summer isn’t what you expect: it’s about the love between sisters. Jill Shalvis has written something totally different for your beach read this year - and you’re going to love it.” -- Bustle
”Readers will be utterly charmed by Shalvis’ latest, and will be eager to visit Wildstone again.” -- Bookish
“Lost and Found Sisters is a really heartfelt, funny, sweet novel. Shalvis is really talented at writing characters who are struggling through complicated, difficult emotions and at making that journey feel genuine…It made me laugh and it made me tear-up…” -- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
“…an upscale version of what the author has written so successfully: a lively and page-turning story of people we care about.” -- New York Journal of Books
From the Back Cover
THEY SAY LIFE CAN CHANGE
IN AN INSTANT . . .
After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, sous-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. So why does she feel like she’s looking for a missing piece she can’t find?
Then when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bomb-shell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim, the shocking revelation washes over her like a tidal wave. Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend and heads up the coast to her small hometown of Wildstone, California. Though she doesn’t exactly 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 in, she discovers the inheritance isn’t a house or money, but rather something earth-shattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and 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.
- Publisher : Avon (July 30, 2019)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006293791X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062937919
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.04 x 6.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #892,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quinn has been going through the motions of her life as she grieves her sister Beth's death. She's lost her best friend. Her love life took a hit too and she's no longer seeing the family friend everyone thinks she's going to marry. Emotionally it's been easier for Quinn to shut down.
Then she receives some devastating news that upends everything she knew about her family. She has no choice but to figure out the truth of her life and the past she's just finding out about in the small California town of Wildstone. What she doesn't know is that Wildstone is her destiny.
There are many new revelations when she reaches the little town, such as the cafe that is now hers and new relatives that are as nervous about her as she is about them. And then there's Mick, the man who has managed to wake up parts of Quinn she though long dead and gone. With her future up for grabs, Quinn has quite a few decisions to make that are complicated by where she has been and where she wants to go.
I pretty much devoured this story in a day. It was so easy to get involved in this story, the characters, and the town of Wildstone which deserves a shout out for anchoring this story its small town life and livelihood. Quinn's life continues to have new revelations and she takes it all in stride. Even though she's torn between returning to her old life in LA and the connection she feels to Wildstone, she handles it all as best she can and I loved her resiliency.
While Lost and Found sisters is labeled as women's fiction and much of the joy in this book relates to Quinn finding her way, there's a lovely romance between Quinn and Mick, a former local now living in San Francisco. There's a spark between Mick and Quinn from the start that grows throughout the book as Quinn processes the changes in her life and makes decisions on her future.
I loved everything about this story, from Quinn's finding her way to the other lives she touches in Wildstone. There's a lot of love in this book and it comes at you from many different directions. Lost and Found Sisters also celebrates small town life, from everyone being in your business to the difficulties of maintaining growth and viability. There's a lot to this story that enriches it and it's done is a very subtle manner which I loved.
Lost and Found Sisters is a beautiful second chance story that made my heart feel happy and I'm looking forward to more stories from Wildstone. Definitely recommended.
A) Bounce up and down and do a fist bump in the air because she is releasing something new?
B) Cry and scream - Why…why…why…would you do this to me? I don’t like change. Why change a good thing? Please tell me the hero doesn’t die/the heroine doesn’t die? It’s not an apocalyptic/time travel/alien invasion story, is it?
C) Well, OK. I’ll give it a go.
Well, to be honest, I kind of did all three when I found out that Jill Shalvis was writing her first Women’s Fiction. Now, here is where I admit that I’m a bit of a dag. I should have done the smart thing and looked up the definition of women’s fiction. For some silly reason, I thought it was going to be all…women rule the world, work is my focus and if I’m happy in my career – I’m happy in my life. Now, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH ANY OF THESE THINGS!! I hope I’ve made that loud and clear enough. I, myself, read romance for a reason. I love LOVE. My greatest accomplishment in my life is loving my husband and having two wonderful sons. Yeah, I work, I’ve had careers and opportunities, but for me, they are nothing compared to my family. So, when I read contemporary, I want something I can relate to. To me, romance stories are that little space in time when love becomes the focus and life/duties take a backseat.
Anyways…after finishing Lost and Found Sisters I looked up the definition of Women’s Fiction. This article says it in a way I completely understood and could relate to. If like me, you’re a little unclear of the differences between Romance and Women’s Fiction, I suggest you check out this article.
So, I started reading Lost and Found Sisters looking for the differences. At first, I thought a major difference was that it was a lot more serious. As I went further through the book, I got an AHHA moment when we got to the sexy times. So, women’s fiction means we cut back on the rubbing and grinding and just show the connection in the intimate scenes. Then at 6:30 am I had an epiphany. *Oh, women’s fiction is about life and relationships.* It wasn’t just about him and her getting it on (or what leads up to that), it was about a woman leading her life and managing her relationships with everyone.
I GET IT!! I REALLY, REALLY GET IT!!
I honestly thought this would be a get in and get it done read and admit to a little hesitancy in starting. I had a *Sure, Jill Shalvis, give it your best shot trying to convert me from romance to women’s fiction…* mentality.
Well, I’m converted. I can now proudly say that I read romance -AND- women’s fiction…maybe I should stipulate that at this particular time, I read Jill Shalvis’s women’s fiction.
So, I loved Lost and Found Sisters. I loved the emotions and feelings generated seeing Quinn (the heroine) grow and form new relationships. It wasn’t an easy journey watching her hesitate to take a risk or step out of her comfort zone. I could relate to her hesitations as I have felt those same hesitations myself. Who wants to make mistakes or be rejected?
There were a couple of things that really made this book shine. Mick, the hero, is AWESOME!! Tilly, Quinn’s little sister, has these little quotes from her journal at the start of each chapter. I got to a stage where I was reading them out to my husband. They were so relatable and funny. I would suggest buying this book for those alone…well, maybe not those alone, but they really enhanced the excellentness of the story. I loved Wildstone and want to visit the little town. Actually, I want to live in Wildstone…if it was real and maybe in Australia.
Lost and Found Sisters is about trusting your instincts, being true to yourself and opening up to new experiences. There is a lot of love, laughs and connections that we see start and then grow. Relationships are not just the romantic kind and this story helped me to appreciate that all relationships help to mould our lives and find happiness.
Sorry, this was a very rambling review. I loved Lost and Found Sisters and I can’t wait for more in the Wildstone series. Jill Shalvis, in my eyes you can do no wrong and this story is proof…that is, unless you decided to write a story where you kill off all the characters and make it an apocalyptic/time travel/alien invasion story.
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It's hard to write a review without letting all the secrets out of the bag, but the story is mainly about Quinn and an inheritance she's left in Wildstone, California. She moves to Wildstone for a while to sort out this inheritance, and while she's there falls in love with so many of its residents, especially Mick, who she initially mistakes for the maintenance man at the B&B she's staying in, and even Lena the very snarky hairdresser in town and Mick's ex - I really hope there's a full book for her as I can see Quinn and Lena becoming best friends, in quite an odd way!
The whole story is really about Quinn thinking she's found her place in life, even if it's not exactly what she wants, and then something coming along to turn everything on its head and make her re-evaluate her whole life and start off on a completely new, and better, track. She has just been coasting and closing herself off emotionally since her sister, Beth, died in a car accident a couple of years ago, and the inheritance and its various revelations just completely change everything and force her to start feeling again.
It was just such a lovely story that I really can't wait to return to Wildstone, hopefully very soon, as there's so many characters I want to know more about - Lena, Boomer and Dylan, to name but a few, I'd even love Brock to move there and see how his story evolves. Very excited for the next book!