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The Summer Deal: A Novel (The Wildstone Series, 5) Mass Market Paperback – August 24, 2021
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“With The Forever Girl, Jill Shalvis has created a wonderfully touching story about family, love, and second chances that will tug on the heartstrings and take readers on an emotional journey. Readers both new and old to the series are in for a treat with this book.” -- Harlequin Junkie
“Shalvis capably weaves the complex, intertwining relationships into an appealing story of second chances. This is sure to satisfy.” -- Publishers Weekly on The Forever Girl
“These characters are well written and are multidimensional and will engage your emotions. You’ll cry, laugh and cheer...Jill Shalvis’s The Forever Girl will take you back to Wildstone for an emotional trip you’ll want to read again and again.” -- Fresh Fiction
Praise for The Lemon Sisters:
“Sisterhood takes center stage in this utterly absorbing novel. A book to savor―and share.” -- Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author, on Moonlight on Butternut Lake
“Fall in love with Jill Shalvis! She’s my go-to read for humor and heart.” -- --Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author
“I love everything about this book, the family dynamics, the humor and the amazing romance. Just amazing!” -- Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author
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“Jill Shalvis’s books are funny, warm, charming and unforgettable.” -- RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author
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“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
Praise for Lost and Found Sisters:
“The love story you need to read this summer isn’t what you expect: it’s about the love between sisters. Shalvis has written something totally different for your beach read this year—and you’re going to love it.” -- Bustle
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning novels wherever books are sold and visit her website, jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
- Publisher : Avon (August 24, 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006303588X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0063035881
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.75 x 0.81 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Famous last words…I mean thoughts…
Geez, my family can drive me insane with all their caring, thoughtful attentiveness and stuff. I swear my mother thinks I’m an idiot sometimes. She likes to forward me articles with helpful tips on finance, health, education, food, fashion, living with boys and a million other random subjects. It's like she's forgotten that she's already taught me how to be a good, law-abiding citizen with a brain in my head.
I should probably take all of that back but it sort of has a bit to do with The Summer Deal. See, a lot of this story is about dealing with your family whether it be the one you’re born into or the one you have made for yourself. By the end, it was very clear to me that it doesn’t matter if it’s born or made, they’ll always drive you insane but they do it because they care.
I really liked Brynn, Eli and Kinsey and found them to be extremely annoying. I think it is realistic to like characters but also find them frustrating too because nobody is perfect. In this case, Brynn is returning home from a failed relationship and she’s suffering from “I’m such an idiot” syndrome. Eli, well the poor bugger has, “my life goal is to take care of everyone else…” syndrome. And, finally, Kinsey has, “I’ll scratch your eyes out if you dare look at me with pity” syndrome. In other words, these three are MESSED UP!!
Now, you might be asking how we have three main characters but we’re not talking ménage. Well, Brynn and Eli are our love interests and Kinsey is connected to them both. I can honestly say, that Jill Shalvis does a fantastic job of convincing me that there are no romantic feelings between Eli and Kinsey, even though they have been connected since they were kids. Her way of convincing me is Deck. Wow!! I LOVED Deck! I may even be a little sad that this wasn’t Deck’s story. Not saying I didn’t enjoy Brynn and Eli's love story… but DECK. 😍
Story-wise, The Summer Deal was a wee bit emotional. This is the kind of story where all of your emotions take a rollercoaster ride. As with each instalment of the Wildstone series, this is not just a romance. The love and relationships are familial, friendly and romantic.
Brynn and Kinsey started out rocky because of old hurts, betrayals and secrets. Kinsey knew for years she had a sister and Brynn was completely blindsided when she found out.
Kinsey and Eli’s relationship, while mostly like a brother/sister, there was a lot more of Eli giving and Kinsey taking. This may come across as selfish on Kinsey’s part, but in some ways, she was giving Eli what he needed most. Someone to focus his shelter and protect nature on. Eli does have his little brother Max for that too, but Max is an adult and doesn’t need Eli as much anymore.
The relationship between Eli and Brynn was rocky to start with because they both had to learn to trust. This one probably needed the most work because Eli was keeping a bunch of secrets when they first got together. They weren’t his secrets to tell but it wasn’t a great way to start a relationship.
If I had one problem with the story, I’d have to say that Kinsey drove me crazy and Eli enabled her. There is NO WAY Eli should have let Kinsey keep her secrets from Brynn as long as she did. He was jeopardising his budding relationship by keeping his mouth shut. I’m not sure I would have been as forgiving as Brynn when all the truths had been shared. I get it, Kinsey was sick. I just found it frustrating that the secrets went on through the whole story.
Sorry, this was a wee bit of a rambling review. I really enjoyed reading The Summer Deal and I would have been quite happy if it went on and on and on. I loved the dynamics of the relationships and the closeness between them all. I loved Brynn’s Mums, Raina and Olive, Max, Eli’s brother, and Deck, Kinsey’s boyfriend, but not really boyfriend. I wanted more and I was sad when it came to the end.
If you’re a fan of Jill Shalvis, you will not be disappointed in The Summer Deal. While it was an emotional journey that at times brought a tear to my eye, I did finish with a big goofy smile on my face. I can’t wait for more in this series.
Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
Eli is Kinsey's best friend and also went to camp with her and Brynn. Eli and Kinsey's relationship was strictly platonic. They were like brother and sister. When Kinsey got sick and then had to have a kidney transplant, Eli was there for her. This is where the story really begins. Kinsey's body starts to reject her new transplant. Her whole attitude changes and she becomes sarcastic and mean to everyone. She considers herself to have an expiration date. Without a new kidney her days will be numbered.
To watch how the relationship between Kinsey, Brynn and Eli develops makes you smile at times and also shed some tears. Jill Shalvis can really tug at your heartstrings and she did her job in The Summer Deal. If you are a fan of hers I hope you won't hesitate to read this book. Maybe you have never read her before then this will be a good book to start with. I loved every minute of it and finished with a smile in my heart.
Eli Thomas was definitely the star of the book for me. He's kind, he's loyal and he loves hard. His childhood crush on fellow summer camp attendee Brynn flares back to life quickly the moment he runs into her again.
Brynn Turner is easy to like. She finds herself once again trying to pick up the pieces after a man lets her down, and she's not so sure she ever wants to let her guard down again. Running into Eli reminds her that there is good in the world ... she's just not sure she can take the jump to letting herself see it.
Kinsey Davis is your typical mean girl, but as we get to know her, we see the soft side hiding behind all of her biting words. She's Eli's best friend and secrets she doesn't want to share endanger the life he wants to throw himself into.
I highly recommend this story and the entire Wildstone series to anyone who enjoys a heartfelt romance with an equal amount of drama, love and sass. It's always a joy to visit this town!