Following the USA Today bestseller, Lost and Found Sisters, comes Rainy Day Friends, Jill Shalvis’ moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship.
Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.
Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person? Can she even trust herself?
Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.
Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Green changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.
Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis is a contemporary women’s fiction novel that grabbed me with the first page. A woman is suffering from being hurt before and is struggling to accept that she can have a happy ending. I enjoyed following Lanie as she kept trying to avoid and push away what mattered most. She was afraid to accept it all. There’s the big family that is always sticking their noses in and the kids that never give her and her new beau a chance together alone. But despite it all, they manage to grow stronger and closer than they realized. What they thought was a test drive ended up being the real thing. The one thing neither of them prepared for nor thought they could have. Minds and hearts changed in this beautiful tale. A story of second chances and new beginnings. Overall, I recommend reading this book, Rainy Day Friends.