REVIEW: JILL SHALVIS – THE FOREVER GIRL

REVIEW: JILL SHALVIS – THE FOREVER GIRLThe Forever Girl by Jill Shalvis
Also by this author: About That Kiss, The Good Luck Sister
Also in this series: The Good Luck Sister, Rainy Day Friends
Series: Wildstone #6
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on January 12, 2020
Genres: Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Second Chance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Edelweiss, William Morrow Paperbacks
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Narrator: Erin Mallon
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
Cliffhanger: No

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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.

I LOVED THIS BOOK. Like, really loved it. The Wildstone series is a hybrid of romance and women’s fiction, perfect for those who need the romance aspect in their stories. THE FOREVER GIRL gives us Maze, Walker, Heather and Caitlin and while these characters couldn’t be more different they have this deeply-rooted love for one another, an almost indestructible connection.

Maze, Walker and Heather have one thing in common – they were abandoned by the people that were supposed to love them most. All three of them had their parents turn their backs on them. But they were also so lucky being fostered by Caitlin’s parents. From the beginning, they are more family than strangers, filling an empty space inside them with their love for one another. Until tragedy strikes that scatters them in different directions, which leaves their relationship strained.

“You guys are the mac to my cheese.”

Caitlin wants her family back together so she more or less forces them to stay with her and rebuild what they used to have. Maze has always been the wild child, the one who was up to no good, fearless unless it comes to relationships. A fear Walker, the protector in the group, felt on a deep level, when Maze ran from him after a wild night in Vegas. Heather, now a single mom, was the mischievous one, now trying to survive and make ends meet every single day

Every single one in this group puts a lot of work into mending their banged-up ties. I felt that Maze especially made huge progress. She’s a master at deflection yet with her people back in her life she learns how to address her issues and work through them.

“I’ve been with you, and I’ve been without you. And I learned one thing with absolute certainty: my life’s better with you. You know where I stand. I love you, Maze. There are no doubts for me. All that’s left is for you to get off the fence, on one side or the other.”

I adored Walker, who along with Caitlin was the steady rock, reliable and despite the complicated nature of all of their relationships always there to help the others. And I cheered Heather on when she found happiness in her life. Some of my favorite moments were the ones Sammie, Heather’s daughter, made an appearance. She stole the show.

Jill Shalvis’s WILDSTONE series is among my favorites. I love the way she portrays her characters but the way she describes the family dynamics and bond between friends feels so real, heartfelt and visceral. THE FOREVER GIRL was an absolute delight and shows you that blood doesn’t always create the strongest bonds. There were so many lovely moments, so many that had me tear up because of the warmth and love between these characters. And some that made me laugh out loud or threw me in fits of giggles. The romance was amazing – complicated, a little angsty and satisfying. Best swoons you’ll have this year! Jill Shalvis brings her A-game with this one and I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series!

“Turns out, home’s not a place, not for me. It’s you, Maze. You’re my home.”

PS. A book for Caitlin would be amazing!

About Jill Shalvis

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 books wherever romances are sold and visit her website www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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  • 5 whole cupcakes! I can’t decide if I want to read this book, or go out to a bakery and buy and eat 5 cupcakes lol. I haven’t read Jill Shalvis ever before, but your review makes it seem so promising, that I probably get on with the game. Fantastic review Astrid (─‿‿─)♡

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