*I received a free copy of Lost and Found Sisters from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on 20 June 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
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 dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?
The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.
On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. 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 into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. 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, about 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—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.
Shalvis hit it way out of the ballpark with Lost and Found Sisters! What a strong story, with characters who made my heart both swoon and ache.
Lost and Found Sisters is a bit different from Shalvis’ usual novels, but still has the same feel to it. A deep story, where Quinn, the main character makes several discoveries about herself, which in turn brings her to move out of LA to a small village to try to find her way, while also getting to know some people that will become very important to her.
The main theme in Lost and Found Sisters is family, and what exactly family is. Does it have to mean those people we are related to by blood? Can family be the people we choose? People who choose us? Quinn has to ask herself all those questions, and more, while also figuring out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. The sexy Mick doesn’t make the choices Quinn needs to make any easier, but they do make them somewhat hotter.
Each chapter of Lost and Found Sisters starts with a line or two from Tilly’s diary, and they are hilarious! There should be a collection of those to pick up on a bad day just to make us smile, all the while agreeing with the deeper meaning of what is stated. Written in third person point of view, past tense, and with dialogues to fill the readers in on the characters thoughts and feelings, this story hit me in all the best places.
“You only live once, right?” “Not true,” Quinn said. “You live every day. You only die once.”
For her, the good, ol’ US of A had always consisted of Los Angeles, New York and San Fransisco, with nothing in between except a nap at thirty-five thousand feet. She realized that probably made her a city snob, but the truth was, she just didn’t know anything different.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: