Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis, published by Headline Eternal on 20th June 2017
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. 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. 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.
'Lost and Found Sisters' is yet another gem from prolific author Jill Shalvis. She is my go-to author when I'm looking for a heart-warming and emotional read and this book definitely didn't disappoint me on both fronts.
The story centres around LA chef Quinn Weller who at the beginning of the book discovers a huge secret about her past which ends up changing her whole life. Cue Quinn deciding to head to the small town of Wildstone which holds more revelations waiting in store for her. As she begins to settle into Wildstone, she meets handsome 'handy-man' Mick and it seems that romance might also be on the cards.
Shalvis is the absolute master of writing about small town communities so brilliantly that you can't help but wish that you lived there too. There's a real sense of community spirit about Wildstone and it almost becomes a character in its own right. I could definitely understand how it drew Quinn in, even though it took her a while before she realised just how much she had fallen for it.
The book deals with the theme of grief and bereavement and shows how it's possible to experience great tragedy but also to move forward with life and everything that it holds. It was interesting to see Quinn start a new life based on her own choices and decisions, rather than following the path that someone else has chosen for her. She was a great main character and I was rooting for her the whole way through.
I love a new Jill Shalvis book and this one was packed full of real emotion and romance and a sense of the importance of family. I enjoyed it enormously and found it a truly memorable read.