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Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
Narrator: Karen White
Series: Wildstone #2
Published by HarperAudio on June 19, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hours, 51 minutes
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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 Brown 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.
I was so excited to get Rainy Day Friends on audio. I started listening the next day and listened every chance I got. I am prejudiced to love everything Jill Shalvis. There are always friends with the camaraderie and support of them. In this case, although the main female characters do not have any of that, have really never had it; they find each other and that support through their work.
In spite of some grim circumstances, the two females, Lanie and River, end up in amazing jobs in a family business. The Capriotti family are infuriatingly nosy but they care and consistently help others. The only aspect which seemed unrealistic is how quickly the relationships developed, at least with Lanie and Mark.
Every book in this Wildstone series, has some seriously funny parts (which I always love) and some honestly real, personal issues for the characters to assimilate. The growth of the characters is always a good thing. The mess ups and confused emotions and anxiety they have is totally realistic.
I love this series which makes me laugh and cry. I’m not sure how Rainy Day Friends connects to the first two books other than the town. It could be read without first reading the others. But the other two books are closely related, and should be read in order. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Wildstone.
I always enjoy Karen White as the narrator for a Jill Shalvis book. It just feels right. I did listen at my usual 1.25 speed. The voices were performed well with the emotions brought out for me.
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