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The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis
Narrator: Erin Mallon
Series: Sunrise Cove #1
Published by HarperAudio on January 11, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours, 33 minutes
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During the snowstorm of the century Levi Cutler is stranded on a ski lift with a beautiful stranger named Jane. After strong winds hurl the gondola in front of them into the ground, Levi calls his parents to prepare them for the worst…but can’t bring himself to say goodbye. Instead, wanting to fulfill his mother’s lifelong wish, he impulsively tells her he’s happily settled and Jane is his girlfriend—right before his phone dies.
But Levi and Jane do not.
Now Levi’s family is desperate to meet “The One.” Though Jane agrees to be his pretend girlfriend for just one dinner, she’s nervous. After a traumatic childhood, Jane isn’t sure she knows how to be around a tight-knit family that cherishes one another. She’s terrified, and a little jealous. But an unexpected series of events and a host of new friends soon show Jane that perhaps this is the life she was always meant to have.
As Jane and Levi spend more time together, pretend feelings quickly turn into real ones. Now all Jane has to do is admit to herself she can’t live without the man she’s fallen in love with and the family she has always dreamed of.
Jill Shalvis never fails to write a story which is heartwarming, with characters I am wanting to grow and succeed. They are often holding themselves back from any relationships either to not get hurt again or because they are guilty and feel they don’t deserve love.
Jane is definitely in the first camp, having experienced hurt and not wanting to be rejected again. Levi is slightly more in the second camp. Both needed to get out from their families to some degree and make their own way in their career and have some success as their own person. They can both be proud of their skills and accomplishments.
Their meet-cute is more like meet- disaster but it allowed them to get a sense of each other. It also set up Jane as Levi’s fake girlfriend. As things get real, it makes it harder for both of them to convince Jane it’s real.
I enjoyed all the supporting characters. There were plenty since they both have family living in Sunrise Cove. Levi grew up here and knows many people. Jane has a good group of co-workers including Charlotte and Levi’s childhood best friend, Matteo, who have their own budding relationship. It’s a quirky but caring group. There is a thread of humor in Shalvis’ books as well.
As always, I loved how they fought for each other, supporting the other even if they didn’t get what they wanted themselves. The Family You Make has people I want to see more of as the Sunrise Cove series continues.
Erin Mallon is the voice of this series which I am enjoying on audio. Her male and female characters are differentiated in each book. The male and female voices do sound the same as characters from other books though. I really enjoy the husky quality of her male voices. I was able to listen chose to listen at usual 1.5x speed.
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