New York Times
bestselling author Jill Shalvis continues her Wildstone series with the
moving story of a young woman who has to start her life—and her love
When Emma Harris wakes up from a coma, she learns that her fiancé and her BFF have fallen in love, she’s lost her job, and the life she knew is gone. Overwhelmed but grateful to be alive, she decides to start over from scratch. Not as easy as it sounds, of course. But she’s never been a quitter, even if she wishes she could quit rehab, where her hot but evil physical therapist, Simon, puts her through the wringer.
Desperate for a new start, Emma opens a doggy day care. Unfortunately, the only space she can afford is owned by her childhood nemesis Ali Pratt. But hey, she’s been through worse, right? She tries to roll with the punches, but a friend drops his grandpa off at the doggy day care because he can’t find senior care. On top of that, she and Ali bring the term “frenemies” to a whole new level. And then another grandparent shows up. And another.
In the midst of all that, Emma realizes she’s accidentally fallen for her Evil PT. But the most horrifying thing of all is that Ali just might have turned into the best friend she’s ever had. And as Emma grows from the pain of her past and takes on her new path, she comes to learn that life isn’t what you’re given, it’s what you make of it.
ARC received from author for an honest review
Jill Shalvis, you had me at doggy day care. I mean, who doesn't love a pupper!
Emma and Simon's story is sweet and emotional and definitely tugged at my heart strings
I smiled, I laughed, and I definitely shed a tear or two as our lovelies fight through their emotional and physical walls. Oh, and I shouted at my ereader too at some things our lovelies did.
It was also like 2 stories in one, as Simon's cousin Alison has her love story, along with her relationship with Emma, and I enjoyed Alison's ARC as well.
There was one thing though - there was just one COVID-19 reference thrown into the story and I was like huh? Oh wait, is this supposed to be set in times of COVID? As nothing else throughout the whole book leads the reader to this conclusion - but this could just be me.
I liked getting back to Wildstone and love that they can all be read as standalones, and I look forward to more.