Monday 1 November 2021

✿ The Family You Make ✿ Jill Shalvis ✿



Beloved New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis begins a new series--Sunrise Cove--set near beautiful Lake Tahoe, with a heartwarming story of found family and love.

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.


Copy received from author for an honest review

I have said for many many years that blood does not make you family,and Ms Shalvis has given us a story that proves that old adage.

The first thing I thought of with the first chapters of this book were Jack and Annie from the movie speed, where Jack says "I have to warn you, I've heard relationships based on tense experiences never work.

Okay. We'll have to base it on sex then."
Levi and Jane's story is sweet and emotional story about how the past and family and friends can affect people in the present.
I did get frustrated with Jane pushing everyone away when all they ever wanted to do was hold on to her and love her. I got it, I did, but sheesh I wanted to tell her that if she didn't stay with Levi, I was moving halfway around the world to claim him!
As much as they annoyed me (and Levi and Jane) at times, you can feel nothing but the love his family has for him, and how they wholly envelop Jane into their lives.
I enjoyed this first installment in this series, and I look forward to more in the future.