Publisher: William Morrow + HarperAudio
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Genre: Adult Fiction / Romance / Women’s Fiction
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 Green 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.
Not going to lie, I listened to Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis shortly after listening to book 1 of this series (Lost and Found Sisters) and I feel like this is a testament to not being able to get enough of this author’s writing. This is a series but only in the sense that it is set in the same location, and we are dealing with a whole new set of characters in this book. The fact that it’s set in a winery only made me like it even more, and it was just as funny and heartwarming as the first book. Shalvis may write insta-romances but the WAY she writes is just fantastic. Even though there are heavier themes in the novel, the overall feeling is happiness, and this is a great book to read if you want a palate cleanser from heavier novels. The audiobook is a lot of fun and is narrated by Karen White who also narrated Lost and Found Sisters. The way she voices these books makes me smile every time, and she has done an incredible job with both of them
Rainy Day Friends is very appropriately named even though I had to Google what it meant because apparently, I had forgotten. I was so confused until I read “Rainy day friends are the ones who listen to us when life is difficult and remain faithful in friendship and relationship when the rest of the world turns their back to us.” That is a beautiful way to describe the relationships between the women in this book and it is one of the things I loved about it. The characters all feel so real, and I adored Lanie and River as well as the love interests. The humor and characters make this such a wonderful read and I had tears in my eyes by the end. This series is full of standalone novels so you can pick up any one you want, and I highly recommend any of them even though I’ve only read 2 at this point. I know I am going to love the rest as well and Shalvis is a very talented writer that is really growing on me.