When Maze returns to Wildstone for the wedding of her estranged bff and the sister of her heart, it’s also a reunion of a once ragtag team of teenagers who had only each other until a tragedy tore them apart and scattered them wide.
Now as adults together again in the lake house, there are secrets and resentments mixed up in all the amazing childhood memories. Unexpectedly, they instantly fall back into their roles: Maze their reckless leader, Cat the den mother, Heather the beloved baby sister, and Walker, a man of mystery.
Life has changed all four of them in immeasurable ways. Maze and Cat must decide if they can rebuild their friendship, and Maze discovers her long-held attraction to Walker hasn’t faded with the years but has only grown stronger.
It shouldn’t be possible, but I swear I love each book in this series more than the next!
The Forever Girl is a story about a found family–for a single year more than ten years earlier, Maze, Walker, and Heather were taken into Caitlin’s family home as foster children, and along with Caitlin’s younger brother Michael, the five grew extremely close. But a tragedy tore them apart, and further misunderstandings and guilt have separated them further over the years. But now Caitlin, the bossy “big sister” of the group, is getting married, and she’s brought the siblings of her heart back together under one roof for an enforced reunion.
Once there, though, Maze finds out that she’s the only one who has been truly separated from the others this whole time, and that everyone–she, Walker, Caitlin, and Heather–has a secret or two that they’ve been hiding, including more than one rather large surprise. They’re each struggling with their own demons as well, and the three POV characters, Mase, Caitlin, and Walker, have some real doozies to deal with. Watching them find each other–and themselves–again is one heck of a journey. I laughed out loud, I cried–I *almost* didn’t want it to end, except that I was absolutely desperate for two of them to find their HEA together 😉 Either way, I truly couldn’t put this book down–I finished it in a single day!
Read the sneak preview of the next book in the series ( Love for Beginners ) at your peril, because right now June 8 seems an awfully long time off…
The Forever Girl is the sixth book in the series, but it truly does work as a standalone. For the most part the only thing that really connects the books is geography–there truly is no need to have read any of the books in the series to understand the events of this one. In other words, it doesn’t matter where you start with this series, just read it! <3
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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