Starting over was her plan. Getting derailed by secrets wasn’t...
RAINY DAY FRIENDS
A Wildstone Novel
William Morrow/Harper Collins
Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship
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 Brown 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.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Because I am feeling generous I will give 3.5 stars to the novel, but I will round it down to 3 because I don't feel like the book deserves 4 stars from me. I was expecting a good novel where I liked pretty much everything and I would end up giving it 4 solid stars. Then Laney came who managed to make me dislike her from the very first page and is the only reason I would enjoy the novel. I started warming up to her at some point, but after River's secret was revealed things went downhill once again. I found her incredibly selfish and she never gave a single thought as to what the others were feeling/thinking. She ruined everything and I was very happy when some of the characters pointed out that it wasn't just Laney who went through some terrible situations. I honestly think that River had a worst life than her and she was handling everything a lot better. I wish she was the main person who was telling the story.
I feel like the author wasted a good opportunity to dive into the lives of our characters when she decided to focus on River's secrets instead of the dynamics of the relationships in the winery. I wasn't sold on Mark's romance with Laney, but I was sold on the idea of him as a daddy and his twins were adorable. The family bonds were a little stronger than the romantic ones and I wish it was the opposite.
The genre is closer to women's fiction than romance and maybe that's the reason the book didn't work for me. I will read the next book in the series and I will hope for the best.