What if everything you knew about yourself wasn’t true?
Ever since she lost her sister, Quinn Weller has been in a rut. She goes to the same coffee shop every day and buys the same beverage. She’s avoiding her parents and her long-time boyfriend.
Then one day in the coffee line, the man behind her breaks some news that turns her world upside down. Turns out she was adopted as an infant, and the mother she never knew has left her an inheritance. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but it is filled with Shalvis’ trademark humor and heart.
The story is set in a small town that is struggling economically, much like the town I write about in my books. The populace is plenty quirky. That’s a given with small towns, isn’t it? I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Quinn and her frenemy.
Quinn makes the journey away from numbness with the help of a man who is rescuing his mom and the town in spite of himself, a newly-discovered teenage sister, and a stray cat.
This book teeters between romance and women’s fiction. If you are into either of those genres, give it a try.
I had read and enjoyed the previous Heartbreaker Bay book by Jill Shalvis, so I was eager to read her novella One Snowy Night.
I’m working on book two of my own series and trying to read more books set in small towns. Even though the Heartbreaker Bay series is set in San Francisco, its close-knit cast of characters make it function like a little town. They all know each other’s secrets and have each other’s backs.
The couple in this one went to high school together, but their paths hadn’t crossed again until Rory came to work for a dog groomer near Max’s office. He’s heading home to Tahoe and. at her boss’ behest, insists she ride with him rather than take multiple buses and trains on Christmas Eve. She’s desperate to keep her promise to go home for the first time in years, but the weather isn’t cooperating.
Like the first book, this one includes a big, lovable dog, breezy writing, and good-at-heart people.
A nice Christmas present.
Jill Shalvis has launched a new series called Heartbreaker Bay set in San Francisco. Book one takes place in an Irish pub reminiscent of the old Cheers TV series. The inhabitants of nearby businesses form a tight knit clique, and camaraderie abounds.
Although the plot centers around the results of a long ago drunk driving accident, the tone is actually lighthearted.The dialogue is snappy and some of the scenes are comic genius.
Pru and Finn are as appealing a couple as you will ever find. In fact, I loved all of the major and minor characters. And the dog. And the descriptions of a beautiful city. This one’s a winner.
When I saw via live feed that Jill Shalvis won the 2015 RITA award for Contemporary Mid-Length Romance at the recent Romance Writers of America convention in New York City, I knew I had to read her book. One in a Million was, indeed, a winner.
The plot was not too revolutionary. Two people, each dumped by a previous love interest, are commitment-phobic.
The characters, however, are what made this book a delight for me. Callie is a lovable klutz whose business as a virtual wedding planner means receiving hilarious text messages from a series of panicky bridezillas. Tanner is a delicious alpha male, trying to learn how to be a dad to a teenage mini-me.
Callie’s social media savvy grandma leads the supporting cast with flair. As is often the case with books set in small towns, Lucky Harbor is also a character.
Callie’s two BFFs have their own earlier books. I have not read those yet. Is it important to read a series in order?