I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis
Series: Sunrise Cove #1
Published by HarperLuxe on January 11, 2022
Genres: Fiction, Chick-lit, Contemporary, Romance
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"Fall in love with Jill Shalvis! She's my go-to read for humor and heart."-- Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author
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.
The Family You Make was the pick me up that I needed. A book that I could just lose myself in and curl up on the sofa with. And it was a great book to kick of my 2022 review books with. It was exactly what I needed. I loved this book from the first paragraph until the end.
Also this is the start to a series which means that I have more fantastic books to look forward to. Hopefully it means that I get more of Jane and Levi, as well as Charlotte and Mateo. But knowing my luck they will only have a brief appearance.
I loved both story-lines. Although I will admit it and say that Mateo was my favourite and he needed more story time. But I really enjoyed how both were couples brought the best out of each other and made them think of how they could move on and change, and enjoy life.
I also have to speak about Levi’s family, because to be honest while they clearly mean well, they are sometimes overbearing. In the sweetest possible way. In a way it’s a bit smothering. But I love how involved they get and they did cause me to laugh. A lot. They just want the best for Levi and will do anything to make that happen.
I really enjoyed The Family You Make. To be honest I don’t think that words will be adequate to describe this book. All I can honestly say is roll on the next book!