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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 21-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.
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By Nadine Bookaholic on 06-21-18
A feel good read
This was such a fun sweet read with a bit of mystery/suspense thrown in, but what I really loved was how open this family was with their love for others. The Capriotti Family not only loves one another with a fierceness you can feel but they take in strays, people in desperate need of love and a helping hand, and loves them just as much.
There is much more to this story than the budding romance of Mark and Lanie, we get to know each of the Capriotti Family Members as well as a few of the "strays" they have taken in. I love this big family that is all up in everyone's business and doesn't hold mistakes against them. I have to admit that Marks daughters Sam and Sierra stole my heart, these two girls are absolutely adorable and Mark better watch out because they are going to be a handful when they become teenagers!
This was the first book in the Wildstone series that I read but I do plan on going back and reading the first book as well as continuing on with the series. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a feel good read that has a romance in it but isn't the main focus of it all. Happy Reading!
**I won an ARC paperback copy of this book through a giveaway on goodreads and I purchased the audiobook as well**
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By Tamara B. on 08-06-18
A heartfelt and funny novel that warmed my heart
Rainy Day Friends is a heartfelt and funny novel that warmed my heart with its story of friendship, love, and family. The story flowed so naturally, never feeling rushed or slow - just perfectly paced. Right from the very first page, I was instantly captivated and my interest never dulled.
I simply loved the Capriotti family, but the characters that stole the show were Mark’s absolutely darling twin daughters, Samantha and Sierra. They were just to stinking cute!
Rainy Day Friends is the second book in the Wildstone series and it can be read as a stand-alone without being completely clueless. This was my first experience with reading Ms. Shalvis’ books, but I loved this one so much, I am going to read the first book in this amazing series very soon.
Although I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review, in the interest of time, I purchased the audio version so that I could ‘read’ in a timely manner. Karen White narrates this book, and she did an amazing job with all the characters – each one sounding unique. Her voice really brought the story to life.
Rainy Day Friends is the perfect lazy day read, and is definitely one you need to add to your reading list. Grab your wine, some cupcakes, have some tissues ready, and be prepared to spend all day in Wildstone!