After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.’s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she’s looking for a missing piece she can’t find?
The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.
On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn’t quite fit in right away, she can’t help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.
As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there’s another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn’t a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she’s searched so long for.
ARC received from: Edelweiss
Trope: Small town romance
One-Sentence Summary: A chef comes to a small town to look after her sister
Review: When I heard Jill Shalvis was branching into a new genre of “Women’s Fiction” my first thought was “What is that? Isn’t that just what people who don’t want to admit to reading romance call romance?” and then my second thought was “WHY OH WHY would you change something that ain’t broke?! I read Shalvis for her contemporary romance novels.”
To be honest I spent at least the first third – maybe more – of the book in much the same vein. I didn’t like the fact that Quinn kept talking to a ghost, Tilly was a brat, I had no idea why the solicitor kept popping in and out of the story, Lena was annoying, Brock was even more annoying and Quinn’s relationship with Mick moved at warp-speed missing out all the UST goodness.
In fact the two things I liked was Quinn Versus the chickens and the chapter quotes.
Then all of a sudden the characters grew on me.
I really liked Tilly’s relationship with Dylan (probably more than Mick/Quinn), a stray cat made an appearance and Quinn and Lena developed an interesting, bizarre friendship.
So yes I am glad that I stuck through it as I ended up enjoying it quite a bit …… Just not as much as I would have if it were a contemporary romance novel.