HarperCollins Publishers | June 2017 | 400 pgs
Source: Library

If you're familiar with Jill Shalvis's books, you should know that her contemporary romances alway showcase a great cast of characters, witty dialogues and sweet heartwarming moments that would melt your heart. She is one of my go-to authors should I need a romance read fix. This is the first book of the Wildstone series; which is also her first women's fiction novel and although the genre is different, I'm glad to say her signature remains and yes, there's still some romance element in it. 

30-year-old Quinn Weller works as a sous-chef in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries. She has a loving family and a great boyfriend, Brock. She's known Brock since kindergarten so their relationship is more like close friends than a couple. Despite her wonderful life, she's been feeling empty especially after she'd lost her sister, Beth, in a car accident. Then when a lawyer from Wildstone delivers a shocking news to her, she realises that her life has been all a lie. To seek the truth and to claim an inheritance meant for her, she left her everything in L.A. to a small hometown in Wildstone, California. 

There in Wildstone, Quinn soon finds that the residents are charming and easy-going. As Quinn tries to settle down, she encounters Mick Hennessey who is humorous and is quick to help her whenever she runs into trouble; like fixing her dripping sink and chasing away bugs in a B&B where she is staying. What Quinn doesn't know about Mick is that he's a structural engineer working in San Francisco who is staying in the same B&B and he is there in Wildstone to check on his mother once in a while and to make sure all things are well and taken care of since his mother isn't keen on moving. 

As Quinn and Mick get to know each other, this is also the beginning where Quinn starts to question herself about the route and the responsibility she is going to take after knowing that she has a teenage sister, Tilly, living in Wildstone. At its core of the story, it is basically about Quinn's self discovery and what she'd do if given a new life in a much smaller and slower paced Wildstone yet a place she could feel at ease and be contented with. 

Lost and Found Sisters was an enjoyable read and I found myself swept away by all the characters in this book, including Coop the dog. Coop is Mick's dog and throughout the book you'll find that he always stick by Mick wherever he goes. Tilly's story is a sad one, but she is a strong character and I liked the feisty spirit in her at times. And oh, there are a few scenarios where we read about Quinn's exchanges with Beth when Quinn stays in that rundown B&B. Whether if Quinn really communicates with a ghost or if it's all in her head, I was never sure but at least those little moments gave her some reminiscent of their happier times. This was a great first installment of a new series and it could be read as a standalone, too.  

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8 Responses
  1. Lark Says:

    This sounds like a fun, heartwarming story. And I'm already a fan of Coop the dog. :D

  2. Melody Says:

    Lark - It is indeed, Lark. And isn't Coop adorable? :)

  3. The Bookworm Says:

    I haven't read Jill Shalvis yet but I want to. I always see her books around. This one sounds good, I like the premise.

  4. jenclair Says:

    Heartwarming and a possible ghost! I'm interested. :)

  5. Melody Says:

    Naida - She's one of my favourite romance authors. It's refreshing to see she's also writing women's fiction now.

  6. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Hope you'll enjoy it if you get to it, Jenclair.

  7. Verushka Says:

    I love it when an author can sweep me up in astory and make me forget about reality -- which it sounds like this one did for you. Great review!

  8. Melody Says:

    Verushka - Thanks, Verushka! This book was a refreshing break from the thrillers I read lately; then again I always find pleasure in reading Jill Shalvis's books so I'm glad to note this one was no exception even though it's a women's fiction unlike her other romances.

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