Welcome to the first BotW post of 2018. It feels like ages since I wrote one of these – ad it has been nearly a month – but I hope you’ve enjoyed all the bonus posts over the festive period. Anyway, normal service now being resumed and I’m back to talk about my favourite book that I read last week. And in keeping with my current obsessions, it’s a Jill Shalvis book.
Quinn is finally starting to get her life back on track after her sister was killed in a car accident. The two were best friends as well as sisters and after losing Beth, Quinn has lost herself as well. A sous-chef in a cool restaurant in LA, she’s got a family friend and ex-boyfriend who is desparate to marry her. But something still feels wrong in her life – something is missing, beyond the fat that she’s missing her sister. Then an unexpected inheritance throws what she knows about herself up in the air all over again and she heads up the coast to the small town of Wildstone to try and rediscover who she is. Once she gets there she discovers an even more earthshattering secret that brings with it the chance of a new life. But is it the life that she wanted?
Lost and Found Sisters is billed as Shalvis’s first “women’s fiction novel” (as opposed to a straight up contemporary romance) and I sort of agree with that. There is a romance here, and it’s fairly central, but actually the main theme of the book is Quinn’s voyage of discovery. When I was writing about Sarah Morgan’s Moonlight over Manhattan I said that one of the things that I liked about it was that the heroine fixed herself and found love as a side effect of that and I think this is the next step on from that. Quinn is more broken than Harriet was and there’s more to her story than just getting over something – she finds out something completely new about herself that reshapes her whole idea of who she is and that takes a lot of adjustment. The Quinn you see at the end of the book is a very different person to the one at the start, with a whole new set of priorities and responsibilities.
However, Lost and Found Sisters wasn’t as different from Shalvis’s other novels as I was expecting from the women’s fiction label, so I think that if you only read romance, you will still enjoy this – there is a romance here as well and it’s a very nice one, with sections of the book written from the hero’s point of view (he has stuff he’s working out too) – so don’t be put off. This isn’t the miserable, super-worthy stuff that you might be imagining. I picked this up from the bookshop on a whim on Sunday morning and polished it off that day – it is a summer-set book but it was a lovely way to spend a couple of train journeys in the miserable January weather.
Lost and Found Sisters came out in June – I found my copy in The Works, but it may also still be in the other bookshops. Amazon have it in paperback and on Kindle, and it’s also available on Kobo too. If you don’t read summer books in winter, I suggest you add it to your watch list and see if it drops in price as we get towards the nicer weather (or when the sequel comes out!).