Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Review: The Forever Girl by Jill Shalvis

The Forever Girl by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone, Book 6
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance 
The Forever Girl cover
ISBN: 9780062897855
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Source: Author
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When Maze returns to Wildstone for the wedding of her estranged bff and the sister of her heart, it’s also a reunion of a once ragtag team of teenagers who had only each other until a tragedy tore them apart and scattered them wide.

Now as adults together again in the lake house, there are secrets and resentments mixed up in all the amazing childhood memories. Unexpectedly, they instantly fall back into their roles: Maze their reckless leader, Cat the den mother, Heather the beloved baby sister, and Walker, a man of mystery.

Life has changed all four of them in immeasurable ways. Maze and Cat must decide if they can rebuild their friendship, and Maze discovers her long-held attraction to Walker hasn’t faded with the years but has only grown stronger.

The Forever Girl is a love note to the family you make. Maze, Caitlin, Heather, and Walker were briefly foster siblings but the bond they forged that one year is unbreakable and warmed my heart. Back together for Cat’s wedding after a period of estrangement, the four of them all have secrets that will be uncovered.

Maze is the impulsive one who is afraid of being vulnerable. She’d throw herself in front of a train for the other three, but her guilt and fears hold her back quite a bit. One of the things she’s afraid of? Her feelings for Walker. She’s been drawn to the strong and silent FBI agent since they were both teenagers but after an incident a few years ago she’s been avoiding him. Walker has had so many people walk away from him that my heart broke. He’s deeply caring and protective of everyone. Maze is the only person who can absolutely go toe-to-toe with him and I loved their chemistry. It’s clear from the start they’re perfect together but love isn’t enough when you have two people who carry deep-seated emotional scars. I was ready for the ups and downs in their romance and I had faith Jill Shalvis would bring them together in an organic, satisfying way.

The third point of view in The Forever Girl belongs to Caitlin. Cat has always been the one trying to keep everyone else together. She loves Maze, Walker, and Heather desperately and wants nothing more than her family to be together. She’s a bit of a wreck, engaged to a man who it’s no spoiler to say isn’t the one for her. Cat has always seemed so perfect that people don’t always catch how close to the edge she is until things fall apart. I adored Cat and wanted to see her stop going along with the flow, to claim the life she wants and tell anyone who doesn’t like it where they can shove it.

While we don’t spend any time in Heather’s head, she and Maze’s friend Jace do help complete the story. Heather is the youngest of the bunch and she’s got a bright spirit and a determined soul. And Jace is a sweetheart; an understanding friend who isn’t afraid to call Maze’s bluff. While the romance between Maze and Walker was engaging, the love between friends and siblings is every bit as important to this book as the romantic love story. These characters flow well together. They bicker, they laugh, and they come together when it counts, without reservation or judgment. Shalvis’s particular brand of humor and heart is on full display in The Forever Girl, making this the ideal story to curl up with and get lost in for a while.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.