New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis does it once again with a heartfelt story of family, forgiveness, and secrets that have the power to change the course of more than one life.
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.
Shalvis returns to Wildstone, Calif., (after The Summer Deal) with a standalone contemporary romance that focuses on how relationships can overcome secrets, shame, and guilt. Eleven years ago, the Walsh family briefly took in foster kids Maze, Heather, and Walker and raised them alongside their own children, Cat and Michael. The teens spent a blissful year on the central California coast before Michael's death tore them apart. Maze has cut herself off from the others ever since but now Cat is getting married and brings them all back together to help her plan her wedding. No longer "Mayhem Maze," Maze tries to be there for Cat while navigating her complicated relationships with Heather and Walker. In particular, she and Walker must decide whether their long-simmering chemistry is enough to propel them into an adult relationship. Though the pace is slow, Shalvis capably weaves the complex, intertwining relationships into an appealing story of second chances. This is sure to satisfy. \n
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Perfect Wildstone Addition
The Forever Girl is typical, perfect Jill Shalvis and bonus, we get to return to Wildstone and what a treat it is.
Cat, Walker, Heather and Maze were a tight foursome when they were in high school, life has happened since then and they have not all been together since that time. Cat's wedding has provided them all with the opportunity to be together but also the chance to discover if the magic of their friendship still exists. In addition to friendship, maybe there is something more there for Maze during this trip back to Wildstone.
You will not be disappointed with The Forever Girl - the emotions from friendship, romance and belonging are all beautifully written by Jill. Every child deserves parents like Cat in their corner. My favorite part involves some torn silk on a window sill - just you wait!
A feel-good, smart, thoughtful read!
I am a softy when it comes to a second-chance romance, especially one that also crosses with a reconnection with old friend, who are more like family. Which is just what I got with The Forever Girl and I loved all the time I spent with Maze, Cat, Heather, and Walker.
And while The Forever Girl is a wonderful, smart, sexy redo of Maze and Walker’s romance, it’s also so much more. It’s a celebration of friendship and accepting each other’s faults and forgiving each other for past hurts.
I loved the friendship between Maze, Cat, Heather, and Walker. Loved that while they weren’t blood related, they were still family in each other’s eyes. Family who had each other’s backs regardless of what or who was wrong.
If you’re looking for a feel-good, smart, thoughtful read, don’t hesitate to pick up The Forever Girl today!
Family of the heart 💜
Being a family has different meanings for different groups of people. In this story, a traditional family (mom, dad, and kids) adds foster children to their family and treats them all as family. At least for as long as the kids will let them. Walker and Maze are two of those foster children who grow up with some heavy suitcases of baggage. Being a grown up doesn’t mean the baggage goes away. Everyone is brought together during Caitlin and Dillion’s pre-wedding activities. Maze and Walker need to face their past while coming to terms with their family of the heart.
Jill Shalvis creates the little town of Wildstone and all the various characters who live there. The stories in the series all have a connection to the town, but the town itself does not become a character. It’s time to reread the series to find any character connections I may have missed by reading them so far apart and only once.