Book Review: The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis

Posted January 5, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review / 17 Comments

The Family You Make
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by Jill Shalvis
Publication Date January 11, 2022
Published by HarperCollins
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Genres: Fiction / Friendship, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

“Fall in love with Jill Shalvis! She’s my go-to read for humor and heart.”— Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author

Beloved New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis begins a new series—Sunrise Cove—set near beautiful Lake Tahoe, with a heartwarming story of found family and love.

During the snowstorm of the century Levi Cutler is stranded on a ski lift with a beautiful stranger named Jane. After strong winds hurl the gondola in front of them into the ground, Levi calls his parents to prepare them for the worst…but can’t bring himself to say goodbye. Instead, wanting to fulfill his mother’s lifelong wish, he impulsively tells her he’s happily settled and Jane is his girlfriend—right before his phone dies.

But Levi and Jane do not.

Now Levi’s family is desperate to meet “The One.” Though Jane agrees to be his pretend girlfriend for just one dinner, she’s nervous. After a traumatic childhood, Jane isn’t sure she knows how to be around a tight-knit family that cherishes one another. She’s terrified, and a little jealous. But an unexpected series of events and a host of new friends soon show Jane that perhaps this is the life she was always meant to have.

As Jane and Levi spend more time together, pretend feelings quickly turn into real ones. Now all Jane has to do is admit to herself she can’t live without the man she’s fallen in love with and the family she has always dreamed of.

My Review:

The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis is the first book in her new series The Sunrise Cove. This first book is set in the Lake Tahoe area and I think this is going to be an excellent series based on this first book and I already can’t wait for the second book in the series!

Levi meets Jane in a ski gondola at the local ski resort. A sudden snowstorm moves into the mountains, and they get stuck in the gondola at the ski resort. When the gondola in front of them falls over 500 feet to the ground, both Levi and Jane feel like their turn is next. They both believe that their lives are in serious danger as their gondola swings wildly in the winds of the storm, Levi calls his mother because he’s sure they are going to die, and in order to please her, he tells his mother he is dating Jane and that they are very happy together. When the storm subsides and they are rescued, Jane agrees to be Levi’s fake date at his parent’s anniversary dinner as gratitude for him helping her in the gondola.

There are actually two romance stories in this one book, but the Jane and Levi story is the main story and it’s very good. It’s a slow-burn romance, where both Levi and Jane are reluctant to be in a relationship. Levi left his family to start his own data tech business, and never felt comfortable back in Tahoe with his family. And Jane never stays in one place for very long and loves her life traveling around the world as a nurse.

I’m a huge fan of Jill Shalvis’s books, and this one did not disappoint. The romance between Levi and Jane felt authentic, and the past issues that they have to overcome were realistic and well developed. I was immediately hooked into the book with the action of the gondola and the suspense of their predicament. The rest of the story unfolded naturally and I enjoyed the characters, especially Levi’s boisterous family.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves women’s fiction and romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

17 responses to “Book Review: The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis

  1. I haven’t read any book by the author and I like it when there is another romance along with the main character’s romance. Great review!

  2. I’ve never read her before, but this sounds like such a feel good read that will be perfect in the cold weather right now. Great review!

  3. I can’t wait to read this one. My request is still pending on Netgalley! Even if that doesn’t come through I’ll get to it eventually. I’ve already put in for a library copy. Nice to see you loved it!

  4. This sounds like a wonderful and well developed story about found family and love. The book preview is so compelling! I’m glad you enjoyed this book, I’ll have to add this to my list. Thank you for sharing your review and for the recommendation!