Author: Jill Shalvis
Publication: Forever; 1 Original edition (October 1, 2010)
Description: Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.
Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.
The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes-and mouth-are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.
My Thoughts: This story was laugh out loud funny, heartbreakingly touching and wildly sexy all at the same time. Maddie has lost her job in LA (Maybe dumping hot coffee on the lap of her abusive ex-boyfriend who was also the company lawyer wasn't really a good idea.) and comes to Lucky Harbor to see the resort that was left to her and her sisters by the mother she barely knew. She doesn't know her sisters very well either. Her mother was a hippie and a Deadhead and all the girls have different fathers.
Maddie arrives and finds out that the resort is heavily mortgaged and in major need of renovation and repair. Her oldest sister wants to sell as soon as possible and head back to her life. Her youngest sister is undecided. Maddie wants to stay and make a home. She calls on local carpenter, mayor and financial angel Jax Cullen to work on the renovations. He is also the hottie who caught her eye even before she made it all the way into town. But Maddie has sworn off men. She doesn't trust her judgment anymore.
Jax was wary too. He left his life as a cut-throat lawyer (and left a fiancee who loved that side of him) and came home to Lucky Harbor to reinvent his life. But something about Maddie makes him decide that he is willing to give love another chance.
The story is about the sisters getting to know each other and getting to trust each other. It is also about Maddie learning to trust herself and stand up for herself.
I really enjoyed both the humor and the romance in this story and look forward to reading other books by Shalvis.
And a Ferris wheel.I bought this one at Amazon because I read a number of great reviews. You can get your copy here.
The sight of it brought an odd yearning. She wanted to buy a ticket and ride it, if only to pretend for four minutes that she wasn't twenty-nine, broke every which way to Sunday, and homeless.
Oh, and scared of heights.