The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis
Publication June 13, 2023
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Taken from Goodreads makes life sweet?
When Harper Shaw’s life falls apart, she knows it’s time for a change. She removes everything that doesn’t spark joy—from her soul-sucking job to eating kale to making lists—and sets off for the last place she was happy, Lake Tahoe (who wouldn’t feel good there, right?) to fulfill her dream of opening her own bakery. With her Sugar Pine Bakery in between a tavern, owned by sexy, grumpy Bodie Campbell, and a bookstore, run by her new BFF, she feels a peace she’s never experienced since…well, Then she meets Ivy, a teenage runaway, who barrels into her heart. She sees a lot of herself in Ivy and takes her under her wing, but the teenager has secrets…
When those secrets explode, it changes Harper’s new world, and she’ll learn, it’s never too late to start over, it’s never too late to figure out your life, and best of all, it’s never too late to let yourself believe in love.
My Thoughts: If you are looking for a sweet romance that is easy to read, Jill is the author for you. The Sweetheart List is exactly what I was hoping for when I picked up my copy. The characters are real and relatable. The storyline is easy to follow and to feel a part of. The romance is sweet, steamy, and realistic. There are hiccups in the relationships, the families argue, but above all the family and friendships are strong and true.
I love Harper. She knew that she needed to change and went for it. Even when Bodie enters her orbit she still stays true to herself and makes the choices she needs to accomplish her goals. Her relationship with Ivy is so wonderful, she knows that she be but she also knows that she keep Ivy on track to make positive decisions.
Harper and Bodie are both not looking for but it is amazing that what you think you do not want is what you need the most. I enjoyed watching Bodie’s family stick their nose in everything Harper/Bodie. It showed exactly how much love and support he had behind him.
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Meet Jill Shalvis (taken from her website): Jill lives with her family in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters (Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is mostly coincidental). She does most of her writing on her deck surrounded by more animals than humans. Which is quite astonishing considering she’s a city girl who was plucked from the wilds of L.A. to the wilds of the Sierra’s. Most of her books come from a combination of hard work, cookies, and hot guy pics, and not necessarily in that order.
Jill often travels to reader weekends & conventions where she LOVES getting to meet and hang-out with readers. The only problem being she tends to get lost in her hotels. if you ever see NYTimes Bestselling author Jill roaming the halls, someone please return her immediately.