Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis
Paperback, 384 pages
Publication: June 8th by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction
New York Times bestselling author Jill continues her series with the moving story of a young woman who start her life—and her love life—over again.
When Emma Harris wakes up from a coma, she learns that her fiancé and her BFF have fallen in love, she’s lost her job, and the life she knew is gone. Overwhelmed but grateful to be alive, she decides to start over from scratch. Not as easy as it sounds, of course. But she’s never been a quitter, even if she wishes she could quit rehab, where her hot but evil physical therapist, Simon, puts her through the wringer.
Desperate for a new start, Emma opens a doggy day care. Unfortunately, the only space she can afford is owned by her childhood nemesis Ali Pratt. But hey, she’s been through worse, right? She tries to roll with the punches, but a friend drops his grandpa off at the doggy day care because he can’t find senior care. On top of that, she and Ali bring the term “frenemies” to a whole new level. And then another grandparent shows up. And another.
In the midst of all that, Emma realizes she’s accidentally fallen for her Evil PT. But the most horrifying thing of all is that Ali just might have turned into the best friend she’s ever had. And as Emma grows from the pain of her past and takes on her new path, she comes to learn that life isn’t what you’re given, it’s what you make of it.
My Thoughts… Jill is an author that always pulls me into her stories and lets me become friends with the characters. In Love for Beginners, I am taken into a world that seemed real to me, the characters all had issues and were not perfect, but their issues were realistic. The idea of high school enemies coming together to both find what they were missing in their respective lives is not a new concept, but it is a fun one to read.
Emma Harris is strong, maybe not physically but she woke from a coma to a life that was entirely different than before. Her best friend is now her ex. Her boyfriend is now her ex. She cannot live in the same apartment. With all of that against her, she realizes that her physical therapist makes her tingle in places she has not tingled in a long time. I love seeing Simon, the PT, care for her, push her to be stronger, and not let her settle into a partial life. Simon has a whole lot of baggage also, but he also realizes that he is missing something or someone and that someone is Emma.
The frenemies part of Ali and Emma is fun, quirky, and typical high school drama. The fact that the two of them held the grudge into adult hood is funny to me. High school is over and done, get past it, move on, and live your life. Simon is the tie between the two of them and I like that he does not push them to get along and does not really get involved in their drama. He loves them both.
**Thank you to Ann-Marie at GetRedPr for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet Jill ... Multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. Her most recent book, THE SUMMER DEAL, was published in June and her next book, MISTLETOE IN PARADISE, comes out in December.
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