Rainy Day Friends

Rainy Day Friends

by Jill Shalvis


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ISBN-13: 9780062448149
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Series: Wildstone Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 15,238
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold, and visit her website, ww.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Rainy Day Friends: A Novel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters from the loving smart partriarch Cora to the broken but courageous Lanie and River. To the men who learn to love them and help them trust again Mark and Holden. And all the other members of this loving Italian family. A story well worth laughing and crying through.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Take note – you must read this book – you’ll thank me later. But, be warned: if you start it late –your next day plans will be suffering because you won’t want, nor be able, to put this book down. The Capriottis – loud, boisterous, welcoming and utterly unable to contain themselves from helping when someone is in need of their particular brand of interference, support, advice and inclusion. Lanie SO needed to meet this family after discovering after her husband’s death that he was a bigamist as wives came out of the woodwork to ‘blame and claim’, left her self-worth at an all-time new low, when it was never solid in the first place. A short-term temporary freelance assignment as a graphic designer to revamp the Capriotti Winery brands, labels, packaging and website was just what she needed to get away from everyone who knew of Kevin, and her humiliation. Inside Lanie’s head is a series of never-ending denegrations, a touch of anger, and far too much second-guessing and overthinking of everything, from the smallest offering of a smile to the devastation wrought, and her ignorance of, her husband’s behavior and other lives. But, the Capriottis, led by Carla, are not willing to let anyone slide in quietly and stay uninvolved. Their lives are all about joining in, supporting, pushing and pulling people into their circle and making them family. And, lucky for Lanie, she’s the newest member, despite her remaining close-mouthed about her past, her life and her deep-rooted self-doubts. With few to no places to hide, even the small cottage provided with the job isn’t safe from intrusion: from homemade cookies to a hideout for the twin girls, aged 6, who are curious about the newcomer and her sparkle purple nails, lip gloss and roll-on scent. Oh, and you can’t forget Marcus: a Capriotti, now a deputy sheriff,: former military man, now single father to the twins Samantha and Sierra. His former wife and the girls’ mother left them without looking back two years ago, and Mark’s life changed forever. Dedicated to the girls and determined to never let them feel abandoned again, he’s sworn off women and relationships, working all hours possible, but always having time for his girls. Shalvis doesn’t stop with just Lanie and Marcus though, as everyone in this story has moments that push or pull at your heart as the rollercoaster of emotions hurtles forward. When you add in the unveiling of Lanie’s secrets in the most painful way possible in the form of River, a twenty year old pregnant, homeless girl who is thriving in this boisterous and welcoming family, a quiet yet always there, now on leave, handyman Holden, former homeless teen with his own Pullman carload of issues not yet shared (hopefully in the next book), Lanie’s aside conversations with her anxiety that start every chapter, and a family that, like all the best ones is frustrating, loud, intrusive and most of all inclusive, the story has so many different places and scenes to be your favorite moment…until the next. From Sam being the ‘spokes-twin’ , to the daily mandatory lunches made by the family to be shared by family, you want to pack up and move to Wildstone – to be a part of this family and place that is so alive with love and acceptance. A favorite read in what is fast becoming a favorite (and sure to be read often) series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclus
Anonymous 11 months ago
This was the second book I purchased by Jill. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Hated to reach the end...
Anonymous 11 months ago
Absolutely loved reading,the story just pulls you in with all the characters. Can’t wait for the next story and hope it’s already pulling in Jill Shalvis. Love all her books
Bookladye 12 months ago
Wonderful from the first page to the last! Jill Shalvis “gets” kids Loved the relationship between the young twin girls, Samantha and Siera and their dad, Mark. Loved some of the quotes in the book: “Dessert doesn’t go to the stomach, dessert goes to the heart.” Rainy Day Friends responds with the theme that family can be chosen not only through blood lines. “It’s not blood that connects us. Which means you’re one of us now.” Rainy Day Friends is a great comforting read with food, family, dogs, friendship and romance!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Another amazing story Ms Shalvis!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the cast of characters and I love stories with quirky kids.
Terri36 More than 1 year ago
After the death of her husband, Lanie took a temporary graphic art job at Capriotti Winery. She wanted to work somewhere off the beaten path where she could hide away. Mark's wife took off to find herself, leaving their twin girls. This is a story about their journeys. I loved this book! In true Jill Shalvis style, I laughed through the entire book. Add in a little mystery and some heartache and you have another wonderful book you won't want to miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great, emotional Rollercoaster ride, chalk full of humor ( "Lanie on a scale of one to Britney Spears shaving her head, how drunk are you?"). Her cast of characters always leave you wanting to hear their stories and hoping this one will continue!
MalkaShayna 26 days ago
Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite authors for fun, uplifting, sexy romances and this book is no exception. After Lanie Jacobs's husband of 5 years died from a heart attack, she found out that he was a bigamist, but as she was the first wife, she inherited the life insurance and has been hounded by the other wives for part of it. Estranged from her parents and not having an real friends, she quit her job and accepted a two-month graphic artist job at family run Capriotti Winery, a 2 hour drive from Santa Barbara, but close to where she grew up. She had never felt loved by her parents (not sure why the author gave her parents a Jewish surname, as there is nothing Jewish about them) and after what her husband did, she feels unloveable. But the Capriotti family is all about love. They embrace her as they have other "strays", showing her the love that she should have had bestowed upon her her whole life. They teach her how to love, but when her "secret" is revealed by another "stray", can she keep the wall around her heart open? Wonderful characters, lighthearted but compelling plot and a narrative that never gets bogged down.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Profanity took away from a good story line.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved this book. I snort giggled at the jokes, fell in love with Lanie and Marcus, Sierra and Samantha, and wanted to read the book again as soon as I finished it. Jill Shalvis is one of my most favorite authors.
Anonymous 7 months ago
My new favorite book! All the characters are wonderful and lovable and complicated. It gives you all the feels but in the best way.
Cathyquilter 8 months ago
Oh. My. Gosh. A stand alone book that will make you laugh, cry, wash and repeat. How can you not fall in love with the Capriotti family? Great Uncle Jack with his inappropriate jokes at the all inclusive lunch everyday, big strong Marcus, nurturing Cora, adorable twins chatty Samantha and silent Sierra. The list goes on. Lainey Jacobs takes a temporary job at the Capriotti family vineyard after finding out her late husband was a serial polygamist. This always caring, sometimes overwhelming family takes her into their hearts as well as their business. A book that is hard to put down.
Anonymous 8 months ago
LynnB888 9 months ago
Amazing characters, family dynamics galore and just a downright FUN story! Jill Shalvis strikes again with the second book in her Wildstone series. I was enthralled from the start, captivated throughout and felt like I found home with this fun loving family! The main characters are kind, loving souls who each have had their lives turned upside down and watching them connect and grow closer was magical. I loved the surrounding family just as much. Great read! Lanie Jacobs has been in turmoil for a few months now. Her husband died totally unexpectedly six months ago, then she found out he was a lying cheat and had several other "wives" scattered around keeping additional beds warm for him. She's finding it hard to get past it all, so when a job opportunity comes up that will get her out of the region and out of her own head for a couple of months, she jumps at the chance and starts a position at Capriotti Winery. She soon finds comfort in a tight-knit yet boisterously crazy family who take her under their wing and treat her like one of their own. She's particularly enthralled by sexy single dad Mark! Deputy sheriff Mark Capriotti is captivated with Lanie from the first moment he sets eyes on her. He had his life all sorted out as a career military guy until his wife up and left and he had to come home and make a different sort of life work with his twin daughters. He's far from bitter because he is blessed with so much love from those precocious little angels, but there's still something missing from his life ... and one look at Lanie leads him to believe he might have found the missing link!
Anonymous 9 months ago
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 10 months ago
Rainy Day Friends is a sweet and heartwarming story of two women hurt by the same man in different ways and finding a new beginning. Lanie was raised in an emotionally closed home and then cheated on by her husband. She has convinced herself she gets love wrong so she isn’t going to go there again. Mark had his life turned upside down when his wife left him to raise twins on his own he between the girls and his job he refuses to love again. HAH! That is just a dare to the gods of love and when these two finally figure it out your heart will smile. Another hit from Jill Shalvis.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book was an unexpected pleasure, with great characters with a lot of emotional baggage!
bookchickdi 11 months ago
Last week, I read Ann Mah's The Lost Vintage, a dual timeline novel set at a family vineyard in the Burgundy region of France. It was a wonderful piece of literary fiction, and I learned a lot about life at a vineyard. This week, I read another book set at a family winery, this one in California wine country. Jill Shalvis' Rainy Day Friends opens with thirty year-old Lainie trying to deal with her anxiety long enough to make it through her interview at Capriotti Winery. She applied for a temporary freelance position as a graphic designer, working on marketing products, wine labels and website graphics for the family winery. The entire Capriotti family is eating their daily lunch out back, and invite Lainie to join them, which panics her. She meets Cora, the CEO of the winery, her daughters, parents, and two adorable, young twin granddaughters, Samantha and Sierra. The Capriotti Family is boisterous and they all work at the winery at various jobs; all except Samantha and Sierra's handsome father, Mark, who is a deputy sheriff. Sparks fly immediately between Mark and Lainie, but she is not ready for a relationship. Lainie is widowed, her husband Kyle having died of a heart condition. They had been married for five years when he died. After his death, Lainie discovers that Kyle was a bigamist and had four other wives. This shattered Lainie, and made her untrusting of not only others, but of her own instincts. She would not allow anyone to get close enough to hurt her again. But the Capriotti family took her in. She adored the twins, and looked forward to being with them. She also liked spending time with Mark, and while a physical relationship with him was hot and heavy, she was not going to get emotionally attached, particularly after Mark said that he wouldn't get involved with another woman until his girls were grown. (Mark's wife left him and the girls.) The Capriotti family takes in people and brings them into the fold. They took in Holden, a cowboy who cares for the horses at the winery and then one day a young very pregnant woman named River turns up, and Cora takes her in too. River is hiding the real reason she came to the winery, but she too is happy to become a part of the family. Her mother died and her baby's father abandoned her, and she and Lainie become fast friends as well. I enjoyed spending time at the Capriotti Winery, and as someone who comes from a big family, I found the Capriottis comforting. The way they tease (and harass) each other will be so familiar to anyone from a large family. Rainy Day Friends is quick, terrific beach read, and I smiled as one character said that this is "not a Hallmark movie" because I though all throughout the book that this would be a perfect Hallmark movie. If you're looking for a light, sexy story, Rainy Day Friends hits the spot. I recommend it.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 11 months ago
Rainy Day Friends is the perfect summer, it's too hot to be outside story. I loved the story of Lanie escaping her life after finding out her husband was a husband to other women and finds herself pulled into the amazing family of the Capriottis. This family is wonderful. They are loud, obnoxious, nosy, and so welcoming. Anyone who comes to their winery is instantly taken under Cora's, the owner, protective wing and welcomed into their crazy family. When River arrived at the winery, peeking in the window, living in her car I knew that she would be accepted with open arms but I also knew that there was more to her story. It didn't take long for me to figure out what drew her to come to the winery and why she was interested in Lanie. I liked that Jill Shalvis had them become friends first then told the rest of their connection. I cannot blame River for coming to the winery. It was probably the only way that she could survive with her baby. Mark... oh Mark and his gorgeous,naughty, sweet, lovable twin girls. I loved the paragraphs that included the twins and Mark. Those twins were too much and I could picture their cute blonde heads, the two of them wandering the winery and causing havoc to the adults. And Mark with his big bad teddy bear attitude trying to keep them in line, going to work, and visiting Lanie all while to hide his heart. There was no doubt that his heart was going to bust open when he first set his eyes on Lanie and I was excited to see how long he could hold out and how he would convince Lanie that she could trust a man again. Jill Shalvis is so talented. She is a definite must-read author for me. I recommend picking up Rainy Day Friends and then going back and reading the rest of her books.
alfawolf1 11 months ago
I loved Lanie and Mark's story, although I loved Lanie and River's story of sisterly opposition, strife, love and forgiveness more. This was my first book by Jill Shalvis, and I can't wait to read more! I was lucky and won this book in a giveaway. I chose to review on my own.
Suze-Lavender 12 months ago
Lainie's husband betrayed her in the worst possible way. Six months after his death she's still angry and devastated. Lainie found out she isn't her husband's only widow, he had a collection of wives who all believed they were legally married to him. Lainie was the first, but besides a little money in her bank account that doesn't give her much comfort. Lainie doesn't have any support, there's nobody she can lean on and she wonders if she's lovable at all. She desperately needs a fresh start and that is how she ends up with the Capriotti family at their winery. Will she find a way to heal there? The Capriottis are loud, intense and welcoming. Lainie isn't used to being included, but all family members are making sure she's being made part of the family. Lainie especially feels at ease with Mark, a single dad looking after his twin daughters with the help of his grandparents, parents and sisters. While Lainie is slowly finding a place among this lively family someone else is being added to their ranks. River seems to be a sweet girl, but she's keeping something that can break Lainie's heart all over again... Rainy Day Friends is a beautiful heartwarming story. I loved Lainie. She's kindhearted, gentle and vulnerable. She hasn't had much luck when it comes to being loved while she's such a wonderful person. Mark and his twins are making it difficult for her to keep her walls up and slowly Lainie learns how to let people in. She does the same with River. River is pregnant and alone. She's young and destitute. There's something she's not telling Lainie though and finding out what would happen if the truth would come to light kept me on the edge of my seat. Jill Shalvis has an amazing captivating writing style. Her stories are filled with the most precious quirky people. It's easy to fall in love with her main characters and whenever I read one of her stories I always have a big smile on my face. They are impossible to put down and I love their delightful atmosphere. Jill Shalvis knows how to portray people, she gets personalities and knows how to make her characters' flaws work in their favor. Her stories are always a true joy to read. Rainy Day Friends is absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it.
deeeee 12 months ago
Lanie was running away from life. Her marriage had been a farce and with her husband now dead, she can’t even take it out on him! She needs a do-over, so she takes a temp graphic designer job at Capriotti Winery to re-evaluate just what her life should look like. The Capriotti family is a boisterous family who invade personal space like it’s their jobs. But the love and devotion among the family members is so obvious. And ooooooo la la!!! Mark Capriotti, the local deputy sheriff and alpha male is part of that overwhelming family. Lanie fights the chemistry between them, but Mark proposes a 2 month summer fling with no strings attached, and the fun begins. I love Jill’s stories. The characters in this one just filled me smiles and laughter.
WinnieL 12 months ago
Despite all the books that Jill Shalvis has written, her one theme never changes. Her stories always centre around a group of friends who stand by each other. In Rainy Day Friends, Lanie and subsequently River, despite being strangers to the people at Capriotti Winery at first, soon become part of the close-knitted family. Jill Shalvis tells a wonderful emotionally griping story here and I could just feel all the raw emotions running through me. Her characters are realistic, and you can just connect with them. I especially love Mark and his two daughters. Jill Shalvis' writing just gets better and better.