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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday Review: Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis

Throwback Thursday Reviews is dedicated to those books that have been around for awhile but you’ve only recently discovered (Or made time for). They’re the “New but Old” reads that are just too good NOT to talk about because there’s no such thing as “Too Many Books!”

This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is:Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis

Format: .mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Grace never thought she'd be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh's lovable mutt to caring for his rambunctious son. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad . . .

With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family-until Grace arrives in town. Now this brainy blonde is turning his life inside out and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "good bedside manner." Josh and Grace don't know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day . . .

What’s it About? Grace Brooks needs a stable job so that she can start her life over in Lucky Harbor. So she works as a dog walker for ER doctor Josh Scott but when the nanny for Josh’s son doesn’t show up, Grace suddenly finds herself taking care of Josh’s young son and making friends with his disabled sister. Josh doesn’t have time for a personal life and what little time he carves out is for his son and sister and even that isn’t enough but with Grace around, Josh is starting to rethink his busy work schedule.
Yay or Nay? Yay.
Why? Grace is one of my favorite characters in the series. She’s a survivor, a go getter, and sassy to boot. Any woman would be terrified to be in a town she’s never lived in before, alone, and without a job to support herself but not Grace, she had her misgivings but I loved that she just jumped in with both feet and did her best. She gave “fake it til you make it” a new meaning with how persistent she was.

Then there was Josh. I felt bad for the guy, he was a single dad living with some major guilt where his disabled sister was concerned. He was trying his best just like Grace but he was so overwhelmed with work, guilt, and worries that he was doing what he didn’t want to do and that was neglect his family. I don’t think I’ve read a book like this where it’s the guy who is frazzled, overwhelmed, and taking care of his family on his own. Jill Shalvis put a nice spin on that and I loved how Grace kind of swooped in unexpectedly and saved them all without meaning to.

It wasn’t an easy save though, Josh’s disabled sister Anna was carrying around her own baggage and she wasn’t the easiest character to like. On the one hand I totally sympathized with how she felt about her disability but on the other she was a selfish brat who refused to see how hard Josh was working to try and make up for not being the brother she needed back when she got hurt. Grace certainly gave Anna a reality check though and she did it without being cruel just blunt. Grace was good for everyone involved and they were good for her. I loved her chemistry with Josh and how their romance was laced with moments of what a family life between them could be. All in all it was a believable romance and it certainly felt like it developed at a natural pace.

Click It or Skip It: Click It. Forever and a Day is easily the most heartwarming of the Lucky Harbor series so far.

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