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MR-Beach Reads Edition: Sandpiper Shore & Rainy Day Friends

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Mini Reviews, beach reads edition, of Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis and Sandpiper Shore by Debbie Mason.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Rainy Day Friends

MR-Beach Reads Edition: Sandpiper Shore & Rainy Day Friends
by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #2
Also in this series: Lost and Found Sisters
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
on June 19th, 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: e-book
Source: edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 Stars



Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person? Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Green changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.

ARC Romance Series smart and funny

If it’s one thing that Jill Shalvis can do is make me want to be friends with everyone in the story (barring the antagonists, of course). When Laney finds herself at the Winery, it’s like she finds a substitute family, the family that she’s always wanted. Even though she doesn’t admit it at first. The same could also be true for River.

I loved the drama and backstory that Laney’s ex-husband caused. This story is about friendships and healing. The romance between Laney and Mark was sweet and smoldery. They both were opposed to a serious relationship, but as with all romances, the more time they spend around each other, the harder it is to resist.

If you like heartwarming, tearjerkers, this one is for you.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Sandpiper Shore

MR-Beach Reads Edition: Sandpiper Shore & Rainy Day Friends
by Debbie Mason
Series: Harmony Harbor #6
Also in this series: Mistletoe Cottage, Christmas with an Angel, Starlight Bridge
Published by Forever
on June 26th, 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4 Stars



There's nothing Jenna Bell loves more than a happily-ever-after. That's why being a wedding planner is her dream job - until the groom is Logan Gallagher. She's had a crush on him since . . . well, forever. And now she has to make his day magical as he walks down the aisle without her.

As a secret service agent, Logan's already married - to his career. A wife was never in his plan, until he finds out he needs to marry the woman he's been protecting. He takes his latest assignment in stride, but when he sees Jenna again, he can't deny the attraction sparking between them. Can he really say "I do" if it means saying goodbye to the woman of his dreams?

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This story was so cute. It played on the Cinderella trope with Jenna a rose colored glasses type of character. Her naivete was a little sad, but as she is in the business of HEA, she kind of wishes that for herself as well. Her decisions are a little questionable if not based on the fact that she’s stubborn, but yet I couldn’t help but think her a charming character. There’s nothing wrong for dreaming about a Prince Charming or a HEA.


Besides the fairy tale feel of the story, Colleen’s ghostly presence was there but a little subdued. Her sidekick Simon the cat was still a hoot. A couple of catalysts were thrown into the plot which expanded the overall story and made it all the more interesting.


Overall, Logan and Jenna were a really cute couple and the story complemented them both.

About Debbie Mason

Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

About Jill Shalvis

New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and check out her blog, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Have you read any beach reads yet? If so, which ones?

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Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

I’ve also read Rainy Day Friends. I agree that Shalvis does a great job writing characters you want to be friends with. The family was definitely my favorite part of the novel 🙂

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

I read the Jill Shalvis and really enjoyed and I need to read something by Mason. I have at least one of her books but somehow never managed to get to it. It sounds like perfect summer reading.

Mary Kirkland

That Jill Shalvis cover is so cute.


I really loved Rainy Day Friends, it’s perfect for the summer and the family and the setting was so fun. I need to read the new Mason book I have really enjoyed that series

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I loved Salvis’ book and need to add Mason’s to my tbr pile it sounds good too! I am home from vacation and visiting everyone. Hope all is well with you.

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