Review: Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis

Review: Forever and a Day by Jill ShalvisForever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #6
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 07/31/2012
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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four-half-stars

LOVE CAN HAPPEN IN A HEARTBEAT.

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 loveable mutt to caring for his rambunctious kids. 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…

My love affair with Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor books continues with Forever and a Day, the sixth book in this series.  And I’m just going to say it upfront – I loved this book!  Forever and a Day is pretty much the perfect contemporary romance, and it was exactly what I  needed.

Forever and a Day focuses on Grace, a relatively new addition to the population of Lucky Harbor, and Dr. Josh Scott, successful and incredibly busy single-dad and doctor.  Grace is struggling a bit, after having moved out west for a job that fell through.  She’s been staying in Lucky Harbor doing odd jobs while searching for a job that she can use her college degree for in other cities.  Dr. Scott grew up in Lucky Harbor, and he has his hands full being a single parent to his young son, and the guardian to his paraplegic sister, not to mention running his deceased father’s doctor’s office, covering shifts in the Lucky Harbor Hospital’s ER and also trying to help out at the Heath Services Center.  When Josh calls the wrong number looking for a Dog Walker, and it ends up being Grace, she agrees to walk Josh’s crazy puppy.  And then . . . romance happens!

Okay, so for real I really, really liked Grace.  She’s so relatable, and really adorable.  I found it really admirable that she didn’t run home to her parents when her job fell threw (although that is exactly what I would have done!).  Although things haven’t been easy, she’s making her own way, and trying to get back on her feet.  Grace is tough and strong, but also sweet and vulnerable.  It does take Grace a bit to figure out what she really wants out of life, but we’ve all been there, and it makes her ever more relatable.  What’s not to love about her?

As for Josh, he really is the type of hero I fall for.  He’s so honorable, and he doesn’t skirt his duties.  Even though he is so overworked, he really doesn’t complain, and he does the absolute best that he can.  Watching Grace and Josh fall for each other was delightful and charming.  It felt really realistic, like something like this could happen to anyone, which is really my favorite thing about excellent contemporary romance.

I couldn’t put Forever and a Day down.  If I were the type of person to call into work “sick” I would have done so to read Forever and a Day.  Unfortunately, I’m not that kind of person, but it sure was tempting.  I was able to connect to the characters instantly, and I never found the writing dry.  I just want to read ALL THE JILL SHALVIS BOOKS now.  All of them!!!

four-half-stars

6 Responses to “Review: Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    You are completely convincing me to give this series a retry. I love doctor heroes so Josh sounds perfect to me. I’m off to put a Lucky Harbor book on hold at the library!

  2. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    That’s hilarious and totally relatable that you wanted to call in sick just to keep reading! 🙂 I haven’t heard of this series before, but you make it sound like a lovely, fast read – I will keep an eye out for it! Do you think I can read this one and skip the other 5 for now?

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Thanks for reminding me about this one! This was one of my absolute favorite and it was mostly because of Grace. She’s a wonderful character though I did wish Shalvis explored Grace’s adoption more since she obviously had issues with it. I’ve got the newest 3 in this series and you’ve just reminded me how much I enjoy these!

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