* Review * THE FAMILY YOU MAKE by Jill Shalvis

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* Review * THE FAMILY YOU MAKE by Jill ShalvisThe Family You Make by Jill Shalvis
Series: The Sunrise Cove Series #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on January 11, 2022
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During the snowstorm of the century Levi Cutler is stranded on a ski lift with a beautiful stranger named Jane. After strong winds hurl the gondola in front of them into the ground, Levi calls his parents to prepare them for the worst…but can’t bring himself to say goodbye. Instead, wanting to fulfill his mother’s lifelong wish, he impulsively tells her he’s happily settled and Jane is his girlfriend—right before his phone dies.

But Levi and Jane do not.

Now Levi’s family is desperate to meet “The One.” Though Jane agrees to be his pretend girlfriend for just one dinner, she’s nervous. After a traumatic childhood, Jane isn’t sure she knows how to be around a tight-knit family that cherishes one another. She’s terrified, and a little jealous. But an unexpected series of events and a host of new friends soon show Jane that perhaps this is the life she was always meant to have.

As Jane and Levi spend more time together, pretend feelings quickly turn into real ones. Now all Jane has to do is admit to herself she can’t live without the man she’s fallen in love with and the family she has always dreamed of.


Heartwarming, emotional and oh so good! Jill Shalvis writes emotion with a realistic tone that always hooks me quickly to her characters and the setting of a new series. In the first book at Sunrise Cove, we are quickly thrust into an emotional moment and the angst, sass and goodness does not stop from start to finish. I loved every minute of THE FAMILY YOU MAKE and can’t wait for more to come in this cozy town.

Levi and Jane are thrust together unexpectedly and the tense times they share bond them quickly. He’s a nerdy brainiac who is utterly adorable and she’s a loner, never believing she fits in. Watching her heal and learn to accept love is heartwarming and he’s just an all around sweetheart.

Charlotte and Mateo are co-workers and neighbors who throw off sparks towards each other the second they hit the page. She’s scarred from past trauma and he’s healing from a heartbreak of his own. Together they are oil and water but once she lets the guard around her heart crumble a little, they are on their way towards forever!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a romance that has laughter, emotion, and real life issues all wrapped up into one heartwarming read.


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