Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis
Expected Publication: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central
FOREVER AND A DAY is the conclusion to Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series. Grace Brooks is one-third of the self-identified “chocoholics” and the last of the trio to get her life together. Originally heading to the west coast for a position that required additional “benefits” than she was willing to give, she ends up in Lucky Harbor, a small town with a Mayberry feel to it – that is, if Mayberry was filled with tons of hot men. Torn between going after jobs that are expected of her by her family, Grace is determined to add some fun and adventure on her personal journey. These journeys are mostly facilitated through her random jobs at Lucky Harbor, including dog walker turned baby-sitter for overwhelmed single father Dr. Josh Scott.
FOREVER AND A DAY was a fun beach read packed with humor, heart, and hotties in the forms of Josh and co. Seriously, I may need to move to Lucky Harbor if all the men are like Josh, Ty, Matt, Sawyer, etc. Grace is one of my favorite characters in this series. She had such spunk and spine to handle her current life challenges. I also enjoyed how she slowly developed a rapport with Josh’s son, Toby. I didn’t love Josh’s sister, Anna, and was in fact annoyed with her throughout the majority of the book, but she eventually grew on me by the end of the novel. I also wanted more backstory between Grace and her family, since they were such a large part of her state of confusion and identity crisis. Now, Grace and Josh…their relationship grew frustratingly slow, in the best possible way. There were moments in the book when I just wanted to scream at yet another interruption between the two of them. But, I felt the interruptions were well-written and relevant to the situation, and not thrown in as obvious external blocks.
FOREVER AND A DAY was a fine way to end a great series. I’ll definitely miss the folks of Lucky Harbor.
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars