The Family You Make: A Novel (The Sunrise Cove Series, 1) - book cover
  • Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Published : 11 Jan 2022
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN-10 : 0063025485
  • ISBN-13 : 9780063025486
  • Language : English

The Family You Make: A Novel (The Sunrise Cove Series, 1)

"Fall in love with Jill Shalvis! She's my go-to read for humor and heart."- Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author

Beloved New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis begins a new series-Sunrise Cove-set near beautiful Lake Tahoe, with a heartwarming story of found family and love.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Bestseller Shalvis (Love for Beginners) launches the Sunrise Cove series with a charming, emotional romance featuring a cast readers will quickly come to see as old friends." -- Publishers Weekly

"Fall in love with Jill Shalvis! She's my go-to read for humor and heart." -- Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author

"Jill Shalvis's books are funny, warm, charming and unforgettable." -- RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author

"Sisterhood takes center stage in this utterly absorbing novel. Jill Shalvis balances her trademark sunny optimism and humor with unforgettable real-life drama. A book to savor-and share."

-- Susan Wiggs, New York Times Bestselling Author, on The Lemon Sisters

"A pair of guarded half-sisters learn to open up in this sweet, summery romance . . . Readers will find it easy to root for Shalvis's stubborn, vulnerable heroines to recognize both the decency and compassion of the sexy men who love them and their own worthiness to be loved. This heartfelt tale is thoroughly satisfying."

-- Publishers Weekly on The Summer Deal

Readers Top Reviews

Although I always enjoy books by Jill Shalvis, I have to say this is my favorite so far. The main characters, Jane and Levi, are wonderful, but it is the secondary characters that I adore. Charlotte is my favorite with Levi's family coming a close second. Cat, aka Alley Cat, is perfect. She (spoiler alert: "he" is really a she) is a typical cat. The expectation is for all those around her to serve her needs. Everyone in the book has issues with relating with others, but the love comes through no matter what. Even Levi's dad opens up a little. I like that it's obvious that blood family is not the only type of family that exists and is not necessarily the most important type. My only negative response to the book is the section with the gondolas. I'm already scared of the things. I may never ride one again. As always, I can't wait for the next book. As I said, I always enjoy them.
Shari BElaineRead
A wonderful start to a new series, Sunrise Cove that takes place near Lake Tahoe. Jane is a traveling a nurse and never stays long on any assignment when she becomes stranded on a gondola in a freak snowstorm with Levi, a handsome stranger. Levi has come home to visit his family, he makes a phone call to his parents, saying that he is with his girlfriend, Jane. So, now Levi needs Jane to pretend she is his girlfriend for a family gathering. Jane agrees to pretend but soon they can't deny the chemistry that they share. Jane rents a room from coworker/friend Charlotte. Charlotte doctor has her own issues with trust but handsome ER doctor/next door neighbor, Mateo hopes to break down the barriers. Jane also has trust family issues and soon finds out that the best family is what you find not with what you are born with. Loved this cast characters, so many laugh out moments. Two heartfelt relationships that I loved . I highly recommend this book!!
There are only a few authors who when I see a new book coming out by them mentioned, even if it is a year away, make me more excited than seeing Jill Shalvis' name. And when she starts a new series, things get even better. Levi and Jane meet under stressful circumstances. And both need a faux partner so they decide to pair up and be the person the other needs to keep others from trying to set them up. But along the way, Levi and Jane realize that they have actually fallen for each other. Levi has a very nosy, loving family who are all up in each other's business. And Jane finally realizes that she has a family who cares about her. She has a family she has made of friends who are her real family. "The Family You Make" is a feel good book you didn't know you need right now. It is a cold bitter January in parts of the world so grab a copy of this wonderful book and curl up with your favorite hot drink and just escape into this wonderful group of characters.
Angela M. Reedkni
Jill Shalvis is a phenomenal author. I love her writing style. I love the worlds she creates with her books. The Family You Make we are not only introduced to a new book but also a new series. We meet Jane and Levi. Jane and Levi meet under an unusual and exciting yet stressful situation. Their chemistry is undeniable. Enter a fake relationship that turns more real. I just love the Fake Relationship book trope. I really enjoyed watching Levi and Jane grow individually and together. Their journey was heartfelt. I loved all the secondary characters especially Charlotte and Mateo. Even though Levi's family seemed very nosey and at times frustrating, I loved them. I felt as if I were actually there and not reading a book. Jill Shalvis captivated my heart and soul from page one. I cried and laughed and had many heartswooning moments. I couldn't put the book down. I became invested in The Family You Make. I felt I could relate to them personally. The Family You Make is a story of love, friendship, family and hope.
PamDAngela M. Ree
The Family You Make is a great start to a new series from Jill Shalvis. Jane & Levi are two strangers trapped on a ski lift during a major storm. After Levi tells his parents that he’s engaged & Jane is the one, their terrifying ordeal comes to an end. Levi now has to figure out what to tell his parents to get out of what he thought was a death bed fib. After Jane agrees to a short stint of pretending to be his girlfriend, her feelings began to deepen for Levi & his family. I enjoy the character development & writing style of Ms. Shalvis. As always, the first book in the series introduces us to the main characters, the location & sets the scene for the series. Her descriptions of the characters & location allow you to bond with the characters & have you emotionally involved in the outcomes. After a start like this, I can’t wait for the rest of the series!

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