Monday, August 19, 2013

Forever and a Day - Review

Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis

Rating: 4 Stars

Description:  Dr. Josh Scott is overworked and exhausted.  He's a single dad, caretaker to his paraplegic sister and runs a hugely busy practice with ER shifts thrown in.  Oh and there's also an incredibly destructive pug puppy that his sister got his son.  In desperate need of a dog walker he accidentally calls Grace Brooks and she takes the job.  Grace is quickly running out of money and picking up odd jobs where she can get them.  She has put enormous pressure on herself to be as successful as her family expects her to be.  The dog walking quickly turns chaotic and she ends up adding replacement nanny to her resume on top of that.  All is going well but will Josh and Grace be able to get past their problems and grab a chance to be happy?

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Impression:  I had this book sitting on my nightstand for weeks but never picked it up.  The description just really didn't grab me though I had liked Josh and Grace in previous books.  When I finally picked it up I finished it in a day.  Grace drives this book.  She's nice, she listens, she cares and she's got a sense of humor.  Her relationship with Anna and Toby are really wonderful and really flesh out the story.  She mentions her expectations and self-esteem issues about being adopted but I was disappointed with how little that was explored.  It's mentioned but it's pretty crucial to Grace being Grace.  Josh is also a good character.  He can come off as cold and controlling but in reality he is trying to shoulder an enormous weight of responsibilities.  I found it believable that he would have a hard time allowing someone to take care of him for a change.  Anna's character is nicely developed as well and she does quite a bit of maturing from the beginning to end of the story.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?:   Yes.  I've read all but #2 of the Lucky Harbor series but I definitely plan on reading that one at some point.  I'm already on the wait list for the next Lucky Harbor novel as well.

Would I Recommend this Book?:  Yes but only to a romance reader.  This is definitely not a series that really needs to be read in order and this might be one I'd recommend to start with.


  1. I have the next one on my Nook (next to me, not to you- Always on my Mind, I think.) I think it's fairly close to the top of my list too, third or fourth?

    1. I'm about 5 weeks out from getting the next one (to me) from Paperbackswap. I like this series and Grace is probably my favorite lead. It's between her and Chloe I think. I still have to read Tara's book though

  2. One of these days, I will read this series! You make this one sound charming and delightful. And I already know I like Shalvis's books.