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The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis

The Sweetheart List

Posted on June 15, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 8 Comments

The Sweetheart List, the newest novel by Jill Shalvis, returns readers to the picturesque town of Sunrise Cove. As is customary of the series, readers:
1. Meet a whole new cast of characters who own their hearts before the story ends.
2. Receives a story designed to give one all the feels. 


The Sweetheart List by Jill ShalvisTitle: The Sweetheart List
Author(s): Jill Shalvis
Series: Sunrise Cove #4
Also in this series: The Family You Make , The Friendship Pact , The Backup Plan , The Bright Spot
Published by Avon on June 13, 2023
Pages: 352
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Source: Author
Format: eArc
Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Sunrise Cove with a beguiling, lighthearted story about fresh starts, second chances and true love.
When Harper Shaw’s life falls apart, she knows it’s time for a change. She removes everything that doesn’t spark joy—from her soul-sucking job to eating kale to making lists—and sets off for the last place she was happy, Lake Tahoe (who wouldn’t feel good there, right?) to fulfill her dream of opening her own bakery.
With her Sugar Pine Bakery in between a tavern, owned by sexy, grumpy Bodie Campbell, and a bookstore, run by her new BFF, she feels a peace she’s never experienced since…well, forever.. Then she meets Ivy, a teenage runaway, who barrels into her heart. She sees a lot of herself in Ivy and takes her under her wing, but the teenager has secrets…
When those secrets explode, it changes Harper’s new world, and she’ll learn, it’s never too late to start over, it’s never too late to figure out your life, and best of all, it’s never too late to let yourself believe in love.

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In this, the fourth installment of the Sunrise Cove series readers meets Harper Shaw, Bodie Campbell and Ivy Roberts. Harper moved to Sunrise Cove, looking for a fresh start. Life dealt her some massive blows and so she returns to one place that brought her joy as a child. She is looking forward to her new life. A life where nothing or no one would prey on her emotions and one where she hopes to achieve success in her new business venture.

Bodie returned home after his time as an agent with the ATF expired. He was not in a good place physically and mentally after being wounded on the job and losing both his work partner and dad tragically. He blames himself, but thanks to a loving family, he could heal and move forward.

Then there was the mysterious Ivy Roberts who came to Sunrise Cove for one reason, but ended up with so many reasons to remain in the beach town. 

The Sweetheart List is a sweetheart of a read. Getting to know the characters was a delightful experience. From the main to the secondary characters. We see several relationships developing, but the ones which warmed my heart were those between Harper and Ivy, Ivy and Bodie and Harper and Bodie. The bond between Harper and Ivy developed from shared circumstances despite their differences in age. For someone who found it difficult to trust, meeting Harper changed her whole perspective. Harper had a compassionate spirit, which pulls in everyone she came in contact with.

Harper’s relationship with Bodie started out on a fun note. She’s sworn off men, but she never expected Bodie to enter her life. Likewise, Bodie had no interest in a relationship, but meeting Harper changed all that.

Whenever I pick up a book by Shalvis, I expect an entertaining read. She did not disappoint. The story hidden between the pages was entertaining. I had fun returning to Sunrise Cove and look forward to my next visit.


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About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.
Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete booklist daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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