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Title: The Forever Girl
Series: Wildstone #6
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 12 Jan 2021

Synopsis from Goodreads

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis does it once again with a heartfelt story of family, forgiveness, and secrets that have the power to change the course of more than one life.

When Maze returns to Wildstone for the wedding of her estranged bff and the sister of her heart, it’s also a reunion of a once ragtag team of teenagers who had only each other until a tragedy tore them apart and scattered them wide.

Now as adults together again in the lake house, there are secrets and resentments mixed up in all the amazing childhood memories. Unexpectedly, they instantly fall back into their roles: Maze their reckless leader, Cat the den mother, Heather the beloved baby sister, and Walker, a man of mystery. 

Life has changed all four of them in immeasurable ways. Maze and Cat must decide if they can rebuild their friendship, and Maze discovers her long-held attraction to Walker hasn’t faded with the years but has only grown stronger.

Review

The Forever Girl is a deeply emotional story of how a single tragic event can derail the path of your life and your heart in profound ways. A poignant portrayal of the way in which grief and guilt have lasting repercussions on the way in which a life is lead.

Maze and Walker were foster kids taken into the Cat’s home, her parents providing the warmth and acceptance we all wish we could have. The bond they formed during their time together was unique, a true family by affection rather than blood. Sadly, all of their worlds were ripped apart following a fire which destroyed the family home and killed Cat’s brother.

Sending them on separate paths while they all hold onto different aspects of blaming themselves for the tragedy. Although physical distance has been between them for years, emotionally the connection is still there despite their lack of communication. Cat decides to bridge the gap by arranging an entire week of events in the lead up to her wedding.

The Forever Girl is rich in feelings, family and connection. The re-building of relationships and the release of the negative emotions which have been subconsciously holding each of them back from living a full life.

While each of the characters develop within The Forever Girl and play a vital role in the narrative. It is Maze and Walker’s relationship alongside Cat’s wedding that are the focal point of the plot.

As a reader you can’t help but empathise with the characters while also allowing their experience to provide a certain amount of self-reflection on the relationships in your own life.

The Forever Girl has all the feels and a few more besides.