Okay, you’ve had a couple of weeks to get caught up with the Lucky Harbor novels by Jill Shalvis. I got you started with Lucky in Love, which brought together Mallory and Ty in a fantastic story. Next was At Last – Amy and Matt’s story. Now, in Forever and a Day we get to see how Grace and Josh begin to put their lives together.
Of course, some stories are more complex than others. This one is still cute and funny but there are some weightier issues to be dealt with here. When we meet Grace in the first of the three stories we learn that she’s moved away from the safety of her life at home and left a job where her boss expected more than just amazing work from her. We also know that her parents have exacting standards for her. In this story we learn that Grace is adopted and that her parents are, literally, rocket scientists and that Grace doesn’t feel that she’s worthy of being part of her adopted family.
Josh has family issues, too. He’s caring for his paraplegic sister, his young son, his medical practice he inherited from his father, the ER practice he loves, and the damn dog his sister bought for his son. His sister spends a great deal of time rebelling and railing at Josh and his son spends his time trying to be super perfect so his Mommy will decide to come home.
Grace is working odd jobs around town trying to make ends meet and Josh dials then wrong number for a dog-walking service and gets Grace. She doesn’t set him straight since she needs the work and he’s overpaying. Unfortunately, the dog is an escape artist and Grace has to call Josh to tell him she lost the dog in the water. Josh is rocked to his heals when he sees Grace – clothes plastered to her body and soaked to the sink.
In a small town like Lucky Harbor there’s nowhere to go and it was inevitable that Josh and Grace would see each other again. I mean, they’re in the same book:) Josh continues to have trouble managing the competing demands in his life and he’s willing to throw money at the problems – money that he knows Grace needs. Grace doesn’t refuse. She moves into his guest house, continues going on interviews, but also finds that the business owners of Lucky Harbor are finding a new use for her – she’s become their bookkeeper/ accountant.
As Grace puts the pieces together for herself, Josh has time to reflect on what he really wants out of life. Grace helps his sister, his son, and even tries to train the dog. And you know how hard it is to resist someone who takes care of the dog!!