Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis @wmmorrowbooks #fiction #review


What would you change if you had to start your life—and love life—over again?

When Emma Harris wakes up from a coma she learns that her fiancé and her BFF have fallen in love, she’s lost her job, and the life she knew is gone. Overwhelmed but grateful to be alive she starts over from scratch. Not as easy as it sounds, of course. But she’s never been a quitter, even if she wishes she could quit rehab, where her hot but evil physical therapist, Simon, puts her through the wringer.  

Eager for a new beginning, Emma opens a doggy day care. Unfortunately, the only space she can afford is owned by her childhood nemesis Ali Pratt. But hey, she’s been through worse, right? She tries to roll with the punches, but a friend drops his grandpa off at the doggy day care in desperation then on top of that, she and Ali bring the term ‘frenemies’ to a whole new level. And then another grandparent shows up. And another. 

In the midst of all that, Emma realizes she’s accidentally fallen for Evil PT. But the most horrifying thing of all is that Ali just might have turned into the best friend she’s ever had. And as Emma grows from the pain of her past and takes on her new path, she comes to realize that life isn’t what you’re given, it’s what you make of it.


Emma has suffered a terrible injury. She has been in a coma and has struggled through rehab and is still struggling to get her body and her life back on track. While she was in a coma her fiancé and her best friend fell in love. So, on top of everything else, she has to find a new place to live and a new job. She moves into a place owned by Simon. Simon is her evil physical therapist. But, there is something there…could these two make a go after all Emma has been through.

Jill Shalvis has become one of my “go to” authors. She has some of the best one liners and quips, great animals and her characters are so relatable.

In this story, my favorite character is Dale. Dale is Simon’s Dad. And he is a character and a half. He doesn’t like pants and he will say anything that comes to his mind. Needless to say, any scene with Dale in it, had me laughing out loud. Plus there is Hog, a St Bernard/Chewbacca mix and Killer, a 6 pound Yorkshire terrier. These two have some of the funniest interactions.

And finally there is Simon, Emma and Alison. These three all have different issues to overcome. I was reeled in by this story surrounding their lives.

Not only did this story have me laughing at the antics of Dale, it also brought to life the strength of body and mind needed to overcome a horrific injury.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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