The Sweetheart List [Book Review] #Romance #Series @avonbooks #Netgalley

The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis is set in Lake Tahoe (Sierra Nevada Mountains) and includes a few of my favorite tropes.

The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis

The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis (cover) Image: a woman with a picnic basket and her dog sit on a blanket on a grassy bluff overlooking a lake

Genre/Categories/Setting: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Romance, Found Family, Friendship, Family Life, Bakery, Lake Tahoe (Sierra Nevada Mountains)

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My Summary of the Sweetheart List:

Thanks #NetGalley @AvonBooks for a complimentary e ARC of #TheSweetheartList upon my request. All opinions are my own.

After Harper’s life falls apart, she packs up her most important things including her beloved dog and sets off for her favorite place, Lake Tahoe. She intends to fulfill her dream of opening a bakery. This bakery is located next to a tavern owned by sexy and grumpy Bodie Campbell. After an unfortunate and accidental initial encounter, it turns out that Bodie is also her landlord. A runaway teenager shows up to complicate everything.

My Thoughts:


I love grumpy/sunshine, starting over, women entrepreneurs, supportive family, and found family tropes, so the reading experience was engaging and satisfying. The heartfelt (and somewhat contrived) conclusion requires a suspension of disbelief.


Although The Sweetheart List is #4 in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone (I have not read the first three). If you enjoy this one, it’s nice to know there are other titles in the Lake Tahoe/Sierra Nevada world.

Found Family

I enjoy an occasional romance if it also includes substantial content and thoughtful themes. I especially appreciated the runaway teenager storyline here. As I mentioned earlier, I think the conclusion to this storyline is a bit contrived and requires a suspension of disbelief. However, it is still memorable and heartfelt.

Recommending The Sweetheart List:

I’m recommending The Sweetheart List for fans of mountain and bakery settings (especially the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe). If you enjoy (mildly spicey) romance with some substantial content and are looking for a beach read, pick up The Sweetheart List. Evidently, Jill Shalvis is a popular and prolific author, but this is my first of hers to read. If you’ve read Shalvis previously, you might add this new release to your TBR.

My Rating:  4  Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Meet the Author of The Sweetheart List, Jill Shalvis

Author of The Sweetheart List, Jill Shalvis

Multiple New York Times and USA Today 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 … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor romance novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. Her newest Sunrise Cove novel is THE SWEETHEART LIST!



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  1. I read this one before I went away, but haven’t posted my review yet, it is coming. I have enjoyed many of Jill Shalvis’ books and find they usually have a bit of substance added to the romantic plotline.

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