Then Came You
Every time I get on an airplane, I take time to wonder a little about the person sitting next to me. Generally, I find myself next to a random stranger, someone whose path will never again cross mine after our flight together. Still, it’s fun to wonder. What if this is fate? What if I’ll walk into a new job someday and find this person sitting next to me again? After all, the world is smaller than we often think—something Emily Stevens and Wyatt Stone discover for themselves in Then Came You.
Wyatt and Emily met once before the beginning of this book. While visiting Reno for a veterinarian conference, they happened upon each other and spent one (unforgettable) night together before going their separate ways. Emily returned to her life and began preparing to do an internship at Belle Haven, the animal center in Sunshine, Idaho. Wyatt similarly prepared to join that same clinic as its newest vet. It isn’t until Emily’s first day that they see each other and realize what’s happened.
Is it awkward? Most definitely. I had to laugh a little as Emily stumbled all over herself that first day, trying to pretend everything was normal. They never quite manage to maintain a professional demeanor around each other, though. Perhaps the fact that they can’t resist sneaking into closets to kiss each other has something to do with that.
Yes, Emily and Wyatt’s story runs a little backwards. They both insist that they’re not ready for a relationship. Emily was the main caretaker of her ailing mother for years before she died, now claims she simply can’t jump into another big commitment. Wyatt, on the other hand, isn’t even ready to tell Emily he wants her to commit to a real relationship, because he’s afraid of taking that choice—to stay with him or eventually leave Sunshine—out of her hands. His parents dragged him around the world throughout his childhood, very much against his will. He refuses to do something similar to someone else.
Like many other books I’ve read by Jill Shalvis, Then Came You was funny and full of down to earth characters. Wyatt’s two sisters were particular favorites of mine, perhaps because they reminded me of my own siblings. He lives with them at their grandparents’ house, and the three of them bicker constantly about everything from the kitchen sink to their major life choices. I wouldn’t be surprised to find them with their own books, eventually.
Based on how much I liked Then Came You, I’ll definitely be reading those books that follow it. Although it was nothing revolutionary, this was a perfect, light read for a lazy summer day.