This week CCPL Great Reads is pleased to feature “Almost Just Friends” by New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis.

Piper Manning has been responsible for taking care of others has been part of Piper’s life since she was 13. It was then that she had moved to Wildstone, California, along with her two siblings, Gavin and Winnie, to live with grandparents following the sudden death of both parents. Although her grandparents had tried their best, the raising of her young siblings eventually fell to her. She is known for her endless notes and lists, which Piper credits for saving her life more than once while she raised her siblings. Topping her current list, since her siblings have now gone out into the world on their own (thank goodness!) is to finish fixing up the lake property that her grandparents left the three, sell it, and then head to Colorado to complete her education. What is the adage about the best-laid plans?