Tuesday, August 25, 2015

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

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Publication: August 25, 2105
By: HQN Books
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Sisterhood in all its drama, hilarity and tears is at the heart of New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins's thoroughly captivating new novel, featuring the wit and romance that readers have come to expect from the much-loved creator of the Blue Heron series...

Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily-ever-after business, yet somehow she's still involved in her ex-husband's life. In fact, Owen's new wife may—inexplicably—be Jenny's new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn't helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll be able to bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family life…and hopefully make one of her own.

Her timing couldn't be more perfect, since Rachel will need her younger sister. Her idyllic marriage has just fallen to pieces in spectacular fashion after she discovers her husband sexting with one of his colleagues. Second chances aren't in Rachel's nature, but the desire for an intact family has her rethinking her stance on adultery, much to Jenny's surprise. Rachel points to their parents' "perfect" marriage as a shining example, but to protect her sister Jenny may have to tarnish that memory—and their relationship­—and reveal a secret about their family she's been keeping since childhood.

During this summer of secrets and lies, temptation and revelation, Jenny and Rachel will rely on each other to find the humor in their personal catastrophes, the joy in their triumphs…and the strength to keep hanging on.



 *I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

 

~ My Thoughts ~ 

 

I love Kristan Higgins, she is my go-to author when I'm in the mood for a story that will make me laugh, and swoon while tugging at my heartstrings. Her series books, while different from the one before are always  entertaining and fun and I can count on that HEA I crave.

This one is a bit of a departure for her---more women's fiction a la Emily Giffin than contemporary romance---and it was good, but I really missed the comedic elements I've grown accustomed to in her books. The BLUE HERON series is one of my favorites and despite what the summary says, there is quite a bit of contrast between those books and this one. I enjoyed the alternating POVS, but the stories themselves were---well, more melancholy and sad than I was expecting.  


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There is quite a bit of infidelity in this book which isn't my "thing". The big issues are resolved by books' end, but even still, it lacked a warm fuzzy feeling. If anything, it was more relief that the book was over. I HATE admitting that because like I said, I love Kristan Higgins, but this was my least favorite of all of her books.

I'm still holding out hope for Connor O'Rourke's (BLUE HERON) book!

 

 

~ About the Author ~ 

 

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award, Kristan lives with her family in a small Connecticut town that boasts a wonderful library, a great agricultural fair, a really good ice-cream stand and not much else. She is the mother of two lovely kids and the wife of a brave firefighter who is also (perhaps more important) a fantastic cook. 

Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, she found, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so began her first novel. Kristan holds a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross, which means she can identify dangling participles, quote many great novels and play a mean game of Scrabble.

Kristan is an award-winning baker, devoted fan of the New York Yankees and an avid reader. She and her crew spend as much time as possible at the family home on Cape Cod, where they shiver in the Atlantic, ride bikes, swat horseflies and don’t catch any fish.


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