Thursday, August 20, 2015

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins


From Harlequin:

The drama, hilarity and tears of sisterhood are at the heart of the thoroughly captivating new novel by New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins - a funny, frank and bittersweet look at marriage, forgiveness and moving on.

Letting go of her ex-husband is harder than wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate expected... especially since his new wife wants to be Jenny's new best friend.  Sincsing this isn't exactly helping her achieve closure, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll start her own business and bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family life... and maybe even find a little romance of her own with Leo, her downstairs neighbor, a guy who's utterly irresistible and annoyingly distant at the same time.  

Rachel's idyllic marriage, however, is imploding after she discovers her husband sexting with a colleague.  She always thought she'd walk away in this situation, but her triplet daughters have her reconsidering her stance on adultery, much to Jenny's surprise.  Rachel points to their parents' perfect marriage as a shining example of patience and forgiveness; but to protect her sister, Jenny may have to tarnish that memory - and their relationship - and reveal a family secret she's been keeping since childhood.  

Both Rachel and Jenny will have to come to terms with the past and the present and find a way to get what they want most of all.  

If You Only Knew is my first Kristan Higgins, but won't be my last!  BiblioJunkie Nat loved In Your Dreams (she says it has her favorite heroine ever and that's some high praise!), but I've been eyeing my Kristan Higgins' books in my tbr pile for a really long time.  After describing If You Only Knew to Nat, she says that it is a departure from Higgins' usual work.  I didn't find any of Higgins' trademark hilarity in If You Only Knew, but it was an engrossing book, with a varied cast of characters.  

Jenny is the driven career woman who longs for a family, Rachel is the pushover finding her own voice, their mother is horrible, Adam is a douche, Owen's a bit of a well-meaning jerk and Leo is the king of mixed signals.  They all come together to keep you up until 2 a.m. on a work night so that you are falling asleep at your desk...  I feel like this is the best compliment I can give a book - I was wiling to forgo sleep to read it.  There were some twists and turns, adorable kids and a farting dog to keep you entertained, but mostly, the book is just about swinging at the curveballs life throws at you.  


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