Monday, September 28, 2015

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

If You Only Knew
by Kristan Higgins

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @Kristan_Higgins

Just released: August 25, 2015
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Chick-lit
Hardback: 416 pages
Rating: 3.5

First sentence(s):
Today is one of those days when I realize that staying friends with my ex-husband was a huge mistake.

Zombie sighting:
Five minutes later, I watch as the girls, who could sleep though being eaten by zombies, are packed into the minivan.
-kindle, location 4214, chapter

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. Sensing 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.

My two-bits:

The story flip flops between the love lives of two sisters - one is married and the other divorced/single. However, there is also a third storyline of a secondary character which was entertaining to follow.

Each sister is forced to assess their relationships when it comes to men and love. Weddings, marriage and fidelity are issues brought about in this tale.

The story was a bit slow-going for me, but had a satisfying ending.

About the author:
Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and received numerous starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus and Romantic Times. She is a four-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction.

Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, National Public Radio, Library Journal, iBooks and Amazon have named Kristan's books to their best books of the year numerous times. The author is a popular speaker at schools, writers conferences, bookstores and book festivals.

Before she was a writer, Kristan worked in advertising and public relations. She waited tables and nannied while in high school and college, cleaned houses as a young mother, and is the proud descendant of a laundress and a butcher.

The author loves animals, children (even teenagers), the New York Yankees and dessert.

Along with her heroic and tolerant firefighter husband and two snarky and entertaining children, Kristan lives in her hometown in Connecticut.


* ebook review copy courtesy of publisher

1 comment:

  1. I like the idea of the sisters helping each other. Good to know that it's a slow burner.


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