Review: If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins
Release Date:  August 25, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 416
Source: book provided by Net Galley for review

 

 

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.

 

Review:  Kristan Higgins is funny and very entertaining and  usually I just gobble her books like chocolate.  Then I eat some chocolate because they are so sweet at the ending. Except this book wasn’t funny. It was sad and very introspective of how strong a sisters’ relationship can be and how one thing can make it fragile. It made me want to examine my own relationships with friends and sisters whose decisions I do not see eye to eye. In fact, it made me want to respect them.

I admit, I was surprised at how different this book was from her other books, and as I continued to read it, I couldn’t put it down. I was at the cottage, trying to spend time with family and this book had me hypnotized and full of emotions that I couldn’t interact with anyone there until this book was finished. However, this book had me convinced Kristan Higgins is extremely talented and her writing skills are as strong as a tightrope walker on a high wire.

It is funny, I had just recently took a train through New York state so was able to know the setting and it’s distance from New York City and probably was what also drew me into the story. I think I may have an idea for my next vacation after getting an idea from the book of how nice the town is.

A little bit of crying, a little bit of relationship thinking, and vacation ideas are all reasons why I enjoyed this book beyond the characters. Funny enough, I found I liked Rachel much more than Jenny, but also maybe Kristan also did an excellent job explaining why people find it difficult to end a toxic marriage. I won’t tell you why, because that means you will need to buy this book, read it in one sitting and then get anxious for her to write another one. Like I did.

 

colantha sig