If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins
Also by this author: The Next Best Thing
Published by HQN
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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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. - via GoodReads
I was a little nervous when I found that Kristan Higgins was diverting away from contemporary romance and trying her hand with women’s fiction. If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins was such a fantastic read! It goes without saying that I picked this book up simply because I love the author. I was a bit hesitant but those worries were quickly put at ease.
Jenny and Rachel are two sisters who have always had a great relationship. I can’t tell you how easy it was to enjoy these two! Jenny is a spitfire when it comes to her sister. She’s also dealing with her somewhat recent divorce and the aftershocks of that. Rachel is faced with a cheating husband and what that means for her and her three and a half year old triplet daughters.
The secondary characters were pretty great. Leo and Jenny and Rachels’s mother top my favorites. And who wouldn’t love and assistant like Andres? If you’re an animal lover, Higgins is one of those authors who can give a pet personality! Loki was no different.
Every time I finish a Higgins book I want to visit New England. Her love of the area certainly comes through in her writing. Cambry-on-Hudson is a beautiful small town and it sounds like such a great place to live. Do you ever just want to move to the towns you read about? Unfortunately my little piece of the world people escape from not to.
Thankfully I really enjoyed If You Only Knew. I thought about the characters long after finishing. I have hopes for them. I think another book a few years after this one ends would be great. That’s how you can tell you have a winner. The story has been completed but you want to check in just to make sure everyone’s still okay!