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.
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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.
*** My Review ***
Once in a long while a story will come along that connects with a reader on such an emotional level it stays with them long after the last page is turned.
This is that book.
Rachel broke my heart. I think most married women wonder ‘what if’ at some point in their marriage. Rachel had to live it. Kristan’s portrayal of the anger and pain of betrayal struck me so hard I cried more than once.
Jenny comes across as needy and desperate in the beginning, hanging on to her ex even though he’s moved on and made a beautiful new family without her. But as the story progresses we get a sense of her loyalty and strength as she fights tooth and nail to protect her sister.
Leo is a tortured soul, someone who’s been through an unbearable trauma that we can only imagine. I hoped that Jenny could heal him and find a new happy ever after, but Kristan keeps us guessing until the very end.
I wanted to hate Rachel’s husband, Adam, for what he did. Kristan gives him the redeemable quality of truly loving his children- but I still wanted to hurt him!
If you only read one book this year, this should be the one you pick up. I challenge anyone to read these two sister’s story and not come away affected.
My tone is terse and unfamiliar, even to my own ears. New Rachel in her sexy heels, bought in the city.
Like something Emmanuelle would wear.
This book will stay with me for a long time to come.
A very well deserved 5 kisses