The Next Best Thing by @Kristan_Higgins #Romance #BookReview



Lucy Lang isn’t looking for fireworks…

She’s looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who’ll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won’t inspire the slightest stirring in her heart…or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can’t risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn’t enough either. So it’s goodbye to Ethan, her hot but entirely inappropriate “friend with privileges,” and hello to a man she can marry.

Too bad Ethan Mirabelli isn’t going anywhere. As far as he’s concerned, what she needs might be right under her nose. But can he convince her that the next best thing can really be forever?





Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 18 novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist. She is a five-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for Best Work of Fiction, and her books regularly appear on the lists for best novels of the year of many prestigious journals and review sites. If you want to keep up with Kristan’s new releases and get a free short story, sign up for her mailing list at

The proud descendant of a butcher and a laundress, Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, two long-lashed children, a couple of frisky rescue dogs and an occasionally friendly cat.



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My Review

A second chance romance like no other!

Five years after the death of her husband, Lucy Lang is ready to date again; if only she can stop comparing every guy to her husband- and forget the illicit affair she’s been having with his brother.

Ethan Mirabelli has loved his best friend, Lucy, for years, but his older, attractive brother captured her heart. His death placed Ethan in the job of support and comfort. Now, he has a second chance- if he can convince her not to run the other way.

This story is filled with heart-wrenching moments, and yet, it’s also funny, poignant and romantic enough to make this reader’s heart flutter.

I can’t even imagine what I’d do without DH. I’d like to think I’d get signs from above like the dimes that show up for Lucy.

I give The Next Best Thing 5 lovely Kisses- This story hits all the right buttons!



How do you feel about second chance romances? Have you read any Kristan Higgins books? Which one is your favorite?




  1. Staci Troilo says:

    This one sounds like it would squeeze my heart and never let go.

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    1. It will, but in a good way 🙂

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  2. It really does sound like a lovely story, Jacquie. Thanks for this review. Best to Kristan. Happy weekend hugs!

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    1. I love all of her books. She knows how to create unforgettable characters.
      Hope you get to enjoy an extra hour’s rest tonight, Teagan 🙂

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      1. Oh that’s right! Yes, that will be welcome. 🙂

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