Sunday, March 20, 2016

ARC Review: If You Only Knew by Kristen Higgins

If You Only Knew
From the blurb:
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.

Heather's rating:

Excellent, excellent, excellent!

Can you believe that this is my first Kristan Higgins? There is nothing I like more than discovering a new author that has a huge back list for me to devour! Come to mama!

This book was a fabulous blend of women's fiction and romance. There is a good amount of family drama and the sister dynamic was a huge part of the story, but there was also some GREAT romance there. I'm a devoted romance reader and I know a good romance when I read it, and the romance in this book was fab! Intense, angsty, hard-fought... no spoilers from me but I loved the twists and turns and where the author led us in the relationship department.

But what surprised me the most was how funny this book was. SO funny. Just really witty, humorous writing that threw me for a loop. I was expecting this book to take itself very seriously, and though the subject matter was emotional and passionate, the dialogue was extremely clever. Jenny was by far my favorite narrator but Rachel was pretty great too. And Leo... I could read about him all day. I simply adored every snarky bone in his body.

I started this book in the morning and read off and on through the day, and I didn't finish until 2 am.


It was the kind of book that made me laugh and cry and get mad, and I don't think I'll forget about the characters for some time.

**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**
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