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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373775571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373775576
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Higgins gives likable divorce attorney Harper James a second chance at love in this funny, poignant romance. Harper is horrified when her stepsister, Willa, announces that she's marrying the brother of Harper's ex-husband, Nick Lowery. Harper and Nick married young, and while their relationship quickly flamed out, the spark between them never really died. Due to a travel snafu after Willa's wedding, Harper and Nick are forced to journey across the country together. Soon, Harper is examining the reasons their marriage failed, her unresolved feelings for Nick, and her abandonment issues. Harper's jaded views on love and marriage add both humor and pathos, as do several secondary characters struggling with their own relationship troubles. Readers will be cheering for Harper all the way to the cutesy rom-com ending. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Kristan Higgins is the RITA award-winning author of CATCH OF THE DAY and three other romantic comedies. Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous naps...so much more satisfying than folding laundry. She holds a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross, which enables her to identify dangling participles and quote many great novels. Kristan lives with her family in Connecticut.

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Kristan divides her time between home in Connecticut and summers on Cape Cod. She is the mother of two lovely kids, the wife of a brave firefighter, and a devoted Ben & Jerry's fan. Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous naps...so much more satisfying than folding laundry. She holds a BA in English, which enables her to identify dangling participles and quote many great novels. She loves to connect with readers on her website www.kristanhiggins.com and her Facebook page www.facebook.com/KristanHigginsBooks

Customer Reviews

I laughed, I cried, and I smiled!
Ann K
..Kristan Higgins book I've read so far..maybe the best romance novel I've read EVER...I highly recommend it and all her works.
GramGarcia of Lithia
The characters are well written the story flowed seamlessly; Kristan Higgins is one great author.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer Aus on March 29, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was such a fantastic book.

I came into this one expecting tolerable chick lit, and instead got one of the best books I've read in a long time.

There aren't many people who can create such incredibly three-dimensional characters, and every single person in this book - down to the smallest of secondary characters - seemed real. I read an ARC of this book and meant to just try the first chapter and then get back to it closer to the release date. Instead I kept reading and didn't do a single other thing until it was finished.

Harper is trying to mould her life into the one it's supposed to be: safe and secure, with an acceptable husband and a few kids. She doesn't want to care too much about anyone or anything. But then she gets the news her stepsister is marrying her ex-husband's brother, and that means seeing her ex again for the first time in a very long time. Of course things go wrong and they are thrown back together, but don't expect some contrived romantic comedy full of predictable situations. Beneath the outrageous characters and the humour is a very complicated story with an extremely realistic hero and heroine.

I'm not someone who cries. Ever. (Well, maybe once a year if it's a bad year!) But this book made me cry, more than once! People are always saying that there's nothing new in fiction, and you have to take things that have already been done and make them interesting. That's pretty much true, and on the surface you'd think My One and Only is just one cliché after another. But Higgins' book doesn't work that way. Sure, there were some situations I'd seen characters in before, but they never once did what I expected them to do.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Loves FAB Romance on April 1, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Harper James is a 30-something divorce attorney on Martha's Vineyard. She's very good at what she does and half the divorcees in Martha's Vineyard hate her (that would be the half whose exes hired her, lol). She's got a realistic view of love and marriage (she thinks) and has been dating Dennis for 2 1/2 years; she's tired of waiting and is going to propose. Her plan is to present the facts and convince him it's time. Romantic, she's not. Right in the middle of her proposal, her sister Willa calls to tell her she's getting married...for the third time...to a man she's only known a few weeks...and also happens to be Harper's ex-husband's brother.

Nick Lowe married the love of his life 12 years ago, and lost her less than a year later. He's never forgotten Harper, and never gotten over her. He's moved on, but he knows she was his One Great Love.

Harper is the Maid of Honor and Nick is the Best Man at their siblings' wedding. They get through the wedding festivities and Harper thinks she's home free and can get away from Nick (and her memories)...but her flight gets canceled. Nick offers to drive her to the next big airport to get her a flight back home. During the drive, they talk a little, reminisce a little, and fight a little. And Harper realizes she's never gotten over Nick either. But neither can get over the past enough to look towards the future.

My Thoughts: Kristan Higgins writes the kind of books I love to read, and My One and Only is no exception. When the story opened, I found Harper to be a bit abrasive; BUT, as the story moved and we see more of her history with Nick and learn how her mother left her on her 13th birthday, I started to really like her. Nick was a sightly tortured hero, he had his own issues to deal with, and I loved him.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Janet on April 13, 2011
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I have loved Higgins' books, her humor, her characters, her emotional romances. Her witty dialogue and thoughts were in this one, but I didn't find them funny. Harper was such a sad (not the crying kind), pitiful character her thoughts and words were not funny to me. She was such an emotionally stunted (Higgins' words) wreck she came off as shallow to me. Yes, her mother issue was very sad (the crying kind) and it explained why she was so cold emotionally, but she still came off as too callous to find any humor in her. Reading about her relationship with her ex-husband added to the depression. I really couldn't see how they could have a successful relationship. When they got back together, initially, I didn't believe they would last. Harper was just such a miserable person and Nick hadn't seemingly changed from their first go. But Harper's relationship with Dennis was so shallow it only reinforced my opinion of her. She left misery in her wake wherever she went, it seemed.

Ok, yes, she finally woke up and realized her failings and her part in them, but it came so late in the book and seemed rushed to finish the book. It just didn't balance out the majority of the book that was miserable. Adding to the misery was all the other failed, failing relationships around Harper. I like some angst in my romances, but don't like to be depressed for the majority of the book. Yes, I couldn't put it down, but it was more like a car wreck that you can't turn away from.

Even Higgins' usual fun characters were missing. The only other characters I found interesting, fun to read were BeverLee and the dog. They were my favorite characters.

I was disappointed, especially after reading so many rave reviews.
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