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- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (December 29, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 29, 2015
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0150Y1WG6
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Kristan Higgins is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been praised for their "genius level EQ, whippet-fast, funny dialogue and sweet plots with a deliciously tart edge" (USA TODAY). She lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband and two extremely advanced children, one shy little mutt and an occasionally affectionate cat. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
"A heroine who believes she can only count on herself, a persistent, protective hero who won't give up, and a wonderful cavalcade of Blue Heron folk lead to an irresistible, often touching story that is tender, sexy, and hilarious as only Higgins can write it. A story to savor." - Library Journal, starred review
"No other author manages to make us cry quite so achingly and laugh quite so hard." -- National Public Radio --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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In "The Best Man" the author gave us a little insight into Jess when she had a brief discussion with Faith about what happened with Jeremy in high school. However, in this book there was little warmth to Jessica and I found it difficult to comprehend and accept how a supposedly wonderful guy like Connor would put up with the break up, makeup repetition even allowing for Jess' "reasons", her bother, her Dad, etc.
Most of Kristan Higgins' books are quick reads but I put this one down just before the reunion part because I couldn't take it anymore! This book kind of reminds me of her book "The Next Best Thing" and In that book I couldn't understand how Lucy couldn't see what a GREAT thing she had in Ethan!!!
Somehow this kind of boils down to the heroines being not too bright in the relationship department and that bothers me.
FINAL DECISION: Emotional and at times heartbreaking, this is the story of a man who is willing to wait and care for the woman he loves, even when she turns from him again and again. A story that spans decades, I love how Higgins brings to life this small town with all the complexities and relationships involved and gives readers a hero that is imminently loveable.
THE STORY: Connor O'Rourke has loved Jessica Dunn for years. She never looked at him until they were adults. Then they have been involved in a secret on again off again relationship. As the book begins, Connor asks Jessica to marry him and she says no. Finally, he has had enough of her pushing him away. But the truth is that he has loved her for so long that he doesn't know how to do anything else. At the same time, Jessica begins to realize that Connor has always been there for her. What will she do if he isn't there any longer?
OPINION: When I read a Kristan Higgins book, I am always surprised by how much I like them. The plots themselves tend to be straightforward and simple, but the execution and depth that she brings to the characters, the emotions and the relationships are incredibly moving.
As readers follow the story of Connor and Jess, it seems that they are destined to be star-crossed or cursed. Over and over again, they seem to be getting close and then events tear them apart. The beauty of the story is that ulitmately, Jess has to make the decision to trust in the future and not allow them to be torn apart.
I found Jess to be a frustrating heroine because she is difficult to get close to. The daughter of alcoholic parents, she had to handle things far too young and did it far too poorly at times. In a lovely manner, the motivations behind Jess's decisions become clear. There are no excuses here, merely understanding and compassion. Being the "slut" in high school, Jess has poor self-esteem and sacrifices herself again and again for those she loves. For years, she has been the parent of her mentally challenged brother in a relationship that is filled with love and guilt and selfish need. HIggins has thoughtfully set out this complex relationship. There are no simple answers here and that is what makes it great.
In compensation for the difficult heroine, Higgins has given readers one of the most adorable heroes ever. Kindhearted and caring, Connor has always been there for Jess -- even when she rejected him. He deeply cares for those around him and is incredibly patient with Jess. Friend, lover, companion -- Connor is willing to be whatever Jess will allow him to be in her life. Thankfully, Higgins has given Connor a complicated and difficult relationship with his father who has a new family of his own. This keeps Connor from being too perfect and also his neglectful father is part of the motivation for Connor being so dedicated to others.
This book spans decades and there is no single moment when things become perfect for these two. Instead, this book is about working through problems, believing in one another and taking the leap of faith even when things go wrong again and again.
WORTH MENTIONING: Fans of the series will enjoy the small updates on the locals including the couples from the previous books in the series.
CONNECTED BOOKS: ANYTHING FOR YOU is the fifth book in the Blue Heron series. Although this book is connected with the other books in the series, it can be read as a standalone as everything you need to know is in this book.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
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Beh, che dire, proprio bello! Bella la storia, belli i personaggi (negli altri libri della saga Connor e Jessica erano solo a contorno delle storie), molto romantico.
Scritto come sempre in modo scorrevole, lei si conferma una delle scrittrici che preferisco.
Spero lo traducano in fretta, in modo da poter cogliere appieno le sfumature che magari mi sono sfuggite.
Blue Heron Series #5
I have waited for Connor's story for what feels like forever! I really wanted him to have his HEA. He's such a sweet caring guy, good sense of humour, a chef and successful business owner and great looking… the whole package… but he's only got eyes for this girl, that quite frankly, throughout this entire series, I have never really liked.
Yes, Jessica has had a rough life, and yes she's hard working, responsible and devoted to caring for her brother, I will give her that. However, she's so prideful and stubborn that she turns away help and breaks the heart of an awesome guy one too many times for my liking. It just makes me think she will just cut and run when the going gets tough… but maybe that's just me.
Aside from that, I loved the interactions between Connor and his sister Colleen. They always crack me up. The visit back to Blue Heron was a nice reminder of all the other characters as I really have enjoyed this series. Kristan Higgins is a wonderful writer. I think I have a few more of her back list on my tbr shelf which is good, as I hate when I am update with a great author! Then it’s all patience, patience, patience as I wait for their new stuff!!! Ha!
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Ihr bisher bestes Buch - es macht Hoffnung auf weitere Bücher dieser Serie!