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Fools Rush In (Hqn) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2011

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"There are very few authors who can pen a debut novel that grabs your heart and won't let go, Higgins is - without a doubt - such an author... Higgins reaches deep into every woman's soul and showed some heavy truths in a fantastically funny and touching tale. This book is on my keeper shelf and will remain there for eternity. It will be re-read and loved for years to come." - Dee & Dee Dish on Books on Fools Rush In, Best Book of 2006.

"Higgins offers readers a journey filled with tears and laughter and the best kind of sighs, proving she only gets better with each book."
-New York Times

"This author takes a lighthearted look at what one woman thinks she wants in a man... This is a story well worth reading."
-Coffee Time Romance on Fools Rush In

"Higgins writes the books you don't want to end." --Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author

"Higgins is a special writer at the top of her game. No other author manages to make us cry quite so achingly and laugh quite so hard." -NPR

[An] emotionally compelling story [and] perceptive study of love, marriage, sisterhood, and loyalty. A powerful, emotionally textured winner.?" -Kirkus Reviews on If You Only Knew

"Hilarious... Kristan Higgins is spot on with her dialogue and characters. A fantastic story." -Fresh Fiction on If You Only Knew

"Higgins' tender, heartfelt If You Only Knew bridges the gap between romance and women's fiction." -BookPage

The kind of book I enjoy the most-sparkling characters, fast-moving plot and laugh-out-loud dialogue. A winner!" -Susan Elizabeth Phillips on If You Only Knew

"Oh, what a satisfying and delicious read! I admired the writing, the wit, the keen eye at work here. Thank you, Kristan Higgins." -Elinor Lipman on If You Only Knew --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Reprint edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776757
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Krystal on December 22, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What a great start for this wonderful author. I enjoy romantic novels, however, most of them are too perfect and everything just is so fantasized.

Well in this story about a woman having a crush on a man for over 15 years and stalking him for that long, but later finding that she doesnt really love him is clever.

What i like about this author and about this, her first book, is the fact that the first person character is written wonderfully. You really get to be in Millie Barnes' shoes. Also, the dialogue that she uses is so common and easy to understand. Higgins definitely writes her novels in language that everyone can relate to.

The fact that the main female character falls in love with her ex brother in law is a little weird, but pulls it off wonderfully nonetheless. Sam (Millie's ex brother in law) is portrayed as the best man in the world. He truly is a prince charming.

I definitely recommend this book if you like romantic novels and want a fresh twist to the regulars on Harlequin or the like. Can't wait for her next one..
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By CRosaB on September 15, 2010
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This is the second book I read by Kristan Higgins. The first was the next best thing, which I loved. Fools Rush In was very well written. Maybe I am the only who read this book and felt awkward. I thought that after being married to her sister for almost twenty years, Sam should feel like a brother to her. Maybe because my brother in laws both feel like brothers to me, I could not fathom having those types of feelings for them. I just couldn't see how there was a happy ending in this book. I also thought such a smart girl could not possibly be such an airhead to stalk a guy for so long. I don't know, it just felt so weird, for lack of a better word. Also after reading, The Next Best Thing, yet another woman falling in love with her brother in law, it was like okay I think I heard this senario before.

So after writing all of that, I actually really like Higgins style of writing and I might read another one of her books. To the people reading this review, I would recommend reading The Next Best Thing, it was much much better.
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I'd always remembered this book as my least favorite of Kristan Higgins' novels. Convinced that the problem must be with my sieve-like memory rather than with the book itself, I tried rereading it a couple of months ago, and was pleased by how adorable and engaging and...OH. I soon recalled all too vividly why I could barely bring myself to finish this one the first time around. I try very hard to avoid using spoilers in my reviews, but in order to go beyond a very unhelpful "eh, it just didn't work for me!", this time they can't be avoided. Bear in mind, though, that these spoilers are evident to the reader quite early on!

***************SPOILER ALERT********************

I can deal with Millie stalking the guy she's convinced she's meant to be with though very, very obviously isn't. It's played mostly for laughs rather than as a sign of instability, and sets up a nice 'be careful what you wish for' theme that I can get behind very easily. And so many of KH's heroines are adorably pathetic in this same exact, strangely likable way that it barely fazes me by now. What DOES bother me is that, in all too typical KH-ish fashion, we devote so much time to this clearly-going-nowhere storyline about the guy who's so obviously wrong for her that we hardly get to know the actual "hero" at all. Even the fact that we barely get to know the main male love interest, though, is so typical of KH's books (most of which I feel are more "chick lit" than romance anyway) that it's something I'd happily accept, only...

...that love interest happens to be her sister's ex-husband! And not someone her sister married years ago on a whim and quickly divorced, but someone her sister had been married to for about TWO DECADES!
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This is one of Higgins's earlier novels, I think. I've read two other later ones, and I really enjoyed the stories, characters, and humor. Fools Rush In was an OK story. Not as funny as some of her others. The leading lady was a bit pathetic in her quest to be noticed by the man she's wanted since high school, the one she has come to believe is her Mr. Right. Higgins's leading ladies always seem to have the same quality that makes you want to slap them silly as they hunger to find the right guy who they believe will complete them. They come across as needy and sometimes pathetic, but it is the quirky characters and the laugh out loud humor in her books that keeps me wanting to read [and finish reading] them.
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Since her freshman year in high school, Millie Barnes has been head over heels for Joe Carpenter. A brainy and plain gal, she was all but ignored by Joe, in an adolescence that was filled with angst, unwanted baby fat, and acne. After stalking him for over a decade to find out his likes and dislikes, she's about to return to Cape Cod, and has a plan for landing her man. Coinciding with her return is the divorce of her older sister, who has relocated to New Jersey with her new man, so she consoles her former brother-in-law Sam and his son with meals and tries to set Sam up with her divorced friend.

Armed with a new body, new job as a physician at the local clinic, new wardrobe, and a funky new hairstyle, Millie does in fact snare her man. But is this Joe the same Joe she's idolized most of her life? As the two begin a relationship, Millie realizes something is missing. Will she follow her heart and attempt a chance withthe man she truly loves?

Higgins first novel is a sweet and romantic comedy told from the protagonist's point of view, which makes for some funny anecdotes and reactions. The sibling rivalry between Millie and the seemingly perfect older sister Trish is poignant (though Trish is a hard character to like). And the interactions between father and daughter ring so authentic, that I envisioned my own late father while reading the story. This one is a gem and not to be missed.
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