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Until There Was You (Hqn Romance) Mass Market Paperback – October 25, 2011
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"A funny, poignant romance....Readers will be cheering for Harper all the way."
- Publishers Weekly on My One and Only, starred review
"Higgins has a special talent for creating characters readers love... Fun, charming and heartfelt."
-RT Book Reviews on All I Ever Wanted, 4 ½ stars
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Winner-2010 Romance Writers of America RITA® Award
"Cheeky, cute, and satisfying, Higgins's romance is perfect entertainment for a girl's night in."
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Winner-2008 Romance Writers of America RITA® Award
"A touching story brimming with smart dialogue, sympathetic characters, an engaging narrative and the amusing, often self-deprecating observations of the heroine. It's a novel with depth and a great deal of heart."
-RT Book Reviews (Top Pick, 4½ stars)
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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Usually Kristan Higgins's books are populated with a large and humorous cast of supporting characters, who can be counted upon for humor even when the romance between the main characters feels a little flat. Here, the supporting characters were there, but they aren't funny or even that interesting; in fact, most of them are kind of tragic. There are Posey's adoptive parents, who run a restaurant and profess to love Posey, but are always trying to set Posey's secret boyfriend (Liam) up with someone else. There is her cousin Gretchen, who is The B***h (most Higgins stories have a female villain whose role it is to humiliate and belittle the heroine--which is actually something I really hate about the Higgins formula, now that I think about it). There is her brother Henry and his partner, Jon, who were about the only supporting characters who actually "support" Posey in any real way. There was Posey's best friend, Kate, who is just sort of weird and seems to have a really unhealthy, unfunny relationship with her pre-teen son. There were Posey's employees, one of whom doesn't speak and one of whom is in her late twenties but upspeaks (makes everything sound like a question?) like a 1990s Valley Girl. There were others, but they were forgettable.
When Posey was in High School she had a mad crush on the school "bad boy", Liam Murphy. Posey barely even registered on Liam's radar, although he did have a job at her parent's restaurant so they (very) occasionally exchanged a few words. Liam fell for a beautiful and popular girl, they moved to California after High School and eventually married. Posey stayed in New Hampshire and opened her own business. The story opens with Liam, now a widower, and his teen daughter moving back to town. Liam and Posey basically re-enact their High School existence: Liam is the gorgeous, cool guy that women want to sleep with and men want to be like, and Posey...well, Posey is self-conscious, insecure and still susceptible to unrequited love.
Here's where I completely lost patience with Posey. While it's practically a rite of passage for an adolescent to fall madly in love despite the fact that the object of their affections barely gives them a second look, it's not so understandable when a 34 year old woman does the same thing. Posey takes one look at the grown-up Liam and (swoon!) there she goes. I guess the fact that Liam is still very good-looking was enough to win her over, `cuz I sure didn't see him putting any kind of effort into their very one-sided relationship. In fact, there's even a scene where she tells Liam that she doesn't need much from him, she loves him and will take whatever he's willing to give her. Up to that point I pretty much just felt pity for Posey, but in that scene I wanted to throttle her!
This is the first book that the author wrote that is not told in the first person. I always enjoyed her first person point of view; I feel like it added warmth to the story and helped me to identify on some level with the heroine. But I admit that I was looking forward to being privy to the Hero's thoughts. So here's what Liam thinks about, in order of importance to him: (1) his daughter, specifically her safety and virginity; (2) his late wife, who was clearly the love of his life; (3) his own problems with anxiety and OCD and a very distant (4) Posey. Sigh. I felt like she was simply an afterthought, a consolation prize, and the HEA just fell flat for me - it seemed to come out of nowhere.
Bottom Line: This is a plain-Jane-gets-the-hot-guy romance with a great supporting cast and lots of humor. The writing is solid and overall I did enjoy it despite a serious lack of chemistry between the lead characters. 3.5 stars.
No swearing (unless you count "Oh, Bieber" or "Holy Elvis") and no sexual content.
So in spite of the Neil Diamond song near the end of the book, the H didn't seem to make any effort at all. The h told him she loved him and he basically just walked away from her, because the daughter had made what turned out to be a flip comment that she didn't want him to date or something.
The H stayed in love with the dead wife, and I never really saw him change much. There is a HEA but I have to say that I don't really think I believe it.
Also, being adopted myself and having known it all my life, I can safely say that other adoptees I've known went through their questioning stage when they were a teen, just like I did. And it didn't last long for any of us. Some wanted to know about their birth parents but most didn't really care. Personally, I feel my parents were the people who actually adopted and raised me!
At any rate, this one just didn't cut it in terms of romance for the h. The H was just too in love with the dead wife.
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Posey was a great character, and you can relate to her if you ever felt humiliated...Read more