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If You Only Knew Paperback – August 25, 2015
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"Higgins is the queen of the summertime read with a little something more. Her witty characters who find, and sometimes lose, love will keep readers glued to her books for hours." - Library Journal starred review on If You Only Knew
"Higgins' trademark humor and charm are at full strength in her latest effort." - Aleksandra Walker, Booklist
About the Author
Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She has received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The New York Journal of Books and Kirkus.
Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, two atypically affectionate children, a neurotic rescue mutt and an occasionally friendly cat.
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Jenny Tate is a wedding-dress designer. She is divorced but she remains friends with her ex-husband Owen and his new wife Ana-Sofia. She attends their dinners and she fakes happiness but she knows that for her own self preservation she needs to leave Manhattan behind. She moves back to Cambry-on-Hudson, her home city and into an apartment where her landlord is a hottie piano teacher. Leo Killian is not too happy with his new tenant. He doesn't need a complication and Jenny has it written all over her to be one.
Rachel Carver is happily married. She has triplets and she's a stay-home mom. She loves her children and her life until she discovers that her husband is hiding something from her. Soon her life is in turmoil. She will need her sister support more than ever.
This book felt so different to me. I'm so used to Kristan being funny and having those moments in the books were I usually squirm when the heroine makes a fool of herself.
This book had a serious tone. It doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. I did.
The main characters weren't Jenny and Leo. Jenny and Rachel have that role.
Jenny was a determined entrepreneur. She was successful. Her only flaw was loving her ex-husband. He hurt her deeply but she did the right thing leaving when he told her he didn't love her anymore.
Rachel was the shy one. She thought her life was perfect. Her home situation made her grow a backbone which I was very happy to read.
I was happy Jenny met Leo but the romance really takes a secondary place in this book.
The romance in this book is a distant second to the relationship between the sisters, Jenny and Rachel. As much as I liked Jenny, she was kind of a doormat. Her husband dumps her, then meets a new wife and has a baby within months, but he's determined to keep Jenny as a friend. Jenny is funny and kind, a good person. She meets Leo, and while I enjoyed their banter, Leo was a jerk a lot of the time. I liked them better as friends.
Rachel is a SAHM with three-year-old triplets who finds out her husband is having an affair. Rachel goes through a rollercoaster of emotions, and her story felt really believable. One minute she wants to stab her husband, the next she wants to save her family. She changes a lot through the course of the book, and I found myself really cheering her on.
There are lots of funny moments in this book, many provided by Jenny and Rachel's mother. I love a book that can make me tear up one minute, then laugh the next.