As a reader I have always thought of a Higgin's romance as material that was not as compelling in comparison with fellow writers in the industry. I normally tend to overlook any series where the romance is the central focus and so If You Only Knew literally felt like the book I had been waiting for the author to deliver.
The author brought the stronger writing style that I have been waiting for her to deliver. This story is a beautiful mess of emotional waves that allows the reader to grow with each of the characters. Honestly I could not be happier with what I discovered in the pages of this book. I wish that Higgins would continue to write stories that stand out in this congested industry because I think that is where she shines the most.
Since there was so much to savor about the story I will only point out what I enjoyed the most-the first being how realistic the actual plot was. I'm a huge, romance reader and yet I feel like I have grown tired of the constant picture-perfect world that romance writers tend to create. So when I discovered both Jenny and her sister Rachel's story I knew that I was going to be able to relate to the duo, more so to Jenny.
Jenny was in a rut. Her ex-husband had moved on with a new wife. It was difficult for her to move on and yet she was willingly to take a risk to start over in her life the best way that she could. As for Rachael her life was not as perfect as she would have liked everyone to think and the same can be said about both Jenny and Rachel's pasts that is revealed within the book.
In many ways this story is about second chances, growing as a family and learning to trust even when our hearts might be on their way to being broken. The final result is Higgins delivering something extra to her readers that they will want to hold onto.
Cover Rating: I enjoyed this cover. It's pretty and slightly eye-catching, but as a whole it did not entirely capture the book in the way that I would have hoped.
Sisterhood in all its drama, hilarity and tears is at the heart of New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins's thoroughly captivating new novel, featuring the wit and romance that readers have come to expect from the much-loved creator of the Blue Heron series
Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily-ever-after business, yet somehow she's still involved in her ex-husband's life. In fact, Owen's new wife may—inexplicably—be Jenny's new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn't helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll be able to bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family life…and hopefully make one of her own.
Her timing couldn't be more perfect, since Rachel will need her younger sister. Her idyllic marriage has just fallen to pieces in spectacular fashion after she discovers her husband sexting with one of his colleagues. Second chances aren't in Rachel's nature, but the desire for an intact family has her rethinking her stance on adultery, much to Jenny's surprise. Rachel points to their parents' "perfect" marriage as a shining example, but to protect her sister, Jenny may have to tarnish that memory—and their relationship—and reveal a secret about their family she's been keeping since childhood.
During this summer of secrets and lies, temptation and revelation, Jenny and Rachel will rely on each other to find the humor in their personal catastrophes, the joy in their triumphs…and the strength to keep hanging on.