Monday, September 14, 2015

(68)If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins


Jenny Tate has been divorced for more than a year and is finally ready to let go of the life she lived in New York City.  She is looking forward to being back in her quaint little hometown where she can drop in on her sister, Rachael, her devoted husband, Adam, and her three nieces anytime she wants.  Moving her wedding dress business was easy, as was settling back into small town life.  Her handsome neighbor, Leo, makes it even easier as they dance around their growing attraction.  His way with his piano students and quick wit have Jenny feeling things she doesn't want to be feeling.   Soon some really hard truths come to light about Rachael's "idyllic" marriage and the sisters are forced to examine their differing views on exactly what constitutes an "idyllic" or even functionable relationship.

I have grown to become a fan of Kristan Higgins over the last few years  and find myself thoroughly enjoying her romance novels.   If You Only Knew is Higgins' first attempt at more fiction and less romance, but she made the transition with ease and I think she did a great job.   If You Only Knew is told in the alternating voices of Jenny and Rachael.    Two sisters with two different perspectives on love and marriage.   But the realization I came to while reading this book is that those perspectives are fluid and always evolving based on your current situation in life.  Just married -well of course you are in love with love.  Just divorced - well, of course, the complete opposite.   For Jenny Tate, even though her own marriage didn't work out, she still had to believe in marriage - her career depended on it.   Jenny & Leo's burgeoning relationship had all of that wit and humor I have come to expect from the author and I found myself laughing out loud several times. It is revealed late in the book that there is a bit more depth to Leo than I expected, but it made me love him even more.  And of course there is a dog (and I am not referring to Adam).  There is always a dog to fall in love with in her books.


Bottom line - If You Only Knew is a quick and wonderful read with characters you are eager to get to know.  Definitely worth the read if you are looking for a fun escape.

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