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5 SISTER BESTIE stars I m a huge Kristan Higgins fan, and this book tops the list of my favorites by her It is heartfelt, soul deep, and true to life, with that trademark Higgins sass that has won over so many readers KH has always sort of straddled the women s fiction romance genres, and this one leansto the chick lit side It s told in dual point of view from both sisters I tend to get really frustrated with that type of narration but it really worked here I genuinely loved both Jenny and Rachel They lead very different lives but both are good peeps with their own set of problems At each chapter change, I was excited to get back to the other sister Their lives are constantly overlapping, so you don t have much time to miss the other before you re back with her.Not having a sister myself, I admit to being a little jealous of these women s relationship It s like having a lifetime best friend and confidante, and I want one No fair As I read one sister s story, I gotandleery the closer I got to the end, thinking that the story was going to go one waythe wrong waybut I shouldn t have worried We all know Higgins writes romance, and therefore her endings are generally sigh worthy.I will never doubt Kristan Higgins again Every time I read a new book, I m always astonished at the raw emotions she mixes with laugh out loud humor, and how it all works perfectly together Her characters are all wildly different, her stories never stagnate, and out of the hundreds and thousands of authors I ve read, she s still a favorite Advance copy provided for review Jenny Tate s marriage ended almost two years ago but she s still hanging on as her ex husband s friend even after his remarriage She s taken dramatic steps to move on but can t seem to make that final leap Her sister, Rachel, mother of 3 1 2 year old triplet daughters, has the ideal life as a stay at home mother and is in a loving relationship with her husband, Adam But circumstances change and has her re examining the life she s professed to love This work of contemporary fiction has to be Higgins finest to date I literally could not stop reading because Jenny and Rachel became a part of me as they grappled with real life issues My emotions ran the gamut, alternately laughing and crying, then furious and contemplative I love when a story makes me feel something but yet makes no promises about the outcome It was so true to the characters I felt confident I d be okay no matter the ending Obviously I loved this story and will be thinking about the characters and their choices and resolutions for some time to come This was justexcellent I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I don t think I have read a KH book that I didn t like There were one or two that might not have been up to par for me but, honestly, most of her books have been a solid four or five stars for me You want hot sex scenes Forget it But I don t care Her lyrical prose is enough to transport me to the world of her hero and heroine so beautiful And there is always a dog Wedding dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily ever after business, yet somehow she s still involved in her ex husband s life Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson.Her timing couldn t beperfect, 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. Will she kick his cheating ass to base We shall see I think I would But then again, if there are kids involved, especially three cute triplets, there is a lot at stake.Ok, they are now a bit older than that in the book, but you get the picture Leo that s his name Leo Killian, a nice Irish name Those of us who are married do get into a rut Yeah, the sex isn t as spontaneous as it was in the early days You have to work for it Make a bit of an effort But, Jaysus, with triplets, I think I would have shut up shop straight away LOL FFS Three, all at once No bloody way How would you even have time to consider sex Oh dear That s a good size glass in his hand and the liquid is clear I m betting it s not water A bottle of Grey Goose on the coffee table confirms my Sherlockian suspicion Loved the dynamics between the sisters, loved to see Rachel come out of her shell and be the woman she is meant to be Lizst s Hungarian Rhapsody Number Two Sean, I liked Sean Kristan, ya gotta get the accents not the names in future Se n Anyway, bedtime here soon Great author Great book Love her. If you ve ever been cheated on, undervalued, passed over, or been left behind in a different sense, you will LOVE this book If you haven t then just count yourself as luckyand still read this book, you re going to love it too Kristan Higgins knows what it feels like For real The internalization, the questioning, the frustration, the trust, the trying, the anger, the hope, the resentment, the confusion, the decisions, the blame, the shut up and smile, the unfairness of it all, THE GRIEF On and on it goes and Higgins has captured it all with delicate emotion and a surprising hilarity that I didn t expect.If You Only Knew alternates perspectives between two sisters with two very different personalities who each are coping with their own set of relationship stressors They remember their shared past in varying ways which impacts how they move forward or stay standing It is emotional, very real, and damn funny How have I never read this author before Seems I have a lot of catching up to do Yay me There is so muchto these alternating storylines than what I have noted but I don t want to spoil anything further Read it, you ll love it I will definitely be doing a re read soon Check it out Note In an online interview located HERE, I found the following piece of information about the author which might explain how she can describe and show emotional responses so wellKristan often tells stories of loss and does so with verisimilitude This is in part due, perhaps, to her personal history Her father was killed by a drunk driver when he was 47 and Kristan was 23 Her mother never remarried and the theme of losing a great love and being afraid to risk such heartbreak again permeates many of Kristan s books My favorite quoteThe one thing I hate about the wedding industry is that it focuses so much on the one day People become obsessed with details, enraged with those they love, worn out from planning a few hours of a day that may not mean that much in the grand scheme of things Even as I m designing a dress that will cost thousands and thousands of dollars, I ve always tried to work that message in Don t forget that after this day comes thousands of other days Be careful Cherish each other Don t blow it 4 6 17 OMG, I loved it RTC when I get off cloud freakin nine Reto 23 PopSugar 2019 Un libro acerca de la familia Es el primer libro que leo de Kristan Higgins y me ha dejado gratamente sorprendida Considero que hay que tener mucho talento para que una historia con un argumento tan cotidiano , logre mantenerte tan enganchado a la lectura.Nos cuenta la historia de dos hermanas que est n pasando por diferentes fases de la ruptura de sus respectivos matrimonios La relaci n entre ellas es envidiable y el apoyo que se prestan es fundamental para salir a flote y para su crecimiento como mujeres empoderadas de su propio destino Lo anterior no es menor, considerando que ambas fueron caracterizadas como personajes que desde ni as llevan haciendo del matrimonio y la maternidad su objetivo ltimo en la vida, por lo que la evoluci n de ambas es de esas que te hacen cerrar el libro con un suspiro de satisfacci n Por lo mismo, a m no me falt un Ep logo como he le do en otros comentarios Lo que vendr vendr Lo importante es que ellas est n preparadas.Igual aclaro que a pesar de tratar temas muy duros, no es una lectura triste, sino m s bien reflexiva y acompa ada de di logos inteligentes y chispeantes Tambi n encontraremos un poco de romance en sus p ginas insisto, un poco, nada de escenas t rridas que le dan m s jugo a la trama sobre todo por las condiciones en que se desarrolla Leo Killian me rob el coraz n.En resumen, una novela recomendad sima, que ha dejado el list n muy alto para las pr ximas novelas que lea de la autora Reto Rita 3.0 marzo I can t remember when I ve enjoyed a chick lit women s fiction novelI read it straight through Fresh, funny, heartwarming. There s nothing like reading a KH novel She s amazing, incredibly talented and manages to make me cry one minute, laugh the next then sigh from the beauty of it all She s among my top 3 favorite authors, I ve read and loved everything she s ever written and this was no exception.I can t even categorize this It s part women s fiction, romance and comedy but all enthralling I loved everything about it The beautiful and enviable relationship between sisters, Jenny and Rachel, the sweet and soulful romance between Jenny and Leo, the heartbreaking reality of a marriage teetering on the brink of dissolution and the joy of finding yourself all over again.I loved how this book was written in dual pov s from Jenny and Rachel Every time I felt like I was on the edge of an emotion the pov would change leaving me suddenly lost and dying to find out what happens next That s the best kind of pov change isn t it keeps the reader always wanting .The thing is, I could go on and on about how wonderfuk KH writes, how her stories never fail to touch me But it sthan that She s perfected the art of blending so much feeling in her characters, so much heart I m always left thinking about her books long after I ve finished They re so poignant, real, deep and full of wisdom I know I m blabbing My faves by her are Just One of The Guys my heart weeps over this, still the Blue heron series, particularly The Best Man and Waiting on You, The next Best Thing, Somebody to LoveI could go on and on Anyways, loved this and highly recommend KH and all her books I ll leave you with a couple quotes that left an impression Is there anythinghumiliating than begging someone to stay with you To keep loving you The answer is no I begged anyway For five solid hours, I begged and sobbed and shouted Then he pulls back and smiles at me, and it seems to me all I could ever want and all I ever hoped for is in that smile. I was blown away, though not surprised, by If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins I ve been trying to put my finger on why this book read so different for me than others by this author and I came up with two main reasons 1this story is actually two stories in one, the story of two sisters, Rachel and Jenny, each told in the first person 2 while most Kristan Higgins books tell the story of one heroine trying to come to peace with issues in their lives and finding love along the way, this story starts at a point in Rachel and Jenny s lives when each have already supposedly figured it all out and found their happily ever after As we all know, real life is never this neat and Rachel and Jenny illustrate this in their own unique and heartbreaking ways.While I love the escapism of romance novels with their neat little bows all tied up at the end, I also enjoy a good story , messiness and all If You Only Knew delivered this in spades Jenny, younger sister to Rachel, a successful wedding dress designer, couldn t seem to help herself while befriending her ex husband s wife and remaining close friends with Owen and Ana Sofia despite her being blind sighted and devastated over Owen leaving her.Rachel, a stay at home mom to her adorable triplets, had been married for nearly ten years to Adam Right around the time Jenny moved back to their hometown to open a dress shop, Rachel starts being suspicious that Adam was cheating.I felt all kinds of emotions while reading this story sadness, frustration it was hard with the two points of view and two stories because I would just start really getting into one sister s story and then it would switch over to the other s point of view , disbelief, melancholy and happiness.It s so easy to be on the outside and make judgement of others but not so easy to be living in those shoes I wanted to give Jenny a shake at many of her decisions I couldn t understand why she kept Owen and his new wife in her life after the way he treated her I was constantly angry on her behalf When she starts an ill advised relationship , I winced, knowing the train wreck she was blindly moving towards.Rachel broke my heart She was so painfully shy and unsure of herself and her worth Her dreams were simple and I hated the way they were thrown in her face and used against her to keep her from standing up for herself I was surprised, but not truly when I really think about it, by the way she decided to handle her husband s affair I felt like, no matter what she did, there would be no way to avoid sadness It seemed like such a no win situation.Lots of great characters in this story and I must say, the resolution and way the resolution came about surprised me in both sister s cases There were enough people and situations thrown in there to make me unsure what would happen I loved seeing Jenny and Rachel come into their own and find their way to happiness, despite their life not turning out the way they had envisioned.I was sad I didn t get to read about any of Kristan s trademark ill fated online dating disasters for either of her heroines, but there were still some great bits of humour to help dull the pain of the serious nature of this story.Leo, Jenny s superintendent was, at times, great for a laugh, especially in his ineptness in actually carrying out any of his job duties He had a very dead pan way of putting things out there Leo gets up and glances at the ceiling Call someone about that light I just moved here myself and don t know anyone Oh, and could you have him stop down at my place My toaster doesn t work unless I plug it in the hallway I look at him for a second You blew a fuse That s probably why my light won t go on Ah Fascinating Where s the fuse box What s a fuse box Are you serious How did you get this job I already told you Good looks and charm Gus, though not a main character, had such a great attitude and made me smile I really wanted to seeof him Can I open the van door he asks.I nod He slides it open, and the girls all fall silent immediately at the sight of a stranger You must be the Puke Sisters, he says You not funny, Rose says, and her own comment makes her laugh, then puke again You re gross, Gus says Above all else, I adored the love and support Jenny and Rachel were able to provide for one another You deserve a husband who d cut off his own dick before he d cheat on you, Rach You do Maybe we can put that in my Match.com profile, I suggest, hiccuping on a sob Absolutely loved this Wow, price drop to 0.99 atUS, 11 17 16 Excellent, excellent, excellent Can you believe that this is my first Kristan Higgins There is nothing I likethan discovering a new author that has a huge back list for me to devour Come to mama This book was a fabulous blend of women s fiction and romance There is a good amount of family drama and the sister dynamic was a huge part of the story, but there was also some GREAT romance there I m a devoted romance reader and I know a good romance when I read it, and the romance in this book was fab Intense, angsty, hard fought no spoilers from me but I loved the twists and turns and where the author led us in the relationship department But what surprised me the most was how funny this book was SO funny Just really witty, humorous writing that threw me for a loop I was expecting this book to take itself very seriously, and though the subject matter was emotional and passionate, the dialogue was extremely clever Jenny was by far my favorite narrator but Rachel was pretty great too And Leo I could read about him all day I simply adored every snarky bone in his body I started this book in the morning and read off and on through the day, and I didn t finish until 2 am noregrets It was the kind of book that made me laugh and cry and get mad, and I don t think I ll forget about the characters for some time Copy provided in exchange for an honest review ^Free Pdf ☝ If You Only Knew ☝ A Funny, Frank And Bittersweet Look At Sisters, Marriage And Moving On, From TheNew York Timesbestselling Author Of The Blue Heron Series Letting Go Of Her Ex Husband Is Harder Than Wedding Dress Designer Jenny Tate Expected Especially Since His New Wife Wants To Be Jenny S New Best Friend Needing Closure, Jenny Trades The Manhattan Skyline For Her Hometown Up The Hudson, Where She Ll Start Her Own Business And Bask In Her Sister Rachel S Picture Perfect Family Life And Maybe Even Find A Little Romance Of Her Own With Leo, Her Downstairs Neighbor, Who S Utterly Irresistible And Annoyingly Distant At The Same Time Rachel S Idyllic Marriage, However, Is Imploding After She Discovers What Looks Like Her Husband S Infidelity She Always Thought She D Walk Away In This Situation But Now She S Wavering, Much To Jenny S Surprise Rachel Points To Their Parents Perfect Marriage As A Shining Example Of Patience And Forgiveness But To Protect Her Sister, Jenny May Have To Tarnish That Memory And Their Relationship And Reveal A Family Secret She S Been Keeping Since Childhood Both Rachel And Jenny Will Have To Come To Terms With The Pastandthe Present, And Find A Way To Help Each Other Get What They Want Most Of All