February 15, 2017

On Second Thought. Kristan Higgins

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Published: HQN Books
Date: 31st January 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 480
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Ainsley O'Leary is so ready to get married—she's even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn't anticipate is for Eric to blindside her with a tactless breakup he chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her half sister, Kate, who's already struggling after the sudden loss of her new husband.

Kate has always been so poised, so self-assured, but Nathan's death shatters everything she thought she knew—including her husband—and sometimes the people who step up aren't the ones you expect. With seven years and a murky blended-family dynamic between them, Ainsley and Kate have never been overly close, but their shared sorrow dovetails their faltering worlds into one.

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On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins was a read that I couldn't put down. I came back to it any time I had, other things I thoroughly enjoy were put aside. I was totally hooked into this book, I laughed and at times a few tears slipped down from the sheer perfection of some of the relationships and how they worked out.

The book is told from the point of view of two sisters. Kate the older one, not long married to Nathan has found the love of her life and is hoping for a child, until the unthinkable happens and a freak accident takes him from her. She becomes the widow, encased in a grief locked inside her. Nathan's family are very much part of this story and the way the relationship with Kate develops is very interested - especially Kate's mother-in-law. 

Ainsley is the younger sister, they share the same father but not the same mother. However Candy has raised Ainsley and while Ainsley doesn't quite feel the love there, she finds a few surprises along the way.  Ainsley has been in a very long term relationship with Eric, the guy with the size of an ego that blinds him. He is a total ass. Ainsley is so kind and caring and loving she hasn't really seen him for who he really is.  When it all turns to custard it turns out Ainsley and Kate begin to share things never shared before and the development of their relationship is deeply satisfying.

I warmed very much to both sisters, perhaps Ainsley a little more at first, but both of them are wonderful women, finding their way together through tough times. There extended family provide extra entertainment and Gram Gram - Candy's mother and the girls grandmother is totally incorrigible and a load of fun.

While this book is more than romance there are a couple of wonderful guys also in the story who really 'get' the women and are there for them. 

On Second Thought was a delectable, delightful read - it hit all the right buttons for me, I was captivated by every part of it.

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  1. Love your review! I have heard so many great things about this one recently - I think I need to read it!

  2. I'll read anything Kristan Higgins writes. Loved this one and love your review.

  3. This really was absolutely amazing wasnt it? I loved Jonathan. I loved the snark in this. It is my fav of the year so far I believe

  4. I have this book on my TBR because several of you have read it. Glad it's still getting good reviews. I'll move it up to read this year.

  5. I really loved this one too! I'm not good at reading when I'm sick but this book pulled me in and helped me forget a miserable cold I was dealing with! Glad you enjoyed it as well.

  6. Totally agree with your thoughts. I loved it too.

  7. Your review makes me want to read this one...I love stories of finding new connections, especially with family members who haven't been close. I've been eyeing this one for a while, so now it's on my list. Thanks!


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