I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins
Published by HQN Books on August 25, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
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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. Sensing this isn’t exactly helping her achieve 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 neighbour, a guy who’s utterly irresistible and annoyingly distant at the same time.
Rachel’s idyllic marriage, however, is imploding after she discovers her husband sexting with a colleague. She always thought she’d walk away in this situation, but her triplet daughters have her reconsidering her stance on adultery, 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 past and the present, and find a way to get what they want most of all.
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 just…excellent.
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