I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by HQN on August 25th 2015
Genres: Adult, Women's Fiction
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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.
What I Thought…
If You Only Knew is a hard book for me to review. I LOVE Kristan Higgins’ books. They are everything I want and more when it comes to contemporary romance. However If You Only Knew is more women’s fiction than contemporary romance and I’ve never been a big fan of women’s fiction.
There were many aspects of If You Only Knew that I liked. Rachel and Jenny’s relationship. Leo. Evander. How everything played out with Rachel’s husband. I appreciated some of the family crazy (and one of the worst mother-to-be’s EVER) as well as the family dynamics.
As usual Higgins’ writing is spectacular and she really knows how to pull me in and get me emotionally invested in the characters lives. There wasn’t a single character (except Rachel’s husband) that I didn’t feel for.
But for me it was lacking the humor and fun of Higgins’ other books, which there is nothing wrong with, but it’s just not my kind of book.
I would recommend If You Only Knew to anyone who likes women’s fiction or any of Higgins’ books.
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