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Monday, February 21, 2011

My One and Only - Kristan Higgins

Released March 29, 2011

Divorce attorney Harper has been dating hunky firefighter Dennis Costello for the past couple of years. She thinks she's ready for more. Since Dennis hasn't proposed, Harper decides to switch things up. However, he doesn't seem as agreeable. Before they can really discuss it, Harper's sister, Willa, calls to announce she's getting married.

Harper is shocked because Willa's still young and this will be her third marriage. Not to mention, Willa's only known the guy for a couple weeks. Worse still, the "guy" in question is Harper's former brother-in-law. Heading to Montana for the wedding is going to be tough because Harper's ex-husband, Nick, will be there and the two haven't seen each other since the divorce.

When Harper's flight home is delayed due to computer outages, she agrees to accept a ride across country with Nick. Maybe this isn't her best idea. The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes she never stopped loving him.

Kristan Higgins' My One and Only has to top the list of favorite romances in the past few years. Harper's definitely a flawed person. As the reader learns more about Harper's childhood and marriage to Nick, it becomes quite understandable. Watching the more mature woman come to terms with things is entertaining to say the least. I definitely shed a few tears, but I also snickered drawing questioning looks from my kids. There's a nice balance of emotion and humor. The writing is solid and the length of the book (over 350 pages) ensured these were characters you'd have plenty of time getting to know.

There are minor characters who also add charm to this contemporary romance, In My One and Only, you meet Harper's younger sister, stepmother and father. Each is undergoing issues that they really need help resolving, but Harper's determined outlook has made it hard for them to really share a bond. It's easy to imagine befriending this family. By the final page, readers will be wishing there were still chapters to go.

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