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Sunday, August 23, 2015

If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins



Release Date - August 25, 2015

Kristan Higgins
Harlequin

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Now that her ex-husband has become a father, Jenny Tate is tired of being his and his new wife's buddy. Packing up and leaving the city to open her bridal boutique in her hometown is exactly what she needs. Maybe her hunky neighbor Leo is another thing she needs. A fling with no strings sounds perfect.

While Jenny is starting over, her sister Rachel is in a state of turmoil. Having her sister back is wonderful, but learning her husband is having an affair while Rachel stays at home with their triplets shatters Rachel's world. She might also need to take a step back and examine what she really wants from her life and her marriage.

There's a bit of a romantic aspect to If You Only Knew, but it goes far beyond that. It's really two women's looks at their pasts, their presents, and their futures. I immediately liked Jenny, and her pairing with Leo was ideal. He has his own past to come to terms with and that makes him the delightful tortured hero that I always root for. I like him paired with Jenny, who also clearly has her own issues where it comes to her husband and his ex-wife.

I felt a little less enthusiastic about Rachel. As soon as she learned her husband was having an affair, her naivety became an annoyance. Maybe it's just me, but I would have kicked a cheating husband to the curb and not trusted a word he said. It took time for me to really appreciate her, but when I did, I found myself cheering her on, too.

In the end, this is a sweet story, kind of a coming to terms with both their own and their parents' relationships. I found it highly enjoyable.


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