Title: If You Only Knew
Author: Kristan Higgins
416 pages, published August 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
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.
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
I've read several of Kristan Higgins' books, and love them all! But THIS one is my favorite! Her other books I've read have been fun romances, but this one was a whole other level. She tackled serious topics with ease, and created two sisters you wish you knew in real life. I absolutely loved both Jenny and Rachel, and had a hard time deciding which character I liked or related to more. I had moments of "WHAT are you thinking?!" with both of them, and enjoyed following them on their journey throughout the book. I loved their sister relationship and close bond.
Despite its 400 page length, I flew through this book. The chapters alternated between Jenny and Rachel, so it was a hard book to put down because you wanted to know what happened next, and doing so meant reading "just" one more chapter! I was equally happy to get to the end (to know what happened) and sad that this wonderful book was over.
If you haven't read Kristan Higgins, NOW is the time! This book is fantastic. Her best work. Read it NOW!
Overall rating for If You Only Knew: 5 stars!