Book Beginnings: If You Only Knew

Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader.  The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Today I started reading
If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins. I love her books, and am excited to read her newest novel! Here are the first couple lines:
"Today is one of those days when I realize that staying friends with my ex-husband was a huge mistake.  I'm at the baby shower for Ana-Sofia, Owen's wife and my replacement."
Well that sounds like it's going to be entertaining! Here's the synopsis:
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.

Happy Friday and Happy Reading!


  1. Wouldn't that be awful? To stay with friends of an X? Ugh.

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  2. Oh boy....wonder why she was invited?

    ENJOY, and thanks for sharing with us.

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