#BookReview: If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

if you only knewSummary:

Letting go of her ex-husband is harder than wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate expected…especially since his new wife wants to be Jenny’s new best friend. Sensing this isn’t exactly helping her achieve closure, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she’ll start her own business and bask in her sister Rachel’s picture-perfect family life…and maybe even find a little romance of her own with Leo, her downstairs neighbor, a guy who’s utterly irresistible and annoyingly distant at the same time.

Rachel’s idyllic marriage, however, is imploding after she discovers her husband sexting with a colleague. She always thought she’d walk away in this situation, but her triplet daughters have her reconsidering her stance on adultery, much to Jenny’s surprise. Rachel points to their parents’ perfect marriage as a shining example of patience and forgiveness; but to protect her sister, Jenny may have to tarnish that memory—and their relationship­—and reveal a family secret she’s been keeping since childhood.

Both Rachel and Jenny will have to come to terms with the past and the present and find a way to get what they want most of all.

Review:

This was another book I listened to via Audible, and another great selection for an audiobook! Poignant from the beginning, it was easy to get lost in the lives of sisters Rachel and Jenny, each currently struggling in their personal life. I enjoyed that the sisters were so different, yet had such a strong bond. And don’t get me started on their mother! The entire supporting cast of characters really helped solidify this as a book you want to read.

There were a lot of emotional moments, a lot of times where I caught myself holding my breath, and a lot of times where I was shaking my head while out walking my dog, hoping the neighbors didn’t see me talking to myself. There were surprises, heartbreak, and tender moments, all wrapped up for a beautiful ending. Terrific women’s fiction.

5 stars


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