Title: If You Only Knew
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: HQN, August 25, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5 not explicit
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
Kristan Higgins is definitely a favorite author of mine, especially her Blue Heron Series of Contemporary romances. So I was surprised to find out she has written a book in the Women’s Fiction genre and I was all so “I’ll be the judge of that”. I was hoping that it would not disappoint me like those authors who jumped ship from one genre to the other that did disappoint. I’m here to tell you that this author can write in any genre and be a 5-star entertainer.
This is a book brimming with a plot that is insightful as well as intelligent and so realistic you will swear you know these characters personally. Jenny is adjusting to a divorce and trying her best not to get hurt by the handsome, strange guy who lives downstairs. Rachel is struggling with anger and humiliation when her husband cheats. Her entire sense of “self” is threatened. What keeps us turning pages is for us to see how both of these women handle their personal journeys with love, marriage, children, lovers and sisterhood.
There is romance and Love in all its forms. I think you will like this one as much as I did.