Book Review: On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

Posted February 8, 2017 by Melissa in Book Review | 14 Comments

Book Review: On Second Thought by Kristan HigginsTitle: On Second Thought
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: Harlequin, HQN Books
Publication date: January 31st 2017
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Women's Fiction
Length: 480 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

Following in the footsteps of her critically acclaimed novel If You Only Knew, multi-bestselling author Kristan Higgins returns with a pitch-perfect look at the affection—and the acrimony—that binds sisters together

Ainsley O'Leary is so ready to get married—she's even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn't anticipate is for Eric to blindside her with a tactless breakup he chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her half sister, Kate, who's already struggling after the sudden loss of her new husband.

Kate has always been so poised, so self-assured, but Nathan's death shatters everything she thought she knew—including her husband—and sometimes the people who step up aren't the ones you expect. With seven years and a murky blended-family dynamic between them, Ainsley and Kate have never been overly close, but their shared sorrow dovetails their faltering worlds into one.

Despite the lifetime of history between them, the sisters must learn to put their differences aside and open their hearts to the inevitable imperfection of family—and the possibility of one day finding love again.

Book Quotes

“If that’s code for ‘I have a room here, want to hook up?’” I said, “then sadly, the answer is no.”
“There’s a code?” he asked grinning.
“There is.”
“Well, what is the code for ‘Will you have a drink with me after the wedding? Or sometime this week?’”

He smiled. I smiled. The cat smiled.
He had a cat!
“You have a cat!” I said. Maybe shouldn’t have had that second glass of wine. Too late now.

My Thoughts

Guys! I can not express how much I love Kristan Higgins. I am so happy that I discovered her last year. I have adored every single book of hers that I have read.

Really her books have it all. Great writing, swoonworthy romances, realistic and flawed characters and great plots. On Second Thought is no exception…

Set in the same small upstate New York town of Cambry-On-Hudson as If You Only Knew, there is just a hint of crossover here but this read stands completely on it’s own.

On Second Thought is the story of two sisters each reeling from loss…the older after losing her husband of three months and the younger from being dumped by her boyfriend of 11 years. We get both stories told in first person as the sisters alternately narrate and although I generally prefer third person narration..this technique was absolutely perfect for this story.

Kate struggles with getting her feet back under her and with what it means to be a widow after being married to Nathan barely three months before his freak accidental death and Ainsley isn’t really sure who she is after being humiliated and blindsided by her long time boyfriend who rather than proposing after 10 years breaks up with her and posts all the details on his blog.

I’m a sucker for sister stories.

These half sisters are so very different and are not at all close but all that changes as they end up living together and supporting each other as they find their way through the grief and rediscover themselves. Everything was perfect about this read but I loved seeing how these two grew closer, supported each other and became best friends. I enjoyed each…but I really loved Ainsley-this girl has such an amazingly huge heart…you can’t help but love and root for her.

The romances don’t leave anything wanting…just as the sisters are so very different…so are the love interests Jonathan and Daniel are as different as the girls are and end up being just what they need.

I can’t recommend this read and Kristan Higgins in general enough. If you’ve been on the fence, please give On Second Thought a chance. You will not regret it!

About Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award, Kristan lives with her family in a small Connecticut town that boasts a wonderful library, a great agricultural fair, a really good ice-cream stand and not much else. She is the mother of two lovely kids and the wife of a brave firefighter who is also (perhaps more important) a fantastic cook.

Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, she found, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so began her first novel. Kristan holds a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross, which means she can identify dangling participles, quote many great novels and play a mean game of Scrabble.

Kristan is an award-winning baker, devoted fan of the New York Yankees and an avid reader. She and her crew spend as much time as possible at the family home on Cape Cod, where they shiver in the Atlantic, ride bikes, swat horseflies and don’t catch any fish.

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14 responses to “Book Review: On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

  1. This sort of reminds me of Krentz’s sister themed novel that released last year. It’s good that the characters stood out versus just blending altogether. It seems each one is distinct and can stand on their own

  2. I’ve never read Higgins, Melissa, but I’ll be rectifying that as soon as I can! What you said about her books – the great writing, flawed characters, romance…yeah, that’s all the good stuff! And On Second Thought sounds like a gripping story. Plus, I like sister stories as well…always wanted a sister. 😉 Great review and I’ll be sure to give Higgins a try!
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