Read: February 2017
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 being blindsided by a breakup he chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her older half sister, Kate, who’s struggling with a sudden loss of her own.
Kate’s always been the poised, self-assured sister, but becoming a newlywed—and a widow—in the space of four months overwhelms her. Though the sisters were never close, she starts to confide in Ainsley, especially when she learns her late husband was keeping a secret from her.
Despite the murky blended-family dynamic that’s always separated them, Ainsley’s and Kate’s heartaches bind their summer together when they come to terms with the inevitable imperfection of relationships and family—and the possibility of one day finding love again.
Oh my, this book was amazing! I did have my doubts in the beginning, but that was probably because I was trying to read in 5 minute intervals while the kids played around me, but once I actually got to sit down and read more than 2 pages at a time, this book had me hooked! I loved the story of Kate and Ainsley as they navigated not only love, but life, with their relationships with their friends, family, and each other.
Reading this made me long for the days where I could just sit and read a book for the entire day because this is exactly one of those books that I could just sit and read with absolutely no break in between – which would be quite a feat for an almost 500-page book!
I think out of both sisters, I loved Kate the most. Despite her circumstances, she seemed to have her head on straight and knew where she wanted to go, whereas Ainsley’s lack of ambition kind of held me off of really enjoying her character as much as I should have. Also, I wasn’t totally convinced by her love interest, but that might have been because her first love interest was just so so so narcissistic and I hated his character so much, so when faced with her new love interest who is a complete polar opposite, it was kind of jarring, But I loved it nonetheless. In fact, there was one point where I just had to put the book down and smile and swoon, because it was just so perfect!
Honestly, I feel like Kristan Higgins just keeps getting better and better. I just discovered her work last year and I’m so happy that I did! Her characters, her storylines, and her writing just suck me in and are so relatable and honest, with the perfect amount of humour — she’s just the best! Already, I can’t wait for her next book!