Read the book that has book clubs everywhere falling in love! From the New YorkTimes bestselling author of If You Only Knew comes an irresistible,heartbreaking novel.
Praise for On Second Thought:
“Higgins has perfect pitch when it comes to her upstate New York protagonistsand their expanded worlds that even extend to Brooklyn. Emotional depth is seared intoevery page along with wry banter, bringing readers to tears and smiles. Another hit forHiggins.”—Library Journal, starred review
“A captivating read about two sisters dealing with love, loss and newbeginnings. What sets this book apart is how one event changes both women's lives. Kate isrefreshingly frank in her inner monologue, and Ainsley is charmingly self-aware andwry.”—RT Book Reviews, *5 STARS* Top Pick!
“Higgins' complex, witty characters will seem like close friends, and readerswill savor each and every page as they find that love comes in many different flavors andforms. Demand will be high for the latest from this women's-fictionstar.”—Booklist, starred review
Ainsley O'Leary is so ready to get married—she's even found the engagement ring herboyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn't anticipate is being blindsided by a breakuphe chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsleyturns 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 awidow—in the space of four months overwhelms her. Though the sisters were never close, shestarts to confide in Ainsley, especially when she learns her late husband was keeping asecret from her.
Despite the murky blended-family dynamic that's always separated them, Ainsley's andKate's heartaches bind their summer together when they come to terms with the inevitableimperfection of relationships and family—and the possibility of one day finding loveagain.
Higgins examines the ties that bind family as two sisters grieve their losses and provide support to one another. Kate O'Leary is a successful photographer and loves her life with her new husband, Nathan, in suburban Cambry-on-Hudson, N.Y. But when Nathan dies in an accident, she is devastated by his loss. Kate's half-sister, Ainsley, talented and ever-cheerful, supported her longtime boyfriend, Eric, through cancer, and believes that he is finally going to propose to her. But shortly after Ainsley finds the ring, he publicly breaks up with her via his blog. After Ainsley moves in with Kate, the two women become closer than they had ever been. Each draws on the strength of the other to move forward in her life and begin the healing process. Kate tries to continue with her work as a photographer and enjoys her friendship with Daniel, the "Hot Firefighter," and Ainsley enjoys a love/hate relationship with her job as an editor at Hudson Lifestyle, where she always seems to attract the displeasure of her boss, Jonathan. Higgins's page-turner highlights both the complexity of family relationships and the intense power of love.
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Loved it! It started off a little shaky but eventually the story came together and I couldn’t put it down...I laughed and cried...great read!
Love love loved this book! I previously read the Blue Heron series by this author. As good as those were, this one was a step above. I simultaneously could not put it down and did not want it to end. Highly recommend and will be telling all my reader friends about this book.
On Second Thought is pure Kristan Higgins. This story is of two sisters who deal with loss and love made me laugh and cry. In many ways it made me think about the relationship I had with my younger sister. We were six years apart and sort of close as children but became best friends as adults. The two sisters in the story, Kate and Ainsley, were there for each other as they dealt with loss, pain, grief, new loves, and unexpected events. Ms. Higgins wrote a story that reflects family dynamics which many readers can relate to.
I highly recommend On Second Thought to all readers. I have read every book Kristan Higgins has written and love how she draws the reader into the story. She is a talented writer and story teller, able to bring humor, tears, and sexy into her stories and make it realistic. Higgins makes me laugh and cry when I read her books and that’s a good thing. I am sad whenever I finish one of her stories as I have to wait a while for her next book and see what magic and genius she creates.