From New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins comes a funny and surprising new novel about losing it all—and getting back more than you ever expected.
Lillie Silva knew life as an empty nester would be hard after her only child left for college, but when her husband abruptly dumps her for another woman just as her son leaves, her world comes crashing down. Besides the fact that this announcement is a complete surprise (to say the least), what shocks Lillie most is that she isn’t heartbroken. She’s furious.
Lillie has loved her life on Cape Cod, but as a mother, wife, and nurse-midwife, she’s used to caring for other people . . . not taking care of herself. Now, alone for the first time in her life, she finds herself going a little rogue. Is it over the top to crash her ex-husband’s wedding dressed like the angel of death? Sure! Should she release a skunk into his perfect new home? Probably not! But it beats staying home and moping.
She finds an unexpected ally in her glamorous sister, with whom she’s had a tense relationship all these years. And an unexpected babysitter in, of all people, Ben Hallowell, the driver in a car accident that nearly killed Lillie twenty years ago. And then there’s Ophelia, her ex-husband’s oddly lost niece, who could really use a friend.
It’s the end of Lillie’s life as she knew it. But sometimes the perfect next chapter surprises you . . . out of the clear blue sky.
Higgins (Good Luck with That) delivers an appealing tale of mid-life crises, divorce, and hopes of living happily ever after on Cape Cod, Mass. Lillie Silva, a nurse and midwife, is blindsided when her husband of 20 years, Brad Fairchild, announces he wants a divorce just as their only child is headed to college. Melissa Finch seems to have it all: beauty, brains, immense wealth, and a beautiful daughter in 12-year-old Ophelia. But what few know is that she began her life in poverty as Missy-Jo Cumbo in tiny Wakefield, Ohio; Ophelia is actually her niece whom Melissa got custody of after Ophelia's mother was sentenced to prison for drug offenses; and Melissa's series of marriages have been carefully calculated so that she'll never be poor again. Next in her sights: Brad. Higgins alternates points of view from wholesome Lillie and scheming Melissa, ratcheting up the tension as the latter's house of cards begins to fall. Higgins's tight plotting keeps the narrative moving along, and her well-drawn characters feel alive on the page. This is another winner for Higgins.
Out of the Clear Blue Sky
I have always loved this writer since her first early writings. Humor, romance, kids, dogs. You name it, she covers it. I always rate them five stars, you will too because she’s just that good. Lately I have noticed a switch, more serious subjects, more tears than laughter, more inclusive characters. This book won’t go on my favorites list of books she’s written, but I will always buy a Kristan Higgins book, again because she’s just that good.
This was a great read! This book brought out so many different emotions. Love all of Kristen Higgins books. Hated to see it come to an end. Wondering if maybe Melissa will eventually have her story.