by Kristan Higgins
Publisher: HQN Books
Buy the Book: Amazon
Goodreads: 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.
Kritters Thoughts: A set of sisters are both going through some changes in their lives and for the first time they are finding solace in each other. Ainsley and Kate may have grown up in the same home, but sharing a dad and two different mothers, they had unique childhoods and finally as adults they can find common ground and help each other through their own tragedies.
I loved how Ainsley and Kate told their own stories and they wove back and forth. I love me a dual narrative! I loved that it didn't take long for the girls lives to be upended and then to find solace in each other so the majority of the story could be them helping each other move forward.
Of course Kristan Higgins is also known for romance books with long series, but this one is the perfect stand alone with just a little romance on the side. I loved that this book had enough story to satisfy the storyteller in me and the relationship between the sisters was really the star of the show.
I am and will always be a fan of Kristan Higgins. I am almost more of a fan of these stand alones than the series.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.