Thursday, June 2, 2022

Review: Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins

Out of the Clear Blue Sky
by Kristan Higgins

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 496
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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 20 years ago. And then there's Ophelia, her ex-husband's oddly lost niece, who could really use a friend.

Kritters Thoughts:  Lillie Silva is ready for that empty nester life when her only child, her son heads to college, but her nest may be a little emptier than she planned when her husband announces that he is leaving also for the new woman in his life who lives just down the road.  Lillie must rethink what she thought the future would look like and make new plans.  

For Kristan Higgins books, I don't read the synopsis because she has rarely, if ever, failed me!  BUT I wish I had with this one as a cheating husband tends to be a storyline that I like to skip and while some books surprise me and the cheater exits the book quickly, not so in this book and for a reader who doesn't like this sort of thing, I wish he would have just disappeared and we could have concentrated on Lillie's post cheating husband life!  

What I wanted more in this book, was Lillie's relationships with the other folks in this town including her sister.  The scenes where she was reconnecting with her sister were my favorite to read and I lingered there as their building relationship after a hard childhood was great to read.    

While I didn't love this Kristan Higgins book, I believe it is all because of my dislike for this book subject and it won't keep me from reading her next book that comes out.  I solely blame myself for not loving this book and even with my opinions on this subject matter, I still love the characters and was invested enough in them to finish the book!

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 42 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  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.

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