On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

on second thought by kristan higgins

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

On Second Thought

Summary: Following in the footsteps of her critically acclaimed novel If You Only Knew , multi-bestselling author Kristan Higgins returns with a pitch-perfect look at the affection—and the acrimony—that binds sisters together 

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.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Being a fan of Kristan Higgins’s BLUE HERON series ( I may have come close to shedding a tear or 2 when that series ended), seeing Kristan enter the world of women’s fiction was so nice with her If You Only Knew and On Second Thought is another breath of fresh air.

When Kate married Nathan, she expected her life to be complete. He was the man she’d been waiting for. Nathan dying was an unexpected twist in her forever plans. However, it’s an interesting twist- because Nathan was so perfect- but if you only know someone for a short while- it’s easy to see the perfections.

Ainsley, on the other, hand knows her boyfriend’s faults, They’ve been together for 11 years and she is just waiting for the day that he says “Be my wife”. Alas, the death of Nathan shakes up both of the sister’s lives.

What I loved:

The cover. Tulips are my fave and I love the simplicity and elegance of the cover.

The relationship between the sisters. Sure, they’ve had rough times over the years. Sure, they’ve had some crappy fortune lately. But when the chips are down- these girls are there for each other and discover much about themselves and each other.

How Kristan made 1 character the ultimate d-bag: This character was mildly annoying in the first part of the book, but when he turned into the d-bag of 2017- well, he was still annoying, but gave me major reason to root AGAINST him (and I loved it!)


Bottom line: I really enjoyed this book! If you are a fan of Kristan Higgins from her Blue Heron series- you’ll enjoy On Second Thought. New to Kristan? Sit down a spell and enjoy a story of two sisters and the mess and greatness of their lives.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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4 thoughts on “On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins

  1. Having read several of her contemporary romances I’m a fan of Higgins. I was pleasantly surprised by her women’s fiction novels. I really liked this one.

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