On Second Thought. Finished 12-14-18, 4.5/5 stars, fiction, 470 pages, pub. 2017
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 being blindsided by a breakup he chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns 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 a widow—in the space of four months overwhelms her. Though the sisters were never close, she starts to confide in Ainsley, especially when she learns her late husband was keeping a secret from her.
Despite the murky blended-family dynamic that’s always separated them, Ainsley’s and Kate’s heartaches bind their summer together when they come to terms with the inevitable imperfection of relationships and family—and the possibility of one day finding love again. from Goodreads
I’ve read one series from Kristan Higgins and adored it (Blue Heron series) and thought I’d try one of her mainstream titles. I loved this one. Same humor, same tension, and same heart. I’m excited to read more of her standalone titles.
This is a story of two sisters sharing a father and a complicated family history. Kate, after being labeled a spinster, loses her husband of four months to a freak accident. Ainsley, who, like Kate, you rolled your eye at for a while, grew on you and by the end you wish you could be more like her. These two sisters, who were never close, find themselves at a crossroads that they need each other to get through. I loved them and their strange family dynamics, but more than that I loved the true friendship that developed through circumstance.
There were guys at the ready to help both women, of course. The boss who noted every minute you were late and Daniel the hot firefighter (no, really, this is his name) were excellent additions and made happy endings more than a possibility. I loved them both.
I recommend it. But then I recommend everything she writes 🙂