On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins Release Date: January 31, 2017 Publisher: Harlequin Books Standalone Number of pages: 384 Hardcover Source: Warren Public Library Chick Lit/Romance M/F Rating: R Read 5/15/17 to 5/16/17
One of the bad things about having read all the books you can find by a favorite author is having to go too long between readings. I haven’t read a Kristan Higgins book since last July. That is almost a full year without enjoying this author’s humor and heart! Unacceptable!
There are two heroines in this story, half-sisters Kate and Ainsley. To say their family dynamics are complicated are an understatement, but they are quite interesting and different. Anyone with siblings can tell you how they see a situation isn’t necessarily how you see a situation. I love the alternating views between Kate and Ainsley for exactly that reason. But what the author does with these two goes even further. We see Kate and Ainsley both start to see the other side and realize their flaws within the relationship.
How Kate can even cope with what fate has thrown at her is impossible to imagine. Plus, she holds herself up to such a high standard in what the “proper” way to grieve is supposed to look like. Moving on doesn’t mean the love wasn’t real. I’m so glad Ainsley points that out to Kate and supports her no matter what her decisions are throughout her grieving journey.
Another wonderful aspect of the story is going to be hard for me to discuss here without giving spoilers, so excuse me if this isn’t exactly clear. Ainsley starts dating a man with children. In many stories she would be a part of their world in less than a week. I love that her beau doesn’t want his children to know Ainsley as a romantic interest for him until they are together for quite a while. His instincts when it comes to his kids are spot on and realistic. For once an author has the characters stick to their guns when it comes to introducing children to a relationship. In most cases it doesn’t bother me too much in the same way insta-love doesn’t bother me too much…it’s something that is part of the fictional world and often needed to move a story. It’s just nice to see a different angle on the kids/relationship story.
I found it interesting that Ainsley saw her ex-boyfriend as loving and wonderful before he got sick and she feels he changed because of that illness. Although nobody really hated him before the “incident”, most of her family seemed to, at the very least, dislike him. Another example on how we see things so differently than others.
I didn’t see any updates on Kristan Higgins next book so that makes me sad, but at least I know when her next book does come out I will love it!