On Second Thought

On Second Thought

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Description

Read the book that has book clubs everywhere falling in love! From the New YorkTimes bestselling author of If You Only Knew comes an irresistible, heartbreaking novel.

Praise for On Second Thought:

"Higgins has perfect pitch when it comes to her upstate New York protagonistsand their expanded worlds that even extend to Brooklyn. Emotional depth is seared intoevery page along with wry banter, bringing readers to tears and smiles. Another hit forHiggins."--Library Journal, starred review

"A captivating read about two sisters dealing with love, loss and newbeginnings. What sets this book apart is how one event changes both women's lives. Kate isrefreshingly frank in her inner monologue, and Ainsley is charmingly self-aware andwry."--RT Book Reviews, *5 STARS* Top Pick!

"Higgins' complex, witty characters will seem like close friends, and readerswill savor each and every page as they find that love comes in many different flavors andforms. Demand will be high for the latest from this women's-fictionstar."--Booklist, starred review

Ainsley O'Leary is so ready to get married--she's even found the engagement ring herboyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn't anticipate is being blindsided by a breakuphe chronicles in a blog...which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsleyturns 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 awidow--in the space of four months overwhelms her. Though the sisters were never close, shestarts to confide in Ainsley, especially when she learns her late husband was keeping asecret from her.

Despite the murky blended-family dynamic that's always separated them, Ainsley's andKate's heartaches bind their summer together when they come to terms with the inevitableimperfection of relationships and family--and the possibility of one day finding loveagain.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 155 x 236 x 41mm | 621g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0373803974
  • 9780373803972
  • 2,843,996

Review quote

Emotional depth is seared into every page along with wry banter, bringing readers to tears and smiles. Another hit for Higgins.
- Library Journal STARRED Review for On Second Thought

[An] emotionally compelling story [and] perceptive study of love, marriage, sisterhood, and loyalty. A powerful, emotionally textured winner.? -Kirkus Reviews on If You Only Knew

The kind of book I enjoy the most-sparkling characters, fast-moving plot and laugh-out-loud dialogue. A winner! -Susan Elizabeth Phillips on If You Only Knew

Poignant, funny and richly entertaining. -NPR on If You Only Knew

Higgins's ability to delve into the gut-wrenching, nitty-gritty of marriages going off the track is staggering. This nail-biting novel speaks to the heart of infidelity and the pain it causes, while proving no one is exempt from heartache. -New York Journal of Books on If You Only Knew

This emotional journey of two sisters is filled with drama, laughter and tears and squeezes the heart. It should be on every bedside table in the country! -Robyn Carr on If You Only Knew

Oh, what a satisfying and delicious read! I admired the writing, the wit, the keen eye at work here. Thank you, Kristan Higgins. -Elinor Lipman on If You Only Knew

Higgins' tender, heartfelt If You Only Knew bridges the gap between romance and women's fiction. -BookPage on If You Only Knew

Hilarious... Kristan Higgins is spot on with her dialogue and characters. A fantastic story. -Fresh Fiction on If You Only Knew
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Rating details

10,838 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 40% (4,358)
4 44% (4,770)
3 13% (1,438)
2 2% (212)
1 1% (60)
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