On Second Thought

On Second Thought

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck With That, If You Only Knew and Now That You Mention It comes an irresistible look at the affection and the acrimony that bind 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 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 132 x 201 x 33mm | 340g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0373789254
  • 9780373789252
  • 350,008

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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10,773 ratings
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4 44% (4,743)
3 13% (1,437)
2 2% (211)
1 1% (60)
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