One of the things Iâ€™m asked a lot is â€śWhere do you get your ideas?â€ť I usually
say â€śeavesdropping,â€ť since that is one of my top life skills. But Iâ€™m also
blessed with what I call the Tell Me Everything face.
Say, for example, weâ€™re in an elevator together. I say hello, because Iâ€™m
super-friendly. Suddenly, you find yourself telling me that your friend is
sick, or your pantyhose are riding up, or your grandma died, or, in one notable
case, that youâ€™re pregnant and not sure who the father is.
Or that your husband had an affair.
Thatâ€™s how IF YOU ONLY KNEW was born. A woman plopped down next to me
at a Chiliâ€™s as I was waiting for a friend. â€śHowâ€™s it going?â€ť I asked. Helpless
in front of the Tell Me Everything face, she said, â€śMy husband is having
â€śI know,â€ť she went on. â€śYou always think youâ€™d know what to do. But then it
happens, and nothing is that clear after all. I thought we were so happy, and
I was horrified for her, and completely engrossed. I couldnâ€™t stop thinking
about it. We all think we wouldnâ€™t put up with infidelityâ€¦but itâ€™s easy to say
until the moment arrives.
IF YOU ONLY
KNEW is about two sisters, Jenny and Rachel Tate. Both of them thought they
had perfect lives and great marriages. Jenny found out her marriage wasnâ€™t
quite so wonderful when her lovely husband gently informed her he wanted a
divorce. Not long after, he met and married Ana-Sofia, and they now have a
newborn daughter. Trapped by their friendship, Jenny finds herself on the
outside looking in at the life she wanted with Owen. Determined to move on, no
matter what her heart says, she moves back to her hometown to be closer to her
sister, and tries not to fall for every guy she passes. Sheâ€™s a wedding dress
designer, in love with love. Itâ€™s only natural that she fixates on Leo Killian,
her downstairs neighbor, a piano teacher who has a way with kids.
Rachel, meanwhile, is that woman from Chiliâ€™s. A blissful stay-at-home mommy to
triplet three-year-old daughters, Rachel prides herself on her family and her
marriage. Her parents had that kind of wonderful relationship (she thinks),
right up until the sudden death of her father. She knows not to take anything
But when she finds an incriminating picture on her husbandâ€™s phone, her world
starts to crack. Should she confront him? What if he is having an affair? What
will happen to the life she so carefully built?
No matter what happens, Jenny and Rachel know one thing â€”theyâ€™ve got each
otherâ€™s backs. This is a book about sisterhood and secrets, about what we want
and what weâ€™ll accept, and what we really deserve.
I hope youâ€™ll love the book! And as with my past four books, preorders and
first week sales will benefit Fisher House Foundation, which provides a home
away from home for military families when a loved one is in the hospital.
Thank you so much, guys!
All the best,
Called "the master of small-town romance" by Romantic Times, Kristan
Higgins is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author
and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She has been
called "a rising superstar in contemporary romance" by USA TODAY,who went on to
praise Kristan's "genius-level EQ...whippet-fast, funny dialogue and sweet
plots with a deliciously tart edge." Her contemporary romances feature big-
hearted, memorable love stories about regular people, combining quirky
families, real-life issues and a cute dog or two as well.
Kristan lives in her hometown with her brave and heroic firefighter husband of
20 years and two lovely children who sport long eyelashes and advanced
vocabularies. The family shares their home with a hyperactive mutt named Willow
and a soulless feline named Huck. When she is not writing or baking cookies,
Kristan can be found watching the New York Yankees and Googling her latest
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The drama, hilarity and tears of sisterhood are at the heart of the
thoroughly captivating new novel by New York Times bestselling author
Kristan Higginsâ€”a funny, frank and bittersweet look at marriage, forgiveness
and moving on.
Letting go of her ex-husband is harder than wedding-dress designer Jenny
Tate expectedâ€¦especially since his new wife wants to be Jenny's new best
friend. Sensing this isn't exactly helping her achieve closure, Jenny trades
the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll start her
own business and bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family lifeâ€¦and
maybe even find a little romance of her own with Leo, her downstairs neighbor,
a guy who's utterly irresistible and annoyingly distant at the same time.
Rachel's idyllic marriage, however, is imploding after she discovers her
husband sexting with a colleague. She always thought she'd walk away in this
situation, but her triplet daughters have her reconsidering her stance on
adultery, much to Jenny's surprise. Rachel points to their parents' perfect
marriage as a shining example of patience and forgiveness; but to protect her
sister, Jenny may have to tarnish that memoryâ€” and their relationshipÂâ€”and
reveal a family secret she's been keeping since childhood.
Both Rachel and Jenny will have to come to terms with the past and the present
and find a way to get what they want most of all.
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