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If You Only Knew

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  12,959 ratings  ·  1,578 reviews
Sisterhood in all its drama, hilarity and tears is at the heart of New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins's thoroughly captivating new novel, featuring the wit and romance that readers have come to expect from the much-loved creator of the Blue Heron series...

Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily-ever-after business, yet somehow she's still involved in he
Kindle Edition, 412 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by HQN Books (first published July 1st 2015)
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If You Only Knew what a happy accident this turned out to be. How this little gem might not have ended up in my hands—or I should say, in my ears—if it wasn’t for the persistent little nudges Audible kept sending to remind me that my credits were building up. Combine that with my craving at the time for something sweet and voilà . . . happy accident. Infatuated listener. Giggling gal. New Kristan Higgins fan. I still can’t believe this was my first.

It’s been a while since I’ve read/listened to something so laugh-ou
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Wow, price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 11/17/16!*

Excellent, excellent, excellent!

Can you believe that this is my first Kristan Higgins? There is nothing I like more than discovering a new author that has a huge back list for me to devour! Come to mama!

This book was a fabulous blend of women's fiction and romance. There is a good amount of family drama and the sister dynamic was a huge part of the story, but there was also some GREAT romance there. I'm a devoted romance reader and I know a good romance wh/>Excellent,
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I have read a KH book that I didn't like. There were one or two that might not have been up to par for me but, honestly, most of her books have been a solid four or five stars for me. You want hot sex scenes? Forget it. But I don't care. Her lyrical prose is enough to transport me to the world of her hero and heroine .... so beautiful.

And there is always "a dog"!

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If you've ever been cheated on, undervalued, passed over, or been left behind in a different sense, you will LOVE this book. If you haven't then just count yourself as lucky...and still read this book, you're going to love it too. Kristan Higgins knows what it feels like. For real. The internalization, the questioning, the frustration, the trust, the trying, the anger, the hope, the resentment, the confusion, the decisions, the blame, the shut-up-and-smile, the unfairness of it all, THE GRIEF. On and o ...more
Susan Phillips
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed a chick lit/women’s fiction novel more. I read it straight through. Fresh, funny, heartwarming.

Jenny Tate's marriage ended almost two years ago but she's still hanging on as her ex-husband's friend even after his remarriage. She's taken dramatic steps to move on but can't seem to make that final leap. Her sister, Rachel, mother of 3 1/2 year old triplet daughters, has the ideal life as a stay-at-home mother and is in a loving relationship with her husband, Adam. But circumstances change and has her re-examining the life she's professed to love.

This work of contemporary fiction has to be
There's nothing like reading a KH novel. She's amazing, incredibly talented and manages to make me cry one minute, laugh the next then sigh from the beauty of it all. She's among my top 3 favorite authors, I've read and loved everything she's ever written and this was no exception.

I can't even categorize this. It's part women's fiction, romance and comedy but all enthralling. I loved everything about it: The beautiful and enviable relationship between sisters, Jenny and Rachel, the s
‘If You Only Knew’ is the latest novel from Kristan Higgins – but let me just be clear and say I wouldn’t call this a romance. This is much more women’s fiction, closely aligned with the likes of Liane Moriarty or Jojo Moyes.

I’m still quite new to the Kristan Higgins fandom, considering she’s been steadily releasing books since 2006 and I only read my first one in 2013. But I already have my favourites of her backlist (‘Just One of the Guys’) and find myself eagerly anticipating each new yearly
I was blown away, though not surprised, by If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins. I’ve been trying to put my finger on why this book read so different for me than others by this author and I came up with two main reasons. 1- this story is actually two stories in one, the story of two sisters, Rachel and Jenny, each told in the first person. 2 - while most Kristan Higgins books tell the story of one heroine trying to come to peace with issues in their lives and finding love along the way, this story star ...more
Duchess Nicole

I'm a huge Kristan Higgins fan, and this book tops the list of my favorites by her. It is heartfelt, soul-deep, and true-to-life, with that trademark Higgins sass that has won over so many readers. KH has always sort of straddled the women's fiction/romance genres, and this one leans more to the chick lit side. It's told in dual point of view from both sisters. I tend to get really frustrated with that type of narration but it really worked here. I genuinely loved both J
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

No time to write a full review but I'm here to tell you that I truly enjoyed this one!

If You Only Knew is my second book by Kristan Higgins and I am quickly finding that there is something soothing about her writing, her characters and her story lines. Her stories feel real to me, so very relatable.

I ❤'d Jenny. She was sweet, kind, funny and a bit sassy. I adored the relationship she had with Leo. It melted my heart.

I ❤'d Rachel. She was my hero. A mom to triplets, a wife to a man who didn't dese
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
If You Only Knew is a thoroughly enjoyable romp filled with twists, struggles, sisterly love, triumphs, and some funny moments. The characters touched my heart. I found myself being pulled into the sisters’ stories but the minor ones as well. Also, this book is so well titled. If the characters only knew......
what was really going on, what to do in a certain situation, how to change their future for the better, who to pick, etc. Yes, this one could be classified as Chick Lit but I believe it's
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Well, she did it again. Two books down, two 5 Star reviews. I am officially in love with this author. It is not all rainbows and butterflies, its real, it's complicated, it's painful as hell but oh so sweet. This book had me in tears several times. And I never cry. And the ending gave me chest pain... the good kind. I loved the characters in this book. I didn't want it to end. And I'm actually a little upset that it didn't have an epilogue. All I can say is I am eagerly looking forward to her ne ...more
I can’t believe how much I loved this as I think of Kristan Higgins as big time Chick Lit, and I am not a huge fan of much of it or of KH's books in the past.

This is Jenny and Rachel’s, two sisters, stories about surviving relationships and men.

Jenny is a wedding dress designer and is still friends with her ex-husband and new wife. It was an easy divorce and they’re all trying to be sophisticated and civil. In fact, she helped deliver their baby unexpectedly. Rachel is married with
Written in Higgin's trademark style, which weaves high octane emotions around real and believable characters, sprinkling in dry wit and humor with razor sharp dialogue, this book takes you on a journey quite unlike any we've been on with this author previously.

Although this one offers a rather unconventional romance and happy ever after, with even the sensuality toned down quite a bit, I did enjoy this book, just the same. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy women's fiction, and to the fa
Aug 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you like a book about a slightly desperate woman (Jenny) whose life goal it is to get married and have babies (and who keeps whining about it) and who throws herself at her neighbor (with whom she soon envisions being married), this is the book for you. If this is how the average female thinks, we indeed are the weaker gender.
4.5 stars.
And they lived happily ever after... well actually not always! Kristan Higgins has written a story that explores some of the things that happen that might mean no HEA.

As the book began I wasn't that turned on by it, it seemed a flippant chick-lit type story, which isn't my cup of tea. However reading on I soon realised I was wrong and I became riveted by the lives of two sisters Jenny and Rachel.

Jenny has a friendly relationship going on with her ex - Leo
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
In July I drove 8 hours to NYC so that I could go to the RWA signing.
I was so excited!
I couldn't wait to get some signed books and meet some of the authors that attended.
I waited in line so that I could get a Kristan Higgins signed book and meet her and tell her HOW MUCH I LOVED

Just One Of The Guys.

So I meet Queen Higgins and I gush and tell her how much I loved JOOTG. How I cried and laughed and cried and laughed. And she responded with...

Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm stuck in bed, so so sick. I'm quite pathetic, actually. The upside is I get to read and sleep all day!! And what a feel-good book to read. I have a happy heart and a smile that's still smiling on my face long after I closed this book. I adored the characters, the premise, the location, and those irresistible 3 year old triplets. Chick-lit in its best form!
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Another awesome book by Kristan Higgins! It's not so much a romance novel but a story about two sisters. I loved how they coped with their ups and downs. I was a little worried that things weren't going to end how I thought they should! It was a good story, I loved everything about it.
It has been several years since I read a Kristan Higgins romance. At one time I gobbled them up as fast as I could read them. I loved the snarky humor delivered between relatives and friends, the heroine's droll wittiness and the animals. The author always included at least one animal. Oh, and before I forget, another of Mrs. Higgins' trademarks is a heavy dose of family drama.

Each story contained a romance but I remembered I thought that a few relationships felt secondary. Usually, the H and h didn't hit
Stacey is Sassy
DNF 6%

I did not rate this one as I had barely started it before I'd decided it wasn't for me. Yes, I know I didn't really give this one a fair go but this book was making my head explode.

***the rest is spoilerish, proceed with caution***

In this case, I found it hard to relate to the characters. One sister, Jenny, is divorced and still friends with her ex...and his new wife. She loves him so much that having him as a friend is better than nothing at all. He fell out of lo
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emotional and heart filled story! Review to come :).
Nikki ღ Navareus
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only people who can handle cheating stories.

I started this book quite a while ago. I've been swamped lately, but today I had a long road trip and I was able to read the rest of this story all in one sitting. I am absolutely in love with this charming little story. This is a wonderful story about the lives of two sisters, their losses, and how they find the strength to pick themselves back up again, dust themselves off and persevere. I loved both of these sisters, they were strong and funny. There's plenty of angst in this story but
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audio 4.5-5 *s Thoroughly enjoyed this-didn't want it to end. See Melissa's and Jennifer's excellent reviews for all the reasons why this book was soooo enjoyable and entertaining.

PS If not for their wonderful reviews- I would have never known about this delightful book. Both said I would LOVE it. I def did! I thank you both!!!! ; ))
3.5 stars

I usually don't pick this kind of book - sort of chick-lit, though I hate that term, but it was picked for my book club. This book is kind of a family/contemporary clean romance which I found enjoyable despite it's emphasis on marriages gone wrong (cheating, growing apart, and death). I thought it felt realistic and relatable and the characters were really well developed. Maybe not something memorable, but for the genre I like it. I will check out other books by this author,
Kristan Higgins’ romance contemporaries have always been an enjoyable escapism for me. I love the balance of humor and heartbreak she imparts as she builds an opposite attracts romance among the eccentric innate craziness of her small towns and their residents. If You Only Knew takes a departure from Higgins’s usual endeavors as the romance is more of an element that enhances the storyline than being a major aspect of the storyline.

Higgins’s focus is on a pair of sisters; detailing the highs an
I’m not a fan of dual/multiple 1st person pov. I prefer the 3rd person style (I think I only read a handful of 2nd person pov 🤔). And that’s why this book was kept away for quite a long time, even though everyone know how much I love KH.

Between the 2 sisters, it’s a matter of course that I love Jenny’s story more, which is more the usual Ms Higgins style. A pathetic heroin with unbelievable past but still very optimism and brings smile to people around her. Happy facade but also have
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I’ve read by Kristan Higgins and I really enjoyed it! (Yes. I know I’m super late to the party on this one) I very much enjoyed Higgins style of writing and her characters. It is a beautiful story about two sisters and the triumphs and hardships they encounter in their respective lives. The story is told in the present from Jenny and Rachel’s alternating points of view. I connected with these woman on more than one level and it made me really love this book! I needed a bre ...more
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s so many things to love about a novel from the amazing storytelling magician that is Kristan Higgins so let me count some ways for this 10 out of 5 star unparalleled novel about the incredible bond of sisters, letting go and starting over.
I love the side stories she incorporated with her main tale with fabulous, enduring characters. Then there’s her extraordinary humor that had me laughing so hard I held my sides remembering scenes long after they ended. Her charming, enigmatic and
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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. Her books have been honored with dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, the New York Journal of Books and Romantic Times. She is a two-time winner of the RITA award from Romance Writers of America and a five-time nominee for t ...more
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