On Second Thought
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 poise...more
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One time might be a fluke but two times? I'm in LOVE!
Kristan Higgins blew me away with another book set in the fictional New York town of Cambry-on-Hudson. I absolutely adored my first ever Kristan Higgins book, If You Only Knew, and this one was just as magical.
I have a little bit of trouble classifying the genre of these two recent Kristan Higgins books because they straddle the line between women's fiction and contemporary romance. Honestly, it doesn't matter what box you put t ...more
This is my first book read by this author and her writing and in particular her sense of humor was a perfect fit me for me! This story is told in the povs' of two sisters, Kate and Ainsley. Who through tragedy and loss, become closer.
The two different circumstances in both women’s lives devastates and then leads them on a path for both heroines to second chance at romance. My only complaint is the cover for this book. The title is perfect, but the cover is just too bland f ...more
Sweet, though it failed to tug at my heart strings.
“On Second Thought” by Kristan Hannah is a story about two Step-Sisters, who were never all that close - that is until Kate’s husband of 4 months, died in a freak accident and Ainsley’s boyfriend of eleven (11) years broke up with her instead of proposing, which is what she had been expecting.
Both Kate and Ainsley are beside themselves thereafter and thankfully, they have each other to lean on. Both are so different: ...more
Really enjoyed this one. Kate and Ainsley have never been that close but tragic circumstances bring them together ... they realise that they do get on, they like each other, they have each other's backs.
Loved both characters and their interweaving storyline.
Gram-Gram - LOL. What a character!
Of course we have the obligatory dog, Ollie.
I think there was only one of her books that disappointed me a little but overall, she is an auto-buy and I usually end up enjoying them. Lover her droll ...more
I’m not really sure what I ...more
I was right.
I honestly hate books the switch between characters each chapter yet Ms. Higgins made it work. We get a chance not only to see what each sister is going through but we also see how they view their sister’s ...more
On Second Thought is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by the fabulous Kristan Higgins. In my opinion, this would be an ideal read after experiencing the perfection that is If You Only Knew – at least this is the order I followed due to publication dates and the fact that we get a few cameos from the former's MC's. Yay!!! But other than that, On Second Thought stands on it's own and it's just as good (well a close second place at least). It features alternating POV's from two half ...more
I'm used to Higgins creating quirky, interesting characters and this sto ...more
HATED Eric with a passion! What a self-centered, delusional ass!
Can't say I was terribly thrilled with Nathan either after finding out about (view spoiler)[ the emails. That was totally inappropriate even though he did refuse and shun, he should've responded more finally, and he should've been more level with Kate before they married. I can totally understand why she took comfort with Daniel. I only wish Brooke wo ...more
The book is told from the point of view of two sisters. Kate the older one, not long married to Nathan has found the love of her life and is hoping for a child, until the unthinkab ...more
In chapter one, we know that Kate’s husband will not live through the day. You would think a novel that begins with a loved one’s death—a quirk of an accident—would not be funny, but there is a lot of humor throughout this story.
The other th ...more
"Don't make me wait too long."
Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite authors. I'm always super excited when she releases a new book. On Second Thought had everything I have come to love about her books.
On Second Thought is about two sisters, step-sisters as it is.
Kate O' Leary is the older sister. She has recently married a man after knowing him for just four months. She and her husband Nathan are anxious for her to become pregnant since she's almost forty. She loves her husband and she ...more
Gosh, I am so happy I ended up loving this one. I wasn't sure I would. I had made it to the 35% mark and I wasn't getting the I LOVE IT feeling like I did with the other books I have read by her.
I was feeling so sad by what was happening and I didn't like that feeling. But then it happened. The magic that KH pours into her stories bubbled to the top and I found myself smiling, laughing and shedding tears just like I have with her other books.
❤'d Jonathan - He was one of my ...more
Every time Higgins releases a new book and I finish reading it I think, this is her best one yet, it’s my favorite, she’s topped herself again. She’s that’s good you guys, her work gets stronger and she was already extremely talented to begin with. I don’t even have to read the blurb for her novels, I’m reading it no matter what, but when I did read the blurb for this one I was thrilled. Her last book, If You Only Knew was also about sisters a ...more
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. Seriously. This is why Kristan Higgins is my favorite author. Everything she's written, I've read and loved. I have a few special favorites, of course, but this woman knows how to string a few sentences together and make you laugh, cry, smile and sigh because of it.
KH also revisits the fictional and lovely Cambry-on-Hudson, a beautiful town full of character and relaxed wealth. We get cameos from Jenny and Leo, who featured in If You Only Knew but ...more
Kristan Higgins' female characters have such a unique outlook on life. They are women that you'd want as a sister or close friend. They are lovable. They have warmth. They can be funny. Or fragile.
In this narrative, the two women are half-sisters and in committed relationships at the beginning of the story. Kate is married and Ainsley is in a long-term romance waiting on a proposal. Then the unthinkable ha ...more
On Second Thought was a book that not only surprised me, but blew my expectations out of the water. To date, I think this is the best book Higgins has ever written.
The story is told from the POV of two sisters, Kate and Ainsley. Kate is the older half sister from their father's first and current marriage, and she is also a 39-year old widow. For twenty year ...more
An easy listen with excellent narrators that explores grief and the relationship between sisters as they depend on one another like never before after each is dealt a blow. Although it sounds dark, the snarky humor and heartwarming scenes saved it from being a depressing read.
This will probably be my most heartfelt review that I have written in some time.
When you dive into a KH book you know what you are getting. A few tears, lost of laughs, that good ole loving feeling. Someone dies, or has died. You always have dogs.
This year, this month, currently I probably should not have read this book. Because the topics were straight fucking daggers to my heart.
Cancer. Death. Funerals.
I dont even want to begin to count the number of wakes/funerals I ha ...more
Another wonderful and brilliant book by Kristan Higgins! I've been a fan of her books ever since and was glad to hear she had a new one. Her books have certain charm to them with real people, romance and comedy that all blend together. The family dynamic explored here is complex but done with a touch of humor and lightness, along with interesting cast of characters!
The circumstances that brought these two sisters together even closer maybe unfortunate and unexpected. Quite blindsided re ...more
Honestly, this KH novel had the best humor too. It wasn't manufactured horrible dates and super qui ...more
*I received an ARC from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Earlier: Oh dear, 2017? That is far too long for me to wait for another Kristan Higgins novel!
On Second Thought is one of the most tender and hopeful stories I have read. It's character-driven by women of incredible strength.
Ainsley and Kate become close as sisters after they both ended up single once more, and On Second Thought follows them both in the aftermath of the shock they received. Kate tragically and unexpectedly became a widow after only four months of marriage. And soon after, Ainsley's live-in boyfriend of el ...more
This follows two half-sisters and their travails with men and relationships. One sister is caught up figuring out how to recreate her life after her boyfriend of ten years decides to explore life (amusing side of the story) while the other tries to recover from losing her husband of four months.
Some of the banter and inner dialogue of the two main characters w ...more