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Life and Other Inconveniences

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.

Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but t
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Published August 6th 2019 by Berkley Books
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Trewen I would call this Women's Fiction. It centers around (mostly) two women, their experiences, and their multi-generational family dynamics. …moreI would call this Women's Fiction. It centers around (mostly) two women, their experiences, and their multi-generational family dynamics. (less)

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Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Berkley Publishing Group
At some point, we have to acknowledge that relationships are messier and far more complicated than any romantic comedy would have us believe, that's just life. And here, with her 19th release, Kristan Higgins does just that. Life and Other Inconveniences quells those idealistic notions of love and family that all too easily take shape in our minds, opting instead for characters with candor, scarred hearts and a sense of resiliency.

Over the last few years, Higgins has pivoted away from the light

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Soooo awesome!!!

I LOVED Kristan Higgins's previous novel “Good Luck with That”. I was a little worried that this novel wouldn’t thrill me as much as GLWT did. I worried for nothing as right from the start; I was hooked on this story.

Emma London is a therapist who works from home counseling people online. Working from home gives Emma more time to spend with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Riley. Emma and Riley have a great rel
Susanne  Strong
5 “All The Feels” Stars!

The lives and loves of the characters in “Life and Other Inconveniences” will touch your heart, making you cry one minute and laugh hysterically the next.

Single mother Emma London has never had it easy. Losing her mom when she was a girl, she knows struggle and yet, she is a happy, hopeful person and who has instilled that love into her teenage daughter Riley. If only life was actually like, a box of chocolates. When things spin out of control for Riley, Emma knows she
Loved, Loved, Loved it!

What a beautiful, heartwarming read, filled with endearing, witty, and oh so human characters. It will leave you laughing and crying! Frequently at the same time!

Emma was raised by her grandmother since the age of 4. She was now set to finish high school and begin college. But as often happens, life had a plan of its own. Including a surprising pregnancy! Emma’s grandmother Gigi could not accept this massive change of plans and Emma suddenly found herself booted out of the
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Affecting, emotional, & expressive!

I am a fairly new reader of KRISTAN HIGGINS, I have only read one of her previous novels, NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT and absolutely loved it. So I was extremely eager to read her latest offering here with LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES. I have read a few reviews where they have mentioned that this book isn’t written in her signature humorous style. So without really knowing her signature style I thought it was an extremely balanced read that produced the perfect mi
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins is a 2019 Berkley publication.

A Touching and entertaining story!

Genevieve is facing a challenge that, for once, money can not fix. She calls her estranged granddaughter, Emma, explaining her situation, and demands she return home.

After decades of not speaking to each other, Emma is having none of it. But when Emma’s teenage daughter, Riley, hits a rough patch, she decides a change of scenery might do her good.

To that end, Emma returns home t
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-physical, 2019
Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite authors and she keeps getting better and better. Her last few books have been a little more serious in tone than her earlier fun light hearted romances. But they still have those lovable relatable characters that draw you in to the story. They also still have the dogs! This is probably my favorite book from KH yet, but I will almost guarantee you that her next one will be my new favorite. She just has such an absorbing writing style that completely consumes ...more
Brenda ~Traveling Sister is frustrated with GR
3.5 Stars

Life and Other Inconveniences is my second book I have read by Kristan Higgins and I have to admit my first was a miss for me. I was not all that excited to read this one but decided to give it a try after it was offered to me. Well, I was completely surprised and felt like I was reading something written by a different author. This one was a big hit for me!

Kristan Higgins does a great job creating engaging characters using warm humor, insightful thoughts with realistic, raw emotions an
Theresa Alan
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was darker than Higgins’ previous novels. She used to be known more for light, funny romances, but I enjoy her turn to complex women’s fiction like this one.

Emma has not had it easy. Her mother committed suicide when she was eight. Her father, who’d been spoiled all his life with things but not love, dumps her with his wealthy but unloving mother because he’s not up to the task of being a father. For the next ten years, Genevieve makes sure that Emma goes to good schools and is dressed to
Holly  B
Authentic characters, multi-generational family dynamics and three strong women.

Told from different perspectives, I really got to know the characters and their motivation. The story had a more serious side than I expected, but also some lighthearted moments as well. There is plenty of drama and some thought provoking scenarios.

Emma has a rocky relationship with her Grandmother, Genevieve and we learn their backstory with all the heartache and struggles that led them to where they are. They are b
Katie B
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the third book by Kristan Higgins I have read and she has now earned her place on my list of authors who I will just automatically read anything they write, I don't even have to be bothered reading the synopsis first to see if it interests me. I truly love the stories she chooses to tell as well as I just feel at ease with the characters even if I don't necessarily have a lot in common with them.

Emma London hasn't talked to her wealthy grandmother, Genevieve London, ever since
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hall-2
My first Kristan Higgins’ book was a big success! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Emma London could not be more different from her grandmother, Genevieve, who is regal and wealthy. Genevieve’s son disappeared many years earlier, and her husband died young. She had a tough life before Emma came along, but she builds a fashion empire known around the world. She also neglected Emma’s father.

Emma’s mother passes away, and her father leaves her on Genevieve’s doorstep. Her grandmother reluctantly took her in, but when E
By anyone’s measure, Emma London has had a tough start. Her mother committed suicide when she was eight years old, her father literally abandoned her to be raised by his wealthy mother, Genevieve who threw her out when she became pregnant at eighteen. She left Connecticut for Chicago to live with her father and daughter and was later dumped by her baby’s daddy (you get most of this in the first chapter lest you think I’m being spoilerish). Despite all this, she’s an accomplished therapist with a ...more
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4.5 Stars

I wouldn’t say I actively avoided Kristan Higgans, but I will say as a person whose name is on A LOT of books on the paperback rack near the checkout lanes at the local Wal-Mart she wasn’t someone who was high on my list of must read authors. (That's where they keep the James Pattersons - blech.) Then she wrote a book about fat women that got everyone’s panties all up their butts and I decided that was something I needed to re
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
A beautifully complex story about an unconventional family and the healing power of forgiveness.

I cannot believe I have never read anything by Kristan Higgins before! By the end of the very first chapter I found Life and Other Inconveniences to be completely charming. It has that blend of humor, heartfelt emotion, pain, lightness, and authenticity. There is a messiness to the characters in this story that felt refreshingly like real life people. Their imperfections made them so easy to love
I won this book on a Goodreads first reads giveaway.

I’m not really sure what to say about this other than I thought it was (as the stars say) “okay”.

There was a lot going on here, which I’m not entirely sure was a good thing. Somehow this book managed to feel both over- and underwhelming at the same time…between the constant virtue signaling, the information dump about people’s backgrounds, and how everyone living on the same block seems to suffer from some rare disease it’s a lot to swallow and
Emma London is kicked out her home as pregnant teen. It particularly stings, because when Emma's mom died when she was a kid, her dad dropped her on his own mom's doorstop and never looked back. Genevieve, Emma's wealthy grandmother, took her in and raised her, but she never had much love for Emma. Perhaps because Genevieve was already dealing with her own tragedies: the disappearance of her young son, followed by the early death of her husband. Still, she had time to build a fashion empire--and ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life and Other Inconveniences was a touching, emotional story that felt so true to life for me. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s hard dealing with family. Growing up wasn’t smooth sailing for me or my family. We had tragedy, and it affected all of us differently. So, while I love my family, I have mixed emotions, and some complicated relationships.

Kristan Higgins beautifully captured the complexities of a strained family dynamic but did in a way that left me with happy, squishy feelin
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Kristan Higgins has always been a favorite author of mine. With her ability to deliver strong fleshed out characters that you truly want to know and her emotional and yet charming heroines and witty dialogue, her books are just so much fun to devour and are always so much more than a fluff read.

This time told in multiple point of views, I love Higgins ability to both make us hate some of the characters and later, not only care for them, but even like them. Most of all, she makes us feel for the
Jamie Rosenblit
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
How do you review a book that moved you beyond words time and time again? How do you do justice to a story that you never wanted to end and nearly cried that you had to say goodbye to these characters? I'm going to do my best...

Kristan Higgins was a new to me author last year when Good Luck with That was recommended to me. Upon finishing this book (and naming it to my top 10 of 2018 list), I immediately ran out to read her backlist, loving each one more and more. When I heard comparisons to Gilm
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
This was my first Kristan Higgins, and it won't be my last. I absolutely loved this book! Great writer, great characters, great story. I really enjoyed it. ...more

This novel is about Emma London and her extended family. Her paternal grandmother, Genevieve London is the other important character, whose point of view we hear often. She's eighty-five and reconnects with Emma and her great-grandaughter, Riley, on account of wanting them close by as she's dying from a brain tumour, or so she claims. There's bad history, grievances and miscommunication that have built up over the years. Of course, nobody is regret-free. Because we get both Emma's and Genevi
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

Tough one. Really well done, but depressing as hell. What a cast of characters. Crazy though it seems, I ended up liking them all. Well, all except maybe two, and those two know who they are. The romance factor in this book was almost nonexistent. So if you're looking for romance, this one is probably only a lukewarm choice. The tragedy factor, however, was off the charts. So bring your tissues, when you start this one.

I would like to see her work veer back towards happier times and love
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. thank you to Berkley publishing for this ARC. pretty darn good.
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, adult-reads
This was an emotional ride worth taking! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

Kristin Higgins knows how write the type of character driven story that pulls you in and makes you fall in love with fictional characters. You guys, I was sooo invested in this family - by the end of the book they felt like old friends that I would miss. ⁣

This story had family drama, funny moments, tearful moments, romance and so much heart! 𝐈𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲. ⁣

I feel in love with snobby a
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am SO excited that it’s finally time for me to fangirl over one of my all time favorite authors latest book! She’s one of those rare gems that gets better with each book, I always say her newest is my most favorite and I’m saying it again here. This had all the elements that I’ve come to expect and love from KH and much more.

This flips back and forth between Genevieve, Riley and Emma with some chapters from other secondary characters as well giving you a true birds eye point of view of all the
Kathryn in FL
A vibrant novel, which takes a look at how the loss of a child can impact those left behind. Though a tough topic, this story focuses on the aftermath 50 plus years later and isn't a tragic and depressing read despite the topic. Ms. Higgins is a favorite author for me because her prose is vivid and tangible. Her stories have many elements and her characters are well drawn and dynamic. They are people, we would easily relate to in life.

The story is told from several viewpoints within one family a
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have become such a huge fan of Kristan Higgins!! She never disappoints my friends and this one is just another high praise in my book! I think after now reading 4 books by this author and loved all of them.. it's an automatic buy for me!!

I just loved this set of characters and didn't want this book to end! I was so sad!!! I read Good Luck With That last year and it ended up on my top 10 list for 2018. This one is definitely up there as well my friends for my top 2019 picks!

Everytime I have rea
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
Emma hasn’t had the easiest of lives. After her mother committed suicide when she was 8-years old, Emma’s dad dropped her off at her grandmother, Genevieve’s house and never returned for her. Emma’s relationship with her grandmother was never warm or nurturing by any means, but at least she was there for Emma when she needed a motherly figure. But when Emma falls pregnant shortly after high school, Genevieve gives her an ultimatum, resulting in Emma leaving. It’s been over 16-years since Emma’s ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kristan Higgins has become one of my favorite authors over the past couple of years because of her ability to always explore deep topics with grace and humor, while realistically portraying her character's feelings of sadness, anger, hope, forgiveness, and love. I'm always left reading one of her books feeling emotional: I've laughed and I've cried and Life and Other Inconveniences was no different. In fact, I closed the last page with tears streaming down my face, some from sadness and some fro ...more
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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 19 novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal , People and ...more

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