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Life and Other Inconveniences

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,306 ratings  ·  437 reviews
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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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 life 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 a
Norma * Traveling Sister
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 perfec
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 - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
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
Holly  B
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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 Emma
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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 in
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
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. thank you to Berkley publishing for this ARC. pretty darn good.
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
Lisa-Books Smiles
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Review to come shortly.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things have never been easy for Emma. When her mother died, her father deposited his 8 year old daughter at his mother’s home, and Genevieve raised her granddaughter. Until she got pregnant at 18—then Genevieve kicked her out and she went to live with her mother's father, where the two of them raised her daughter, Riley. Emma supported herself through school with a variety of jobs until she finally got her counseling degree. Out of the blue, after no communication for many years, Genevieve, that ...more
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
Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
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
Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦
4.5 STARS!

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins was powerful, gripping, and utterly gut wrenching!

Emma London hasn't been back to Connecticut in 17 years. Her grandmother, Genevieve is dying and wants her to come home. They haven't talked in more than a decade, the last time they did things didn't end well. This is the same grandmother who raised her at the age of 8 but lacked showing her any love and affection. She was always told to mind her manners and act proper. Everything chang
Genevieve Trono
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kristan Higgins is one of my very favorite summer reading authors and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read an advanced reader copy of her August 2019 book release. Life and Other Inconveniences is a heartwarming story that is filled with family dynamics, love, heartache, and hope.

Life and Other Inconveniences involves four generations of a family, the ties that bind and the complexities of past choices and how they affect relationships today. Higgin's offers multidimensional characters
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Kristan Higgins has been one of my favorite authors for a long time. I’ve read all of her Romance books multiple times and they never fail to lift my mood. Higgins’ writing has evolved over the last few years, though, as she’s moved into the Women’s Fiction market. She is still an excellent writer, perhaps even more popular now than ever, but I have to admit I don’t love the books of her newer genre as much as her backl
Beth McCraw
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dare I say it? My favorite book of 2019 (so far!) LOVED THIS!!!!!
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Graceful, nuanced, and moving!

Life and Other Inconveniences is a beautifully written, affecting story that immerses you into the lives of the London family, especially three strong, determined women, and all the secrets, wounds, smiles, tears, strength, and compassion that surround them.

The prose is effortless and expressive. The characters are authentic, angry, lovable, and stubborn. And the story is an exceptionally touching tale about life, loss, love, grief, forgiveness, familial drama, frie
Jamie Beck
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve privately dubbed this author’s ability to explore tragedy and difficult relationships while maintaining great humor “the Higgins Magic!” This book is no exception. What I found most interesting with this story is that it examines how, very often, the impressions we have of a person based on their behaviors and choices aren’t always accurate.

I love stories about broken people, and this one is chock full of them. If you’ve read any of this author’s books, you know you can count on heartwarmin
Jillian Doherty
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charming, endearing, and emotionally moving; this heartwarming, generational story was like an old friend I enjoyed visiting.
Normally I enjoy speed reading through a story in a few days, where as with this lovely novel I wanted to luxuriate in~
Filled with strong women, timeless emotional connections, and some brilliantly funny / tear jerking moments!
I absolutely loved this story from beginning to end.

Galley borrowed from the publisher.
ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing

This book....I don't even know where to begin. This one will pull at every heart-string as it pulls you into the lives of Genevieve London's family. She is 85, has learned that she will be dying a terrible death and she wants her granddaughter to come to her. Genevieve is a ludicrously wealthy woman. She started her own business after tragedy struck her twice as a young mother. Those tragedies gave her a stone heart. Her granddaughter, Emma, lives in Ch
Karen M
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book and as each character was introduced I began to form the opinion that this was a very unlikable group of characters except for one, Riley.

I’ll be very truthful and say I really didn’t like these women who were so stuck in the past that they were just plain stupid. Well, half ways through the book I began to warm up to these characters. It was a very slow process but it did happen. In fact, I even had to pick up a tissue at one point which completely surprised me when
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Life and Other Inconveniences is an emotional powerhouse that takes readers on an incredible ride with its blend of profoundly sad moments, scenes filled with joyful wonder, and most of all, love of family and acceptance of who we truly are deep inside.

I am going to be completely honest here: I was a wreck reading this book. Not necessarily in a bad way, though. I always expect to go on a roller coaster ride when it comes to Krist
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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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