If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

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Sisterhood in all its drama, hilarity and tears is at the heart ofNew 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 her ex-husband's life. In fact, Owen's new wife may—inexplicably—be Jenny's new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn't helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll be able to bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family life…and hopefully make one of her own. 

Her timing couldn't be more perfect, since Rachel will need her younger sister. Her idyllic marriage has just fallen to pieces in spectacular fashion after she discovers her husband sexting with one of his colleagues. Second chances aren't in Rachel's nature, but the desire for an intact family has her rethinking her stance on adultery, much to Jenny's surprise. Rachel points to their parents' "perfect" marriage as a shining example, but to protect her sister Jenny may have to tarnish that memory—and their relationship­—and reveal a secret about their family she's been keeping since childhood. 

During this summer of secrets and lies, temptation and revelation, Jenny and Rachel will rely on each other to find the humor in their personal catastrophes, the joy in their triumphs…and the strength to keep hanging on. 


*Some spoilers ahead*

If You Only Knew is the story of two sisters, Rachel and Jenny. Rachel who is trying to be a Stepford wife with her husband Adam and her triplets. She thinks that is she can keep everything perfect everything will be great. Only she quickly learns her husband is cheating on her with another women who is amazing in bed. Adam was pretty terrible to Rachel throughout the whole book, wanting her to just get over it already even though he is the one who hurt her. I didn't care for Rachel through most of it as she was a doormat. She didn't have a backbone and she wants everything to stay the same and perfect for her kids. I get that, but...kids pick up on things. Kids know when there is tension between adults. I know you may want a two parent household, but sometimes it is better to be single parents for the kids. So Rachel had a lot to work through in this book - can she forgive Adam? Can they stay married? Can she make their home that picture perfect like she wants it to be?

And Jenny is still hung up on her ex who cheated on her and is now married with a kid - everything Jenny has always wanted. She was also not my favorite as that is all she cared about, being married with kids. It was almost like the guy came second. Like she didn't care who it was with just as long as she had a guy, any guy. So she starts seeing the emotionally unavailable guy who lives in her building and of course falls in love with him even though he is not really available. He keeps telling her he is not forever, this isn't permanent, nothing serious, etc. She just doesn't listen. He has a lot of issues and things to work through and is in no way ready to move on with his life. Not ready to be with someone again. I got it. It would be rough to be in his shoes and he was very upfront about no attachments. 

So this was just an okay story. I didn't care for either sister and then the ending was not the best. Suddenly everything worked out the way it should and it was sunshine and roses. I didn't buy that suddenly the emotionally unavailable guy was okay and ready to be with Jenny or that Rachel was ready to stand up to Adam and give up on her perfect wife dreams. I would have preferred for Jenny to be single at the end and okay with that than this magical everything is suddenly wonderful and we live happily ever after. It doesn't work like that. It made the rest of the story even more of a let down. 

Rating: ★ ★


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