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    Communication - communication - communication

    Author Kristin Higgins has a knack – no, really it’s a finely-honed skill - for making you identify with something about each and every character in her stories, even though these characters are all very different from each other and on the surface seem to be very different from you. I always sit up with surprise and think, “Exactly. I get it. I know just how that feels.” And Always the Last to Know is no exception. There’s a saying that everything is about location-location-location. Well, the tagline for Always the Last to Know should be communication-communication-communication. And just what can happen when it gets totally messed up all the way around. When the miscommunication starts early and seems to be reinforced and last forever. Preconceived ideas grow until they have a life of their own and you can’t even remember anymore who started it or who is to blame, but it feels like they are set in concrete and can never be changed. When you spend your whole childhood, or your whole married life, or your whole work life, or really just your whole life believing things are a certain way, you are a certain way, a certain type of person and that others have a picture of you that you are positive is accurate – after all, they’ve told you over and over and over that’s how you are, right? – change is hard and maybe never happens at all. And this is life in the Frost family. They all have their assigned roles and they are sure they’re right because that’s how they’ve always been. But life – messy, messy, life – happens. And happens quickly. What seemed right and destined to be and never-changing is suddenly shaken up. As is always the case with one of Kristin Higgins’ books, I started out thinking I would read a few chapters and pick it up again later, but soon it was just one more chapter, and then I ended up staying up half the night to finish it. The characters are so complex and likeable/not likeable and I was so drawn into their story. I wanted things to smooth out for them, hoped it wasn’t too late for a fairy tale ending, but there was so much trauma and turmoil and heartache. Could it end? Always the Last to Know is a marvelous story about mistakes and second chances and opening your eyes to what is really around you. Of course I loved it and highly recommend it. Thanks to Goodreads and Penguin Random House for providing an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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    Good but not great

    I had a really hard time getting into this book. I’m a Kristan Higgins fan. I’m not a fan of having multiple POV’s. While the premise of the book was intriguing, the angst of all the women in the book kind of put me off. I stopped and started multiple times, until I just sat down and powered through. The ending was nice, although predictable, and I admit shedding a few tears as things began to change. I’m usually a big fan of women’s fiction. I’m afraid I just didn’t connect with any of the women in this book. I’m not a woman who feels like life has passed me by and no one appreciates all the sacrifices made. I’m not a woman who has made my way up the corporate ladder, has the spouse, kids, and house, but still feels like a failure. I’m not a woman who has chased a dream then realizes that maybe the dream didn’t need to be chased. Ms. Higgins is still an auto-buy author for me. I enjoy her writing style and have been reading her for years. This one just wasn’t my favorite. I’m giving this book 3.5 stars. It wasn’t horrible, but it didn’t have the spark I enjoy in other books by this author.
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    Second Chance Romance

    Kristan Higgins is at her best writing family dramas. While the family has drama, the characters learn a lot about themselves, their dreams, and how what they perceive to be is not always the whole truth. The two daughters, Sadie and Juliet, are as different as can be. Sadie is the youngest, free-spirited, and a daddy’s girl. Juliet is the oldest, always perfect, and mommy’s girl. As they both come home after their father has a stroke, they start to see that all is not what they thought. Their parent’s perfect marriage is not so perfect, their own lives are not quite as wonderful as they let the other think, and that as different as they are families stick together. Noah and Sadie are wonderful. I love second-chance romances and they so deserve their second chance. They’ve both grown up, they’ve both had life experiences, yet from the minute they see each other again there is no denying that the love that was between them when they were younger is still there and just as strong. Juliet’s husband Oliver is so patient, so kind, and so loving to Juliet that I never questioned his love for her. I enjoyed getting to know both couples and seeing how their relationships played into their family dynamics.
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    Always the last to know

    Loved it! Very much enjoyed to read about the life and growth of the family. I couldn’t put it down.
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    Always the Last to Know

    Loved all the characters ..drew me in right from the start.
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