FICTION

If You Only Knew

HQN: Harlequin. Sept. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9780373784974. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781460382233. F
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OrangeReviewStarJenny Tate's life was perfect: she was a sought-after wedding dress designer with a cute doctor husband and a nice Manhattan apartment. However, when her husband decides he doesn't have feelings for her anymore, Jenny moves back to her small hometown on the Hudson River to start life anew. She opens her own wedding dress boutique and rents a fabulous apartment that comes with a scruffy, handsome super named Leo. As Jenny watches her ex-husband, who never wanted kids, remarry and have a child with the perfect woman, she consoles herself by spending time with her triplet nieces and sister, Rachel. Meanwhile, Jenny's relationship with Leo begins to move forward and Rachel's perfect marriage begins to fall apart. Her husband has been sexting a partner in his law firm, and Rachel must decide whether the marriage can, and should, be saved for the sake of their children.
VERDICT Higgins (Somebody To Love) is the queen of the summertime read with a little something more. Her witty characters who find, and sometimes lose, love will keep readers glued to her books for hours. This one is no exception. Witnessing Jenny grow closer to the troubled but charming Leo, while Rachel's world falls spectacularly to pieces shows us just how much effort relationships require while being extremely entertaining.

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