On Second Thought

On Second ThoughtOn Second Thought by Kristan Higgins
Published by HQN Books on January 31st 2017
Pages: 480
ISBN: 0373789254
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Kate is a 39 year old photographer who became a wife and widow within a 4 month time span. She and her husband, Nathan, had a whirlwind romance and decided to marry after a brief dating period. After 4 months of marriage, Nathan dies suddenly at a party being thrown by her sister, Ainsley, and her boyfriend, Eric. Kate’s whole world changes instantly and she isn’t always sure how she is supposed to cope and/or react to Nathan’s death. She has always been self-assured and confident but she begins to question her life and marriage after finding that her husband has been keeping a secret from her.

Ainsley has lived with her boyfriend Eric for 11 years. She wants marriage and is elated when she finds an engagement ring in her boyfriend’s belongings. On the evening of his party, it appears that Eric is going to propose to Ainsley when tragedy strikes. While she is helping her sister, Kate, deal with a recent loss, Ainsley is blind sighted by Eric breaking up with her. What is even more upsetting is the fact that Eric journals about their failed relationship in a blog that goes viral. On top of all of that, she is constantly late for work and is often getting reprimanded by her Supervisor.

Kate, still grieving, is happy to have her sister Ainsley move in her with after Eric breaks up with her. Both sisters help each other cope with the end of the relationships becoming closer in the process. I liked how both sisters and stars of this book and nothing felt forced between them. I also liked that this book dealt with many subjects: death, cancer, grief, loss, family secrets, falling in love, and starting over.

I liked how the book explored the sister’s past relationship, the family dynamic of being step sisters, with a turbulent family life. They really begin to grow close and depend on each other after heartbreak and loss occur for them both. I liked that both characters are likable and I cared about them both. They have some interesting interactions and funny moments with each other and with other characters in the book.

Both sister’s stories are told and I enjoyed them both. Usually when more than one story is told in a novel, I tend to like one more than the other. That is not the case with this book. I really enjoyed both story lines. I liked how both women went through a journey and began to heal. Both women work on healing and living. Will love find them again? How long should someone grieve before moving on? When is enough…enough?

The other characters in the book are also likable – maybe except for one. I want to say more about this book, but I fear I will give away spoilers. So I will say, that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was like a sweet escape on a dreary rainy day. Although there are themes of cancer and death in this book, the book in not heavy. It is light and sweet. I wanted to know what was next for these characters and liked when they both grew closer, grew as people and found the strength to move on.


Received from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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