Friday, June 4, 2010

Book Review: "The Next Best Thing" by Kristen Higgins

When I attended the Connecticut RWA Fiction Fest about a month ago I had the pleasure of meeting Kristan Higgans, attending a workshop she gave and getting a signed copy of her book,"the next best thing." I loved it from start to finish. Thank you Kristan for agreeing to let me review your book on my blog.

Spoiler alert for those who haven't yet read it! Don't read the rest of this post if you don't want to spoil the book!

Kristan has a style of writing that is funny and endearing. She makes you fall in love with her characters from the first page. I loved her descriptions of the bakery and the Black Widows who owned it. As a secondary character her quirky sister who worries about her husband dying when he's as healthy as a horse simply because men die young in their family makes you both laugh and cry.

In the end when you find out that hero Ethan has actually been in love with our heroine before she met and married the husband she lost it makes you melt. And the best hook from the start of the book? "I'm ready to start dating again . . . . so I guess we should stop sleeping together." Ahem. Quite the hook Kristan!!

Reading this book had me so distracted I found myself standing in the kitchen, leaning over the counter reading when I should have been a. cooking dinner, b. washing dishes, and c. whatever else I was supposed to be doing that I forgot about because I was too into the story to notice my surroundings until I realized I was STANDING IN THE KITCHEN reading! Thats when you know the story's good. I hope you like this book as much as I did. Take it from me this book is "The next best thing."