I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I’m FINALLY getting around to reading that were published months or years ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.



Published Jan 2017 by HQN books

My Rating: 5/5 Stars 

Ainsley O’Leary is so ready to get married—she’s even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn’t anticipate is being blindsided by a breakup he chronicles in a blog…which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her older half sister, Kate, who’s struggling with a sudden loss of her own.


You know what’s so fun for me? Finding a new to me author, reading her just released book (Now That You Mention It) , loving it, and then starting on her backlist and loving that even more! Seriously, I’m kicking myself across the room for not reading Kristan Higgins sooner. She writes such realistic characters that I feel I know (and love and/or love to hate) and she writes them in such a way that causes me to think about them when I’m not reading. I couldn’t wait to get back to the story when I was away from it and I even had a couple past-my-bedtime nights of reading!

The story revolves around half sisters Ainsley and Kate and the fact that both their lives get turned upside down in very different ways. Of course there’s family drama, boyfriend drama, in-law drama, work drama…a veritable smorgasbord of you guessed it…drama! There was emotional highs and lows, humor, and even an unexpected twist or two which I really enjoyed.  Higgins was able to (magically it seems) keep all these dramatic balls in the air with fresh writing, spot on dialogue, and a fast pace. One thing I especially loved was the fact that Kate and Ainsley were strong women and didn’t let anyone walk all over them. I loved that! I have to say, the ending made me tear up and when I turned the last page I was happy that I loved the story but sad to see these characters go…and for me THAT’s the sign of a story well told. My 2018 reads may have  to wait a little longer while I dive into more of Kristin Higgin’s backlist. Seriously, if you enjoy a great story with engaging, well developed characters in a fast paced read you’ve got to give On Second Thought a try!


More Throwback Thursday Picks Around the Blogosphere…

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Lynne at Fictionophile

Annie at The Misstery

Amy at Novel Gossip

Mischenko at Read Rant Rock and Roll

Laurie at Cozy Nook Books

Ann Marie at LItWitWineDine

Laura at Snazzy Books



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  1. Thank you for reviewing this. My experience with Kristan Higgins is EXACTLY the same as yours!! Just finished Now That You Mention It, thanks to Netgalley, and I was kicking myself for not reading Higgins’s books sooner. I have If You Only Knew and a few others of hers but had never read any of them. Now I can’t wait to sink my teeth into more of her books once my other commitments are finished.
    I’m currently listening to The Best Man, a first in one of her series, and it’s a good one too. ( :

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    1. Me too Brandie, your Christmas shoutout for her new book sparked my interest. Another fav author I’ve discovered through my blogging friends! No the bad part is that her other books are calling me but I have 2018s to read!! #Booknerd problems:)

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  2. I have been meaning to read one of her books for so long. I have no idea why I’ve waited either. I think I might start with this one as it sounds great. In one way it’s good because we have a whole bunch of her previous books to read… Not like we don’t have a huge TBR already haha 😂. But yes I really do need to check this out. Great choice!

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  3. I love Kristan Higgins’ books, but I haven’t read this one! Now That You Mention It was terrific, and I’m so glad it led you to reading her other books. Her sense of humor is one of my favorite things about her writing. I still need to read all of her books, but I really enjoyed If Only You Knew (which I saw you’d already downloaded) and Too Good to Be True (very funny but more “romance” then her newer works which I think are evolving into more contemporary imo). She has a new one coming out this year, and I’m going to have to see if NetGalley has it soon!

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