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After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled…even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

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After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled…even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist's assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn't the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn't the only thing that needs a little TLC….

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When heiress Parker Welles learns she's lost everything due to her father's insider trading scheme, she hopes renovating a cabin in Maine will be a partial answer to her financial woes; the last thing she wants or needs is daddy's attorney and right-hand man, James, helping her salvage her inheritance--or her heart. Parker Welles has known nothing but wealth, privilege and success, so when the bottom drops out of her world in one fell swoop, she's unprepared for the reality of being a broke and homeless single mom. It wouldn't bother her quite so much if she didn't have a young son to take care of, but she does, and so wallowing in self-pity or standing still like a deer in headlights simply aren't options. Packing her son off for a summer vacation in California with his father and stepmother (Ethan and Lucy from The Next Best Thing, 2010), Parker heads to Maine in hopes of selling her last remaining possession, a small house in Gideon's Cove (location of Catch of the Day, 2007), which turns out to be a falling-down shack. But life is what happens when you're making other plans, and sometimes a curve in the road--even one that threatens to throw you off a cliff--turns out to be just what you need to understand who you really are and what can make you happy. Parker will learn things she never expected to want or need to know. Things like how to clean mold out of cabins in Maine and how beautiful the sky can be when you're sitting on a dock next to the water. She'll also learn that people aren't always what they seem and that James Cahill, the man she loves to hate, has a few secrets of his own. Maybe, for Parker, losing everything is the only way to truly have it all. Great writing, well-drawn, realistic and likable characters, and a plot that keeps the audience engaged and rooting for James and Parker despite their missteps, make this an entertaining, romantic read. Higgins fans will love revisiting familiar favorites in secondary characters. Romance star Higgins pens a near pitch-perfect blend of comedy and touching emotion with this delightful winner.
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"Romance fans and lovers of women's fiction will devour this witty and tender novel. Highly recommended." —-Library Journal Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373776580
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 163,656
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.46 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristan Higgins is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been praised for their "genius level EQ, whippet-fast, funny dialogue and sweet plots with a deliciously tart edge" (USA TODAY). She lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband and two extremely advanced children, one shy little mutt and an occasionally affectionate cat.

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"And with that, the six Holy Rollers—Golly, Polly and Molly, Ike, Mike and Spike—took off their magical roller skates for the last time. Their job on earth was done. They'd earned their beautiful, sparkly angel wings and could stay in heaven forever…and ever…and ever. The end."

Parker Harrington Welles suppressed a dry heave, closed the book and tried not to envision smothering the fictional angels, no matter how much she would've enjoyed it.

Don't kill us, Parker! squeaked the imaginary voices in her head, their voices helium-shrill.

I can't kill you. You're immortal. Unfortunately. One of the huge downsides of writing the series—the little pains in the butt talked to her. Another downside— Parker talked back.

Seven or eight little hands shot up in the air.

"Please write more Holy Rollers books, Miss Welles."

I'd rather bathe in my own blood, kid, thought Parker. "No, sweetie, the Holy Rollers are in heaven now," she answered. "This is the last book in the series. But you can see them in a movie this summer, don't forget."

Today at her son's preschool, the Holy Rollers, a book series so sickeningly precious it made The Velveteen Rabbit look like a chapter out of Sin City, was officially done. Though they had made Parker moderately famous in the world of kiddie lit, had been translated into sixteen languages and had print runs in the gazillions, there was no getting around the fact that their author hated them.

Hate is such an angry word! chorused the child angels. We love you, Parker! Honestly, they were a Cartoon Network version of a Greek chorus, always popping into her head with unwanted advice.

"Did you write Harry Potter?" was the next question, this one from Nicky's friend Caitlin.

"No, afraid not, honey. But I love those books, don't you?"

"Sometimes I get the Warm Fuzzles, just like the Holy Rollers," Mariah said, and Parker nearly threw up in her mouth. Had she really invented that term? Had she been drinking at the time?

"Are you rich?" Henry Sloane asked.

"Well," Parker answered, "if you're asking if I make a lot as an author, the answer is no. All the money I get for the Holy Rollers goes to a charity called Save the Children."

"That's for kids who don't have enough food," Nicky said proudly, and Parker smiled at her son. It was the one good thing about the book series. Parker didn't need the money, so right from the get-go, she'd donated all proceeds to the charity, which took away some of the nausea.

"But you live in a mansion," Will Michalski stated with authority. "I've been there. You have twenty-nine bathrooms."

"True enough," she said, a twinge of discomfort flashing through her.

"It's a mansion. It's a castle! I want to live there when I grow up!"

"Are you going to write another book?" asked Amelia.

Excellent question. Parker might not love the Holy Rollers, but new ideas hadn't exactly been pouring out of her. "I hope so."

"What's it about?"

"Um, I'm not quite sure yet. But I'll let you know, okay? Any other questions? Yes, Ben."

After another half hour, as the questions dwindled into what color wings Golly should have, the teacher finally stepped in.

"Miss Welles has to get going, I'm sure," she said. "Kids, can you say thank-you to Nicky's mom?"

"Thank you, Nicky's mom!" the kids chorused, then rushed her, hugging her legs, the payoff for reading The Holy Rollers Earn Their Halos out loud.

"Am I staying with Daddy this weekend?" Nicky asked as they walked to the car.

"You sure are," Parker answered. She stroked her son's dark hair. Ethan's weekend had come awfully fast, it seemed. She gave her son a kiss, then bent to buckle him into his booster.

"I can do it myself," Nicky said.

"Right. Sorry, honey." She got into the driver's seat and started the car.

A weekend alone. Parker tried not to sigh. She really needed to find another idea for a series. The Holy Rollers had been born as a spoof, sure, but they'd been her job for the past six years. Aside from staring at a blank computer screen and possibly watching a Gerard Butler movie or three, she had no plans.

"You should sleep over, too," Nicky suggested, practically reading her mind. "We could have popcorn. Lucy said she's making me a cake."

"The woman can bake, that's for sure," Parker said. "What kind?"

"My favorite kind. With the frosting and the coconut. I can eat seven pieces, she said."

"Did she, Nicky?" Parker cocked an eyebrow. Truth wasn't a strong point for her little guy these days.

"I think so. She maybe said five. But it was a lot."

Nicky continued to chatter about the joys that lay ahead of him for the weekend: eating cake; a sail on Ethan's boat; more cake; sleeping with Fat Mikey, Lucy and Ethan's cat; possibly taking a bath with Fat Mikey; having cake at midnight; and finding the pirate's cave that Mackerly, Rhode Island, supposedly possessed. Like his grandmothers, Nicky had been born with the gift of chat.

As she pulled onto Ocean View Drive, Parker frowned a little. The preschooler's comment about living in a mansion had struck a nerve. Lately, she'd been thinking of moving, concerned over the idea that Nicky would be thought of as the rich kid. It hadn't helped her; trust funds were hard to get past for a lot of people. But Gray-hurst had been in her family for four generations, built by her great-great-grandfather at the turn of the century, and though she'd grown up in New York City, Parker had moved to Mackerly permanently after she'd gotten pregnant. She had a lot of happy memories of childhood summers—tea parties with her three cousins, learning to sail with her father. Ethan lived in town, and she'd wanted Nicky to grow up knowing both his parents, even if they'd never been married. But two people, living in a mansion in which they really only used a few rooms…it didn't feel right.

The place was gorgeous, though, she thought as they pulled into the driveway. Silhouetted against the aching blue of a June sky and bathed in the golden sun of late afternoon, the gray stone building looked like a stately grande dame gazing out contentedly over the acres of manicured lawns, flower beds and mature trees. Frickin' huge, but beautiful.

Ethan and Lucy, Parker's closest friends, were already here, holding hands as they sat on wide front steps that led from the driveway to the enormous entryway. Ethan jumped up to open her door as she pulled in.

"Daddy!" Nicky yelled, scrambling out of the car.

"How's my guy?" Ethan asked, scooping him up.

"So," Lucy said, "are congratulations in order?"

"I am officially done with the Holy Rollers. Let the good times roll."

"Good for you, Parks," Ethan said, kissing Nicky's cheek. "You proud of Mommy, Nick?"

"Yup. What's for snack? Is cake for snack?"

"No cake till after supper," Lucy said. "Unless your dad decides otherwise."

"Decide otherwise, Dad!" Nicky commanded, cantering ahead.

"Parker, do you have plans tonight?" Lucy asked. "I figured the boys could have some time alone, and we could hang out."

Saved! "I would love that! We can break open some of my father's wine and gossip about Ethan's flaws all night."

Lucy reached for his hand. "He's driving me crazy. I'm thinking marriage was a huge mistake."

"My God, it's like you're reading my mind," Ethan said. "Shall I call an attorney?" They grinned at each other.

"Guys, I just ate, okay?" Parker said, cocking an eyebrow. The tiniest swirl of envy threaded through her. Lucy and Ethan were crazy in love, and yep, Ethan was the father of Parker's child. It wasn't as freaky as it sounded. Or maybe it was, and Parker was in denial.

"We brought the itinerary for our trip," Ethan said, standing back to let the ladies go in first. "Figured you'd want a copy."

"Great!" Parker said firmly. "I'm dying to see it."

Her friends had gotten married in February, but they hadn't had a honeymoon yet; instead, they were taking Nicky to California as soon as preschool finished. San Francisco, Muir Woods, Yosemite. After that, Ethan would be occupied with the reopening of his restaurant, so the timing seemed perfect.

It was just that it was for three weeks.

Three weeks without her boy.

"Daddy!" Nicky galloped back and grabbed his father's hand. "Come see my room! I cleaned it yesterday. Mommy made me. She said it was a sty. Where pigs live. I found Darth Vader's head!" He tugged his father up the curving staircase.

Parker and Lucy went through the house to the kitchen, Parker's favorite place in the house. "I brought us sustenance," Lucy said, holding out a bag. "White-chocolate macadamia cookies."

"Satan, get thee behind me." She took out a cookie—heck yeah, still warm!—and took a bite. Bliss. "Do you know I've gained eleven pounds since last year? You hit thirty-five, and bam, all those things you ate in your twenties launch themselves onto your ass." Parker raised an eyebrow as Lucy laughed. "You'll see."

"I already see," her friend said. "So what? You're a size eight now? The horror, the horror."

"Oh, I hit double digits some time ago. Let's never speak of it again."

"You bet," Lucy said.

Marriage agreed with her, Parker thought. Lucy'd had it rough; widowed before her first anniversary years ago. Jimmy, her husband, had been Ethan's older brother; Ethan and Lucy had been college friends; the shared loss brought them closer together. About six years after Jimmy died, Ethan and Lucy had finally hooked up.

And somewhere in there, long before Ethan and Lucy had anything romantic together, he'd dated Parker for about two months. The guy had been great on paper, save for one minor detail: he'd been in love with Lucy. Parker always thought it funny that more people hadn't seen it. She broke up with him—it wasn't terribly hard; they'd already seemed more like old pals than anything—then found out six weeks later that she was pregnant. They'd shared Nicky from the beginning.

She took another cookie out of the bag and ate it. "Holy halos, these are good. Shoot me if I eat another. Where's the itinerary? It's color coded, right? Tell me it's color-coded."

"Of course it is," Lucy said, unfolding a three-page spreadsheet.

"So you'll be in San Fran for three days?"

"Four." Lucy pointed. "See? San Francisco's in pink."

"Of course." Parker bent over the paper, grateful for Lucy's organizational skills. She'd know where her son was every minute.

Ethan came into the kitchen and helped himself to a cookie. "Parker, what are your plans while we're away?" he asked. "Got anything lined up?"

"Oh, I might bop out to Nantucket and see some old pals out there. Go into the city. Maybe visit my mom. You know." She reached for another cookie.

The truth was, she hadn't made any solid plans. The idea of having her son four thousand miles away made her want to sleep at the airport, in case something went wrong. Which it won't, the Holy Rollers assured her. Lucy and Ethan are the best! Plus, it 'll be good for Nicky to see what a healthy adult relationship looks like!

Take a bite, Parker thought. So she hadn't been in a relationship since Ethan. So she'd yet to go on a second date with anyone in five years. So what? She tended to attract emotionally unavailable men, anyway. Married men, engaged men, sociopaths, that sort of thing. Better not to date at all. The fact that she'd spent a lot of time watching gritty TNT dramas and eating Ben & Jerry's should not be construed as jealousy. It was more like a filling of the gap.

A gap that would now be uninterrupted for three weeks.

When Ethan broached the vacation idea back in March, it had seemed like a fabulous idea… Parker, on her own, free to do whatever she wanted—sleep past 5:00 a.m., for example, as Nicky was like a rooster about mornings. Find that elusive new idea for a book series. Just because Parker had been born with a trust fund didn't mean she wanted to build a life around shopping for handbags.

But as the spring progressed, she did nothing. What if something happened with Ethan's restaurant, and the trip had to be canceled? What if a new book series came to her, and she was on fire to write it, the way she'd heard other authors describe? She should probably stay home, in case something came up.

It didn't. And now with ten days to go, the time alone seemed to loom like a mine shaft. She didn't even have the Holy Rollers to keep her busy, and the fact that this even caused a twinge was deeply disturbing.

"I was hiding! No one found me! I beat you all."

Nicky charged into the kitchen with Elephant, his favorite stuffed animal.

"Nicky, you can't hide without telling us, remember?" Parker said. "It's not a game that way."

"But I always win," her son pointed out.

"He has a point," Lucy said.

Parker grinned and knelt down. "Kiss me, mister. I love you."

"I love you, too. Bye, Mom! Bye, Lucy!" He bolted out of the kitchen.

"That's my cue. See you, girls. Have fun tonight." Ethan kissed Parker on the cheek, then went out to the foyer with Lucy, where Parker presumed he would kiss her goodbye a little more intensely.

For a second, she wondered if Lucy was here out of…well…sympathy. Once, she, Ethan and Lucy had been three single friends. Now, instead of three, it was two and one.

So? Get a boyfriend, Golly advised. Since the release of the final book, it seemed to Parker that the Holy Rollers were aging in her imagination. They were depicted in the books as being about eight, but here Golly was already trying on mascara.

"Right. A boyfriend," Parker answered. "I need that like a stick in the eye."

She headed down to her father's beloved wine cellar, complete with a stone tasting room—fireplace and all. Thousands and thousands of bottles, including the bottle of Chateau Lafite supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. Or not. Harry was quite a liar.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    My favorite of hers!

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    In typical Kristan Higgins fashion, this book was breaking my heart in the midst of giggling and laughing out loud. I adored both of these characters. They both have such deep issues despite the fact that their relationship has been such a surface one for six years. I think that's why the heartbreak is such a prevalent feeling when it comes to their interactions. As the reader, you know what all is happening in each of their lives and it hurts to watch them dealing with each other on such a superficial level.


    Parker has grown up as a child of wealth and privilege. At the age of ten, her father cheated on her mother with the babysitter. Parker was the one who caught them and her life and her relationship with her father was irrevocably changed...and it was not for the better.


    Parker's father is a powerful Wall Street mogul and, as such, has his own little entourage. There are two men in particular who always accompany him. Parker calls them Thing One and Thing Two. Thing One just happens to be James. It was as much of a surprise to him as anyone when he was hired by Harry and taken under his wing. They are friends and have a close relationship to the point where Harry claims James as the son he never had...not exactly music to Parker's ears. She wants a close relationship with her father again, but only sees him becoming close to James.


    When Harry's life falls apart, he finds himself going to jail and stripped of all his wealth, including Parker and her son's trustfunds which she had entrusted to him. James has always felt a special connection to Parker although she obviously doesn't reciprocate his feelings. But when her life falls apart, he steps up to help.


    One of the things that Kristan Higgins does so well with her writing is create wonderful characters. Her characters are real, deep, sarcastic, and self-depricating. They are also so lovable. I think that Parker is one of my favorites that Kristan has ever created. She's a children's author and pitched a completely sarcastic series that actually got picked up. So she ended up writing an incredibly successful kids series about some saccharin sweet 8 year olds that she literally hates. The book starts with her finishing the series with the final book, but the characters are still alive in her head...and they talk to her...and she talks back to them. OMG, it is so hilarious!!! Between that and the ideas that she has for new series'....I kept reading those aloud to my husband....so freaking funny!!


    This book is just wonderful. Honestly, I challenge you to pick up ANY Kristan Higgins book and not completely fall in love. She has a completely different writing voice. It is entertaining and funny and poignant. I ADORE HER BOOKS. I just wish that she could write faster!!! Another fabulous, fabulous book. I think that this is my favorite of hers yet!!!

    21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Why do people have to use the whole book as a review?? Just say

    Why do people have to use the whole book as a review?? Just say if its good or not!!!!

    17 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

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    I read this one this afternoon and I must say I was hooked from

    I read this one this afternoon and I must say I was hooked from the very beginning.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Amazing writer

    Kristan Higgins is an amazing writer. This is the second book I have read by her, and loved both of them. Cannot wait to read more.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

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    A great feel good book! This book reminded me of the Lucky Harb

    A great feel good book!

    This book reminded me of the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. It's one of those sweet romances with little quirks just around every page that keeps you going. It's the first Kristan Higgins book I've read, but it won't be the last. If you're looking for a feel good book, this is certainly one you can reach for.

    Parker was very easy to relate to. Her response to the shack she inherited was exactly how I'd picture my response. She hadn't wanted to care about it, that much was obvious, but then she really got into fixing it up and the house grew on her. As did James. Seeing her begin to fit into the town and adjust to the reality she now faced was entertaining. I loved watching her with James and seeing the transformation in her feelings from disgust to love.

    James starts out as your typical stuck up lawyer, but then we get to see other sides of him. The side that cared about her and her father, the side that protected and the hot carpenter. HAHA...I had to throw that in there. The combination of all of him is what drew me in. He wasn't a character that I immediately fell in love with, but you get there.

    Definitely a book you should check out and an author to keep at the top of your list.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Love Kristan Higgins books

    I've never read a Kristan Higgins books I didn't love!! Her sense of humor is exactly what I want in a book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Wow best book ever

    Jkrcegjtvtgybuuklk sorry,that was my little brother. Great book!

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Good writing, great characters, a book that's a keeper.

    Good writing, great characters, a book that's a keeper.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    The man is a menace. He is absolutely adorable but he know i

    The man is a menace.

    He is absolutely adorable but he know it – and he sees Parker as is quick and easy path to the top – at least she thinks so. Really, what could be better than the boss’s daughter, right?
    If only Parker didn’t remember that one time. The only time she’s let down her defenses since she found out she was pregnant with her now five year old son. The only time she’s ever… well, no, Parker does not want to remember that evening.

    But HE is her father’s minion. His attorney, to be precise. His minion attorney who somehow manages to attend all of the family functions and is always at daddy’s side. The minion attorney that Daddy spends much more time with than his daughter. The minion attorney that Daddy wishes was his son.

    Could there be a better reason to detest him?

    Yet, here the minion is, with Parker, trying to help her make this itsy bitsy shack into a home since her father’s been sent to prison and his assets seized.

    If only Parker can remember he’s the minion attorney and not the sexy carpenter.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

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    This book is second in not one but two series and what makes it

    This book is second in not one but two series and what makes it interesting is it can stand alone and is still enjoyable. You never feel like you are missing some vital information from the other books. First it is the second after The Next Best Thing (Ethan/Lucy) where the best friends of Parker Welles are the main characters and then she ends up in Gideon’s Cove which was first introduced in Catch of the Day (Maggie/Malone).

    The characters of Parker and James are very interesting and it does not take long for you to get involved in their story. Parker is portrayed as having grown up rich and spoiled but honestly I did not see it. Yes she was rich (until her father lost it all) but she has friends who are not rich, she is a single mom who works (writing children’s books) and is not afraid to do what she needs to do for her son. James is a lawyer and you can tell right off that there is more to him. He is a good guy who has gotten a bad rap for being Parker’s fathers “yes man”. There is a past they are both trying to move beyond. And a future together if they manage not to mess up the present.

    I really enjoyed this book. I had never read anything from Higgins before but I will most certainly pick up more of her books. Higgins uses some British terms (bugger, crikey, loo, etc) and it seems a bit odd sometimes since the rest of the book she doesn’t and it is set in Maine, USA. The other bizarre thing is her talking to the angel characters in the children books she has written and them talking back to her (in her mind of course). But it does not take long to get passed that and just enjoy the story and the many background characters Higgins has included. And the Epilogue is so sweet it will bring a tear to any single mothers eye. .

    REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kimberly

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book. The title fit perfectly with the m

    I absolutely loved this book. The title fit perfectly with the main characters and their pursuit to finding "somebody to love." Not just finding somebody for them to love but also finding that somebody to love them as well. Parker and James were so lovable that I fell in love with them. James basically fell in love at first sight with Parker and that scene when he first laid eyes on her made me swoon. The way Ms. Higgins described what was going on in his mind was just so perfect. But unfortunately for James, Parker takes an instant dislike to him when she finds out he is her father's lawyer and right hand man. Although she finds him attractive she feels kind of envious of the attention James gets from her father. It's kind of the classic rich girl being neglected by her father and she's constantly trying to get his approval and attention but her father lavishes all his attention on James instead. So this creates an obstacle that they have to overcome in order to realize they're meant for each other. Both have issues with their families and both want love and acceptance from their parents but neither getting it. It was sad to see that these two lovable people have no one to love them back until they get together and when they do finally find love with on another it was just so sweet. Like I said before, this was my absolute favorite book by Ms. Higgins so far. And Malone and Maggie from Catch of the Day make an appearance because the story takes place in Gideon's Cove. That was nice to catch up with those characters. I highly recommend reading this book. And as an FYI if you want to read Ethan's and Lucy's story it's in The Next Best Thing. These three books are kind of connected but you don't have to read them in order to know what's going on. But I think chronologically the Next Best Thing is first then Catch of the Day and then Somebody to Love. I actually haven't read The Next Best Thing but it's next on my Higgins reading list :)

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

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    Laine's Review: Unbeknownst to me, I didn't realize that this bo

    Laine's Review:
    Unbeknownst to me, I didn't realize that this book is "sort of" part of a "series". Catch of the Day introduced us to
    Maggie and Malone (AHHH Malone) and the we got introduced in the book The Next Best Thing which I have
    not read yet!! It is on my to-read list of course, but I moved right along to Somebody to Love. I realized after
    talking with my friend Quinn, that I actually didn't NEED to read the other two to read this book.
    But just to let you know it would be nice to go ahead a read them....mostly to understand where the events are
    taking you!! 

    Parker Welles has it all. The family fortune. Amazing son. Amazing family....well sort of.

    Until her father surprises her with losing all of the fortune!!

    Except for a little piece of land with a cottage on it in Gideon's Cove in Maine. So with the help of her son
    and for some odd reason her father's lawyer James Cahill with help flipping it upside down for her to sell.

    And she doesn't want any man in her life to screw it up. 

    Until James Cahill helps her...in more ways than she realizes!!

    Another great read from Kristan Higgins! I swear it's like a fight between Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins.
    (Love their man wars though on Facebook)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Wonderful

    Kristan Higgins again writes a wonderful story about a single mother learning a lot about herself through her trials and I love the fact that the book is so funny and tearful. Parker Welles looses her money but not her fight and she fights for a better life for her son by working hard to flip a house with the help of her father's hated personal attorney.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    enjoyed

    This was the first Kristan Higgins book I read and I really enjoyed it.
    I enjoyed her writing style and will look into purchasing more books from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Anonynomus

    I love this author! She is great at adding humor to a love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Great story!!!

    Loved the story and characters.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    Totally recommend

    Great story. Loved the characters.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Review:Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins 4 STARS I had fun re

    Review:Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins
    4 STARS I had fun reading this novel. Its one that I thought would be a little bit different than what it was. I like the characters. They have dreams,fears,faults and love. Parker Welles lives with her little boy in a mansion all alone. She writes little childrens books that she hates. Parker donates the profits to Save the Children Fund. She does not need money and if she did she has a big trust fund and so does her son. That is till her father Harry comes down to the house and says the money is all gone. Even thier trustfunds. The goverment is taking everything except what she has bought for the house in the last 5 years. her car, thier clothes and personal items. She has around 10,000$ left and a house in Maine that she forgot she inheited from a great Aunt. Her father's personel lawyer James Cahill offers to go with her to help her but she turns him down. She calls him thing 1 and her fathers other aid thing 2. Everytime she sees her father they are both thier and have been for years. Nicky is Parker's 5 year old son. She never married his father, but has a good relationship with him and his wife Lucy. Nicky is going on vacation with them to the west coast for 3 weeks. When Parker goes up to Gideon's Cove and see the house she inheirited she finds a rundown shack. Her great Aunt was a horder and stuff was everywhere. The town is small so she slept in her car. James shows up the next morning to offer help again reminding her he did construction to put himself through collage. He tells her all that needs fixing so she agrees he can stay. Parker think her father's still paying him to help her this summer. Parker is jealous of James and her father's pet snake. They are closer to her father than she is. I really like the supporting characters of the book they added to the charm of it. I laughed and smiled a lot while reading Somebody to Love. I want to go and read more books about Gideon's Cove. Parker has a good attidude and is not afraid to get into doing the work even though she has to be shown how to do it. She also ends up getting a dog because the dog is going to be killed that day. After we find that was a lie. I was given this book to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley. 04/24/2012 PUB HQN 432 pages

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    One of my favorites

    This is my second favorite Kristan Higgins book, my first being the book that leads into this one, The Next Best Thing. I love reading this author's books. They are just a fun, enjoyable, easy read. I really liked the characters of these two books and James. I enjoyed Parker and James' story. Definitely worth reading.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

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    Another "Can't Put It Down!" Book by Higgins Kristan H

    Another "Can't Put It Down!" Book by Higgins
    Kristan Higgins brings back familiar characters from her previous book The Next Best Thing.
    Single mom, Parker Welles, has her life turned upside-down when she learns that her father is going to jail for insider trading. The biggest shock comes when her father's lawyer, James Cahill - whom she calls "Thing One" - reveals that her father's crime extends to her and her son in the form of emptied trust funds. With only about ten grand of money in her bank account, Parker is thrown for a loop. Salvation comes in the form of an inherited house in Maine; Parker leaps at the opportunity to check the property while her son Nicky is on vacation with his Dad, Ethan and step-mom Lucy.
    Well... let's just say that the house isn't all that she thought it would be. Surprisingly it is Thing One, er, James who comes to the rescue in the form of carpenter and all-around-handyman. The thing is, James still hasn't gotten over his feelings for Parker that he's had from the first moment he met her in the hospital after the birth of her son. As her father's representative, James has attended many important events in Nicky's life and has faced the temptation that is Parker many times, only giving in to that temptation once at a wedding he went to in her father's stead. James uses his time at the small house in Maine to try and get closer to Parker, but with her recent emotional upheaval, will she even be open to exploring the spark between them?
    Kristan Higgins has written yet another novel where her characters come to life. Somebody To Love is well written and shows that events occurring in childhood can leave emotional scars on people and the struggles they have while attempting to live their normal lives. Higgins understanding of human relationships and the various forms of love we exhibit is evident in her latest title.

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