On Second Thought

On Second Thought

by Kristan Higgins


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Read the book that has book clubs everywhere falling in love! From the New York Times bestselling author of If You Only Knew comes an irresistible, heartbreaking novel.

Praise for On Second Thought:

“Higgins has perfect pitch when it comes to her upstate New York protagonists and their expanded worlds that even extend to Brooklyn. Emotional depth is seared into every page along with wry banter, bringing readers to tears and smiles. Another hit for Higgins.”—Library Journal, starred review

“A captivating read about two sisters dealing with love, loss and new beginnings. What sets this book apart is how one event changes both women's lives. Kate is refreshingly frank in her inner monologue, and Ainsley is charmingly self-aware and wry.”—RT Book Reviews, *5 STARS* Top Pick!

“Higgins' complex, witty characters will seem like close friends, and readers will savor each and every page as they find that love comes in many different flavors and forms. Demand will be high for the latest from this women's-fiction star.”—Booklist, starred review

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.

Kate's always been the poised, self-assured sister, but becoming a newlywed—and a widow—in the space of four months overwhelms her. Though the sisters were never close, she starts to confide in Ainsley, especially when she learns her late husband was keeping a secret from her.

Despite the murky blended-family dynamic that's always separated them, Ainsley's and Kate's heartaches bind their summer together when they come to terms with the inevitable imperfection of relationships and family—and the possibility of one day finding love again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373789252
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 223,195
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA TODAY bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She has received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The New York Journal of Books and Kirkus.

Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, two atypically affectionate children, a neurotic rescue mutt and an occasionally friendly cat.

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On Second Thought 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story of sisters, both gobsmacked by life's surprises, yet both finding reasons to move on. Very real but also funny, poignant, hopefully and of course, romantic. One of her best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This booked slayed me, but in a wonderful way. The writing is superb. It's emotional, yes, but also some humor sprinkled in. It's a wonderful, wonderful book. One of her best, and that's saying a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And this is why I started reading her books! Very funny and great story lines. Because I did not like her last book at all, I almost did not purchase this book. I am so glad I took a chance and purchased it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I didn't understand the title until I finally realized that both sisters were getting a second chance with true love, even though Kate had loved her dead husband of three months, and Ainsley had thought she loved Eric. The interaction of the characters was great, as the sisters dealt with uninvolved parents, friends who really weren't, colleagues who became more, and a grandmother who made me laugh out loud as she tried to date. I love all of Kristin Higgans' books and look forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all if Kristan Higgans books, some i liked, some i loved and some i did not like st all. This book fell between like and love. I had a difficult time with Nathan's family and his ex-wife. I also had difficulty remembering who was who with so many characters. Having said that, I think this is a wonderful, enjoyable read. I felt Kate's pain at losing her husband and I laughed at her jazz hands to turn on lights. I read this book in one day and am looking forward to reading the authors next book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Kristin Higgins! I am in the middle of rereading this for the 2nd time.....at some point I may read a 3rd! Well done! Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the standard romance. Its no spoiler that this book is about 2 grieving sisters. Its showed the good, bad, ugly and funny. I love a character with a good sense of humor. It was very well done! As the grieving began to take a back seat, each of the romances started. Loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book for sure a 5 star makes u laugh & cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. It was heartwarming and funny a little sad but good. I didnt want it to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a lovely story! Simply could not stop reading. Another excellent Kristen Higgins book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read and a pleasant surprise. I never imagined how touched I’d be reading this story. Kristin Higgins does an amazing job and her characters have such depth. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved both sisters stories was looking for something GOOD to read and found it in this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get the Kleenex out. Wonderful story that showcases all the family members and their issues. Had to read it all in one night to know outcome. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all books by Kristin Higgins, but damn was this one a tearjerker. Had me crying from the beginning to end, but it was still a great book! Can't wait for the next book by Higgins!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. The best book I've read in a long time. I loved the complicated dynamic. I cried and sighed. I am recommending this to everyone.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A set of sisters are both going through some changes in their lives and for the first time they are finding solace in each other. Ainsley and Kate may have grown up in the same home, but sharing a dad and two different mothers, they had unique childhoods and finally as adults they can find common ground and help each other through their own tragedies. I loved how Ainsley and Kate told their own stories and they wove back and forth. I love me a dual narrative! I loved that it didn't take long for the girls lives to be upended and then to find solace in each other so the majority of the story could be them helping each other move forward.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a book that can make laugh out loud and cry until my head is stuffed up. I wish it didn't have to end.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
On Second Thought is pure Kristan Higgins. This story is of two sisters who deal with loss and love made me laugh and cry. In many ways it made me think about the relationship I had with my younger sister. We were six years apart and sort of close as children but became best friends as adults. The two sisters in the story, Kate and Ainsley, were there for each other as they dealt with loss, pain, grief, new loves, and unexpected events. Ms. Higgins wrote a story that reflects family dynamics which many readers can relate to. I highly recommend On Second Thought to all readers. I have read every book Kristan Higgins has written and love how she draws the reader into the story. She is a talented writer and story teller, able to bring humor, tears, and sexy into her stories and make it realistic. Higgins makes me laugh and cry when I read her books and that’s a good thing. I am sad whenever I finish one of her stories as I have to wait a while for her next book and see what magic and genius she creates.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! Another great one from Kristan. I cried at the end.
ArizonaSunshine More than 1 year ago
An excellent read! This story is loosely connected to If You Only Knew since both use the same small town setting, Cambridge-on-Hudson, outside Manhattan. Like the first book, it was told in first-person alternating points of view chapter-by-chapter switching between KATE, the central character, or AINSLEY, her half-sister. In the first book this was off-putting. In this book, I was familiar with that style. Kate O'Leary, a successful, single professional photographer was not looking for love when she unexpectedly met and married Nathan Coburn at the age of 39. In the first chapter, (after only 96 days of marriage,) Nathan died accidentally when he slipped and fell against a kitchen counter while attending a party hosted by Ainsley and her boyfriend, Eric. Ainsley, had her own shock. Eric, her boyfriend of 11 years, dumped her after Nathan's death. This was a richly layered family drama that went beyond a traditional romance to explore love among family, siblings, friends, community, etc. Both Kate and Ainsley learned to heal and open themselves to love despite their loses. I loved following their journey.
FancyPantsKH More than 1 year ago
Another winner! Love all of Kristan's books. The stories she tells elicit a full range of emotion and this one is no exception. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! This is my first read by Kristan Higgins. It was somewhat predictable but still entertaining. My husband passed away very unexpectedly 3 years ago so Kate's journey was very relatable. As far as how Nathan's family reacted didn't surprise me. I am sure we all know families that would have been just like that. Glad to see his mother came around in the end. Absolutely cracked up laughing when they were in Eric's house and he came home with his friend. Totally made the book worth reading.