Posey Osterhagen can't complain. She owns a successful architectural salvaging company, she's surrounded by her lovable, if off-center, family and she has a boyfriendsort of. Still, something's missing. Something tall, brooding and criminally good-looking
something like Liam Murphy.
When Posey was sixteen, the bad boy of Bellsford, New Hampshire, broke her heart. But now he's back, sending Posey's traitorous schoolgirl heart into overdrive once again. She should be giving him a wide berth, but it seems fate has other ideas .
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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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Every woman has a fantasy about running into the man who broke her heart. In such a fantasy, she'd be walking down the street, her well-dressed and gorgeous husband (let's say George Clooney, shall we, circa Ocean's 11) caressing her, perhaps nuzzling her neck because he can't help himself. She'd be wearing something fabulous, her hair would be glossy and perfect, she and Clooney would have just left the nicest restaurant in town, perhaps, or the poshest jewelry shop, because he insisted on buying her yet another token of his loveand then, oh, my goodness, who's that? Why it's him, the first man she ever loved, the one who didn't just break her young and loyal heart, but shattered it. He's not looking so good these days. No, the years have not been kind. He's grayor, better yet, baldingand slackly overweight, his posture hunched. He looks at her, recognizing immediately that the biggest mistake of his life was dumping her. Pleasantries will be exchanged. Clooney will shake his hand, giving Adored Wife a wry look (Him? Really?), and as the happy couple walks away to their snazzy car, the heartbreaker of old is already forgotten. But he will gaze longingly after her, wondering how he ever could've been so blind.
That would've been nice. Much nicer, Posey Oster-hagen acknowledged, than being dressed in the waitress uniform of Guten Tag, her parents' restaurantdirndl, ruffled skirt and vest embroidered with dwarves (yes, dwarves), not to mention the green tights and painted red clogs. Cheeks bulging with the potato dumpling she'd just crammed into her mouth, as she was at the near-fainting part of her flea-like metabolism. The back door opened and there he was, standing right in front of her.
Liam Declan Murphy, the first man she'd ever loved, and the only man who'd ever broken her heart.
No Clooney. No jewelry. Just an empty kitchen in an aging German restaurant and a fist-size dumpling practically splitting her cheeks.
Posey's mind blipped into the blue screen of deathall data erased. Fatal error. Speaking was clearly not an option.
His eyes were still that unnerving shade of clear, glacier green. Black hair showed no signs of gray or thinning. Still tallobviously, Posey, people don't usually shrink in their thirties. Still radiating his bad-boy You want me/I ignore you vibe. Oh bieber. This was just not good. Chew, Posey, chew, her brain instructed. She obeyed with difficulty. It was a big dumpling.
Liam was dressed in jeans, T-shirt and leather jacket, pretty much the same thing he wore back in high school, if memory served. And memory seemed to be wicked clear where Liam Murphy was concerned. He'd come to Bellsford to live with an uncle after getting out of juvie (squee!okay, okay, she'd been fifteen, it had seemed uber-hot back then) for car theft. Rode an old motorcycle (come on!) and, as legend had it, had turned quite a few girls into women (gack). But, to everyone's surprise, he'd fallen for the squeakiest-clean girl in school, just like a plotline on Beverly Hills 90210, Posey's favorite show back then. When Emma Tate had gone off to college in California, Liam had followed. Eventually, they'd gotten married. It had been in the paper, before Emma's parents had moved to Maine. And here he was.
"Liam!" cried her mother. Stacia Osterhagen, six foot two of Germanic engineering, tromped into the kitchen, rattling the stacked dishware. "Posey! Look who's here! We forgot to tell you! Max! Liam's here! Liam, sweetheart, why didn't you come in the front?"
"Force of habit, I guess," he said with a slight smile at her mother.
"Good to see you, son," Max said heartily, shaking their visitor's hand. Liam Declan Murphy. Holy Elvis Presley.
"You remember Liam, don't you, honey?" Stacia said.
Cheeks still bulging, Posey nodded. Could she look any more ridiculous? Not that she was exactly gifted with girliness when it came to clothesher work required sturdy stuff, so, sure, there was a lot of flannel, a lot of Carhartt. But even that would be better than her uniform (same one from high school, still regrettably roomy in the bust, as Germans didn't take small chests into account when designing clothes, apparently).
"Hey," he said with the same disinterested tone she remembered with unfortunate clarity. "How are you, Cordelia?" His tone implied he really didn't care. And Cordelia. That was another thing. He'd always called her by her real name, for some reason a name Posey hated. Honestlybad enough to have been stick-figure skinny in high school, but to bear the name Cordelia Wilhelmina Osterhagen (named for a half-blind great-aunt who'd died by falling into a well) Obviously, she'd had more than her fair share of mocking.
"I'm good," she squeaked, finally swallowing the last of the dumpling. "Hi. How are you?" "Fine, thanks."
"Good! Good. Um how's Emma?"
"She died," he answered coolly.
Posey's head jerked back in shock. "What? Are you kidding?"
He gave her a glacial look. "No."
How had she missed this news? "But when did this happen?"
"It'll be three years in October."
That explained something, at least. Two and a half years ago, in October, Posey had taken a rare vacation and spent a few weeks in North Carolina. And she'd been a latecomer to Facebook, so if there'd been chatter, she'd missed it. And she and Emma hadn't exactly run with the same people.
"I'm so sorry," she said, her face burning.
Emma Tate, dead? Crikey! She'd been a nice girl. A very nice girl and a very popular girl back in high school, when such things seemed mutually exclusive. "So, what happened?" Posey asked. Then, aware that perhaps this was none of her business, she added, "I mean, you don't have to tell me. It's I don't have to know. It's your private, um thing."
"Leukemia," Liam answered.
Posey flinched. "I'm so, so sorry."
"A tragedy," Max added. "Such a sweet girl."
"He told us at Home Depot the other day," Stacia said. "You know how the fan in the upstairs bathroom has been broken for years? Well, we thought it was time to finally fix it, since Gretchen's coming home, and there we were and who did we see but this handsome boy! We were so sad to hear about Emma. So sad."
Granted, not sad enough to tell Posey, despite the fact that Stacia called her every morning at 8:15. Then again, not passing on big news was a family tradition. Stacia had told Posey about Carol Antonelli's gallbladder surgery in relentless detail, as well as how much they'd saved by driving forty miles to buy coffee at Stop & Shop instead of Hannaford's, sure. But bigger newsdeaths, births, marriages, etc.tended to fall through the cracks.
A sudden flash of memory caused a lump to come to Posey's throatEmma at Sweetie Sue's Ice Cream Parlor, loading up a waffle cone with four scoops instead of three, a conspiratorial wink as she handed it over the counter.
"I'm really sorry," she said more quietly.
"Thanks," Liam said, still staring with that cold, disinterested gaze.
Posey looked away, torn between sympathy, guilt for not knowing about Emma, trepidation (Liam had done some damage, after all), and, yes, lust. "You guys have a kid, right?" she asked. At least she remembered that.
"Nicole. She's fifteen now."
"Wow. Fifteen. That's Wow. Fifteen."
Liam didn't answer, but his look was loaded with that same disdain Posey so well remembered.
Once upon a time, when he was channeling Bono, Liam had worked right here in Guten Tag, a miraculous and agonizing time for Posey. The fact that the Osterhagens had given Liam a job at a time when his reputation was questionable (and fascinating) hadn't caused Liam to warm up to Posey, however. Nope. He always treated her with the same interest he might give a speck of dust.
At first, anyway.
Whatever. Mom was gabbling away. "Liam, sweetheart, you haven't changed a bit! You have to stay for a drink! You have to! Did you eat? We'll feed you. I insist. Max, you insist, too, don't you?"
"I also insist," Max said, smiling.
"Just a drink," Liam said. "I have to get back to my daughter."
Just then Otto, a longtime waiter and accordion player at Guten Tag, poked his head through the door to the dining room. "Max, Stacia, the Schmottlachs are leaving."
"Posey, make Liam at home, would you? Liam, this will just take a minute. Bruce and Shirley are our best friends. You remember them, don't you?"
Liam's mouth pulled into a reluctant smile as Stacia grabbed Max by the hand and towed him into the dining room. Said smile caused Posey's girl parts to clench in a warm, strong squeeze. Hello! Her stomach began flipping like an overexcited dolphin. Alone. She was alone with Hottie McSin, widower. Oh, crikey, that wasn't nice. She shouldn't be lusting after the poor guy. Except the words poor guy didn't seem to apply to Liam Murphy. She swallowed, the sound louder than a gunshot in the now-quiet kitchen.
Meanwhile, God's gift to womenbecause, yes, he was that good all smoldering male beauty made all the more inaccessible by that touch of disdainfolded his arms and looked around the kitchen.
It was hard to fathom that bright, bouncy Emma Tate was gone. Posey swallowed again, her throat thick. "How's your daughter handling things?"
"Pretty well." He allowed her a brief glance.
"So, what brings you here? Just visiting?"
"No. We moved to be closer to Emma's parents."
He was back? Staying? "Oh. Um that's nice. Good. I mean, it's good to be close to family. Good for children, I mean."
He didn't answer. Didn't ask what she'd been up to, if she was married, if she had kids. Of course not. Apparently he was still way too cool to care about
"So, what have you been up to, Cordelia?"
Oops. Strike that. "Oh, I'm just filling in tonight. I own an architectural salvage company," she said, well aware of the pride that tinged her voice. He didn't respond, just gave a half nod. "What about you?"
"I'm a mechanic. I build custom motorcycles."
Of course he was a motorcycle mechanic. This would enable him to wear leather and smell like oil and have large throbbing machines between his thighs. At the image, Posey's legs weakened. Down, girl. It wouldn't do to wrestle him to the floor here in her parents' kitchen. But he'd always had that effect on herand every other female. He was like the Death Star's tractor beam, pulling in whatever the heck it wanted. "Motorcycles. Neat-o," she managed.
Liam's glance bounced around the kitchen once more. He sighed, perhaps irked that there was no one else to talk to, then looked back at her. "You married?"
"Um, no. Nope. Not married. Not yet, I guess I should say. I, um well, you know. Haven't met the right guy." Oh, bieber. That made her sound unwanted. "Not yet. I mean, actually I'm seeing someone um, and, you know, I came close once or twice, but"
"Came close to what?" Stacia asked, banging through the kitchen doors once more.
Posey jumped. "Nothing," she muttered, tugging at her dwarf-embroidered vest.
"Cordelia was telling me about when she almost got married," Liam said. Was that derision in his voice? Probably.
"What? You almost what?" Stacia pressed a large hand to her ample bosom. "My own child, and I don't know this"
"Mom, stop. It was you know." Posey took a deep breath. "Ron. You remember."
"The one with the rash?"
Posey grimaced. "It cleared up very quickly."
"He was the one who turned gay, right? Liam, honestly. Posey just cannot find a normal man, not that she tries very hard, working out at that junkyard"
"It's not a junkyard. It's architectural salvage." And I am seeing a normal man, I just don't want you to keel over if I tell you who.
"I always say, if she'd just clean up a little, some man would see what a beautiful, sweet" Stacia broke off, a religious gleam beginning in her sky-blue eyes. Ruh-roh. Posey knew that look. It was the look of Matchmaker, one Posey had seen far too many times over the years. Ron the Gay with the Rash had been one of Stacia's better picks, actually. There'd been Carol Antonelli's nephew, who'd taken her to McDonald's on their first date and didn't even pay for her Big Mac. The restaurant-supply guy who'd turned out to have two families, one in New Hampshire, one in Delaware. And now, the look of Matchmaker with Liam.
Don't do it, Mom, Posey begged silently, hunching her shoulders to ward off the blow.
The blow came, though not the one she expected. "You'll have to come back and meet my niece, Liam," Stacia said. "Gretchen? From The Barefoot Fraulein? On the Cooking Network? She's my late sister's daughter. We're so proud of her! Have you ever seen her show?"
"Can't say that I have," he murmured. He glanced again at Posey, eyes dropping to her costume. Just in case she forgot that she looked like an idiot.
"Well, you'll have to come by," Stacia said. "We were just thrilled when she told us she wanted to come work here! And she's such a sweet, sweet girl." Mom paused cunningly. "Very pretty, too."
Gretchen was very pretty, Posey would give her that. She looked much like Staciatall, blonde, blue-eyed, voluptuousGerman beauty at its finest. Posey, on the other hand, was adoptedfive foot three (five two and a half, why lie?), a hundred and seven pounds, dark, short, difficult hair and brown eyes. As for Gretchen's sweetness Posey stifled a snort.
"We could use a little help, to be honest," her mom continued. "Ever since that" Stacia took a meaningful breath "that Italian restaurant moved in down the street, business has been a little slow."
Business had been slow well before Inferno opened, though Posey knew her mom would never admit it. Guten Tag's food wasn't bad, if you liked old-school German cuisine (which, it must be said, most people didn't). The sloganWe'll feed you till you're stuffed!didn't exactly scream gourmet dining.
Inferno, on the other hand, was only six months old and had already been reviewed by the New York Times (four stars). They had a slogan, too, one that appeared on the local television stations and in swanky tourist magazinesOur life's mission: to make the best meal of your life.
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I've read all Kristan Higgins's books and loved them each of them. Can't wait to read more
Kristina Higgins is the master of romantic comedy. Not only does she weave a great tale but she has characters that come alive and leap off the page. You will laugh and cry with them just as often as you want to slap and shake them...just like your own friends and family, right? Higgins newest tale introduces us to Posey and Liam an unlikely couple, even by their own family's standards. He is the town bad boy who just moved back to town with his 16 year old daughter and she is the town's adopted sweetheart. The tale of their bumpy road towards love involves many other characters, from her crazy but lovable family to old lovers, who just can't help get in the way. But what stands most in their way is each other she can't help calling him "God's Gift" and he can't help calling her "Cordelia" (a name she hates!)..with all these obstacles will they ever find the yellow brick road to love? Read Until There Was You to find out, you won't regret it, and you won't be able to put it down.
I read ALOT of books and Kristan Higgins is, hands down, my favorite author. I laughed out loud at some parts of this book, and literally sobbed at another point. I really identified with the main character in the story. If you like romance novels, with humor, you'll like this one. Really good story.
I have read all of Kristan Higgins books and they just get better. This one was a "laugh out loud" book with very likeable characters. I can't wait till her next book comes out.
I recently discovered this author and have quickly read all her books. She's got this amazing combination of humor, passion, warmth and familiarity that I totally love. This book has been especially enjoyable because the main character, Cordelia, wasn't the typical love interest. Externally she appeared fraile yet she had grater strength then any of the other characters. I cant wait for the next book!!! When is Hollywood going to discover these books and make them into movies! This is clearly the next batch of chic flics!!!
Posey (Cordelia) Osterhagen has always stuck out as the tiny, dark haired adoptive daughter of the very blond, Germanic Osterhagen clan. The family business is a local German restaurant, while Posey works in her own architectural salvage firm, which does seem pretty interesting, although not a huge focus in the book. Bad boy (and former unrequited high school love) Liam Murphy returns to town, opening a motorcycle shop. He is widowed, with a teenage daughter in tow. This was a fun romantic comedy and the first novel by Higgins that I have read. I really liked the way Liam related to his daughter--definitely showed him what it's like on the other side of the fence!
In Bellsford, New Hampshire, Posey Osterhagen fell in love with town bad boy Liam Declan Murphy when they attended high school together. However she was way too thin, as Posey with her boyish figure attracted no male let alone the king of the school. Still too skinny though she works at her parents' German restaurant; overall Posey is contented though would not mind a hunk in her life. A widower, his wife Emma was a hometown girl who died from leukemia; Liam is home accompanied by his fifteen year old daughter Nicole. When they meet, she still wants him while he struggles to control panic attacks and his obsessive need to keep Nicole safe. One CPR and a sweet Diamond of a song later have Posey expecting another broken heart. This is an entertaining New England romance starring a refreshing lead protagonist whose weight problem enables her to pass off as a high school student and a single dad with emotional problems. The evolving second time around relationship between the pair of thirty southings is fun to follow as he is all she ever wanted but she expects him to leave while he has doubts about being with another adult after Emma's death. Harriet Klausner
Another really solid contemporary from Kristan Higgins! I like how the cover is actually accurate to the characters--you don't always see that! The author uses a lot of unique details in her stories, such as Posey living in an old church. I also love how pets are always featured in her books. Really fun characters and a nicely paced story that's actually funny and doesn't take itself too seriously. It's not fluff when it's written this well.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I just love this author!
Awkward Posey and Sexy Liam make for a nice read. Unbeknownst to him, Liam was Posey's childhood crush. Also unbeknownst to him, he marred her for life by unwittingly ruining her prom experience. Fast forward quite a few years. Liam is a widower with a teenage daughter and Posey has grown from an awkward teenager into, well... an awkward woman. Add her beautiful cousin to the mix and you have a lot of self doubt and beautiful assurances. I gave this only three stars though because at the end of the day, it wasn't my favorite Higgins work and while definitely worth the read, isn't a book I'll read over and over again.
When I first started reading this book, I got bored and started reading another book. After a while, I decided to give it another chance and boy was I glad. The book starts out slow, but after a while, it gets better and I couldn't stop reading. Every time I had a break at work or free time at home, I found myself opening this book up again to see what happens next. If you love a cute romance, you won't be disappointed. Thanks Kristan - I always love your books.
I enjoy and love reading Kristan Higgins' books, but this one doesn't stay in my mind as long as her others. The supporting characters and their stories aren't as captivating. Then there seems to be a little less steam and tension between the main characters which is what I live for when I'm reading her books. Overall, I think this one pulled less on my heartstrings, seems toned down in romance, language, and characters. Definitely not as memorable as her other stories.
I love this author and have read all her books but this one was disappointing. Posey was such a weird girl that I had a hard time imagining her with Liam. I enjoyed the other characters and as always, great humor that made me laugh out loud. Definitely not one of her best.
I seem to have read all of her books... but this one is by far my favorite. I dont write reviews ... but I have to say the way she writes these characters makes me want to meet them. I laughed a little, got a little teary at parts and am now waiting.... patiently, for the next book!
I love all of Kristan Higgins' books. As usual, she has lots of lovable, but quirky characters, lots of family drama, and lots of scenes that make you both laugh and cry. I found the story lines about high school fiascos and the parenting of teenagers in this book to be both heartwrenching and hilarious! One of my favorite writers!
I loved so many things about this book. Posey was eccentric and sassy, but also kind and faithful. Liam had his heart broken by losing his wife and trying to raise his daughter alone. I felt for him a lot during this book. I think I connected with him before any other characters. Posey's family....you just can't help but laugh. Posey has such wonderful friends that aren't afraid to tell her how it is, and put her straight. I can't think of one thing that I didn't really like about this book. It was a great comfort contemporary read, and one I would recommend to anyone.
I think I like her single POV books better. This is still a fun and entertaining book with zany characters that amused me throughout their tale. It is still a nice light quick read.
This was another fun book by Higgins. Posey is a smart, independent heroine and Liam is a complex hero. And they are surrounded by a great group of loving family and friends.
My Review: Because I haven 't had this blog that long, you may not realize this, but Kristan Higgins is one of my all-time favorite authors. I discovered her last year and quickly devoured every single one of her backlist books. So, obviously, I have been looking forward to her newest release. This is one of those that I received a couple of months ago, but because I loved the anticipation of it, I didn't read it until right up to release day. I may just have to read it again on release day, because OMG....this book was so worth the wait!! Such an amazingly good book!!! Kristan has an amazing writing voice. She writes the most unusual, the most unlikely heroines of all time, but she makes them so real. You fall in love immediately with their quirkiness, with their realistic issues and self-doubts. She pairs them with heroes that are flawed, but so incredible and unlikely that you usually spend the first quarter of the book wondering how these two are ever going to get together. But then the magic of her writing happens and you fall in love...with the characters, with their romance, with their quirks, and with their dogs. OMG, I love Kristan's books...if only she could write faster. Are you getting it yet?? I LOVED this book. Posey grew up as the scrawny little kid that never quite fit in...not at school and not at home with the family that had adopted her. High school was particularly bad, that is until the popular girl, Emma befriended her. They were never bff's, but Emma was kind to her and gave her advice and helped set her up for a date to the prom. Nevermind that Emma was dating the bad-boy, Liam, that Posey was in love with...that was okay because Emma was nice enough to deserve him. At least that was the case until Liam broke Posey's heart on the night of the prom. Now Liam is back in town. Emma died two years ago from leukemia and left Liam as the single father of a teenage girl. Not much has changed for Posey. She is that same scrawny girl, only now in her mid-30's, but she is much more comfortable in her skin ever since that night of self-realization at the prom. Her girl parts still react to Liam, regardless of what her heart says, and as they come to know each other better as adults, they are both more and more drawn to each other. Liam is dealing with a lot. He was a bad-boy in high school and totally lived up to that reputation. He now has a teenage daughter with her mother's beauty and he KNOWS what those teenage boys have planned. It's enough to give any single dad heart palpitations. Add to that, he has come back to the town where he bedded or insulted half the female population when he was in high school and they haven't forgotten, even if he has. LOL...there are some funny scenes because of this. OMG, my dh kept asking me what I was reading throughout this book because I had so many laugh-out-loud moments. Kristan has an incredibly funny sense of humor and it shines through once again in this novel. There are so many good things to recommend about the writing in this novel, but above and beyond...the best thing about it is the characters within it and the way that they react to one another. Liam, Posey, and Liam's teenage daughter- Nicole...the way that they all interact and react to each other...just some of the best dialogue EVER!!! So good! If you don't read any other contemporary novel this year, make sure that this one is on your TO READ list!!!
Cordelia Wiilhelmina Osterhagen aka Posey has a family who loves her, although she's adopted, a menagerie of pets, a unique residence and an eclectic occupation, has always been on the petite side, so much that she still shops in the kids section. She wants the dream, the husband the 2.1 kids but it's safe to say she's been unlucky in love. She had her heart broken in high school by the local bad boy and now that bad boy is back in town. Liam Declan Murphy found the girl of his dreams, married her, had a daughter and lost her in a tragic way. So now he's back with his daughter to the one place he thinks she will be safe and happy and close to her grandparents. He's not looking for nor is he ready for love, of course that doesn't stop half the women in town most of who he's already known biblically in high school. What he doesn't expect is Poesy Osterhagen filling a certain void in his lonely, unfulfilled life. But is it love that's making his heart pump too fast and his hands to sweat, is it a panic attack. What could be better than a big dog, a bad boy and a pixie of a girl and when you put them all together they spell one heck of a romance. And who better to push the start button than Kristan Higgins who's unforgettable love stories are the stuff of legends and this one's no different with this one in a million love story. She brings us a plot straight out of any females worst nightmare of high school life if she happened to be like most of us on the opposing side from the popular girls. She brings it with a narrative that will perfectly instill the mania of the hero, the ecclecticness of the heroine and the goofiness of the dog, yes there's always a dog. She gives us characters that will stand the test of time so much so that you could pick this back up in 20 years and still be wowed, amused and humbled by it. She will make sure that you really know these people so much so that you'd recognize them on the street. Her hero is the ever popular bad boy with a good heart and her heroine is the ever popular good hearted woman, yes they're just Joe and Jane normal, no superhero, no prince or Queen just folks from next door and around the corner, people that you just might bump into at the grocery store. Then she throws in the all American doomed romance and somehow makes it all come out in the end and gives us that all too elusive happy ever after. Be ware of the love scenes, you may need to read them under a fan. Get ready for a November must read where hopefully the weather is cool enough to offset the heat of the book. Thank you Ms. Higgins once again for a great story, great couple and great romance.
This book is perfect for a long drive or a day at the beach. Posey, the main character, will come across as funny, compassionate, sweet, and inquisitive. The reader finds out she is adopted, this has a deep impact on Posey; she is unsure whether or not to contact her birth mother, her thoughts are later complicated by an unexpected discovery. Posey is likely the best part of the novel, she is likable and easy to connect to. Posey's life is going mostly as planned...until Liam, the bad boy, returns. Posey feels instant attraction to Liam and can't help but gravitate towards him. Liam is now a father and trying to act responsible to stay a father. Their relationship is rocky at best. The reader will enjoy reading about their relationship and rooting for Posey. The characters are fun to get to know, even the secondary characters. The events are fast-paced. The ending is perfect for this novel. This book is recommended to adult readers.
Until There Was You captured & pleasantly held me hostage from the first passage. What woman doesn't think about running into her first crush and have said meeting make "the guy" green with envy and drool with want? AND, what woman actually has that "dream" meeting flawlessly succeed versus the nightmare that is usually is (hair that puts Medusa to shame, a monstrous zit that popped up unexpectedly overnight, circles under the eyes, and lets not even discuss clothes). Okay, so maybe Posey's second chance meeting with Liam Murphy wasn't quite the nightmare I outlined, but it was pretty close, and nearly as horrifying. So much for making a striking second impression... Posey, like every other warm blooded female, always had a thing for Liam Murphy. Sure she saw his bad-boy-turn-God good looks, but she also felt that she saw the person hiding behind the reputation. She was almost positive of it until she overheard him speaking badly of her to a group of guys (one of whom was her prom date). It was then that her illusions of Liam Murphy being different/special shattered, taking her heart along for the ride. Fast forward to present day and we find the entire female population abuzz regarding Liam Murphy's return. His wife has recently passed away and he's brought his daughter "home" to finish high school as well as to be closer to her maternal grandparents who, by the way, despise him for ruining their precious daughter. The last thing on Liam's agenda is dating; he's more interested in scaring away any teenage boys hoping to date his daughter! But, when his path keeps crossing with Posey's, he finds that he only has so much will power... Until There Was You was told from Posey and Liam's perspectives which offered insight into both characters' insecurities, quirks, and true feelings. Both main characters were endearing in their own way: Posey fighting against her ugly duckling-Anne Frank label, growing into a self-sufficient woman; Liam's bad-boy turn overprotective and neurotic dad who could charm the pants off any woman in a 10-mile radius. I love that Ms. Higgins developed characters with flaws - it truly made them more human and utterly real for me. The supporting or secondary characters were fabulous, as well! Each character had his/her own unique brand of personality and wits. The line-up consisted of the beautiful but shallow and selfish cousin, the tomboy-gym teacher best friend, the naive valley girl (who is far from the valley, living on the opposite coast), the quiet but brilliant gay brother, his golden-boy Mr. Perfect husband, and of course Posey's very German & very protective parents who still attend every baseball game, camera in hand... The writing in Until There Was You had me feeling as though I was sitting in a coffee shop, chitchatting with my best girlfriend about life in general. The dialog was easy going and animated. The pictures Ms. Higgin's words created were vivid and easily imagined... I loved the personality and the wit that was so casually inserted - from naming the hair salon (Curl Up and Dye) to describing the dancing teens at prom ("They looked more like salmon swimming upstream"). Would I recommend this read? Absolutely, hands down, without a doubt! It was so refreshing and so much fun to read! Thank you, Ms. Higgins for creating such a fun/sweet/romantic tale!!!!!
Review: Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins 4 STARS Boy I wish the doctors told me to eat ice cream daily and gain weight. Posey Osterhagen was told that in high school. Posey was adopted and was 5.2, dark hair and skinny underweight. Both parents were tall and heavey set blond German. Posey had her own business architectural salvaging and lived in an old church. She was single had great friends. loving family. In high school had crush on bad boy Liam. Liam and his 15 year old daughter Nicole just moved back to town so she could be closer to her grandparents. Emma had died of cancer 2 years ago. Liam was opening a motorcycle custom orders. When Nicole was with her grandparents Posey & Liam started dating in secret. It was a good romance book. Posey really thought she new things from back in high school but she only new half the story. I like that Posey had a different career. Most of all loved how all the characters related to each other. Posy had strong friendships in her life. I want to read more books from Kristan. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
I laughed. I cried. I giggled. I got angry. The only thing I wasn't interested in doing was putting this book down. The biker boy was perfect. Who doesn't love a biker boy? As were the past relationships they gave this book a new dimension that some of her others had been missing. Trust me - this is a pre-order kind of book!!
I absolutely love Kristan Higgins's books and couldn't wait to read her latest, Until There Was You. It took a little bit longer than usual for me to get into the rhythm of this one (a few early scenes seemed a little bit forced, but were soon forgotten in the Higgins novel magic)--but once it really got going I loved it just as much as her previous books. The male point of view used here is different--Kristan usually just gives us the heroine's perspective--but in the end I think it worked well. I'm not sure how she could have really let us see into Liam's psyche otherwise, and it was definitely worth it to know directly from him why he did the things he did both during the events of the novel and in the past. The quirky cast of characters we've come to expect from Higgins is here, and the token pet--this time a Great Dane with a few fickle, ungrateful cats thrown in for good measure--is there too. Once again we have a hero and heroine who seem amazingly real. They make stupid choices. They do dumb things. They have pasts they want to forget but sometimes can't. You cringe when they say something they're going to immediately regret, and you feel their slights and snubs as if they'd happened to you. Kristan makes you want to know them both and has you rooting for them to succeed even while you want to smack them upside the head for being so dense...or hug them when they've had a bad day. Honestly, I don't know how she does it over and over again, but I'm glad she does. Once more she wraps it all up with an amazing ending--it practically had me standing and cheering for both Posey and Liam. Write faster, Kristan, please! I need more!