If you only knew – a Book Club Review

if you only knewIf you only knew – Kristan Higgins

Letting go of her ex-husband is harder than wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate expected…especially since his new wife wants to be Jenny’s new best friend. Sensing this isn’t exactly helping her achieve closure, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she’ll start her own business and bask in her sister Rachel’s picture-perfect family life…and maybe even find a little romance of her own with Leo, her downstairs neighbor, a guy who’s utterly irresistible and annoyingly distant at the same time. Rachel’s idyllic marriage, however, is imploding after she discovers her husband sexting with a colleague. She always thought she’d walk away in this situation, but her triplet daughters have her reconsidering her stance on adultery, much to Jenny’s surprise. Rachel points to their parents’ perfect marriage as a shining example of patience and forgiveness; but to protect her sister, Jenny may have to tarnish that memory-and their relationship–and reveal a family secret she’s been keeping since childhood. Both Rachel and Jenny will have to come to terms with the past and the present and find a way to get what they want most of all.

The book was a light, easy read with subtle humour that was well written.  The scenes involving Leo and the triplets were very funny.  We liked the way the writer alternated the first person narration between the sisters, Jenny and Rachel, allowing both sides of the story to be heard and to see how the same incident can be seen differently.

While some clubbers found it a little slow to start, not really grabbing their attention until almost 100 pages in, others loved it from the first word.  As a group, we found it very easy to relate to both sisters and the dilemmas they faced.

Rating – 8/10        Read by – Cultcha Club Book Club