Review: The Next Best Thing

Reviewed by Allison

THANK YOU, Kristan Higgins. My life needed this book.

I’ve been in search for a good story for a while now & I can assure you, my dearies, this qualifies on every level. I couldn’t stop reading, no matter how hard it was at times.

Lucy is a widow from a family of widows. Her dad died, her uncles died, & unfortunately her husband died as well. We meet Lucy as she is beginning to pull herself back from the black hole that is grief & desperation. She doesn’t know how to keep living, only that she probably should. Her only rock from the day her husband died has been her brother-in-law, Ethan, the man who introduced her to her Jimmy. She attempts to date, but more often than not she ends up back at her apartment re-watching her wedding video for the billionth time. When Ethan, who has secretly loved her since they met, asks her for a chance, she agrees to try. The only problem is that, he’s not a safe choice – she could really fall for him & fall hard. Living through the death of your other half was hard enough the first time, can she let herself get that dangerously close to someone else only to have the possibility of them being taken away too?

The book was written in first person so we get to know Lucy quite well & it’s absolutely heart wrenching. I can’t imagine, nor do I ever want to try, what it would be like to have your future cut short with the man you love. Each step Lucy took closer to normalcy, she slid two more back. Watching her progress was incredibly painful (I wanted to smack her a couple times) but incredibly rewarding when she finally reached her AHA moment.

Each character in this story was so deliciously well done. From her mother & the rest of the Black Widows to my new favorite heart melting sweetheart, Ethan & even her overly (but, in my opinion understood) neurotic sister. This book was so rich with emotion, at times it was like a decadent chocolate cake & I had to give myself a few moments to let it sink in before continuing on.

It’s not exactly a light hearted read, but every page is worth it & after getting to know Lucy & Ethan you’ll be starving for more. A whole-heartedly recommended read.

Rating: A

Click to purchase: Amazon
The Next Best Thing
by Kristan Higgins
Release Date: February 1, 2010
Publisher: HQN

Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this. Bought the book and am ready to go. I love Kristen Ashley but she has cursed me, the bar for books has elevated and not a lot add up. I have had this one on my TBR for awhile, your review convinced me it was time.

    I have found a few others books that stood out Darkest Sin by Mindy Harbin and am reading Gateway to Heaven by Beth Kary which is so far mind blowing. Not sure if you like paranormal but there are a few that I have read lately that have some intense characters too.

  2. I’m adding this to my TBR. Great review.

  3. Em, I’m so glad I could convince you of it! Honestly, this is SUCH a good read & necessary as background if you ever get around to reading Somebody to Love (Catch of the Day should be read be STL as well). & I do happen to enjoy paranormal, so thank you for the recs!!!

    BookaholicCat, thanks so much, glad I could help add to the mountain of TBR 😉

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