Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Review: The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

First line: "You have a whisker."

From the back cover: Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks. She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart...or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either. So it's goodbye to Ethan, her hot but entirely inappropriate "friend with privileges" and hello to a man she can marry.

Too bad Ethan Mirabelli isn't going anywhere. As far as he's concerned, what she needs might be right under her nose. But can he convince her that the next best thing can really be forever?

My thoughts: This is the first book I have read by Kristan Higgins and it certainly won't be my last. I found this to be a quick, enjoyable read. There were times when I found myself shedding a few tears and reaching for a tissue, only to be laughing hysterically a few sentences later. The Black Widows, comprised of Lucy's mom and two aunts, provide comic relief throughout the book.  It is a story filled with heartbreak, family, loss and love, and sends home the message that second chances do exist, sometimes where you least expect to find them.

(I borrowed this book from the library.)


  1. Sounds like pretty sweet read..Nice review..=)

  2. I read this last week and thought it was good. But I loved the book before this: Too Good To Be True. I laughed out loud through much of it. It was on my 2009 Favorites list :)


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