Thursday, June 18, 2020

Always the Last to Know

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  Sometimes you have to break a family to fix it.

From New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins, a new novel examining a family at the breaking point in all its messy, difficult, wonderful complexity.

The Frosts are a typical American family. Barb and John, married almost fifty years, are testy and bored with each other...who could blame them after all this time? At least they have their daughters-- Barb's favorite, the perfect, brilliant Juliet; and John's darling, the free-spirited Sadie. The girls themselves couldn't be more different, but at least they got along, more or less. It was fine. It was enough.

Until the day John had a stroke, and their house of cards came tumbling down.

Now Sadie has to put her career as a teacher and struggling artist in New York on hold to come back and care for her beloved dad--and face the love of her life, whose heart she broke, and who broke hers. Now Juliet has to wonder if people will notice that despite her perfect career as a successful architect, her perfect marriage to a charming Brit, and her two perfect daughters, she's spending an increasing amount of time in the closet having panic attacks. 

And now Barb and John will finally have to face what's been going on in their marriage all along.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Always the Last to Know is a great story of the dynamics of family.  Barb knew her marriage has been over for years.  Just as she is getting up the nerve to end it, her husband John has a stroke.  While at the hospital waiting for word on how John is doing, she finds out he has been having an affair. 

Julie, the perfect and highly successful daughter is hiding in closets having panic attacks. She is struggling with her mentee at work and the fact that she saw her father with his mistress and is keeping it from her mother. 

Sadie is her father's favorite daughter and a free-spirit.  She comes home from New York to care for her father.  She ends up falling in love and has to decide whether to stay or go back to New York.

All three ladies go through their own discoveries and come out even stronger in the end.  Always the Last to Know was a good read!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I have read Life and Other Inconveniences.  There are a ton of her books I would like to read. 

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children and dogs. If you want to know when Kristan's next book will be out and hear news of her appearances, subscribe to her mailing list at

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