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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book Review: Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

Book cover of Until there Was You by Kristan Higgins (contemporary romance novel)
Kristan Higgins books make me happy.  They’re smart, funny, quirky and sweet, and if I could be a heroine in any contemporary romance, I’d choose one of Higgins’ novels. Until There Was You is her latest book, and it has much of the charm of her previous books – and she writes much of the book from the hero’s perspective, which makes it that much better. 

Goodreads summary: 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 boyfriend—sort 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… 

My thoughts: Kristan Higgins hits this one out of the park – and, yes, she once again features baseball prominently, which is just one more reason I love her books.  Despite some minor timing issues, Posey and Liam's romance feels very real and realistic.  They're both such likable characters that their happily-ever-after felt like a happily-ever-after for the reader too.

Posey and Liam each face distinct challenges, but they each meet them head-on.  Poor Posey has to deal with a nasty cousin and an unfortunately fast metabolism (she's frequently described as "scrawny"), but that doesn't keep her from living her life the way she wants to.  She loves her friends and family, but she doesn't let them manage her.   Liam, on the other hand, is an worry-ridden widower raising a teenage daughter on his own.  He's a terrific dad who struggles to do what's right for his daughter while also trying to find his own path to happiness.

Higgins’ characters face some serious issues (death, aging, anxiety, etc.) but she handles the situations with a light touch that keeps the book from becoming depressing or maudlin.  The fun secondary characters keep the plot moving and prevent it from getting bogged down in the drama over adoptions, custody battles and other problems.  Posey's family and friends are wonderful – her brother and his partner were one of the cutest secondary couples I've read about in a long time.  On the other hand, the subplot about Posey's nasty cousin Gretchen made me want to slap her silly.

If the ending of Until There Was You seemed a bit rushed, I can forgive that in light of how good the book was otherwise.  Once again, Higgins has proved herself to be one of the best voices in contemporary romance.

Grade: B+
Publisher: HQN Books

Page Count: 384 pages
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Sensuality: Mild
Other Books by Kristan Higgins: My One and Only

Romance novel book reviews by Sarah The Brazen Bookworm (kristan higgins until there was you contemporary romance)

I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.


  1. Great review, Sarah! I have never read anything by K. Higgins, because I have heard that she writes from the heroine's point of view only. Is it true? What about this book, is it the first person POV only?

  2. Thanks, Natalija! Yes, a good percentage of the book is from Liam's perspective, so it's definitely worthwhile. I hope she continues to write this way, because it does make a big difference!

  3. Oh fun! I haven't read any of her stuff but I am in need of a reading shake up. Maybe this is something I need to pick up...

  4. It's a fun read, Pam. I think it'd definitely be a good pick-me-up for you if you're in a reading funk! Easy reading.

  5. I read this one yesterday and LOVED it! I agree that it felt a bit rushed, and there were things that I didn't care for - but overall? Another Home Run for Higgins! (I just love the baseball references too!)

  6. OH this one sounds lovely. Not a fan of baseball though :( I would definitely read this one based on your wonderful review.

  7. Jac ~ I agree! I was able to overlook the minor issues because I just really like the way Higgins operates. I do really wish I were one of her heroines. That way I'd get the guy AND the dog. :)

  8. Alexis ~ Ha! No worries - she includes baseball, but it's not a baseball romance. You'll totally be fine with it. :)




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