Always the Last to Know
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.From the author of Good Luck with That and Life and Other Inconveniences comes a new novel of heartbreaking truths and hilarious honesty about what family really means.

Always the Last to Know Details

TitleAlways the Last to Know
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139780451489463
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Always the Last to Know Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    I love this heart melting, tear jerker, emotional, riveting and realistic family story! You can find a part of yourself written in this story. The dynamics between mothers and daughter, daughter with father are so familiar. So far I think this is one of my favorite Kristan Higgings books tells about life, happiness, dreams, realities, betrayal, lies, thin red line between life and death, childhood sweethearts, resentments, infertility, lack of communication. The story is told by POVS of four I love this heart melting, tear jerker, emotional, riveting and realistic family story! You can find a part of yourself written in this story. The dynamics between mothers and daughter, daughter with father are so familiar. So far I think this is one of my favorite Kristan Higging’s books tells about life, happiness, dreams, realities, betrayal, lies, thin red line between life and death, childhood sweethearts, resentments, infertility, lack of communication. The story is told by POVS of four different members of the family: Barb: mother, wants a divorce after living with her husband like two strangers in the same house for last 10 years. She has so many resentments about her marriage, about their shared life and the anger, frustration she has bottled up for years are about to come out with explosive burst out! When she is about to tell her decision, she finds out her husband at the hospital, he had a stroke and he is in critical condition. And the last stab wound comes as she also finds by husband’s text messages that he has a mistress for so long! Dammit! Shame, anger, desperation hit her face! She has to keep it to herself. Her daughters cannot find out! Juliet: She’s mother’s favorite, successful architect with two daughters, adorable husband. She is responsible, perfectionist, dependable but yes now she’s 42 and competing 10 years younger nemesis colleague who takes entire credit from her own hard work, dealing with animosity of her teenage daughter who hit the puberty, suffering from panic attacks. Yes, she was my less likeable character. I found her parts of the story not so interesting but she has an important part for family dynamics that I have to admit. Sadie: 31, free spirited, joyful artist, living in big apple, dating with gorgeous rich boyfriend but her dreams become a successful painter slowly fades away and she faces with the reality and gets a teaching job at Bronx. She never gets over her ex Noah, childhood sweetheart, two times proposed her before. Now she proposes her new boyfriend, she gets rejection and after hearing that her father’s stroke, she has to go back to her hometown and face her past, including seeing Noah having a baby. I have to admit I enjoyed Noah and Sadie’s heartbreaking, emotional love story so much and I wished they had their own book. I felt like their story is told too fast like watching a summary of series’ entire season in 5 minutes. I couldn’t absorb their angst, despair, emotional breakdowns. Two people madly love each other but want different things from life but unfortunately they keep finding each other for breaking hearts. Wow! Yes I rooted for these stubborn, passionate characters! And John, father of the family, seems like the villain of the story. The cheater and the responsible of his wife’s unhappiness: Some of you may think he got what he deserved!We got some parts of his story and his thoughts about his loved ones in pieces because the author gives us a tour of a man’s brain suffering from stroke, barely gathering his thoughts, feelings. He barely forms words to communicate with people. That’s true: he is bad husband and he had soft spot on Sadie, teamed up with her against his wife and Juliet. But as you read more parts about family story you start to understand, there are so many unsaid words, misunderstandings drifted them apart. And you also start to get that each of the parties can make mistakes to ruin a long term commitment and without coming clear about your feelings, you never find your own happiness. Overall: I wish there were three different books because all those POVS deserved to be told separately. There are so many good three unique stories belong to three women here. But I still loved the author’s way of telling things genuinely from her heart and of course I liked my journey to a family’s impeccably depicted and heartwarming, poignant story. So it deserved my solid 4 stars. Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for sharing this meaningful ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review. It is always pleasure to read Kristan Higgins’ amazing stories.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Good Luck With That. I have read several other of Higgins books and none have compared to Good Luck With That. Always the last to know seemed to drag on it was slow going. I had to push through to the end to find out about Noah and Sadie.I gave this book 3 stars.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    I love Higgins books, they are always so relatable, fun, humorous and full of all the feels. It's with little trepidation that I pick one up, even ones that seem different from her happily ever after norms.Which is why I didn't even hesitate to pick this up and give it a go and while I did like it, I sadly didn't connect with it in my usual way.Was it the characters that were a little harder to love than usual? Was it the different POVs? I'm honestly not sure because why I could relate on some I love Higgins books, they are always so relatable, fun, humorous and full of all the feels. It's with little trepidation that I pick one up, even ones that seem different from her happily ever after norms.Which is why I didn't even hesitate to pick this up and give it a go and while I did like it, I sadly didn't connect with it in my usual way.Was it the characters that were a little harder to love than usual? Was it the different POVs? I'm honestly not sure because why I could relate on some levels to what some of these women were going through, I found them very hard to love and sometimes even like and I'm not going to lie, that threw me. I always love her characters so I wasn't expecting to not fall immediately in love with all these characters but I guess, it happens right? This isn't a bad book and it isn't even a bad story about three very different women and one very broken man but..it lacked something. Feeling. A connection that we all crave with stories like this one and so, it wasn't a favorite, it was still good though and one that I think others may connect more with and love than I did. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    January 1, 1970
    Ever have one of those weeks where you know you need your next book to be a guaranteed 5 star? Well, given the current international pandemic, this was definitely one of those weeks and for me, Kristan Higgins is ALWAYS a 5 star read for me - Always the Last to Know was certainly no exception.Higgins is at her best here in what she does best - family drama, enough to pull at our heartstrings while also restoring our faith in humanity simultaneously. Juliet and Sadie are two sisters who couldn't Ever have one of those weeks where you know you need your next book to be a guaranteed 5 star? Well, given the current international pandemic, this was definitely one of those weeks and for me, Kristan Higgins is ALWAYS a 5 star read for me - Always the Last to Know was certainly no exception.Higgins is at her best here in what she does best - family drama, enough to pull at our heartstrings while also restoring our faith in humanity simultaneously. Juliet and Sadie are two sisters who couldn't be more different and have quite different relationships with their parents as well, however, everything they know will be tested when their father John Frost suffers a stroke - but no one is more shocked than John's wife Barb who quickly discovers text messages from John's mistress while he is in the hospital! With a lot of laughs, some crying and a whole lot of heart, Always the Last to Know is a wonderful book that truly makes me appreciate writers and their words more than ever during stressful times.Thank you to Berkley for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I swear no other author writes about family dynamics with the grace, humor, charm and humor like KH does. Shes one of my absolute favorite authors and her latest just shows me why yet again. I always say her newest book is her best and thats true again here. This follows the Frost family; mom Barb and her daughters Juliet and Sadie. Families are complicated no matter what and KH does such an incredible job of exploring the relationships between mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters and I swear no other author writes about family dynamics with the grace, humor, charm and humor like KH does. She’s one of my absolute favorite authors and her latest just shows me why yet again. I always say her newest book is her best and that’s true again here. This follows the Frost family; mom Barb and her daughters Juliet and Sadie. Families are complicated no matter what and KH does such an incredible job of exploring the relationships between mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters and sisters. Her characterization is fantastic, when you finish one of her books you feel like you’ve made a new group of friends you know them so well and I’m always a little sad to say goodbye. If you read Life and Other Inconveniences last year there are some brief cameos from the characters in that book and I just love when an author throws a clever connection like that in. Highly recommended by me as always! And since this one isn’t out for awhile in the meantime if you want a KH recommendation I would be more than happy to help because I’ve read them all.
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  • Andrea Arterbery
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thanks to my friends at Berkley, Penguin Random House for allowing me to download the advance copy of this book!***Welp, it's the holiday break and that weird in-between time where it's the end of the year/beginning of the next year and you don't really even know what day it is but who cares?! Yes, if you're thinking that it's the perfect time to binge read books, you're correct! Imagine my excitement to gain access to an early copy of Kristan Higgins' upcoming novel. Amazing! I'll be honest: ***Thanks to my friends at Berkley, Penguin Random House for allowing me to download the advance copy of this book!***Welp, it's the holiday break and that weird in-between time where it's the end of the year/beginning of the next year and you don't really even know what day it is but who cares?! Yes, if you're thinking that it's the perfect time to binge read books, you're correct! Imagine my excitement to gain access to an early copy of Kristan Higgins' upcoming novel. Amazing! I'll be honest: I gave it a rating of three stars not because it was bad or anything but, well, because it kind of bored me a bit. I love family stories that are dark and full of twisted secrets. If that's not your thing, then this is definitely the book for you. The novel centers around the Frosts, a well-to-do family that live in a lovely sounding small town in Connecticut. There's the husband, John, his wife, Barb and their two daughters, Juliet and Sadie. Each chapter is told in the eyes/voice of each person in the family, which I did like. From the outside looking in, this family is perfect. John is a successful lawyer, Barb is a stay-at-home mom, Juliet goes to Harvard and Yale before landing a top notch job at an architecture firm and marries the perfect husband, and Sadie is an artist living in New York. But, keep reading, and you'll immediately find out they aren't so perfect after all. No one has committed a secret murder or anything like that (darn!), but John is hiding a secret that Barb finds out after he's hospitalized with a stroke. Juliet has the worst panic attacks and Sadie can't seem to gain her footing in the art world.I can't really reveal more that that without spoiling the entire novel for you, but just know that if you're looking for an easy pool-side/beach-bum read, I highly recommend it. I do like how Higgins deftly goes from one characters' voice to the next so you know what everyone in the family is thinking/feeling/going through. My favorite line from the book is what Higgins writes about love: "Love isn't always the thing that fills up the room, or your heart. Sometimes, it's what sneaks into the in between spaces." If this ain't the truth! Maybe there's not as much drama as I'd like in this novel, but I will give Higgins credit - she seems to know a thing or two about family, love, marriage and all of the nuances that come along with it.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today.I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.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 favourite, 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.From the author of Good Luck with That and Life and Other Inconveniences comes a new novel of heartbreaking truths and hilarious honesty about what family really means.Families are messy and we always love to read bout families that are messy and/or messier than ours. We have in the past read Miss Higgan's books in a book club as we love to talk about our families and we love well-written books. The story is well crafted and the characters enjoyable and if you have never read Miss Higgins before, this is the time to pick up her work and get reading. I would normally say take this book to the beach with a tonne of SPF1000 sunscreen as you will lose track of time and end up fried to a crisp as a result. BUT, since we are supposed to be in self-isolation, read it on the porch, balcony, backyard, or even your bedroom!) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🏖️ 🏖️ 🏖️ 🏖️
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  • Tiffany Foskey
    January 1, 1970
    Kristan Higgins books are always a breath of fresh air!!!!!!!!!!!! Love her stories sooooo much and was sooooo glad to get an ARC of this newest one. Her stories you can always relate to and you enjoy them soooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Peggy
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully drawn characters in this family drama. There was both comedy and tragedy. Both so well written.The subjects of infidelity, aging, life choices, love and joy are all represented fully and lovingly. I enjoyed every word and will read it again and again.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I thought this was going to be standard, cliched Women's Fiction for the first half of the book. I was certain that the two slightly estranged sisters would bond when their father suffers a traumatic brain injury, while the sister who is married with children and a successful job realizes you can't Have It All, and the sister who is trying to make it as an artist in New York City returns home and realizes that she can only be happy in small town Connecticut (with her high school 3.5 stars. I thought this was going to be standard, cliched Women's Fiction for the first half of the book. I was certain that the two slightly estranged sisters would bond when their father suffers a traumatic brain injury, while the sister who is married with children and a successful job realizes you can't Have It All, and the sister who is trying to make it as an artist in New York City returns home and realizes that she can only be happy in small town Connecticut (with her high school sweetheart of course). And the father and mother finally realize what is really important after the accident, and save their dying marriage. Well, some of that happens. But a lot of it doesn't. Without getting too spoilery, I will just say that Higgins takes the story in a few surprising directions, and while the ending is happy and hopeful, not everyone ends up in the exact place you would have predicted. The message is that even if love is "what sneaks into the in-between spaces" and not the thing that fills up your heart it's still worthwhile. Along the way we get lots of trademark Higgins humor, a few too many sentient body parts ("The baby smiled at me and my ovaries spontaneously frothed over with eggs"), and a s0-ugly-it's-cute dog. I've had my ups and downs with the author over the years but she appears to have moved past her earlier heroines who were desperate to find a man to ones who are searching for multiple things, true love just being one of them. While I didn't enjoy Always the Last to Know as much as her previous effort, Life and Other Inconveniences, I would still recommend it as a solid summer read. ARC received from Net Galley in exchange for honest review.
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  • Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    Sadie and Juliet are very different for being sisters. Juliet was the child her mother yearned for, and adored from her first breath. Sadie was the surprise baby several years later, who was her fathers pride and joy. While each has a parent on their side, it doesnt change the jealousy they feel over the others relationship with the opposite parent. Meanwhile, John and Barb have been together 50 years and she is ready to end that when John has a stroke. When John moves home and needs round the Sadie and Juliet are very different for being sisters. Juliet was the child her mother yearned for, and adored from her first breath. Sadie was the surprise baby several years later, who was her fathers pride and joy. While each has a parent on their side, it doesn’t change the jealousy they feel over the others relationship with the opposite parent. Meanwhile, John and Barb have been together 50 years and she is ready to end that when John has a stroke. When John moves home and needs round the clock care, Sadie moves back from NYC to the town she was desperate to leave in order to help out. Will being in such close proximity to her first love leave her with regrets? Will Juliet continue to spend her time in her closet having panic attacks?Ahhh, family drama at it’s finest. Sibling rivalry, cheating, parental distress, first loves, self confidence issues, this one had it all. As always Kristan Higgins had me wrapped up in the Frost families life, and the pages turned quickly. Sometimes you read a family drama and it just seems to over the top, but this one was so realistic. I could feel the rivalry between Juliet and Sadie. I could envision the tension between Sadie and her mother, even when both was trying to be supportive, it was always just under the surface and one wrong comment turned into a fight. I also really enjoyed both Sadie and Juliet’s jobs and how they ebbed and flowed throughout the story. Again, a very realistic look at both of those careers. I thought this was a beautifully done book about the challenges of life, work, love, family, and dreams. Kristan Higgins did it again, and I’m already impatiently waiting for her next novel!Thank you to Berkley pub for my gifted copy of this book!
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  • Shannon Rochester
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my digital download in exchange for an honest opinion. I requested this book because I knew I had read other works by the author and I knew I really liked them. This book was no exception. I was immediately drawn into the story and the characters. This is a story about a family and it is told by their point of view...ALL of them. Normally, I am not a fan of too many narrators but I was able to hang for this one and I really enjoyed hearing about what Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my digital download in exchange for an honest opinion. I requested this book because I knew I had read other works by the author and I knew I really liked them. This book was no exception. I was immediately drawn into the story and the characters. This is a story about a family and it is told by their point of view...ALL of them. Normally, I am not a fan of too many narrators but I was able to hang for this one and I really enjoyed hearing about what was happening from their perspective. This is a family drama that includes true love, betrayal, feelings of insecurity, sadness, and reaching your dreams. I loved everything about it and the only reason it did not get five stars was because it did not make me laugh out loud or cry. Sadie and Juliet are two sisters who really could not be more different. Juliet is a successful architect and Sadie is a schoolteacher who does art on the side. Juliet is her Mother's favorite and Sadie is a Daddy's Girl all the way. Juliet stayed where they grew up and Sadie had a dream about living in New York, which she did for awhile. She even gave up her one true love for this dream. Sadly, John, the father had a stroke and Sadie comes home to help take care of him. I was going to go on but have since decided that I don't want to say anymore. No spoilers from me because I want you to feel what I felt and learn as you go. Maybe you will feel different, maybe you won't even like this book. But I loved it. @Netgalley @penguinrandom #bookreview #penguinrandom #Netgalley #alwaysthelasttoknow
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    ***Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Shelf Awareness for an ARC of Kristan Higgins new book***Meet Barb and John Frost, your typical couple married 50 years. Parents to two daughters - Juliet, the favorite of her mother. The "perfect" successful architect with a family of her own. And Sadie - John's favorite, the struggling artist/art teacher who couldn't wait to leave the small town she grew up in. And the man she never stopped loving.Just as life is - things seem great until the house of ***Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Shelf Awareness for an ARC of Kristan Higgins new book***Meet Barb and John Frost, your typical couple married 50 years. Parents to two daughters - Juliet, the favorite of her mother. The "perfect" successful architect with a family of her own. And Sadie - John's favorite, the struggling artist/art teacher who couldn't wait to leave the small town she grew up in. And the man she never stopped loving.Just as life is - things seem great until the house of cards fall. In this case it was John having a stroke. The girls drop everything to run be with their parents, therefore changing their lives in some way and Barb finds out he's been having an affair. Even though she was going to divorce him, she's deeply hurt. So where do we go from here? This book covers a lot of topics - first love, cheating, sibling rivalry, divorce, emotions of all types. I felt the character development was very good as I would expect from Kristin Higgins but overall I didn't love the book. I enjoyed reading it but felt like it could have had more of a plot. 3.5 stars
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  • Linda George
    January 1, 1970
    Barb and John Frost have been married for fifty years, but something is not right. The day John has a stroke everything falls apart. Barb finds out that John is having an affair and, even though she was planning to divorce him, she is crushed. Their daughters rush home to help deal with the crisis - Juliet who is Barb's favorite and Sadie who is John's favorite. The two women could not be more different. Juliet is a successful architect, wife, and mother and yet she is spending an increasing Barb and John Frost have been married for fifty years, but something is not right. The day John has a stroke everything falls apart. Barb finds out that John is having an affair and, even though she was planning to divorce him, she is crushed. Their daughters rush home to help deal with the crisis - Juliet who is Barb's favorite and Sadie who is John's favorite. The two women could not be more different. Juliet is a successful architect, wife, and mother and yet she is spending an increasing amount of time in her closet with full blown panic attacks. Sadie is an unsuccessful artist living in New York City supporting herself by teaching art in a Catholic elementary school and creating couch paintings for interior designers. Now that she is home, she has to face the man she has never stopped loving. Barb has finally come into her own and feels respected and needed by the townspeople who have elected her as a Selectman. These family members will finally have to come together to support and appreciate each other to make the changes they need in their lives for true happiness.
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  • Linden
    January 1, 1970
    Kristan Higgins has written another feel-good novel. Her characters are always finely-drawn, and there is usually something to make you laugh. Sadie, who teaches art in a small Catholic school in New York, was determined to escape the small town in Connecticut where she grew up. Her sister Juliet, the overachiever and Moms favorite, is a successful architect. Sadie is devastated when she learns that her father has had a stroke and a resulting brain injury, so she returns home to help her mom Kristan Higgins has written another feel-good novel. Her characters are always finely-drawn, and there is usually something to make you laugh. Sadie, who teaches art in a small Catholic school in New York, was determined to escape the small town in Connecticut where she grew up. Her sister Juliet, the overachiever and Mom’s favorite, is a successful architect. Sadie is devastated when she learns that her father has had a stroke and a resulting brain injury, so she returns home to help her mom with his care. Mom, Barb, learns that her husband had been having an affair, and the scene where she and her best friend, Caro, confront the woman is hilarious. Sadie also has a great scene confronting and ditching a cheating boyfriend. Higgins creates characters you care about, and skillfully weaves their disparate personalities and lives into an enjoyable story. Thanks to the publisher and to Netgalley for this ARC.
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  • Shoshana G
    January 1, 1970
    I read almost all of Higgins' books this year, and I really liked most of them! There's something enjoyable and relaxing to reading about normal everywomen finding themselves and love. Some I liked more than others, but they were mostly easy to fall into, with charming settings and relatable, yet imperfect characters.This was fine, but it was not one of my favorites. I really disliked Sadie. Obviously there's a place for an unlikable woman and unlikable characters, but this style of book doesn't I read almost all of Higgins' books this year, and I really liked most of them! There's something enjoyable and relaxing to reading about normal everywomen finding themselves and love. Some I liked more than others, but they were mostly easy to fall into, with charming settings and relatable, yet imperfect characters.This was fine, but it was not one of my favorites. I really disliked Sadie. Obviously there's a place for an unlikable woman and unlikable characters, but this style of book doesn't work if you dislike the protagonist. I thought she was boring and oblivious and uninteresting. In contrast, I found Barb and Juliet's stories much more interesting and my enjoyment of the book suffered from not caring about a third of it.Still, this was competently executed and I enjoyed the themes and some of the plot.I read an e-ARC through NetGalley.
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  • Mary Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Always the Last to Know relates the lives of a mother (Barbara Frost) and her two daughters (Juliet and Sadie), from Stoningham, CT (also featured in Life and Other Inconveniences. On the eve her 50th Wedding Anniversary, Barb recieves the news that her husband, John, as had an accident while riding his bicycle. By the time she reaches the hospital, it has been determined that his fall was caused by a stroke, and he is wisked into surger. Told in alternating narration by the three women, the Always the Last to Know relates the lives of a mother (Barbara Frost) and her two daughters (Juliet and Sadie), from Stoningham, CT (also featured in Life and Other Inconveniences. On the eve her 50th Wedding Anniversary, Barb recieves the news that her husband, John, as had an accident while riding his bicycle. By the time she reaches the hospital, it has been determined that his fall was caused by a stroke, and he is wisked into surger. Told in alternating narration by the three women, the novel examines the familyr elationships, the loves and the losses of the women, all while showing their misconceptions of their family and of each other. A quick and enjoyable read, especially if you like light family dramas by authors such as Susan Mallery, Nora Roberts and Jennifer Crusie.
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  • Evelyn
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Married for nearly 50 years with two grown daughters, it seemed Barbara Frost had been just going through the motions of being married for as long as she could remember. She was actually thinking of asking her husband John for a divorce on their anniversary. But when John has a stroke the day before it, she learns while waiting in the ER that hed been having an affair. Has her whole like been a Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Married for nearly 50 years with two grown daughters, it seemed Barbara Frost had been just going through the motions of being married for as long as she could remember. She was actually thinking of asking her husband John for a divorce on their anniversary. But when John has a stroke the day before it, she learns while waiting in the ER that he’d been having an affair. Has her whole like been a sham, or did they ever really care about each other?Told from each family member’s point of view, the story isn’t always pretty but gives insight into how seemingly small events shaped each of their lives.“Love isn’t always the thing that fills up the room, or your heart. Sometimes, it’s what sneaks into the in between spaces. “
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  • Laura Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on June 9th, 2020.Another feel good book by Kristan Higgins full of her trademark humor, smart, snappy prose, likable characters, and uplifting endings. A good palate cleanser from all the serious reading Ive been doing. I love the way she has continued to embed love in all forms in this book, along with the requisite rediscovered lost true Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on June 9th, 2020.Another feel good book by Kristan Higgins — full of her trademark humor, smart, snappy prose, likable characters, and uplifting endings. A good palate cleanser from all the serious reading I’ve been doing. I love the way she has continued to embed love in all forms — in this book, along with the requisite rediscovered lost true love, we add a lesbian and a single hetero man co-parenting and two hetero women who who choose each other as life partners. Higgins does a fantastic job of making love in any form seem obvious and natural.
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  • Beck
    January 1, 1970
    Higgins is just one of those authors that you want to read. There is no forethought when deciding whether to read a book by Higgins - there just IS. You really can't stay away. Reading Higgins is like diving into a pool of warm chocolate syrup.. if you can visualize that. I just love her books.This is about a marriage in trouble and how not all is as it seems. It's about love, loss, and struggle. I love books about family issues. They are so real. There is no facade. No fakeness. Higgins has a Higgins is just one of those authors that you want to read. There is no forethought when deciding whether to read a book by Higgins - there just IS. You really can't stay away. Reading Higgins is like diving into a pool of warm chocolate syrup.. if you can visualize that. I just love her books.This is about a marriage in trouble and how not all is as it seems. It's about love, loss, and struggle. I love books about family issues. They are so real. There is no facade. No fakeness. Higgins has a way of writing where she does not sugarcoat. She is an amazing author and I always look forward to reading her books.
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  • Nicole Duling
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, this is my least favorite book I have read from Kristan Higgins. It was so slow paced and I had to force myself to keep reading hoping that something exciting was going to happen, but it never did. While at certain points in my life I have felt like Barb, I still didnt connect with her. In fact, I didnt feel a connection with any of the characters. Sadie absolutely got on my nerves with all her blabbering. And the text messages sent between John and WORK were the worst!! I really Unfortunately, this is my least favorite book I have read from Kristan Higgins. It was so slow paced and I had to force myself to keep reading hoping that something exciting was going to happen, but it never did. While at certain points in my life I have felt like Barb, I still didn’t connect with her. In fact, I didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters. Sadie absolutely got on my nerves with all her blabbering. And the text messages sent between John and WORK were the worst!! I really wanted to like this book because I have enjoyed Kristan Higgins in the past but this is just a no for me. I received an electronic copy of this book from Netgalley and Penguin Random House in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    Higgins includes in her stories great characters with insecurities. A mother who is no longer (after 50 years) in love with her husband. The favorite daughter who has always tried to be Perfect and is now having meltdowns in the closet. The youngest daughter, an artist, who is always trying to prove to herself that she is an artist. These insecurities are what all of us feel at some time in our lives. The support of friends and family get us through these rough times as it did the Frost women.
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  • Joanne
    January 1, 1970
    I love the way this author writes. You want to keep reading and see where her characters will go. There wasn't a heck of a lot of plot here but the character development was excellent as it usually is for Higgins. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive a early copy of Kristan Higgins latest. I am a huge fan and this book did not disappoint. She wrote of family, relationships, finding yourself and other heavy topics in a way that is just so relatable. A few chuckles definently here and there. Would recommend adding this to your to be read pile.
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  • Jackie Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    This is a novel about family. It is rather real as this family has problems. The folks turn into your own family as you read the book from the characters point of view. It wont be out until June. Mark it on your to read list as you will love it. Thanks to Goodreads.
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  • Terry McGrorty
    January 1, 1970
    Very much enjoyed Always the Last to know. First I loved the Minnesota speak and reference don't cha know. I could relate to the characters and their stories. Well written and a joy to read. Thank you.
  • Beth Perry
    January 1, 1970
    Always the Last to Know is a complex story of relationships, family and the secrets they keep. A Father's injury brings two sisters together and explores why the family is fractured. Kristan Higgins always delivers great reads with diverse characters.
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  • Julia | gameofreading
    January 1, 1970
    I always love the realistic family drama Kristan Higgins brings! I could easily see this family in my life. The story had fun, hilarious moments, and also really heartfelt, emotional moments. No one combines these two feelings in a more realistic way than Higgins!
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  • Karen Troutman
    January 1, 1970
    Always the Last to Knowby Kristan HigginsBerkley Publishing Group You Like ThemBerkleyWomen's FictionKristan Higgins is an author I look forward to reading. Sadly, to say this book was not one of my favorites. I will not be rating it high or recommending it to our library patrons.
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  • Sanders Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    First of all I want to say thank you Kristan Higgins for picking me as a winner on goodreads for your new book.I love the story, it was heartbreaking, and gut retching. A story of lust, love, and betrayed. In the end everyone got their happy ending and was able follow their Hope's and dreams.
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