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Always the Last to Know Sometimes You Have To Break A Family To Fix It From New York Timesbestselling 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 Otherwho 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 Different, But At Least They Got Along, 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 AndLife And Other Inconveniences Comes A New Novel Of Heartbreaking Truths And Hilarious Honesty About What Family Really Means.


10 thoughts on “Always the Last to Know

  1. says:

    Love isn t always the thing that fills up the room, or your heart Sometimes, it s what sneaks into the in between spaces. Heartfelt and sincere, Always the Last to Know conveys the message that unmitigated joy often comes with self acceptance Or finding the guts to crumple up the blueprints of what life should look like, in favor of an unexpected andrewarding path And that, right there, is why Kristan Higgins continues to reign as one of my favorite authors Her characters and humor Love isn t always the thing that fills up the room, or your heart Sometimes, it s what sneaks into the in between spaces. Heartfelt and sincere, Always the Last to Know conveys the message that unmitigated joy often comes with self acceptance Or finding the guts to crumple up the blueprints of what life should look like, in favor of an unexpected andrewarding path And that, right there, is why Kristan Higgins continues to reign as one of my favorite authors Her characters and humor infuse charm, while her plot lines deliver a meaningful message.In her twentieth novel wow , Higgins brings readers into the lives of the Frost family during a tumultuous time Barb, mother to Juliet and Sadie and husband to John, is forced to reevaluate her situation Her plans to divorce John, after 50 years of marriage, come to a standstill when he has a debilitating stroke and needs round the clock care Their five decades together have been far from fulfilling, leading Barb to feel less than, inways than one Juliet, Barb s oldest and favorite daughter, has an impressive career as an architect in a male dominated firm, a loving and yummy British husband, and two girls Yet, the attention showered on a new, younger architect, with a less impressive skillset, spurns loads of self doubt.And then there s Sadie Barb s youngest and a tried and true daddy s girl From birth, Sadie and Barb have struggled to connect She doesn t quite fit her older sister s perfect mold More of a free spirit, Sadie chose to leave it all behind in pursuit of being an artist amongst the glitz and glitter of New York City A reality that crushed her first love, Noah, and severed their relationship Following her beloved father s stroke, Sadie returns to her posh hometown and all those messy feelings she left behind.The magic of Always the Last to Know lies not only in the three women finding their true selves and managing to quiet that destructive not good enough inner voice but also in the relationship dynamics Higgins puts on display The mother to daughter, sister to sister and father to daughter dynamics are relatable on so many levels Of course, no shocker here, given I m a fool for a chemistry ridden love story, Sadie and Noah s connection stole my heart instantly A big part of me wanted Sadie to give in early on for the sake of a happily ever after and a brood of curly haired cuties but I admired her dogged pursuit to find success with painting Making their heartrending journey worthwhile is seeing the version of love and family they create together Both Sadie and Juliet s storylines show that you don t have to toss your dreams, thoughts, or goals to the wayside for a relationship Having it all is possible with a supportive partner.And who said women s fiction was all fluffTHANK YOU to Berkley Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts Which in no way, shape or form, altered my opinion or rating And for those looking to pre order a personalized, signed copy for your collection, you can do so here


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    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 di 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 readparts 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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    A Bumpy Ride that Caught Me Off Guard 3.5 starsThe heart wants what the heart wants, and the heart can be a real idiot Always the Last to Know is a family drama about a family struggling in the wake of a tragedy The Frost women, Barb the mother , Juliet perfect first daughter , and Sadie youngest daughter and black sheep , are forced to come together when John Frost husband to Barb and father to Juliet and Sadie has a stroke.Told through the alternating POV s of Barb, Juliet, Sadie, an A Bumpy Ride that Caught Me Off Guard 3.5 starsThe heart wants what the heart wants, and the heart can be a real idiot Always the Last to Know is a family drama about a family struggling in the wake of a tragedy The Frost women, Barb the mother , Juliet perfect first daughter , and Sadie youngest daughter and black sheep , are forced to come together when John Frost husband to Barb and father to Juliet and Sadie has a stroke.Told through the alternating POV s of Barb, Juliet, Sadie, and John, this book elicited a range of emotions from annoyance, to laughter, to tears, to finally happiness I had a bit of a hard time for about the first half of this book I wasn t connecting with the characters, Barb s voice was annoying me, Juliet s problems were making me roll my eyes, and Sadie, whose story I found to be the most interesting, was grating on my nerves All three women, as much as I wanted to love them, felt like clich d characters that I met in other books I don t know if it is because of COVID that I responded to their characters this way, or if I would have responded this way had the world been normal It wasn t until I got to a part of the book involving Barb and her best friend Caro, that I found myself laughing out loud and starting to enjoy these characters Then I reached another moment which caught me off guard and caused me to burst into tears, and then another scene that made me smile In the end, I grew to love Sadie, Juliet, John, and Barb, but it took a lot for me to get there.While the storylines are a bit predictable, the characters have muchdepth to them than it initially seems They develop, grow, and learn from their mistakes, and the reader must remain patient to see their journeys evolve.While there are a host of themes explored in Always the Last to Know, including marriage, friendship, betrayal, and success, the overarching theme is love the love between parents and children, love between siblings, romantic love, and the love that grows out of friendship What this book has to say about love resonated with me While it took me a bit of time to connect with the characters, and it was a bit of a rocky ride, in the end, this book left me feeling warm and fuzzyLove didn t have to be romantic to encircle you in its arms It didn t have to make your heart race or your toes curl Love could be just this, the sound of laughter on a warm night, the absolute comfort of being exactly who you were with the person who knew you inside and out I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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    Families are complicated And messy And secretive And frustrating Aren t they Take, for example, the members of the Frost family, the protagonists of Always the Last to Know, Kristan Higgins latest novel.John and Barb, married nearly 50 years, have grown apart over time and no longer seem to like each other very much They are barelythan strangers, living in the same house, with the shared love they have for their two daughters, Juliette and Sadie, being the only remaining tether that Families are complicated And messy And secretive And frustrating Aren t they Take, for example, the members of the Frost family, the protagonists of Always the Last to Know, Kristan Higgins latest novel.John and Barb, married nearly 50 years, have grown apart over time and no longer seem to like each other very much They are barelythan strangers, living in the same house, with the shared love they have for their two daughters, Juliette and Sadie, being the only remaining tether that binds them Juliette, the elder daughter and Barb s favorite, appears to have it all a wonderful husband, two healthy daughters, an outstanding career as an architect She wants for nothing But no one knows that she is experiencing a mid life crisis, of sorts, and has taken to hiding in the closet, overcome by relentless panic attacks.Sadie, the free spirit and John s favorite, lives contentedly in New York, struggling to carve out a career as an artist while also teaching art at an elementary school She is hoping to soon marry her wonderful boyfriend, even though she can t quite shake the memory of her first love, Noah.Life may not be perfect for the four Frosts, but they are plugging along, somewhat happily enough, with various levels of satisfaction That is, until tragedy strikes by way of John having a stroke Suddenly, their happy enough lives are in a state of shocking upheaval, and they all must come to terms with their own personal inner truths that they have fought so hard to ignore.Somehow or other, I have never before read a novel by Kristan Higgins I m not quite sure how this has happened, seeing as I have read my own fair share of Women s Fiction over the years But at any rate, Always the Last to Know will most certainly not be the last of her novels that I read, as I thoroughly enjoyed it.The beginning of the novel, however, is a little rough From the first few chapters, I initially believed it to be another averagely written, nothing special story with flattish, not very developed characters Barb is a bitter pill, selfish, and unlikable Juliette is too perfect and unkind to her sister Sadie is stubborn and somewhat annoying And John well, he is not the poster boy for perfect husbands.But then somewhere before the halfway mark, I noticed a shift within myself My ambivalence to the story disappeared My annoyance with the characters dissipated And I surprisingly discovered that I was wholly engrossed in the narrative and invested in the Frost family I found that I genuinely cared for and empathized with John, Barb, Juliette, and Sadie.I am uncertain as to what exactly it is about the novel that precipitates this change I am struggling to identify it All I know is that my irritation switched to delight, and I suppose, in the end, that is what truly matters.What is especially appealing about Always the Last to Know is how Higgins shows us that families come in all shapes and sizes and the true definition of family is not necessarily limited by blood She illustrates how a family, over time, can expand to include other surprising, non traditional members and be so enriched by this growth It s quite heartwarming.And how can one write about family without also writing about love It s virtually impossible The two subjects are inexorably linked.But what I admire about Higgins and the story is how she doesn t only focus on familial and romantic love Always the Last to Know is also about the love between two best friends It s about the love between two platonic co parents of a child It s about the respectful love between two women who share a mutual, albeit slightly different, love for the same man Through her writing, Higgins skillfully captures love in all its many complex and diverse forms It s so very uplifting and hopeful.And by doing this, she also deftly captured my love for this novel I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Edelweiss and Berkley in exchange for an honest review All opinions included herein are my own.


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    Find all of my reviews at Kristan HigginsI am super late to this party, but I ve been making up for lost time and this is the fourth novel I ve read by this author and every single one of them have been winners for me The story here is a maybe you can go home again sort where daughter Sadie returns to her hometown after her father suffers a severe stroke The narration is presented by three different women the aforementioned Sadie, her si Find all of my reviews at Kristan HigginsI am super late to this party, but I ve been making up for lost time and this is the fourth novel I ve read by this author and every single one of them have been winners for me The story here is a maybe you can go home again sort where daughter Sadie returns to her hometown after her father suffers a severe stroke The narration is presented by three different women the aforementioned Sadie, her sister Juliet and their mother Barb with the occasional bit offered by John, the father , and gives each of their personal histories as well as the familial one as a whole Basically, I looked like this when readingI love family stories, I love humor, I love a bit of romance and I really really really loved Barb and her best pal Caro If you don t have a Caro in your life, you need to rectify that situation immediately Note that this is about as Chick Litty as it gets, so if you have an aversion, stay faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar away Me, on the other hand WellI m giving this one all the stars


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    Wow, this book It really got under my skin And it wasn t just the preferred child theme you ll read about It s the complexity in the characters emotions and truly getting inside their innermost feelings Always the Last to Know has to be one of the most poignant family dramas I ve read It starts with a bang John and Barb have been married over fifty years when John has an accident requiring brain surgery and an uncertain outcome.You should know that Barb and John s marriage is in a precar Wow, this book It really got under my skin And it wasn t just the preferred child theme you ll read about It s the complexity in the characters emotions and truly getting inside their innermost feelings Always the Last to Know has to be one of the most poignant family dramas I ve read It starts with a bang John and Barb have been married over fifty years when John has an accident requiring brain surgery and an uncertain outcome.You should know that Barb and John s marriage is in a precarious state when this happens Add in their daughters, Juliet, who is closest with her mom, Barb, and Sadie, closest with John All the push and pull of family dynamics commences and because we hear from all four narrators, we get the nitty gritty thoughts that aren t always pretty.The part of preferred children actually hurt me to the bone Whether it s due to my own family dynamics, or the history of dynamics in my own extended families, or both, it was just OUCH And Kristan Higgins nailed it all and that s what made the book feel completely human and authentic.Will John recover Will Barb and John stay together Will Sadie find love Oh, and let me mention this I loved how Higgins didn t place a higher price on love that any other accomplishment for her characters They were searching for all life had to offer, success inthan just one way only, through love, especially the daughters That made them stronger in my eyes, and I loved the message.Overall, this book completely threw me in its depth and subtleties This one made me feel and with some sharp edges, which I didn t mind because of the overall outcome of the story.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader


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    I m a huge Kristan Higgins fan, and so I jumped at the chance to read Always the Last to Know Though I ve enjoyed other recent books from her , I found Always the Last to Know extremely hard to put down.What Kristan Higgins always does so well is make multi faceted characters who are not simply likable unlikable I had mixed emotions about each character, and I found that the author treated each one with empathy and realism I was riveted by the story, honestly, and found that it got better I m a huge Kristan Higgins fan, and so I jumped at the chance to read Always the Last to Know Though I ve enjoyed other recent books from her , I found Always the Last to Know extremely hard to put down.What Kristan Higgins always does so well is make multi faceted characters who are not simply likable unlikable I had mixed emotions about each character, and I found that the author treated each one with empathy and realism I was riveted by the story, honestly, and found that it got better and better as it went along It started off a bit slowly, but it picked up towards the end and became extremely engaging My one real sticking point is that I didn t like the switch from 1st to 3rd person between chapters I found it to be pretty jarring, though I think the author did it to differentiate between the voices Still, an odd choice I also found the chapters from the father s perspective to be a bit too sentimental Overall, just as tight, well edited, and interesting as I was expecting Kristan Higgins is a pro and continues to show us why with each book goodreads instagram twitter blog


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    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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    Wow, another Women s Fiction winner for Kristan Higgins I wait every year for Kristan Higgins s new book I even delay reading them because I want to savor the moment and that way, it is less time for me to wait for her next release.It s always a real pleasure immersing in her stories There is always something that clicks with me.Always the Last to Know, wasn t an exception It made me laugh and it made me cry Once I read the first few pages, I knew the next few hours would be centered aro Wow, another Women s Fiction winner for Kristan Higgins I wait every year for Kristan Higgins s new book I even delay reading them because I want to savor the moment and that way, it is less time for me to wait for her next release.It s always a real pleasure immersing in her stories There is always something that clicks with me.Always the Last to Know, wasn t an exception It made me laugh and it made me cry Once I read the first few pages, I knew the next few hours would be centered around one family The Frost Family.There is John, the patriarch who has been a good provider but not a very good father to his first child or a good husband to Barb, his wife The day he has a massive brain bleed, Barbara finds out something he has been hiding from her.Barbara, the wife and mother, who has never been truly happy in her marriage despite trying to do things she assumed were expected of her as a wife She has a great relationship with her daughter Juliet but the same couldn t be said about her youngest daughter, Sadie Sadie has always been John s favorite.Juliet is a successful architect but lately, she has noticed she has competition at work from someone she brought in and tried to mentor She also worries about her own marriage and her two girls especially the one who s becoming a typical teenager Lastly, we meet Sadie A New Yorker by heart Someone who didn t want to stay and live in a small town Her dream was to be discovered as an artist and become a famous painter In the present, she s almost engaged to Alexander Mitchum, who s a yacht salesman but her main love has been always been Jon snow, I mean scratch that, Noah Pelletier Noah had a different dream than hers He wanted to stay in town, marry Saddie and form a family together The trials and tribulations of these characters were perfectly described by Kristan Higgins She humanized them and gave them meaning I ended up liking all three women in a very different way Of course, I love Noah and Sadie together and I laughed every single time Mickey spoked She had me in stitches Barbara and Caro s friendship was a refreshing change I also love how awesome Juliet s husband, Oliver really was I m sad to say goodbye to this family but I m sure next year, I ll meet some awesome new ones Cliffhanger No4 5 FangsA complimentary copy was provided by Berkley via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.MrsLeif s Two Fangs About It Facebook Twitter Instagram


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    Barb and John Frost have been married for fifty years and live in a small Connecticut town During their marriage, they raised two daughters, Juliet and Sadie, who are now adults Barb has been contemplating divorce for some years now and is going to move forward with her plans Their marriage has been stale for many years while she kept herself busy as the town selectman Her plans are put on hold when John suffers a massive stroke Their youngest daughter, Sadie, is single and teaches art in N Barb and John Frost have been married for fifty years and live in a small Connecticut town During their marriage, they raised two daughters, Juliet and Sadie, who are now adults Barb has been contemplating divorce for some years now and is going to move forward with her plans Their marriage has been stale for many years while she kept herself busy as the town selectman Her plans are put on hold when John suffers a massive stroke Their youngest daughter, Sadie, is single and teaches art in New York City She always had a close connection with her father and decides to help care for him when he returns home from the hospital Juliet Frost remained near her childhood home after college and always seemed to gravitate to her mother for support She is a successful architect with two children and a doting husband These two sisters have never gotten along and diverged into different lifestyles All three women are now forced into close proximity and each must work through their issues Always The Last To Know by Kristan Higgins is the second book that I have read by this author This story depicts the complex relationships among family members during a crisis It includes sibling rivalry, emotional outbursts, sadness, regret, and the powerful bonds of love This book will touch your heart while validating the family dynamics that exist for us all


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