4.5 Stars

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If You Only Knew - Emotional women's fiction novel.

If You Only Knew is an emotional women's fiction novel with multiple story lines. Jenny Tate is a successful wedding gown designer, however, her love life has taken a recent hit. Jenny's ex-husband, Owen, remarried and has a new baby, yet he wants them to continue to be "friends." Jenny moves from New York City into the quiet suburb where she grew up in an attempt to start over. In the meantime, Jenny's sister, Rachel, a stay-at-home mom of triplets, has just discovered her husband's infidelity. Rachel is torn between wanting to leave or wanting to stay and fight for her marriage. Two sisters, each with their own problems, band together in this emotional story about love, marriage, and family. This is the first book that I've read by Kristan Higgins but it won't be my last. The characters were real, and mostly likable (except for Rachel's husband), and the plot was rich and multi-layered. There are also some interesting and likable secondary characters, including Leo, Jenny's handsome and mysterious landlord. As a romance fan (and writer!), I was really rooting for Jenny and Rachel to find their happy endings which they did. If you're a fan of women's fiction that revolves around sisters and families, I would highly recommend If You Only Knew.  I would also recommend books by Elin Hilderbrand who writes engaging stories with similar themes.