Serious relationships explored

Always the Last to Know

By: Kristan Higgins

Rating: 4 of 5

Over the years, I have read many books by Kristan Higgins. I started with her light-hearted romances and have, more recently, enjoyed her longer, fictional literature with humorous overtones.

This book is different. It is more serious and explores familial relationships from a more realistic viewpoint.

The family in the book is the Frost family, who are maybe but probably not related to Robert Frost. However, they are a big deal in their town, thanks to the hard work by the matriarch, Barb Frost.

Barb wanted to fit in, as a young bride, and over the years, everyone knows her and have elected her as top official. Though she is beloved in her town, her relationship with her husband has suffered from neglect on both sides.

Her husband John is a retired attorney and has found time on his hands and found things to do, until he is felled by a massive stroke.

Daughters Sadie and Juliet have problems of their own. Juliet is married and has serious work issues, though she is brilliant at her trade. Sadie has some both work and personal issues but is making a go of it in New York City.

The family is pulled together after John’s stroke. The story is how the family dynamics work together and how they alter as they navigate the aftermath of the stroke and hidden things which come to light.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Edelweiss.

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