Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

After being left at the altar by her high school sweetheart, Faith Holland fled town to San Francisco, where she became a successful landscape architect. Many years later, she decides to return to the small town of Blue Heron to connect with her family and help out at their winery. The first person she bumps into is Levi Cooper, who she resents for assisting her fiancé in jilting her. As they get to know one another, they each learn that there is much more to the story than at first glance.

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins starts out as a typical contemporary small town romance, but includes some of the best characterization and writing I have come across in the genre. Faith and Levi both have interesting histories, which Higgins artfully weaves into the narrative in the form of flashbacks. Be sure to have a box of tissues nearby as they have both had some emotional hardships to overcome.  By the end of this novel, I felt like I really knew these characters and understood their motivations.

The Best Man will appeal to readers who enjoy contemporary romances set in small towns. Blue Heron is a charming locale with quirky residents. The interesting nonlinear narrative keeps the pages turning fast as you learn a bit more from each flashback. There are some steamy scenes, but the focus of this romance is on character development.

Search the VBPL catalog for The Best Man as well as other contemporary romances by Kristan Higgins. This is the first in a series so be sure to check out the others in the Blue Heron series as well. If you enjoy this novel, check out Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery as well.

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