Life and Other Inconveniences

Life and Other Inconveniences

From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but t...

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Life and Other Inconveniences Reviews

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Kristan Higgins has always been a favorite author of mine. With her ability to deliver strong fleshed out characters that you truly want to know and her emotional and yet charming heroines and witty dialogue, her books are just so much fun to devour and are always so much more than a fluff read.

    This time told in multiple point of views, I love Higgins ability to both make us hate some of the characters and later, not only care for them, but even like them. Most of all, she makes us feel for the

    Kristan Higgins has always been a favorite author of mine. With her ability to deliver strong fleshed out characters that you truly want to know and her emotional and yet charming heroines and witty dialogue, her books are just so much fun to devour and are always so much more than a fluff read.

    This time told in multiple point of views, I love Higgins ability to both make us hate some of the characters and later, not only care for them, but even like them. Most of all, she makes us feel for them in some many different ways. I love authors that can not only bring out the emotions in me, but make me truly think and truly feel, so much so that sometimes I want to both put the book down to catch my breathe and keep on reading it because I just can't get enough and have to know what happens next.

    Truly an amazing book about people in all stages of life, each with their own personal demons, regrets, and ability to live, love, grow, and most of all, let go and forgive.

    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Berit☀️✨

    Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite authors and she keeps getting better and better. Her last few books have been a little more serious in tone than her earlier fun light hearted romances. But they still have those lovable relatable characters that draw you in to the story. They also still have the dogs! This is probably my favorite book from KH yet, but I will almost guarantee you that her next one will be my new favorite. She just has such an absorbing writing style that completely consumes

    Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite authors and she keeps getting better and better. Her last few books have been a little more serious in tone than her earlier fun light hearted romances. But they still have those lovable relatable characters that draw you in to the story. They also still have the dogs! This is probably my favorite book from KH yet, but I will almost guarantee you that her next one will be my new favorite. She just has such an absorbing writing style that completely consumes you from first page to last. Her character development is perfection. These are characters you will feel as though you know as well as your own friends by the end of the book, flaws and all. I could gush even more, but I will spare you all! If you are a Kristan Higgins fan this is a must read. And if you have not read her yet... what are you waiting for?

    The story is primarily told from the perspectives of granddaughter and grandmother, Emma and Genevieve. Emma came to live with her grandmother after the tragic death of her mother and the abandonment by her father. Genevieve is not the most loving of grandmothers. Still struggling with the death of her beloved older son and the premature death of her husband. When Emma gets pregnant at the age of 18 and is not able to follow the life plan that Genevieve has imagined for her Genevieve kicks her out. Fast forward 17 years Emma is doing well raising her daughter Riley, when out of the blue Genevieve reaches out. Genevieve is dying and wants to reconnect with Emma, meet her granddaughter for the first time who she intends to leave her fortune to. What follows is a story about family, Hope, forgiveness, Secrets, and love. Both Genevieve and Emma were such smart and strong women. Genevieve is one of those characters that really grows on you throughout the course of a book. Emma was a great character whose only flaw was that she was a little too perfect. There also were so many amazing secondary characters. Emma’s daughter Riley, her father Pop, and neighbor Miller. Miller was not only a love interest, but he also had a challenging relationship with his own three-year-old precocious (to say the least) daughter. The additional peppering of both Riley and Miller’s perspectives really added some depth to the book. Such a beautifully told powerful story that made me both laugh and cry. I will never look at mixing beaters or pirates the same way again!

    *** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    4.5 Stars

    I wouldn’t say I

    avoided Kristan Higgans, but I will say as a person whose name is on A LOT of books on the paperback rack near the checkout lanes at the local Wal-Mart she wasn’t someone who was high on my list of must read authors. (That's where they keep the James Pattersons - blech.) Then she wrote

    that got everyone’s panties all up their butts and I decided that was something I needed to re

    Find all of my reviews at:

    4.5 Stars

    I wouldn’t say I

    avoided Kristan Higgans, but I will say as a person whose name is on A LOT of books on the paperback rack near the checkout lanes at the local Wal-Mart she wasn’t someone who was high on my list of must read authors. (That's where they keep the James Pattersons - blech.) Then she wrote

    that got everyone’s panties all up their butts and I decided that was something I needed to read . . . .

    When offered an advanced copy of

    I jumped all over it without even bothering to see what it was about first. Imagine my delight when I discovered it was one of my fave tropes – the “maybe you

    go home again.”

    The story here starts with a phone call Emma receives from her estranged grandmother Genevieve informing her that Genevieve has brain cancer, is not long for this world, and would like Emma and her daughter to come spend her last summer with her. The two have not communicated for 17 years – right about the time Emma announced that she was pregnant unexpectedly and Genevieve kicked her out – but the dangling carrot of a potential windfall via Genevieve’s estate being left to Emma’s daughter in order to put her through college has this family reunion happening no matter what Emma’s personal feelings may be.

    This book hit ALL the right things for me. To begin with, I love dysfunctional families . . .

    (They make me feel like mine might not be as awful as they appear to be.)

    Second . . . .

    I myself am poor. I love reading about rich people. And this one??? Granny Genny created a

    handbag empire that had all the gals going . . . .

    In my head she was what Vera Bradley must be like. And before Vera Bradley (don’t worry, I know that’s not a real human – I’m only sorta stoopid) reads this and takes offense that Genevieve was kind of a bitch on wheels? I loved her – it’s a compliment.

    Not to mention . . . .

    It’s summatime summatime sum sum summatime. I literally read this from cover to cover at the pool last Friday on a mental health day away from the office. (Anyone know a good dermatologist??? I’m gonna need to deal with the skin cancer I probably now have.)

    I wish I could post some quotes to prove that both Emma and Genevieve were amazing female leads, this had great humor and the romance was wonderfully schmoopy. However, the ones I want to use are like half a page rather than a word or two and I like receiving free shit so I shall cease and desist before I lose my privileges. Just trust me that if you are a Higgins fan, a Chick Lit fan in general, or just looking for a good time while making sure your children aren’t drowning, this is a must read when it is released next week.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Emma London could not be more different from her grandmother, Genevieve, who is regal and wealthy. Genevieve’s son disappeared many years earlier, and her husband died young. She had a tough life before Emma came along, but she builds a fashion empire known around the world. She also neglected Emma’s father.

    Emma’s mother passes away, and her father leaves her on Genevieve’s doorstep. Her grandmother reluctantly took her in, but when Emma

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Emma London could not be more different from her grandmother, Genevieve, who is regal and wealthy. Genevieve’s son disappeared many years earlier, and her husband died young. She had a tough life before Emma came along, but she builds a fashion empire known around the world. She also neglected Emma’s father.

    Emma’s mother passes away, and her father leaves her on Genevieve’s doorstep. Her grandmother reluctantly took her in, but when Emma gets pregnant as a senior, Genevieve kicks her out.

    There’s one thing Emma took with her that day. Her grandmother’s sheer determination. And with that, she builds a beautiful life for her daughter, Riley.

    Twenty years go by, and now Genevieve reaches out to Emma for help. How will Emma respond?

    Genevieve, Riley, and Emma felt so authentic and real. The first thing that struck me about Higgins’ style is the sincerity in the storytelling. She cares about these characters, and so did I. Also, the complexities and nuances in the relationships were drawn well. The writing is easy to read and warm.

    Overall, Life and Other Inconveniences is a heartwarming story I could easily slip right into and with characters I want to hug. I’ll be reading more KH soon!

    I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

    My reviews can also be found on my blog:

  • Melissa

    At some point, we have to acknowledge that relationships are messier and far more complicated than any romantic comedy would have us believe, that's just life. And here, with her 19th release,

    does just that.

    quells those idealistic notions of love and life that all too easily take shape in our minds, opting instead for characters with candor, scarred hearts and a sense of resiliency.

    Over the last few years, Higgins has pivoted away from the light a

    At some point, we have to acknowledge that relationships are messier and far more complicated than any romantic comedy would have us believe, that's just life. And here, with her 19th release,

    does just that.

    quells those idealistic notions of love and life that all too easily take shape in our minds, opting instead for characters with candor, scarred hearts and a sense of resiliency.

    Over the last few years, Higgins has pivoted away from the light and fun love stories—romances that have garnered hordes of fans—in favor of exploring heavier topics in the women's fiction space.

    , her fifth novel along this newfound path, proves to be the most heart-rending yet. While Higgins' signature humor makes a few cameos along the way (

    ), longtime fans will likely note the lack of chuckle-inducing scenes. Sadness proving to be the potent emotion.

    From go, Emma, a 37-year-old, single-mother, is best described as likable. Reminiscent of Lorelai and Rory’s relationship from

    , Emma and her sixteen-year-old daughter Riley have a strong bond, one steeped in trust. Despite the struggles of raising Riley, mostly on her own, Emma is fiercely determined to give her daughter the best life. So, it’s on the promise of an inheritance for Riley, which would ensure a debt-free college experience, that Emma decides to return to Sheerwater for the summer. And against her gut reaction, agreeing to help out her uber-wealthy and critical grandmother, Genevieve. The very woman that turned her back when Emma needed her most. Readers should brace themselves for a summer of revelations.

    While the majority of the story unfolds from Emma and Genevieve’s perspective, Riley and one of Genevieve’s neighbors, Miller (

    ), are given the opportunity to garner the affection of readers with a few chapters of their own. There is also an extensive cast of secondary characters to keep up with, but that’s ultimately what this novel delivers,

    that will make you care, despite their cruel approach or other quirks. Higgins pulls this off with the frankness of her characters as they unpack their emotional baggage.

    For me, it was Miller and his plight as a single-father to a trying 3-year-old that stole my breath. The conflicting thoughts running through his mind were unabashed and raw, yet understandable given the hand he was dealt. And while you won’t find this novel shelved in the romance section, his heart still managed to steal mine.

    I had hoped my assumptions early on in this endeavor would ring true—that I'd be labeling this a new favorite—but the novel isn’t without flaws. Namely, the sheer predictability of the storyline and pacing inconsistencies felt throughout the back half. Although, neither enough to detract from the memorable cast or the message bestowed on readers. Ultimately, it's our approach to the world—in spite of the hurt and heartache we've experienced—that dictates the quality of life we lead. It's an overarching theme Higgins continues to explore with her characters as of late, and honestly, a place she thrives.

    If you’re a new Higgins fan and find yourself wondering where to head next, I suggest starting with

    ,

    or

    . Although, fair warning, you might get the hankering to go back and devour them

    (

    ), like I did.

  • Katie B

    4.5 stars

    This is the third book by Kristan Higgins I have read and she has now earned her place on my list of authors who I will just automatically read anything they write, I don't even have to be bothered reading the synopsis first to see if it interests me. I truly love the stories she chooses to tell as well as I just feel at ease with the characters even if I don't necessarily have a lot in common with them.

    Emma London hasn't talked to her wealthy grandmother, Genevieve London, ever since

    4.5 stars

    This is the third book by Kristan Higgins I have read and she has now earned her place on my list of authors who I will just automatically read anything they write, I don't even have to be bothered reading the synopsis first to see if it interests me. I truly love the stories she chooses to tell as well as I just feel at ease with the characters even if I don't necessarily have a lot in common with them.

    Emma London hasn't talked to her wealthy grandmother, Genevieve London, ever since she kicked her out of the house when Emma was a pregnant teenager. Emma struggled to put herself thru school and provide for her daughter, Riley, all as a single mother and despite the odds against her managed to create a pretty darn good life for the both of them. She is shocked though when out of the blue she gets a call from her grandmother begging her and Riley, the grandchild she has never met, to come live with her for the summer. So many valid reasons for Emma to decline the invitation, but maybe there are few reasons to say yes.

    The story mostly follows the perspectives of both Emma and Genevieve but also occasionally follows a few of the supporting characters. This is the type of book that you have a pretty decent idea from the beginning where the story is headed but that doesn't mean the journey to get there isn't worth taking. I did think at times Emma came across as a little too perfect and preferred her grandmother who definitely had some flaws but seemed more realistic. The author just has this comfortable type writing style that I love and this was a story I really enjoyed and even managed to stir up a few emotions inside me. I highly recommend this book if you are a Kristan Higgins fan or to anyone who likes women's fiction.

    Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

  • Holly  B

    Told from different perspectives, I really got to know the characters and their motivation. The story had a more serious side than I expected, but also some lighthearted moments as well. There is plenty of drama and some thought provoking scenarios.

    Emma has a rocky relationship with her Grandmother, Genevieve and we learn their backstory with all the heartache and struggles that led them to where they are. They are b

    Told from different perspectives, I really got to know the characters and their motivation. The story had a more serious side than I expected, but also some lighthearted moments as well. There is plenty of drama and some thought provoking scenarios.

    Emma has a rocky relationship with her Grandmother, Genevieve and we learn their backstory with all the heartache and struggles that led them to where they are. They are both strong, determined, and a bit stubborn.  I had a feeling about how they would resolve their issues.

    Love, family ties and forgiveness is at the heart of this novel. We all know life can be messy and this family had much to overcome.

    Recommend to fans of the author and Women's fiction.

    Out August 6,2019

    Thanks to NG/ Publisher for my review copy!

     

     

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    I am a fairly new reader of KRISTAN HIGGINS, I have only read one of her previous novels, NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT and absolutely loved it. So I was extremely eager to read her latest offering here with LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES. I have read a few reviews where they have mentioned that this book isn’t written in her signature humorous style. So without really knowing her signature style I thought it was an extremely balanced read that produced the perfec

    I am a fairly new reader of KRISTAN HIGGINS, I have only read one of her previous novels, NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT and absolutely loved it. So I was extremely eager to read her latest offering here with LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES. I have read a few reviews where they have mentioned that this book isn’t written in her signature humorous style. So without really knowing her signature style I thought it was an extremely balanced read that produced the perfect mixture of emotions from me which included some laugh-out-loud ones from a few comical scenes.

    LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by KRISTAN HIGGINS is a touching, impactful, powerful, insightful, and moving story that immediately captured my attention and my heart. I was totally immersed in these characters lives which had me smiling, laughing, happy, sad, and even shed a few tears over the course of reading this emotionally captivating story and in the end, it left me with feelings of such warmth in my heart.

    KRISTAN HIGGINS delivers a beautifully written, engaging, and heartfelt story here with absolutely wonderful, relatable and compelling characters. With the fantastic characterizations the emotions and compassion that you feel for these characters are extremely palpable and easily be fully invested in.

    The story is told mostly between the perspectives of Genevieve, Riley and Emma with a few chapters from some secondary characters. Although I totally loved each and every perspective equally, I had a fondness for Miller and thoroughly enjoyed him and his story.

    *Traveling Friends Read*

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: Affecting, intriguing, heartfelt, peaceful, eye-catching, and an impactful representation to storyline.

    Title: An impactful and powerful title!!

    Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, captivating, expressive, skilled, and proficient.

    Plot: Suspenseful, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, heartwarming, insightful, perfectly-paced, amusing, enjoyable and extremely entertaining.

    Ending: Bittersweet, satisfying, and heartwarming that definitely made me pause, reflect and contemplate.

    Overall: This book contained all the elements that I absolutely love in my books. Would highly recommend!

    Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this beautiful book.

    Review can also be found on Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading:

  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    I cannot believe I have never read anything by Kristan Higgins before! By the end of the very first chapter I found Life and Other Inconveniences to be completely charming. It has that blend of humor, heartfelt emotion, pain, lightness, and authenticity. There is a messiness to the characters in this story that felt refreshingly like real life people. Their imperfections made them so easy to love in

    I cannot believe I have never read anything by Kristan Higgins before! By the end of the very first chapter I found Life and Other Inconveniences to be completely charming. It has that blend of humor, heartfelt emotion, pain, lightness, and authenticity. There is a messiness to the characters in this story that felt refreshingly like real life people. Their imperfections made them so easy to love in my opinion. They didn’t feel like merely characters from a novel, they felt like my family, friends, and neighbors.

    Genevieve London is wealthy, successful, and respected. In the wake of the death of her husband and older son, Genevieve rallied and used her fortunes to establish one of the top luxury fashion brands globally, though it often meant neglecting her other son. But Genevieve never expected to have to raise Emma, the daughter of her younger son, after he abandoned his legacy and couldn’t rise to the struggles of parenthood.

    Emma London never let her abandonment by all of the parental figures she had limit the parent she became. Her mother took her life when she was young, and her father couldn’t cope with raising her and left her in the hands of her grandmother Genevieve London as a young girl. When Emma found herself pregnant at 18, Genevieve cut her off entirely, forcing Emma to figure out motherhood on her own. But Emma was a London to her core, and she found a way to not only survive, but to raise her daughter Riley with the love and support her own childhood lacked.

    Now, Riley is 16 and dealing with the struggles of growing up and being a teenager. When Genevieve calls Emma for the first time in 17 years and asks her for a favor, Emma isn’t sure what to do. She kept Riley away from the London wealth, prestige, and expectations for a reason. But how can she deny Genevieve this request?

    I really loved the way Kristan Higgins structured this novel. In addition to the multiple POVs (which were extremely effective), she had an interesting way of providing back story to the characters. Rather than having them narrate their story in some way, she would weave in a chapter that just had the history of a person in such a fluid way, that I would forget it wasn’t being told to me by the character themselves. The chapters narrated by the characters were kept firmly in the present storyline.

    To illustrate this, we see Miller’s character introduced early in the book and how he fits in with the rest of the characters. We also hear a bit about his history and where he is now. But then much later we read a full chapter walking through the life of Miller—the ups and downs, the light and the tragedy. We got to know him and then we learned this rounded backstory and context. It is part of him, but not who he is.

    The reason I liked this technique is that it felt like an authentic way to get to know the characters. These are not perfect people. As the present day events unfold, I thought I had a handle on who that person was and what I’d do in their situation. But as these rich personal histories unfolded with the story, often I found that I misjudged them. It was a beautiful way to tell a story. I loved it!

    I don’t want to spoil much about the story and the way it unfolds, so I’ll end with saying that this story will get you in your feels! It is so true to life in the messy ways families are structured. There is not much conventional in this family, but that’s the reality of life, right? How many people do you know who have a perfect family structure? That dream is unattainable. Real families do things wrong and have break ups and make ups. But the best ones also find a way to forgive. And that’s definitely the message I was left with!

    Thank you to Berkley for my copy. Opinions are my own.

  • Kim

    3.5 stars. thank you to Berkley publishing for this ARC. pretty darn good.

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