Title: Until There Was You
Author: Kristan Higgins
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
Posey Osterhagen has a loving family, but she’s always felt that something is missing in her life. Maybe it’s the fact that she was adopted, or that the man she is currently “dating” doesn’t want to be seen with her during daylight hours. Or it could be Liam Murphy, who has walked back into Posey’s life after ripping her heart out and ruining her prom night all those years ago. Will Posey be able to put aside her adolescent hurts and trust Liam, or will she hang onto that pain she’s never been able to let go?
Until There Was You is a sweet women’s fiction novel (yes, I know Higgins’ novels are officially classified as romance, but I’m stubborn) about a woman who has a lot to learn about love. Posey is strong-willed, but also kind and gentle. She loves her family and friends and is dedicated to her business. When Liam waltzes back into Posey’s life, bringing his teenage daughter with him, Posey is extremely guarded around him. She doesn’t want to get hurt again, but at the same time, Posey can’t help but reach out to his daughter. That’s just the person she is.
This book also contained something new for a Kristan Higgins book: the point of view of the man. I loved getting to know Liam through his own voice. He was hunky, to be sure, but also troubled. The death of his wife has left him completely bereft, unsure of how to handle his daughter, so he is insanely overprotective. He doesn’t know how to let go, how to let her have her freedom, because he is so worried about her being hurt. The fact that he was the town “bad boy” in his youth only reinforces his desire to protect his daughter from someone like his teen self. It was an incredibly sweet relationship; I loved how devoted Liam was to his daughter and how much he clearly loved her. And I must say that his daughter was very well-adjusted for having such an overprotective father!
Higgins mixes up her romance in every book, so while you know Posey and Liam will end up together in Until There Was You, readers don’t know how it will come about. Their path to one another was satisfying and seemed very natural. This was a really sweet novel with well developed characters. Though the ending was a bit over the top and uncharacteristically cheesy, I still enjoyed Higgins’ latest and already can’t wait for the next book.