Title: Somebody to Love
Author: Kristan Higgins
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: HQN Books
Rating: 4 out of 5
Parker Welles has been comfortable all her life. More than comfortable, really – because of her family fortune, she’s never wanted for anything. Though she’s insisted on working – she’s a celebrated children’s book author – she has donated all the proceeds from her books to charity, content to live on her family’s money. But when she’s informed that her father has squandered the family fortune, and all Parker has left is a shabby cottage in Maine, she’s bereft. Determined to make things work, she heads up to Maine to fix up and sell the cottage. But she doesn’t expect James Cahill, her father’s lawyer, to accompany her, nor does she think she’ll find him so attractive.
Sometimes, you don’t want a complicated book. You just want a read that you can escape into, a book that will leave you happy, convinced that the world is a good place and everything will be okay. One that puts the characters through twists and turns, but in the end, you know that they’ll find all the happiness and contentment that life has to offer. When you’re in such a mood, Kristan Higgins’ books are the perfect ones to seek out. Full of sunshine and daisies, her frothy novels are perfect when you need some soothing.
Though it would be easy to hate Parker in Somebody to Love – after all, she’s rich and beautiful – she’s really an appealing character. She wants to feel some sort of fulfillment, which is why she’s chosen to be a children’s book author, rather than some sort of socialite. Additionally, her son keeps her grounded. Like all Kristan’s heroines, though, Parker has a lot of spunk and wit, though admittedly, Higgins’ characters tend to run together (it’s not that they’re all the same, just that they are all sassy and smart in different ways).
The romance is predictable, but sweet. Higgins does an incredible job keeping things fresh – you know that James and Parker will end up together, just like the characters do in all her novels. However, she manages to change up the formula just enough such that it keeps things interesting, but you always have that knowledge that if you keep reading, everything will be will. It’s well done, though the ending is a bit over the top.
I’m a big fan of Kristan Higgins, and her latest is no exception. If you’re looking for a simple, fun novel that you can escape into and not think too much about, Somebody to Love is a great choice. It’s great for a breezy summer day by the pool – not too weighty, and Higgins will keep you interested from beginning to end.
Other books by Kristan Higgins:
All I Ever Wanted – Kristan Higgins
Just One of the Guys – Kristan Higgins
My One and Only – Kristan Higgins
The Next Best Thing – Kristan Higgins
Too Good To Be True – Kristan Higgins
Until There Was You – Kristan Higgins