Oh my, Kristan Higgins has struck again! This time she’s on Martha’s Vineyard, one of my most favorite destinations in all of the WORLD! This is the story of Harper, a shoot from the hip and make sure they’re dead Divorce Attorney, her boyfriend of 2 ½ years, Dennis, a gorgeous MVFD firefighter, her dysfunctional family, including her step-sister Willa and her step-mother, BeverLee, and her ex-husband Nick who just won’t stay “ex”. As in all of Higgins stories, there is hilarity but also sweetness, pathos and a truly lovely message…although I’m really in love with the hilarity!
Harper, who her boyfriend keeps referring to as “Dude”, is seriously buttoned-up with abandonment issues stemming from her 13th birthday when her Mother packed up and left forever communicating with only 4 postcards (without return addresses) over the next 21 years. She married young but briefly to Nick then goes on to make her name as a marriage counselor (aka Divorce Lawyer…she counsels her clients in just how their marriage isn’t working and will never work). Suddenly she’s thrown together again with her ex…and her current boyfriend…at the sudden (and in Harper’s view) ill-advised marriage of her flighty step-sister to Nick’s not so ambitious brother. Nick still sees potential in Harper and he’s just devious enough to persuade her to drive back from the wedding with him (from the Rockies to Martha’s Vineyard!). Mayhem of course ensues on the way and also bit of closure for Harper.
As in all of Higgins stories we have animals…or in this case a Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix, Coco, a slightly schizophrenic dog ready to scare off an elephant one minute and cowering behind her stuffed bunny the next. Higgins animals aren’t the center of the story but the bling. They add so much to the fun. You have to read My One and Only!