Life and Other Inconveniences
By Kristan Higgins
4 / 5
This is my first time reading Kristian Higgins and I am thoroughly impressed. I went in thinking this was a light, breezy romance, but soon discovered this to be a family drama, sprinkled with the romance.
I will warn you ⚠️ some heavy, dark topics are discussed, such as suicide, a missing child, child abandonment, depression, and long term illness care. But it’s all a part of Emma London’s family history.
Emma is the granddaughter of the famous Genevieve London. A wealthy, fashion designer who took Emma in at age eight when Emma’s mother had suddenly died and her father abandoned her. Genevieve had suffered great losses in her life, and she had become cold and stoic, but she gave Emma the best money could buy. That is until Emma ended up pregnant during her senior year in college. Genvieve proceeded to kick her out of Sheerwater, her Connecticut mansion, to fend for herself.
Now, years later, Genevieve requests that Emma return to Sheerwater with her daughter Riley. Genevieve says she is dying and would like Emma’s help. Although she is still hurt from the coldness of Genevieve after all these years, Emma has Riley to think of now, and well family is always family.
There is a lot to unpack in this story. Most of the characters are carrying around baggage and the London family has the heavyweight of what happened to Genevieve’s firstborn son looming over it. Higgins does a great job by using multiple POVs to tell backstories, as well as, to introduce new characters into the fold.
Genevieve was definitely a favorite character of mine. Although I enjoyed the relationship between her and Emma, I found it interesting to watch Genevieve with her great-granddaughter, Riley. Riley was able to get past the cold exterior and see through to her hurting heart.
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