It’s October and we are back in Manningsport, New York for another visit with the Holland clan of the Blue Heron. The Best Man, the first of the Blue Heron books, is one of my favourite books this year. So when the opportunity to review the next book, The Perfect Match, I jumped right onto NetGalley and requested a copy.
Now, my time in New York State has been limited in the past to the city of New York – but after reading The Perfect Match and The Best Man, I really want to visit the Finger Lakes.
Tell us some more about The Perfect Match.
Honor Holland has just been unceremoniously rejected by her lifelong crush. And now—a mere three weeks later—Mr. Perfect is engaged to her best friend. But resilient, reliable Honor is going to pick herself up, dust herself off and get back out there…or she would if dating in Manningsport, New York, population 715, wasn’t easier said than done.
Charming, handsome British professor Tom Barlow just wants to do right by his unofficial stepson, Charlie, but his visa is about to expire. Now Tom must either get a green card or leave the States—and leave Charlie behind.
In a moment of impulsiveness, Honor agrees to help Tom with a marriage of convenience—and make her ex jealous in the process. But juggling a fiancé, hiding out from her former best friend and managing her job at the family vineyard isn’t easy. And as sparks start to fly between Honor and Tom, they might discover that their pretend relationship is far too perfect to be anything but true love….
Sounds fun, eh? Here’s what I thought of the book.
Now, I could crap on for hours about how much I love Kristan Higgins. I’ve read everything she’s released, having been introduced to her work by my sister a few years ago.
There have been many occasions where my poor husband has been witness to me cry-laughing (you know, the sort where you’re laughing, but no sound comes out and you just look demented) while reading one of her books.
The humour is one aspect that draws me to read Kristan Higgins, but I love that her characters are imperfect and real, and it is entirely understandable that you could see people that you know in them. I just felt for Honor – I wanted to jump through and join in the bar fight (Dana’s a bitch on toast). I admired her desire to pull herself up and not be the sad, pitiful one. Some of her methods may not exactly work, but I loved that Honor at least had a crack at it. Tom was alternately a sweetheart and an ass. You could never fault his generous heart, however, and whatever he does is out of love and concern. Oh, and I totally got the Tom Hardy vibe from him too.
These two were such a sweet couple. Both had heartbreaks in their past, albeit different kinds, and they share a really electric connection. Watching them realise that maybe pretend was not what they wanted after all was funny, sweet, emotional and heartwrenching – all in typical Higgins style.
Dear God, I love the supporting characters in the Blue Heron series. The Holland family never fail to provide laughs and amusement – as well as love when it’s needed. But OMG…if you’ve read The Best Man, you will be well versed in the antics of Pru (Honor’s sister) and Carl – they slayed me the first time around, but there was serious cry-laughing this time too. They’re definitely keeping it fresh and interesting, that’s for sure.
I understand the next in the series is about Colleen (one of the twins who runs the bar), and I am looking forward to that. However, I am really hoping that Jack has a story in the works – any man with a cat is hero material for me.
I give The Perfect Match 5 out of 5.
So, who is this Kristan Higgins?
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award, Kristan lives with her family in a small Connecticut town that boasts a wonderful library, a great agricultural fair, a really good ice-cream stand and not much else. She is the mother of two lovely kids and the wife of a brave firefighter who is also (perhaps more important) a fantastic cook.
Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, she found, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so began her first novel. Kristan holds a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross, which means she can identify dangling participles, quote many great novels and play a mean game of Scrabble.
Kristan is an award-winning baker, devoted fan of the New York Yankees and an avid reader. She and her crew spend as much time as possible at the family home on Cape Cod, where they shiver in the Atlantic, ride bikes, swat horseflies and don’t catch any fish.
Note: Thank you to the lovely people at Little Bird Publicity, especially Katie Olsen, who helped me out with this spotlight.