Blog Tour Stop, Q & A, Review & Giveaway: Kristan Higgins’ The Best Man

Q & A with Kristan Higgins:

1) What’s the best movie that’s based on a book?

I’d have to say The Hunger Games. At least, that’s the movie that leaped to mind. I saw it three times. Read the book just once.

2) What made you want to become a writer?

I really wanted to read stories about regular people, and at that time, those books were hard to find. Everyone was a duchess, a vampire or a Navy SEAL, and unfortunately, I’m none of those things. I don’t even know anyone who is. J So I decided to give writing my kind of book a try. I’ve always loved imagining what it would be like to have a life different from my own (even though my own is quite happy), and voila! Writing seemed like a great fit.

3) You’re stranded on a desert island and only have three books in your suitcase, what are they?

Gone With the Wind, The Odyssey, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

4) If you could date any character from literature who would it be?

Mark Darcy, but he has to look and sound exactly like Colin Firth.

5) What does your writing space look like?

I have a little office above my neighbor’s garage. It’s an attic apartment with sloping ceilings and a big window and a lot of plants. Very cheerful!


Title: The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
Blue Heron Series, Book One
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin HQN
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 432 pages
Book Rating: A+ & A Recommended Read

Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Publisher Through NetGalley

Summary:

SOMETIMES THE BEST MAN IS THE ONE YOU LEAST EXPECT…

Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she’s ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family’s vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there’s some great scenery there….

Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief—and best friend of her former fiancé. There’s a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it’s not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she’s having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.

The Review:

With her trademark wit, realistic characters and zingy one liners, Kristan Higgins brings readers yet another outstanding romance that is outrageously funny and full of emotion. The Best Man is a captivating novel that will keep you laughing out loud as Faith Holland heals the wounds of her past and finds love with Levi Cooper, the gruff yet lovable man who broke her heart when he stopped her wedding to the love of her life.

Escaping to San Francisco when her marriage was called off, Faith Holland is finally ready to return to her small hometown and the family winery. When her siblings need Faith’s help ejecting a scheming woman from their father’s life, Faith agrees to temporarily come home and find their dad a more suitable partner. This visit will bring her face to face with all of the complex issues and people she has successfully avoided in the past. Faith soon finds her small town, friends and family slowly working their magic on her, and she is soon considering making her homecoming permanent.

Levi Cooper is just as scarred by his past as Faith is. Growing up in a trailer park with his single mom and much younger sister, Levi worked his way through high school, played on the football team and enjoyed a close friendship with his best friend Jeremy Lyon, Faith’s high school sweetheart and former fiancé. The military was Levi’s ticket to a better future and after four tours in Afghanistan, he returns home with a wife and finds a new career on the police force. Now divorced, he works long hours as the police chief and he is dedicated to his younger sister, Sarah. He remains close friends with Jeremy and he maintains his slightly skewed perspective of Faith. He is the strong silent type with a heart of gold and I absolutely adored him.

One of the things that I have come to expect in a Kristan Higgins novel is a delightfully quirky cast of characters. They are always richly developed with realistic flaws that make them easy to relate to. Their interactions are laced with humor that is laugh out loud funny and sometimes so breathtakingly poignant it will break your heart.

As with Ms. Higgins’ previous novels, there is a strong family bond between Faith and her extended family. These relationships are wonderfully imperfect but the love between family members is always apparent. Faith’s grandparents’ relationship is full of bickering and beautifully illustrates that love is not always full of romantic moments. Faith’s older sister’s marriage shows that keeping the passion in a long term marriage takes hard work and creativity. With Faith’s father, we learn that love is not blind and that we love our partners despite their imperfections.

The Best Man is one of those multi-layered novels that quickly engages the reader. Each layer reveals many different facets of the characters and enriches the overall story. The romantic plot between Levi and Faith is slow growing and deliciously steamy. But before Levi and Faith can find their happily ever after, they each must deal with their respective messy pasts. Each of these storylines is fascinating and provides a great deal of depth and growth to both of their characters.

The Best Man is a novel that will make you laugh and cry and it is a story that you will hate to see end. Luckily, it is the first installment of Kristan Higgins’ Blue Heron series and we will have the chance to revisit this charming cast of characters in the not too distant future.

I loved every outrageous, zany, and heartfelt moment of this wonderful story and you will too.


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11 Comments

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11 Responses to Blog Tour Stop, Q & A, Review & Giveaway: Kristan Higgins’ The Best Man

  1. Eileen

    Don’t enter me in the contest but I wanted to comment and say that I loved this book. I’m a Kristan Higgins fan! Love the fact that this is a series. Interesting choices in books to be stranded with since I would have picked 2 of her 3. Thanks for the great review Kathy.

  2. Mel Bourn

    Kristan Higgins is a new to me author. I will be checking this out. Thanks,
    Mel

  3. Shelly Wegand

    I have read other books from Kristan and looking forward to reading The Best Man

  4. Landry

    This sounds ike a terrific book. I love humor and realistic (flawed but loveable) characters. Great review. I apreciate the giveaway.

  5. Janet B

    This sounds like a fantastic book. You VERY seldom give a book this high a rating. I would love to win a copy of this fabulous read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Jen B.

    I have heard such great things about this book! I keep saying I’m not going to add any new authors to my TBR pile but I love the sound of this book. Added bonus, it’s the first in a series!

  7. Heather E

    I love reading Kristin Higgins books! She IS quirky and funny. You can’t help but fall in love with her characters. Would love to have a copy of The Best Man in print. :)

  8. Tiss

    I’ll be looking into the book, Thanks Kathy for the review!

  9. Meghan Stith

    Thanks for the giveaway! I follow via email: mestith at gmail dot com
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  10. Timitra

    Thanks for the great contest! I love the sound of The Best Man!

  11. Joanne B

    I love Kristen’s books, especially the banter between the characters. I usually sit and read and laugh out loud. Thanks for the giveaway.