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Life and Other Inconveniences (utgåvan 2020)

av Kristan Higgins (Författare)

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"A heart-wrenching page-turner told with warmth and humor."--People Magazine (Pick of the Week)    "A rich testament to the power of second chances."--Women's World A Publishers Weekly and USA Today Bestseller! From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin. Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn't protect her from life's cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve's young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son. When Emma's own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother's doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her--until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back...but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley. So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?… (mer)
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Titel:Life and Other Inconveniences
Författare:Kristan Higgins (Författare)
Info:Berkley (2020), 464 pages
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It's absolutely no secret that Kristan Higgins is my number one author. She is my go to author when I need the world to be a better place than it it is capable of being. I have a bit of a hoarding problem when it comes to her books. That is why I am reading Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins months after it was released.

There was a lot of family history that was unpacked over the course of the whole book. I think Higgins stuck pretty close to reality. If you talked to four different people about one incident that they were all involved in together; you're going to get the same story but from four different perspectives. I could really appreciate the themes of Life and Other Inconveniences.

I really thought I was going to have a difficult time even liking Genevieve. How other people perceive her and her family is of the utmost importance to her. I agree with some of the things that she adheres to but she takes it all to extremes. Also? Genevieve is judgier than any other character I think I've read in quite awhile. It makes her sound like a monster but Higgins peels back the layers and shows us where all the waspishness comes from. It makes her easier to take.

Emma.....she had it rough but she always managed to take on all that life threw at her. Emma isn't perfect. She's been formed by the traumatic life experiences that she's had. It can't be denied that she really is kind of an awesome person. She took those life tragedies and formed her life and turned it into a way to help others.

I really loved how Higgins told the story from multiple points of view. I think it made the whole thing so much better. I also liked the cold case that Higgins layered through the book. I have to say that while I was reading about everything that was unfolding in the current situation I completely forgot about the cold case at one point. Me. The woman who listens to true crime podcast forgot about the surprise cold case in her favorite author's contemporary romance. Yeah the story was that good!

In the end not everything came out peachy keen perfect and I actually love Higgins for that. It kept the story realistic. I am always going to recommend that someone pick up a Kristan Higgins novel. This book is great for someone who isn't looking for something too heavy but it isn't light-hearted either. Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins was beautifully balanced and I'm already wondering how soon is too soon for a re-read.... ( )
  stephaniedloves2read | Aug 8, 2021 |
Kristan Higgins is one of my very favorite summer reading authors and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read an advanced reader copy of her August 2019 book release. Life and Other Inconveniences is a heartwarming story that is filled with family dynamics, love, heartache, and hope.

Life and Other Inconveniences involves four generations of a family, the ties that bind and the complexities of past choices and how they affect relationships today. Higgin's offers multidimensional characters, diverse relationships and the ability to weave real-life issues into her plotlines.

While this is a fun and engaging read, Higgins is also able to provide a level of depth that makes her writing thought-provoking and satisfying. Higgin's ability to share these stories from multiple different perspectives allows you as the reader to see where these characters are coming from, even if you don't always agree with their choices.

In order to move forward, we must often look back at the choices and decisions we have made and Higgins excels at presenting this story in such a powerful and multilayered way. The ending of this book is bittersweet and real, which I find much more satisfying than a "happily ever after" scenario.

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins is a 2019 Berkley publication.

Genevieve is facing a challenge that, for once, money can not fix. She calls her estranged granddaughter, Emma, explaining her situation, and demands she return home.

After decades of not speaking to each other, Emma is having none of it. But when Emma’s teenage daughter, Riley, hits a rough patch, she decides a change of scenery might do her good.

To that end, Emma returns home to face the woman who kicked her out when she needed her most, to make peace with her past- and maybe to carve out a different future for herself and Riley in the process.

This is just the kind of story I needed, at just the right time. To put it into context- I am severely behind on my reviews, and the truth is, I read this book a couple of months ago.

I needed a story that had depth and humor, and punched all the right emotional buttons, without being to heavy.

I was immediately drawn in by Emma and Riley as a mother and daughter team, then found myself more charmed, and impressed by Riley, who was able to penetrate the barriers between her mother and Genevieve, becoming something of a gentle go between, or moderator, unlocking the doors of communication resulting in a little more understanding of each person’s position.

While the novel explores important issues, such as bullying and paternal roles, regret, acceptance, grief, and forgiveness as the core themes of the novel.

There are many thought provoking elements here, but despite some weighty topics, Higgins keeps the tone on the lighter side. The passages between Riley and Genevieve are some of the most revealing, poignant and funny parts in the book.

The romantic elements are also light and realistic, with plenty of charm and chemistry, but mostly runs in the background for much of the novel.

While I have enjoyed Kristan Higgins work in the past, for some reason her novels tend languish on my TBR list for ages, despite my best intentions.

I need to work on that!!

Other than a bit of strong language, here and there, I think this is a book anyone could enjoy!

4 stars ( )
  gpangel | Oct 15, 2020 |
I've always liked Ms. Higgins books whether the older contemporary romances or the newer women's fiction. This one was okay, but not one of my favorites. True, it has the usual funny scene (corn oil) that always makes me laugh out loud, but the rest of the plot just barely held together. Most of the characters seemed unrealistic, either too good or stereotypes. It's not a bad read, just not some of her best work. ( )
  N.W.Moors | May 24, 2020 |
Emma London would have never categorized her relationship with her grandmother - the famous designer Genevieve London - as loving. After losing her mother at eight years old, and when her father proved a less than willing caregiver, Emma was sent to live with her grandmother. Genevieve coming from an old-school blue-blood time, and suffering her own familial loss, she doesn't know really how to relate to Emma, but she make sure Emma is clothed, fed, schooled, and generally looked after. When Emma gets pregnant right after graduating high school, and wants to keep and raise the baby, Genevieve cannot believe Emma would throw all of her potential away like that. So she kicks her out and lets her make her own way.

Fast forward about seventeen years and Emma is now a, mostly, single mother to Riley. She worked hard to get her degree and works as a counselor. She hasn't spoken to Genevieve in all this time. That is, until Genevieve calls informing Emma that she's dying and she would like to meet Riley. Dangling a huge inheritance - enough to cover Riley's schooling - helps make up Emma's mind and soon they're off back to Connecticut for the summer. But all is not exactly how Genevieve has made it seem. Emma and Genevieve will have to reconcile a lot with the past if they want to make the most of the time they have left.

It took me a while to read and get into this book. Kristan Higgins is typically a read upon release author for me, but something about the tone of Life & Other Inconveniences had me hesitating at first. It's not an easy read for sure. It tackles issues such as death, suicide, child neglect and abandonment, missing children, bullying. It runs the gambit. It's also very generational. There's a lot of backstory that has to be incorporated because it influences where our characters are in the present, where they came from, and in a way, where they need to go. I liked filling in all the pieces and seeing how everything fit together. Seeing the layers pulled back on each character to see what, thus far, has informed their life. Why does Genevieve hold back her affections from Emma? Why is Emma a hypochondriac?

I really thought that the stories Kristan Higgins gave each character were fitting. I liked each time I had formed an opinion about a character just to have it turned around by some new revelation. And the revelations themselves were well done. Slowly unfolding in an organic way to the overall story, never seeming to come out of left field.

The relationship between the three female characters Genevieve, Emma, and Riley was my favorite part of the book. I loved seeing the progression of Genevieve and Emma's relationship contrasted with Emma and Riley's and then Riley and Genevieve's relationship. Then bringing it back around again to healing the fissure between Genevieve and Emma. I also loved seeing a story with a teenage girl and her mother where there wasn't any teenage animosity going on. I know that it's a real thing that sometimes happens in mother-daughter relationships, but it's not always the case, and I liked seeing the closeness of Riley and Emma without so much drama between them. It's also plays a huge contrast to how things stand between Genevieve and Emma.

Overall, it's a more somber read than what I'm used to with Kristan Higgins. I liked what the story says about the circumstances that change our lives and how we deal with them. It's at times hopeful and heartbreaking, but it definitely leaves you with a sense of lightness at the end. ( )
  AmyM3317 | Apr 21, 2020 |
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"A heart-wrenching page-turner told with warmth and humor."--People Magazine (Pick of the Week)    "A rich testament to the power of second chances."--Women's World A Publishers Weekly and USA Today Bestseller! From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin. Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn't protect her from life's cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve's young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son. When Emma's own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother's doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her--until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back...but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley. So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?

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