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Life and Other Inconveniences 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 coinEmma 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 sonWhen 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 backbut 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 helpSEE LESS


10 thoughts on “Life and Other Inconveniences

  1. Melissa Melissa says:

    At some point we have to acknowledge that relationships are messier and far complicated than any romantic comedy would have us believe that's just life And here with her 19th release Kristan Higgins does just that Life and Other Inconveniences uells those idealistic notions of love and family that all too easily take shape in our minds opting instead for characters with candor scarred hearts and a sense of resiliency Over the last few years Higgins has pivoted away from the light and fun love stories—romances that have garnered hordes of fans—in favor of exploring heavier topics in the women's fiction space Life and Other Inconveniences her fifth novel along this newfound path proves to be the most heart rending yet While Higgins' signature humor makes a few cameos along the way just picture getting mixer whisks caught in your hair longtime fans will likely note the lack of chuckle inducing scenes Sadness proving to be the potent emotionFrom go Emma a 37 year old single mother is best described as likable Reminiscent of Lorelai and Rory’s relationship from Gil Girls Emma and her sixteen year old daughter Riley have a strong bond one steeped in trust Despite the struggles of raising Riley mostly on her own Emma is fiercely determined to give her daughter the best life So it’s on the promise of an inheritance for Riley which would ensure a debt free college experience that Emma decides to return to Sheerwater for the summer And against her gut reaction agreeing to help out her uber wealthy and critical grandmother Genevieve The very woman that turned her back when Emma needed her most Readers should brace themselves for a summer of revelations While the majority of the story unfolds from Emma and Genevieve’s perspective Riley and one of Genevieve’s neighbors Miller on him in a minute are given the opportunity to garner the affection of readers with a few chapters of their own There is also an extensive cast of secondary characters to keep up with but that’s ultimately what this novel delivers people that will make you care despite their cruel approach or other uirks Higgins pulls this off with the frankness of her characters as they unpack their emotional baggageFor me it was Miller and his plight as a single father to a trying 3 year old that stole my breath The conflicting thoughts running through his mind were unabashed and raw yet understandable given the hand he was dealt And while you won’t find this novel shelved in the romance section his heart still managed to steal mine swoonI had hoped my assumptions early on in this endeavor would ring true—that I'd be labeling this a new favorite—but the novel isn’t without flaws Namely the sheer predictability of the storyline and pacing inconsistencies felt throughout the back half Although neither enough to detract from the memorable cast or the message bestowed on readers Ultimately it's our approach to the world—in spite of the hurt and heartache we've experienced—that dictates the uality of life we lead It's an overarching theme Higgins continues to explore with her characters as of late and honestly a place she thrives If you’re a new Higgins fan and find yourself wondering where to head next I suggest starting with If You Only Knew On Second Thought or Now That You Mention It Although fair warning you might get the hankering to go back and devour them all hehehehe like I did A huge THANK YOU to Berkley Publishing for sending my treasured review copy which in no way influenced my rating or the thoughts I shared here ♥


  2. Deanna Deanna says:

    My reviews can also be seen at awesomeI LOVED Kristan Higgins's previous novel “Good Luck with That” I was a little worried that this novel wouldn’t thrill me as much as GLWT did I worried for nothing as right from the start; I was hooked on this storyEmma London is a therapist who works from home counseling people online Working from home gives Emma time to spend with her sixteen year old daughter Riley Emma and Riley have a great relationship but Emma has noticed changes in her daughter over the last year She tries not to over analyze Riley but she still worriesEmma is walking past an empty storefront one day and sees an advertisement in the window There is a picture of a pink purse with the words Genevieve London Designs Coming Soon The sign takes Emma back to her childhood Genevieve London is her grandmother a woman she has tried hard to forget That evening Emma's landline rings She's surprised when she hears her grandmother's voice“I’m dying so you have to come home and do your familial duty Bring your child“Emma can't believe Genevieve has the nerve to talk about family and duty She tries to tell herself that she doesn’t care what happens to Genevieve She remembers how unloved and unwanted she felt as a child She also remembers the things Genevieve said to her the last time they spoke Does her grandmother think that she can buy forgiveness?“We couldn’t go We shouldn’t go We weren’t going to go“But after an incident between Riley and some girls at school Emma wonders if a change of scenery might be good for both of them85 year old Genevieve London used to be beautiful wealthy and well known but now people barely recognize her She hates getting old Genevieve had been a good wife and mother Then tragedy struck She did not fall apart on the outside at least She went on and became a style icon and industry leader But she knows she made mistakesHow will Emma cope with her feelings for her grandmother? Will Genevieve connect with the great granddaughter she’s just met and help build a bridge to forgiveness with the granddaughter she drove away so many years ago? This was an incredible story My emotions were all over the place as I read this novel I was laughing out loud one minute and wiping tears away the next At times it was gut wrenching and rawand I loved itThe majority of the story is told from Emma and Genevieve’s perspective but we also hear from many other terrific characters The interaction between characters was incredibly entertaining There were a few different storylines but I thought they all meshed so well I became attached to many of the characters and I didn’t want to let them goKristan Higgins is phenomenal when it comes to writing about relationships In this novel the issues around motherhood and parenting were so relatableThis story touches on many important issues like mental illness grief abandonment suicide forgiveness etcI can't wait for another novel from this authorI'd like to thank Berkley Books for providing me with a copy of this novel All opinions are my own


  3. Susanne Strong Susanne Strong says:

    5 “All The Feels” Stars The lives and loves of the characters in “Life and Other Inconveniences” will touch your heart making you cry one minute and laugh hysterically the next Single mother Emma London has never had it easy Losing her mom when she was a girl she knows struggle and yet she is a happy hopeful person and who has instilled that love into her teenage daughter Riley If only life was actually like a box of chocolates When things spin out of control for Riley Emma knows she has to take action Then there’s Genevieve London extremely wealthy cold rude selfish and snobby The matriarch of the family who lost her husband and son years ago and who has closed herself off to almost everyone in her life In one heck of a bind she realizes she needs help Who doe she call? Emma The granddaughter she kicked out at eighteen years of age when she found out she was pregnant and hasn’t spoken to since Sounds like a grand plan right? When Emma gets the call from Genevieve she knows what she has to do After all Emma always put everyone else’s happiness ahead of her ownMiller is a single father raising Tess the little hellion She tests his patience every second of every day and yet he never loses his His sense of humor is bar none the best and it got me and got me good This man made my heart go all a flutter Yes Melissa it’s true I got all schmoopy when it came to Miller and I wished he was the real deal sigh if onlyThis right here my friends is uite the novel It is a story with heart and it has ALL THE FEELS I read this with Kaceey of course and there were uite a few moments where we got teary This is a story about family parenthood friendship love and grief and the devastating impact it has on those it touches There were moments when Kaceey and I cried and then thankfully we turned the page and we laughed and laughed some Thank goodness for the laughter Kristan Higgins your ability to make readers cry one minute and laugh with wild abandon the next is such a gift and I thank you for it You hit this one out of the park and I can’t wait for your next release It was an honor to meet you at your book discussion at RJ Julia Bookseller on the night of this books’ release Thank you Ms Kaceey for reading this book with me I am so grateful that we got to read this one togetherThank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and Kristan Higgins for the arc Published on Goodreads and Twitter on 9219Excerpt published on Instagram


  4. Kaceey Kaceey says:

    Loved Loved Loved itWhat a beautiful heartwarming read filled with endearing witty and oh so human characters It will leave you laughing and crying Freuently at the same timeEmma was raised by her grandmother since the age of 4 She was now set to finish high school and begin college But as often happens life had a plan of its own Including a surprising pregnancy Emma’s grandmother Gigi could not accept this massive change of plans and Emma suddenly found herself booted out of the house Now Emma is raising her own daughter Riley and helping her navigate through those difficult teenage yearsEmma receives a call from Gigi saying she’s very ill Gigi’s pleading with her to come home to Connecticut for the summer with Riley the great granddaughter she’s never met Maybe it’s time to go home but forgiveness may be another matterThis was my first read by Kristan Higgins I was hesitant to jump in since this is a heavily based contemporary fiction than I’m used to But all I can say is SUPERB I never wanted this book to end So beautifully written I was captivated by every word and felt every emotionI cannot wait to read another book by Ms HigginsAn emotional buddy read with Susanne that we both loved Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for an advanced copy of this amazing book


  5. Norma Norma says:

    Affecting emotional expressiveI am a fairly new reader of KRISTAN HIGGINS I have only read one of her previous novels NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT and absolutely loved it So I was extremely eager to read her latest offering here with LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES I have read a few reviews where they have mentioned that this book isn’t written in her signature humorous style So without really knowing her signature style I thought it was an extremely balanced read that produced the perfect mixture of emotions from me which included some laugh out loud ones from a few comical scenes LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by KRISTAN HIGGINS is a touching impactful powerful insightful and moving story that immediately captured my attention and my heart I was totally immersed in these characters lives which had me smiling laughing happy sad and even shed a few tears over the course of reading this emotionally captivating story and in the end it left me with feelings of such warmth in my heartKRISTAN HIGGINS delivers a beautifully written engaging and heartfelt story here with absolutely wonderful relatable and compelling characters With the fantastic characterizations the emotions and compassion that you feel for these characters are extremely palpable and easily be fully invested inThe story is told mostly between the perspectives of Genevieve Riley and Emma with a few chapters from some secondary characters Although I totally loved each and every perspective eually I had a fondness for Miller and thoroughly enjoyed him and his story Traveling Friends ReadNorma’s StatsCover Affecting intriguing heartfelt peaceful eye catching and an impactful representation to storyline Title An impactful and powerful titleWritingProse Well written beautiful captivating expressive skilled and proficientPlot Suspenseful thought provoking heartbreaking heartwarming insightful perfectly paced amusing enjoyable and extremely entertaining Ending Bittersweet satisfying and heartwarming that definitely made me pause reflect and contemplate Overall This book contained all the elements that I absolutely love in my books Would highly recommendThank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this beautiful bookThis review can also be found on Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading


  6. Berit☀️✨ Berit☀️✨ says:

    Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite authors and she keeps getting better and better Her last few books have been a little serious in tone than her earlier fun light hearted romances But they still have those lovable relatable characters that draw you in to the story They also still have the dogs This is probably my favorite book from KH yet but I will almost guarantee you that her next one will be my new favorite She just has such an absorbing writing style that completely consumes you from first page to last Her character development is perfection These are characters you will feel as though you know as well as your own friends by the end of the book flaws and all I could gush even but I will spare you all If you are a Kristan Higgins fan this is a must read And if you have not read her yet what are you waiting for? The story is primarily told from the perspectives of granddaughter and grandmother Emma and Genevieve Emma came to live with her grandmother after the tragic death of her mother and the abandonment by her father Genevieve is not the most loving of grandmothers Still struggling with the death of her beloved older son and the premature death of her husband When Emma gets pregnant at the age of 18 and is not able to follow the life plan that Genevieve has imagined for her Genevieve kicks her out Fast forward 17 years Emma is doing well raising her daughter Riley when out of the blue Genevieve reaches out Genevieve is dying and wants to reconnect with Emma meet her granddaughter for the first time who she intends to leave her fortune to What follows is a story about family Hope forgiveness Secrets and love Both Genevieve and Emma were such smart and strong women Genevieve is one of those characters that really grows on you throughout the course of a book Emma was a great character whose only flaw was that she was a little too perfect There also were so many amazing secondary characters Emma’s daughter Riley her father Pop and neighbor Miller Miller was not only a love interest but he also had a challenging relationship with his own three year old precocious to say the least daughter The additional peppering of both Riley and Miller’s perspectives really added some depth to the book Such a beautifully told powerful story that made me both laugh and cry I will never look at mixing beaters or pirates the same way again Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book


  7. Theresa Alan Theresa Alan says:

    This was darker than Higgins’ previous novels She used to be known for light funny romances but I enjoy her turn to complex women’s fiction like this one Emma has not had it easy Her mother committed suicide when she was eight Her father who’d been spoiled all his life with things but not love dumps her with his wealthy but unloving mother because he’s not up to the task of being a father For the next ten years Genevieve makes sure that Emma goes to good schools and is dressed to impress By the time Emma is 18 Genevieve is proud that she’s is going off to a good college After she graduates Genevieve imagines that her granddaughter will be able to work at the fashion company she founded But both women’s futures are thrown for a loop when Emma finds out she’s pregnant from her long term boyfriend and Genevieve disinherits her before she can get that college educationThe daughter that Emma has grows up to be a beautiful teenage girl When Riley is 16 Genevieve calls Emma and says she’s dying Emma is persuaded to come back from her father’s home in the Midwest to go East to help because of the promise that Riley will get the inheritance The idea that Riley won’t have to struggle through part time jobs and heavy student loans like she did is too tempting to pass upBoth Riley and Emma are far forgiving people than I think I could be based on the way they both had family members abandon them There are a lot of family secrets and relationships that unravel and evolve over the course of the book Virtually every character has had to survive some great loss in this well done story Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel


  8. Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews says:

    35 StarsLife and Other Inconveniences is my second book I have read by Kristan Higgins and I have to admit my first was a miss for me I was not all that excited to read this one but decided to give it a try after it was offered to me Well I was completely surprised and felt like I was reading something written by a different author This one was a big hit for meKristan Higgins does a great job creating engaging characters using warm humor insightful thoughts with realistic raw emotions and actions For me the humor has to have some warmth to it when affecting topics are explored in a story I have been told I am just a little over sensitive when it comes to that I was hooked right from the start with these engaging likable and unlikable characters I loved the dynamics between the characters and I enjoyed the complicated relationships between them Old wounds are opened up and second chances are explored with emotional depth to the characters Each are given a conflict and through each of their POV we see them grow At times I did feel their inner thoughts were a bit repetitive and would have preferred to see them grow by their actionsThere is a mystery here as well and that added some suspense to the story I really enjoyed how Higgins weaved that into the storyline and I thought it all came together well The story wrapped up well and I felt very satisfied after reading this one I highly recommend I received a copy from the publisher


  9. Holly B Holly B says:

    Authentic characters multi generational family dynamics and three strong womenTold from different perspectives I really got to know the characters and their motivation The story had a serious side than I expected but also some lighthearted moments as well There is plenty of drama and some thought provoking scenariosEmma has a rocky relationship with her Grandmother Genevieve and we learn their backstory with all the heartache and struggles that led them to where they are They are both strong determined and a bit stubborn  I had a feeling about how they would resolve their issuesLove family ties and forgiveness is at the heart of this novel We all know life can be messy and this family had much to overcomeRecommend to fans of the author and Women's fictionOut August 62019Thanks to NG Publisher for my review copy  


  10. Katie B Katie B says:

    45 starsThis is the third book by Kristan Higgins I have read and she has now earned her place on my list of authors who I will just automatically read anything they write I don't even have to be bothered reading the synopsis first to see if it interests me I truly love the stories she chooses to tell as well as I just feel at ease with the characters even if I don't necessarily have a lot in common with them Emma London hasn't talked to her wealthy grandmother Genevieve London ever since she kicked her out of the house when Emma was a pregnant teenager Emma struggled to put herself thru school and provide for her daughter Riley all as a single mother and despite the odds against her managed to create a pretty darn good life for the both of them She is shocked though when out of the blue she gets a call from her grandmother begging her and Riley the grandchild she has never met to come live with her for the summer So many valid reasons for Emma to decline the invitation but maybe there are few reasons to say yes The story mostly follows the perspectives of both Emma and Genevieve but also occasionally follows a few of the supporting characters This is the type of book that you have a pretty decent idea from the beginning where the story is headed but that doesn't mean the journey to get there isn't worth taking I did think at times Emma came across as a little too perfect and preferred her grandmother who definitely had some flaws but seemed realistic The author just has this comfortable type writing style that I love and this was a story I really enjoyed and even managed to stir up a few emotions inside me I highly recommend this book if you are a Kristan Higgins fan or to anyone who likes women's fictionThank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion


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