Letting go of her ex-husband is harder than wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate expected…especially since his new wife wants to be Jenny’s new best friend. Needing closure, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she’ll start her own business and bask in her sister Rachel’s picture-perfect family life…and maybe even find a little romance of her own with Leo, her downstairs neighbor, who’s utterly irresistible and annoyingly distant at the same time.
Rachel’s idyllic marriage, however, is imploding after she discovers what looks like her husband’s infidelity. She always thought she’d walk away in this situation but now she’s wavering, much to Jenny’s surprise. Rachel points to their parents’ perfect marriage as a shining example of patience and forgiveness; but to protect her sister, Jenny may have to tarnish that memory—and their rela-tionship¬—and reveal a family secret she’s been keeping since childhood.
If You Only Knew is full of all my favorite ingredients: sisters who are best friends; an idyllic setting near Manhattan; gorgeous wedding dresses created by Jenny, my favorite character; and gorgeous little girls, mothered by Rachel, whose not-so-perfect life is coming unglued.
That last part, of course, is less than wonderful, but I do enjoy reading about characters that are trying to make their lives work out, even as I’m yelling at them to stop putting up with the bad behavior, since they don’t seem to be listening to other characters who know them well.
With the turn of each page, I sank more and more into the world of these characters, hoping that they would find just what they needed, and that they would realize they don’t need perfect, just perfect moments now and then, A delightful book that earned 5 stars.