You know the feeling—you've been waiting forever for Kristan Higgins's new book. You buy it on the release date, read it immediately, and then find it impossible to move on to another book because her style of writing and her characters have hold on you. You want more of the same, but you have already re-read her backlist so many times that you can almost repeat the dialogue from memory. You’re afraid you are turning into your child, with her nightly request of Stellaluna. Where do you turn next?
That all depends on what you like about her books. Ms. Higgins utilizes first person narrative most of the time, usually from the heroine’s point of view. She is also not afraid to push the envelope a little. Who can forget Catch of the Day's Maggie Beaumont, and her unrequited love for the town’s priest?
Falling in love with a Catholic priest was not my smartest move.
Obviously, I’m well aware of the whole vow-of-chastity, married-to-the-church thing. I realize that yearning for a priest doesn’t exactly further the cause of meeting my future husband. And in case I might have overlooked those little facts, I have an entire town pointing them out to me.
Or the sharklike divorce attorney, Harper James from My One and Only, whose biased view of love and her profession prompted her priest to assign her a daily task:
Father Bruce, viewing my soul as a personal campaign, had challenged me to, in his words, “offset the evil of your profession” by doing at least one random act of kindness each day.