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.
©2013 Kristan Higgins (P)2013 Tantor
"Emotional resonance balances zany antics in a powerful story that feels completely real." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
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While this book is listed as a Romance, I found "the Best Man" to be an enjoyable story about family, friends and lovers - in that order of importance. Humor and intelligence along with a small town in upstate New York and a family owned winery created an interesting setting for the first book in an engrossing dramatic but not gritty series.
Not better perhaps but on a par with the book.
I liked Pru and her sexting.
Why are there only three of Kristan's books for sale on audible???!!!
I love Kristan Higgans' stories! They're so real, totally believable plots with lots of love, tears, and humor. Follow Faith Holland as she returns to her family's east coast vineyard from San Francisco to save her dad from falling into the clutches of a tacky gold-digging woman. Once there she runs into police chief Levi Cooper who was the best man who she blamed for her fiancée leaving her at the altar a couple years prior. The complicated lives of these two create a wonderful story where you'll cry, laugh, and just feel terrific while Faith finds herself and maybe even finds out who the best man really is.
This book had me definitely laughing out loud at several parts. And while it does get a bit serious now-and-again, its manageable and funny serious parts. When his ex-wife comes back, her dog humping hilarity, and the gay-ex thrown into the mix makes it a riot! Highly recommend and will definitely be coming back for more Kristan Higgins! (great narration too!!) Credit worth=absolutely
It's one of those made for TV movies kind of romances. At times, I loved it, and then at other times, I wished it related to the audience a little more. Definitely a good light read, a good beach read, but not a great solid read.
This book was everything I love - a snarky heroine, a super alpha hero, love that is both heartwarming, frustrating and hilarious. loved it!
the story line at times is sickly cute..which is by design and it all unfolds and plays out towards then end.. the ending isn't a twist or a shocker but the story I how you get there is so engaging
Of course, the romance but great humor as well. I found myself laughing out loud many times.
Kristan Higgins has the ability to truly tell the stories around which family revolves...again with love and humor.
Too many to count...this was a great story.
The scene of the first use of the barn for the grandparents 65th and her description of the setting and ambiance of the refurbished barn. I felt like I was there.
"A lack of real romance"
This was ok. Just ok. But it was less a romance and more a “slice of life” story, and the romance ended up feeling like a convenient hook-up between two single people rather than anything particularly special.
Frequent attempts at humour fell a bit flat for me. The H constantly obsessed about h’s “rack”, but then noted his ex-wife’s bottom was just as great. The two grandparents sounded bitter and unhappy as they constantly bickered. Their behaviour at a party the h arranged for them was supposed to be funny but I thought they were ungrateful, rude and selfish. We also had two teenagers constantly exposed to their parent’s attempts to spice up their sex life – that just made me cringe.
I can live with a decent prologue but here we have so many flashbacks it felt like the first half of the book was more flashback than current day. Then there was the ex-wife, conveniently dismissed at the end, but to me that seemed the stronger romance. The H admitted he wanted to sleep with her the first time they met, was thinking marriage and kids three days later, and was devastated when she left. Whereas he more or less disliked the h for most of the book, was uncomfortable spending time with her family and felt “awkward” when trying to console her when she was upset. Comforting her seemed like hard work to him – not exactly a sign of true love!
This is a very well written book, as I would expect from this writer, and the narration was great. But it just lacked that spark of excitement, that feeling of chemistry. It just seemed a bit “wrong” in so many places – the gay ex-fiancé was supposed to be so perfect, but in the end it felt so overdone that I would have been more convinced if he turned into a psychopathic serial killer.
However my biggest peeve is the whole “gay fiancé” story line. Her fiancé refused to admit he was gay – pretty obvious when he has to fantasise about Justin Timberlake to have sex with her – and yet when his best friend stops the wedding, the h blames the best friend instead. For the next four years! She should have been thanking him!
"I expected something better."
I really got tired listening to it. It was way too descriptive for me and focusing too much on minor details and conversation which was not THAT important. I guess to make the storyline longer?
I found it dragging on too much
blue the dog - you will see why and be prepared to laugh
when faith finally realized what happened the day of the crash
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