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Life and Other Inconveniences

Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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From the New York Times best-selling 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?

©2019 Kristan Higgins (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Worth Every Star and More

Pay no attention to the three star reviews that say this excellent book is too sad. It's true that Emma's, Genevieve's and Miller's stories are heart-breaking but, trust me when I tell you that, nobody, nobody writes heart-breaking stories with more gut-wrenching emotion than Kristan Higgins. It seems her superb story telling and writing ability get better with every book and this, her latest, is no exception. Like all KH books, there is a lot of humor in this one, amidst all the tragedy. Like so many of her books, this one has a scene where all hell breaks loose and hilarity ensues. The big comic scene in this book involves corn oil and hand mixer beaters getting stuck in a character's hair. The visual of that scene will keep you smiling for days!!
My review would be lacking if I didn't include high praise for the narrators. Of course, Xe Sands is the best in the business and the man who voices Miller will have your "girl parts" humming with his rich, sonorous voice. But the undeniable star of this audio book is the woman who voices the elderly Genevieve. It is worth listening to the book just to hear her performance. She sounds exactly like Sister Monica Joan on Call the Midwife (a BBC TV show which Miller mentions in the book).
You will do yourself a great disservice if you don't listen to this book!!

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Another 5 star read by Kristan Higgins

Also, as always XE Sands did an amazing job narrating this book. I just finished this book and I'm already looking forward to the next KH book!

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One of her best!

Loved the book. I enjoyed the multi-person narration (not a weak link in the bunch). Kristan Higgins has really come into her own in her last few books.

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Emotionally Resonating

Kristan Higgins continues to up her game in Life and Other Inconveniences. It takes a truly gifted author to craft a novel with such emotional resonance and depth of character as found in this book. The layers found in the characters are peeled back like the layers of an onion and what is found is not necessarily what is expected. I am awed by Ms Higgins ability to take what is a truly unlikable character and, by the end of the book, have that character become sympathetic and her actions more understandable.

I highly recommend this book.

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Best Higgins book yet

Life and Other Inconveniences is the best book by Kristan Higgins by far. I love Higgins' books for light, romantic fiction but this book is in a difference category. It's much heavier. The characters are extremely well developed. There are several surprises that made me actually gasp out-loud. There was a romance but it is a minor part of the book. The real love story is between a grandmother and her granddaughter and all the lives that touch these two, strong women.The only thing I don't like (which has nothing to do with the story) is the cover art. It depicts an interesting and sweet/sad scene in the book but I think it makes light of the overall, wonderful story. I highly recommend this book.

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As Good As Ever

I was really looking forward to this release by Kristan Higgins since I have already read most all of her work. I particularly enjoy her books narrated by Xe Sands. This book does not disappoint! I enjoyed it thoroughly in the typical Kristan Higgins format. I felt that this story even reached a little deeper than some. Very much recommended!

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Higgins at her BEST

Higgins is a hit or miss for me. She mailed this one. EXCELLENT novel! 5 STARS

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One of my favorite readers

I really enjoy Kristin Higgins and have to say XE Sands is easily one of my favorite narrators. I look for books she has done. In this particular book, with a narrator for each main subject, I feel they were well chosen as well. This particular "listen" kept me interested, although it was a bit predictable. I don't mind predictability; it so often leads to "happily-ever-after". The characters in the story were endearing, at least to me. I enjoyed listening and am glad I spent a credit on the book. It didn't get my heart pumping, but that's not always a bad thing. Enjoy.

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Grab the tissues!

It’s so hard to review through the tears. Kristan’s writing usually makes me laugh but this one leaves me crying. Such a sadly beautiful story.

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Great story!

Different than kristin Higgins other books, however just as funny and totally consuming I loved every minute of it!

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