Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins
Genre: Chick Lit, Womens Fiction, Romance
Paperback, 496 pages
Publication: June 7th 2022 by Berkley Books
Taken from Goodreads: From New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins comes a funny and surprising new novel about second chances--and why the lies we tell ourselves are the most dangerous.
Lillie Silva knew life as an empty nester would be hard after her only child left for college, but when her husband abruptly dumps her for another woman just as her son leaves, her world comes crashing down. Besides the fact that this announcement is a complete surprise (to say the least), what shocks Lillie most is that she isn't...heartbroken. She's furious.
Lillie has loved her life on Cape Cod, but as a mother, wife and nurse-midwife, she's used to caring for other people...not taking care of herself. Now, alone for the first time in her life, she finds herself going a little rogue. Is it over the top to crash her ex-husband's wedding, dressed like the angel of death? Sure! Should she release a skunk into his perfect new home? Probably not! But it beats staying home and moping.
She finds an unexpected ally in her glamorous sister, with whom she's had a tense relationship all these years. And an unexpected babysitter in of all people Ben Hallowell, the driver in a car accident that nearly killed Lillie 20 years ago. And then there's Ophelia, her ex-husband's oddly lost niece, who could really use a friend.
It's the end of Lillie's life as she knew it. But sometimes the perfect next chapter surprises you...out of the clear blue sky.
My Thoughts: Brad, or Bradley… what a douche! Yet, he made Lillie find herself in ways that she had lost since becoming a wife and mom. I really enjoyed seeing Lillie become what she wants to be not just be what she was expected to be. It was a huge adjustment having her son go away to college thousands of miles away and getting a divorce in the same summer, Lillie took her days of being sorry for herself and turned them around to days of finding ways to entertain herself, build better friendships, and connect with her sister again.
I laughed so many times at her rogue actions towards her ex-husband and his new wife. I was envious that she did not just stand back and watch them start a new life, she acted out, and made their lives interesting. I am not sure that I could do what she did but I sure hope I would be brave enough to do some of it.
Out of the Clear Blue Sky is a great, funny, and entertaining book. I read the book in less than 36 hours. The book was easy and quick to read, and the characters were fun and relatable.
**Thank you Kristin Cipolla at Berkley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet Kristan Higgins (Taken from her website): Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Entertainment Weekly, People, Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.
The happy mother of two snarky and entertaining grown children, Kristan enjoys gardening, mixology, the National Parks and complimenting strangers on their children. She lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, cuddly dog and indifferent cat.