From New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins comes a funny and surprising new novel about losing it all—and getting back more than you ever expected.
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 twenty 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.
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 well-adjusted adults, 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. Find her online at KristanHiggins.com, twitter.com/Kristan_Higgins, and facebook.com/KristanHigginsBooks.
Praise for Out of the Clear Blue Sky
“The perfect beach read. Out of the Clear Blue Sky provides the kind of heart-warming tale of hard-fought growth, crazy family and welcoming community that will linger with you long after the final page.”—#1 NYT bestselling author Lisa Gardner
“Reading a Kristan Higgins novel is like spending time with a dear friend, one who understands your soul, captivates your senses...and every now and then makes you snort with laughter. Higgins never disappoints! If you’re looking for a novel brimming with heart and humor, look no further than Out of the Clear Blue Sky. Each time I opened this book, it felt like reuniting with a dear friend. With her trademark wit, Higgins’ tackles tough issues, and does so with sensitivity and heart. Out of the Clear Blue Sky is everything I love in women’s fiction—smart, hilarious, and brimming with heart and hope.”—Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany
"Your big summer read has arrived! Book after book, Kristan Higgins is a can't-miss author who always serves up stories that are fresh, relevant, and deeply involving."—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"From the first page, I was deeply invested in Lillie’s plight and desperate to keep turning pages. Kristin Higgins nails it with this laugh-oud-loud, pitch-perfect, heartfelt novel about a woman’s life upended and the unexpected ways she finds her way forward. Full of hope, positive messages and humor, Out of the Clear Blue Sky is the perfect book for summer, or anytime!”—Elyssa Friedland, author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel
"A fantastic journey with a brave, delightful and mischievous heroine who will keep you laughing and rooting for her from page one. I did not want this book to end!"—Jane L. Rosen, author of Eliza Starts a Rumor
"With a blend of humor and poignancy reminiscent of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn…. [Out of the Clear Blue Sky is] a beautifully told blend of grief, hope, and humor that showcases Higgins at her best."—Kirkus (Starred Review)
"Higgins has created an accomplished protagonist with strong values, a good heart, and an enviable network of friends. Everyone in the community is on her side; take that, ex-husband! This will be satisfying for readers who like to see a strong woman thrive during times of trial."—Library Journal
"Higgins is known for her emotionally potent novels about characters whose lives are in transition....A big-hearted treat for relationship-fiction readers."—Booklist
Praise for Always the Last to Know
"A thoroughly entertaining exploration of families’ complexities—from bitter disappointment to quiet strengths."—People, Pick of the Week
“Filled with hilarious honesty and heartwarming moments.... A moving portrait of a family putting their differences aside in favor of love.”—Woman’s World
“This sparkling story is perfect summer reading.”—Publishers Weekly