Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

Life and Other Inconveniences

Kristan Higgins

Emma London and her grandmother, Genevieve, have a rocky relationship. 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?

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From the New York Times bestselling 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?


Advance Galley Reviews

Life and Other Inconveniences shares the lives of Emma and Riley who head to Connecticut to see Emma’s grandmother for the summer. Genevieve is a wealthy, bitter widow who was an immensely successful fashion designer and facing a health crisis. This story was sort of Gilmore Girls-esque, but with a lot less frustration ;-). The characters in the book are all quite capable adults who actually move into moments of self-reflection and come out the other end even better than when they started. It is a complicated “mother-daughter” relationship between Emma and Genevieve but was handled well. This was my first novel by Kristan Higgins and I will gladly add her others to my TBR list. Thank you to Berkley & Penguin Random House for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I love Kristin Higgins, and I was so excited to get to read this book. I loved the story of the relationship between the estranged Genevieve and Emma. I would highly recommend this great summer read.

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Didn't get a chance to download it before expiration.

This is the first novel I have read from Kristan Higgins, and it definitely will not be the last. While the story line is nothing new, this book was engaging and surprisingly full of depth, even in the sub-plots. All of the characters were relatable and likeable. At first blush, I did not think this book would be as thought-provoking as it actually was. We want to judge people for what we think we know about them, without realizing they are humans who have had experiences that have shaped them into who they are. This book was an absolute joy to read. Highly recommend!

Another winner from Ms. Higgins! An enjoyable read telling the story of Emma, her daughter Riley and her blue blood grandmother Genevieve. I liked how the story switched viewpoints between these three main characters, as well as the viewpoints of other lesser characters. The character of Genevieve really puts the B in witch! She is the epitome of the cold hearted, rich woman. Her put downs are nasty and legendary. Why anyone would want to love this woman was beyond me. Emma, on the other hand, is such a lovable character with a true heart of gold. How she is able to forgive the people who wronged her in her life was amazing to me. A bit of a helicopter mom for my tastes, nevertheless she managed to raise a fantastic daughter. Definitely keep the Kleenex handy because there are several touching or sad moments throughout

Life and Other Inconveniences is a story about family, forgiveness, second chances, and love. I loved how each person had their own chapters, which enables readers to get a true feel for what each person was thinking and feeling. I'll admit I didn't like Genevieve at first, but as the book progresses and I got more insight into her thoughts about what happened and how she really felt, I started to feel for her. I also didn't really care for Miller's three-year old daughter, who was an absolute terror throughout the whole book. I could understand why he was so frustrated by her. Life and Other Inconveniences is a wonderfully well-written story. If you're looking for a great women's fiction book, look no further.

Enjoyed this as much as her previous titles.

This book was cute, although a little predictable and at times, far-fetched (is Riley really the perfect child and Emma the perfect mother?). But it was a nice story of a mother, daughter and great-grandmother bonding. It took awhile to understand the family relationships (Pop is Riley's maternal grandfather, Genevieve is her paternal grandmother) but it all eventually came together.

"Life and Other Inconveniences" I've honestly had never read Kristan Higgins before her "Good Luck With That", but Higgins has quickly become a MUST read. Emma London's life was never easy, her mom is dead, her father abandoned her with her grandmother Genevieve London. Genevieve kicks Emma out after she becomes pregnant as a senior in high school. So why is Genevieve calling Emma now and asking for her and her teenage daughter to visit her for the summer? Genevieve also has struggled for years with the death of her young son, and brother of Emma's father. Emma's life is shaped by her family, the past of her father and grandmother. Higgins weaves a wonderful story and a MUST read for the summer. Thanks to Penguin and First to Read for the advanced reader copy.

whelp. dnf @ 19% perhaps this is the right book but wrong time for me, but i just can't do it. it's so depressing. i'm sure it gets better but i just can't handle it right now. which sucks because i love kristan higgins.

Kristan Higgins is a master of women's fiction. She enlists multiple generations in the importance of second chances, forgiveness and acceptance. Another home run for a great summer read for mothers and daughters to read together.

Thank you to Penguin for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my review. This is the first Kristan Higgins book I have read, and I really enjoyed it! I loved the mother/daughter relationship and was hooked on the story early on. I wanted to keep reading because I connected with all the characters and wanted to find out how the story was going to finish up. I would recommend this book.

Oh, the wonderful and realistic characters in Life and Other Inconveniences are so well imagined! It is amazing how multiple generations of a family can insist that they are the best, the brightest, and preferable. Each generation of the family is very bold and dominant. At age 35, single mom Emma struggles with raising her teenage daughter Riley, in Chicago. Meanwhile Emma’s wealthy grandmother imposes her will when the family visits for the summer near the East Coast. And somehow they just don’t understand they are nearly peas in a pod. It’s a very nice realistic fiction.

Life and Other Inconveniences Kristan Higgins This is one of the best written books I have read in quite awhile. It is well rounded, every character is well scripted and has their own voice. The plot is well thought out and nicely executed. I will be purchasing a copy of my own so I can re-read it. I received this from Penguin's First to Read Program in exchange for an honest review.

What a marvelous book! Loved all of the characters. It made me laugh and cry. The chapters were the different characters which made you feel closer to them and made me kept turning pages. Can’t wait to read Ms Higgins again.

Kristan Higgins is one of those authors you can count on to write a great book! I love that she wrote a book about such a strong female character. Emma has her daughter young and when almost everyone had abandoned her. I really love that she was so successful despite everything that was thrown at her. I really enjoyed all the different relationships which kept the story interesting. I wouldn’t describe this as a mystery or romance novel but I felt like it had a bit of each component in this story. I loved Millers character and how much he loves his daughter. A part I perhaps didn’t like was how she behaved and how it wasn’t resolved or addressed. Most 3 year olds I know don’t behave like that. I did enjoyed hearing all the different point of views each chapter to gain insight into the story. This was a great read that I will recommend to others!

This is a story about families, and specifically women in the family. The book is told from different characters point of view, with the main characters being Emma, Riley and Genevieve. Emma loses her mom to suicide at an early age but her father is incapable of caring for Emma. Her father's mother agrees to take Emma in, but the grandmother, Genevieve, is still grieving the son she lost when he was seven. She makes sure Emma has a home to live in, but she is not a warm and fuzzy grandma. At the end of high school, Emma discovers she is pregnant. Genevieve kicks her out in no uncertain terms. Emma moves to Illinois to live with her mom's father. Sixteen years go by and Genevieve appears to have regrets about the situation with Emma. She contacts Emma and says that she has cancer. Genevieve would like Emma and Riley to stay with her over the summer. Emma and Riley stay with Genevieve. Things don't go well at first, but eventually the love shines through even as more secrets are revealed. There are so many tragedies in the book that I was somewhat overwhelmed. But the characters didn't seem overwhelmed. They drew from their inner strength and carried on. Kristan Higgins does an excellent job of drawing one into the stories with her storytelling and character development. Her women characters are very strong and badass, to use the term from her book. But they are also warm, funny, caring and loving. Kristan Higgins long ago earned the spot of whatever she writes, I will read. Her sense of humor always shines through in her books that leave me laughing. Thank you to First to Read for the digital ARC of another fabulous Kristan Higgins' book.

Emma's grandmother Genevieve kicked her out when she became pregnant as a teenager, and since then Emma's been living with her mother's father while going to school, working and raising her daughter Riley. She doesn't want to have anything to do Genevieve, who has been cold and aloof since the death of her son and Emma's uncle, Sheppard. But Genevieve is deathly ill, and asks Emma to come back. With Riley facing difficulties from former friends at home in Chicago, Emma, Riley and Pop back their bags and head back to Connecticut. What follows is a sweet, sad, funny and heartwarming story as Emma and Genevieve find a way to reevaluate their relationship and their feelings for each other, and Emma gets a new perspective on love (in several forms) and the people she left behind. This story ran the full gamut of emotions, somehow feels relatable despite a sizable house in upper crust Connecticut, and is sweet without being sugary. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Emma hasn’t had the easiest of lives. After her mother committed suicide when she was 8-years old, Emma’s dad dropped her off at her grandmother, Genevieve’s house and never returned for her. Emma’s relationship with her grandmother was never warm or nurturing by any means, but at least she was there for Emma when she needed a motherly figure. But when Emma falls pregnant shortly after high school, Genevieve gives her an ultimatum, resulting in Emma leaving. It’s been over 16-years since Emma’s seen her grandmother and her and her daughter, Riley, live in Illinois. She gets a call from Genevieve out of the blue, because she is dying of brain cancer and wants Emma and Riley to stay with her in Connecticut for the summer. At first Emma is hesitant, but ultimately decides a change for a few months could do Emma and Riley some good. Over the next few months, Genevieve is able to form a relationship with a great-granddaughter she never knew and work to repair the relationship with Emma that she sabotaged. Genevieve gets to see firsthand what type of mother Emma became and just how much Riley was, in fact, not a mistake, even if Genevieve made her out to be one prematurely. For the first time in over 16-years, Emma is getting some time to herself—some time to explore what truly makes Emma happy outside of motherhood. She meets one of her grandmother’s friends—Miller—whose wife died 3-years earlier during childbirth and left him a single father to a challenging daughter, Tess. Miller and Emma have much in common in regard to single parenthood and grief—a friendship is formed and surprisingly, maybe a romance too. Told through the perspectives of Genevieve, Emma and Riley, we get to see how four generations of women for one summer, sparks more growth, forgiveness and love than 16-years spent apart. And although families have their inevitable problems, nothing is better than the strong bond between women. Life and Other Inconveniences is Kristan Higgins’ latest contemporary women’s fiction release. Yet again, Kristan Higgins writes about the relationships between women and writes them in such a real and relatable way. Her story gives us a short, slice-of-life insight into the London family and in that short time, we get to see such growth and change, all for the better. By the end, I felt like I truly knew Riley, Emma and Genevieve. I think Emma has to be my favorite of the three—she’s patient, beyond giving, and has the greatest capacity for love. Kristan Higgins’ stories are always impactful and stick with me for months after reading them—and Life and Other Inconveniences is no exception—4/5 stars. Thank you to First to Read, Berkeley Books and Kristan Higgins for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really loved this book! The characters were relatable and the family story was interesting. For me it was a fairly quick read over the weekend. This was mainly because I couldn’t put the book down since I wanted to know where the story was going and what would happen to the characters. Thank you Penguin’s First to Read program for providing me with an early release copy of the book.

Very well composed, hard to put down book, that sucks you in and takes you to an alternate reality. Written from multiple viewpoints and told through four generations of mother/daughters, it started off a bit scattered, but kept great forward progress, as it filled in the gaps. It wasn’t long before the whole cast of characters start to feel like your very own family. The ancestral drama is so relatable and written to feel so real, at times I felt myself laughing out loud and crying big crocodile tears along with the characters. Higgins will definitely be going on my must read authors list. Thank you Penguin Random House publishing for providing me with an early release copy for my reading pleasure.

This was not my type of book at all. I loved it. It nibbled away at my preference for an action-packed book. Instead I got deep rich characters. I became invested in their lives. I will be reading other books by Kristan Higgins.

I truly enjoyed this book! The character development and the family drama were so real and complex.

After reading Kristan Higgin's last book, Good Luck With That, I did not hesitate at the chance to read her newest release. I was sucked right in once again to this book. It was such an easy read, with characters I felt like I knew and was friends with. There were many layers to this one and at times my heart ached for all Emma and her grandmother Genevieve had gone through in their lives. The story was so vivid and well written. Even though it is 400 plus pages I did not want it to end. I loved reading this book and it has cemented Kristan Higgin's place on my "I will read anything the author writes" list. Thank you Penguin First to Read program for loaning me a digital ARC of the book. All opinions are my own.

Once again, Kristan Higgins creates a world of people and relationships that are so real and complex, you forget it's a work of fiction. My minor complaint is that the back stories and backgrounds of some (secondary) characters were detailed fairly late in the story (about halfway through). 4 amazing stars!!

Wow, so aptly titled. Riley London the only character in the book who had a relatively good life. Emma London, granddaugher of Genevieve London matriach and fashion designer suffers greatly in her life from her mom committing suicide and a weak father who doesn't love anyone is dropped off to live with Genevieve at 8 years old. Genevieve raises Emma for 10 years with an iron fist and shows no love or compassion for her granddaughter of the son she doesn't love. Genevieve had such great plans for her Emma, but life is inconvenient as Emma becomes pregnant from the one boy she is consumed with and loves, Jason. Throught Emma's life we see that she is a dreamer and naive, but quite loving. Genievieve contacts Emma after 17 years as she is dying but tries to woo Emma with inheritance for Riley. Emma for reasons of her own decides to visit her grandmother and let her meet Riley. There are a cast of characters from Jason, Emma's HS love with his wife and two kids. Miller, Jason's cousin who is raising his terror of a 3 year old daughter when his wife dies in childbirth. Clark the younger son of Genevieve who is definitely not the beloved son, Sheppard who went missing on a camping trip with his father Clark where all of Genevieve's issues stem. So many tragedies and inconveniences are bestowed upon Emma, being a young single mother to Riley, but perservering to put her self through school and achieving her doctorate while living with her maternal grandfather, Pop. A lot happens that pulls you in on all of the lives that are touched in this book. It was very moving and heartfelt without being depressing. Bad things happen to good people and you have to keep going for those still with you. Really enjoyed it.

Kristin Higgins new book tells the tale of two women, Genevieve and Emma London. When Emma was just eighteen, she became pregnant and was determined to keep the baby. Her grandmother Genevieve, who she had been living with after the tragic death of her mother, throws her out of the house to survive on her own. Seventeen years later Genevieve is nearing death from cancer and asks Emma to come home so she can meet her granddaughter and make amends. I found this book to be a deperature from Ms. Higgins other books. Every chapter is from a different characters view point and for the first half of the book I found myself not liking them or the book very much.There was much sadness in these characters and Genevieve was a horrible person. As I got further into the book though, I realized that was the point, The more I read, the more the characters developed and you began to see the other side of them. To be sure there were some truly pathetic men in the story but they had their place and made the women whose lives they touched stronger. By the end, I was smitten with this new novel. Kudos to a very good read. Thanks to Penguin Random House and the First to Read Program for th opportunity to read this advanced copy!

This was a great book. This family goes through a lot - struggles, forgiveness, loss & love to name a few. The women were strong but also very real. I loved Emma & Riley's relationship and how they treated each other. Love to see people forgive and make good on things. Would recommend this book.

I fell right into this book and couldn't put it down. The family dynamics, the secrets, how it all came around full circle! I would definitely recommend. I thought the characters were well developed and I saw parts of myself in several of them. Thanks, First to Read, for my advance copy.

Family drama on many levels. I can see myself and others in the characters. It's about forgiveness, love and relationships. I truly enjoyed the book.

4.5 stars This is the third book by Kristan Higgins I have read and she has now earned her place on my list of authors who I will just automatically read anything they write, I don't even have to be bothered reading the synopsis first to see if it interests me. I truly love the stories she chooses to tell as well as I just feel at ease with the characters even if I don't necessarily have a lot in common with them. Emma London hasn't talked to her wealthy grandmother, Genevieve London, ever since she kicked her out of the house when Emma was a pregnant teenager. Emma struggled to put herself thru school and provide for her daughter, Riley, all as a single mother and despite the odds against her managed to create a pretty darn good life for the both of them. She is shocked though when out of the blue she gets a call from her grandmother begging her and Riley, the grandchild she has never met, to come live with her for the summer. So many valid reasons for Emma to decline the invitation, but maybe there are few reasons to say yes. The story mostly follows the perspectives of both Emma and Genevieve but also occasionally follows a few of the supporting characters. This is the type of book that you have a pretty decent idea from the beginning where the story is headed but that doesn't mean the journey to get there isn't worth taking. I did think at times Emma came across as a little too perfect and preferred her grandmother who definitely had some flaws but seemed more realistic. The author just has this comfortable type writing style that I love and this was a story I really enjoyed and even managed to stir up a few emotions inside me. I highly recommend this book if you are a Kristan Higgins fan or to anyone who likes women's fiction. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

Heart-warming ~ Endearing ~ Relatable tl;dr: Families are not all about blood relations, they are about love I have a love/hate relationship with Higgins. Her books are so real. The characters all feel truthful and complex. She does a great job with the tiny details that make stories sing. In many of earlier romances there was a sort of cheesiness. This book, however, is devoid of some of the contrivances of her romances, and I'm grateful for it. This story is about family and chosen families. There are a number of character, though Higgins does a great job of differentiating their voices and keeping their stories connected/ interconnected. Overall, this was a thoughtful look at family, aging, and love. Very strong.

Emma gets her friend neurologist Calista to check and make sure she doesn’t have a brain tumor.Shr fears dieing and leaving riley,her daughter,to live with her dad and step mom.Emma and Riley live with pop.Genieve is a famous fashion designer and grandmother who raised Emma. She chose to kick Emma out when she was 18 and pregnant leaving no contact.When Emma gets a call she has to decide whether or not spend summer with genieve and let her see the teenage Riley.Genieve has always been style icon and beautiful in Grace Kelly way .Now she is getting older and lost Garrison,her husband.I felt bad for Riley how her old friends treat her .She was way to mature for them.Miller who is Riley’s father’s cousin has a terror of a daughter Tess. i thought some parts were boring.I liked the fact that Jason was in a interracial relationship and noone protested.Even if I would never get in one myself. Posted on goodreads and my blog

Wow, wow, wow. Thank you Penguin First to Read for the opportunity to review this book. Kristan Higgins is a favorite author of mine, I always look forward to her new books. But this book really hit me in the feels. I can’t give too much away, but I’ll just say my family has been going through a lot in the last month. Some of it directly parallel to some of the action in this story. I could not put it down! Excellent storyline, wonderful writing. Read this book!

I seriously loved this book. It is beautifully written, and the story is heart wrenching. I will definitely be recommending it to people when it comes out.

I loved this book. Kristan Higgans writes so beautifully about flawed people in general and specifically the strong and kick-ass women who love them. I highly recommend the book and hope that we will meet these characters again somewhere down the line.

Talk about a family drama! This book had it in all shapes and sizes! That being said I truly loved this book. I loved the storyline of love, loss, hardship, forgiveness, and even a good telling off when it was necessary. Genevieve was stone cold but I enjoyed seeing her evolve throughout the book, and watching her and Emma’s relationship mend.

From the moment I started this book, I could not put it down. Kristan Higgins has brought us another beautiful story. She was able to take us on a journey through several different voices, full of emotion. I highly recommend this book.

I will start off saying this book is EXCELLENT.. I don’t like to write reviews giving away a bunch of details about it.. I have to admit at first I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this story. I was wrong.. It is one of the best I’ve read in a while.. I will say my emotions were on a roller coaster.. Any book that can keep me interested and my emotions on a roller coaster get a a 5+ star rating from me..

I accidentally deleted the download of this book. I can't find any way to recover it.

Emma's life was not an easy one. Her mother killed herself when she was a child and her father abandoned her with his mother shortly after. This same woman would throw Emma out when she become pregnant as a teenager. Now grown up with a teenager of her own, Emma is lured back to spend the summer with her grandmother who she hadn't spoken to in years. This book had me laughing at parts and crying during others. A great story that had me feeling sympathy for characters that I never expected to. This is probably my favorite Kristin Higgins book to date!

 


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