Series: Blue Heron #1
Published by HQN
Pub Date: February 26th 2013
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Sometimes the best man is the one you least expect…
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.
Guys, I’m sitting here wanting to do nothing more than to go read The Best Man again. Now! I want to re-read it now!! But first I have to tell you how much I loved it.
The Best Man opens up with Faith getting left at the altar. Even though it’s a terrible thing to happen to someone, Kristan Higgins made it humorous. This book has lots of humorous moments. And lots of touching moments, as well as infuriating ones and sexy ones. This book had it all!
I loved the chemistry between Faith and Levi. The love-hate thing they have going on is beyond fun to read. The anticipation of waiting to see when they’ll finally get together almost kept me reading straight through the night. I loved that they had history from their childhood that also added to their connection now. I ate up all the flashbacks. It just made the story so much more well rounded to know their history and it made my own feelings toward them more real.
I empathized with Faith right away, so it wasn’t hard for me to like her from the beginning. She’s hilarious. And Levi, Mr. Chief of Police, was totally sexy, but, oh man, was he a grumpy one! And he was so obsessed with Faith’s rack! I did find myself wishing he’d stop bringing it up. Not that I don’t believe guys think about a girl’s rack that much, it’s just that it got old reading about it. He was also so closed off. He definitely makes our girl work for it. But, Lord, he turned out to be one amazing guy. I’m in love, you guys. *SIGH*
Faith comes from this big family and, oh my God, they cracked me up!! From her grandparents who’ve been married 65 years and seem to hate each other, to her oldest sister, whose husband is hell bent on spicing up their sex life. Oh! And lets not forget her ex-fiancé who is like part of the family. I couldn’t get enough of them all!
I cannot fully express the feeling in my heart after finishing this book; full of love and hope and smiles, is a start. I hope you guys will pick up this book and feel the same things.
When you come up with an idea for a novel, how do you envision it?
Generally, most of my books start with a one-line idea: what if you were left at the altar? What if your ex-fiancé was dating your sister? From there, the idea starts multiplying into scenes, almost like a cell dividing. Initially, I come up with what I call anchor scenes: pivotal scenes that are usually very funny or very sad (or both). Then I start building sections of the book around those scenes.
Secondary characters, time of year and setting also play a big role in forming the book. My books are never just about the hero and heroine, because I like to write realistic love stories. To that end, my characters have jobs and families, friends and community that play heavily into their lives and the blossoming love story. That’s another aspect I think about a lot—who are the other players, and how will their lives weave into the protagonists’? What do they show about the characters? How can they both gum up the works and smooth the way?
In some respects, I’m an insecure writer. Starting a book that will be 400+ pages long is a daunting task! To minimize the flailing I think every writer suffers, I like to outline…a lot. I start with the above, then work into a three-act synopsis, then go to a scene-by-scene outline. Of course, once I start writing the first draft, a lot changes, but the outline is a touchstone. Sometimes it holds up brilliantly; other times, it’s almost unrecognizable from the final product. Either way, it’s a necessary part of the process for me. Sometimes I have to wade through a lot of muck to get where I’m going; sometimes, it’s clear sailing. Obviously, I prefer the easier route, but I don’t always get a say. The story has tremendous power of its own, and sometimes it feels like I’m just along for the ride.
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