Series: Blue Heron #1
Published by HQN on February 26, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.
It’s possible I may have said this for the last Kristan Higgins book I read, but this one is my new favorite. Seriously, I can’t even describe how much I love her books, and this one is no different from the rest. I’m going to do this review slightly different and highlight the reasons why I love Higgins’ books.
#1 – The Setting
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love small towns. I have nothing against big cities but small towns are just so cute and quaint. Everyone knows your name (cue Cheers themes song) and your business. Manningsport is no different, plus it has the extra benefit of having a couple of vineyards. Vineyards always make good settings.
#2 – The Heroine
I love the heroine’s in Higgins’ books because they’re so realistic. No matter what their issue or hang up is they don’t seem out of place to the character. Faith has a couple of issues. She was jilted at the alter by her fiancé. Who was the perfect guy, except for one tiny, little, detail – he was gay. Her other, more serious problem is dealing with her part in the death of her mother. She was a child when her mother died and accepts responsibility for what happened. That’s a hard burden to carry.
#3 – The Hero
The hero’s are also realistic and hate me if you want, but I like that they do the typically stupid things that you expect guys to do in books like these. Levi is no exception, though in The Best Man his stupid thing is a direct result of Faith’s stupid thing. Y’all know how hard it is to communicate in books, right? All that aside though, Levi does one of the sweetest things I’ve read in a book in a long time. It wasn’t a traditional romantic gesture, but… sigh. So sweet, and exactly what Faith needed. Made me tear up a little.
#4 – The Secondary Characters
I love them so much! They are always fun and quirky. In Manningsport we have:
Jeremy – the former groom, who finally admitted he was gay. He’s absolutely delighted that Faith and Levi are together, and it’s definitely awkward for them.
Pru – the older sister by 16 years. Pru’s husband has decided they need to “spice things up”, Pru does not feel the same. Pru also likes to share.
Honor – the older sister by 4 years. Faith and her don’t talk much.
Faith’s dad – He might be looking for love in all the wrong places
Lorena – one of Faith’s dad’s interests. She uses a sharpie to touch up her roots. Seriously.
#5 – Feelings
Higgins’ books make me laugh and tear up a little bit (or a lot). They always make me feel something. In The Best Man she does it all again. The date from hell in the beginning had me laughing (it just goes to show you that you never can tell about people). Discussing her mother’s death with the family had me in tears. It was an emotional roller coaster that I had no problem being on.
If you haven’t read a book by Kristan Higgins before I encourage you to pick one up. They’re amazing!