Publication Order of Blue Heron Books
|The Best Man||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Perfect Match||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Waiting on You||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|In Your Dreams||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Anything for You||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|Fools Rush In||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Catch of the Day||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Just One of the Guys||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Too Good to Be True||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Next Best Thing||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|All I Ever Wanted||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|My One and Only||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Somebody to Love||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|If You Only Knew||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Kristan Higgins is the best selling author of several novels, including the “Blue Heron” series. The books in the series are connected because of the Blue Heron winery, located in Manningsport, New York, that the Holland family owns. Three of the books are centered around a single member of the Holland family- Faith, Honor, and Jack, the other two entries are focused on twins Connor and Colleen O’Rourke. All five are unmarried at the beginning of their respective books.
“The Best Man” was the first book released in the series and was released in early 2013. This book is centered around Faith Holland, who lives in a small town, Manningsport, New York, with a population of 715. Three years ago, Faith Holland was left at the altar by her fiance, named Jeremy, whose best man, and now the town’s police chief, Levi Cooper, told her he was gay right before they were set to say “I do”. He was a bad boy turned best man who was not all that bad the whole time. She is so embarrassed by this turn of events, that she leaves and does not return for three years. She misses the scenery, wants to face her problems that she abandoned all those years ago. When she comes back, she ends up seeing that the best man in her wedding, Levi, he’s not such a bad guy. They end up getting together after she realizes that he only cared for her when he told her the man she was about to marry was gay. She also tries to help her dad find love, even with the fact that she has not had the best luck where that is concerned, and helps her grandparents get back together again after their marriage hit a rough patch. You also see how her and her ex-fiance’s relationship evolves since they broke up on what would have been their wedding day, and how the town treats Faith once she returns home. Jeremy is the town doctor and loved by the whole town, and it makes the people feel even sorrier for Faith. This is a book about second chances, about making things right.
Fans of this book say that the books are hard to put down, that the author is talented at making real, as well as likable, characters. There’s a mix of scenes that are funny, but also will be emotional, too. Fans like the way that Levi’s and Faith’s romance is built slowly, overly the course of several years and it features a good payoff. Some readers have said that this book does not have a lot of romance in it, but rather features one man (Levi) who does not like the woman (Faith) he ends up with, even after they start sleeping together. He does not seem that into her and still he sleeps with her. She seems so new to being in a relationship that she does not try and alter this at all, she just goes with it.
Fans did not have to wait for “The Perfect Match”. It was the first sequel in the series and came out in late 2013, the same year the first book came out. Faith’s sister, Honor Holland takes center stage in this book. She has been so obsessed with working and trying to make the family business even bigger, that she has not started a family herself. Honor is now 35 and her doctor has informed her that if she wants kids, she better get started on it quickly, time is wasting. She tries to propose to the man she hooks up with sometimes, but he turns her down. After going on a bunch of dates with a bunch of random guys, she ends up meeting a British man named Tom Barlow, who needs a green card to stay in the country to continue his teaching career and to keep the child, named Charlie, that he has been raising since the boy’s mom (Tom’s fiance) died. They agree to get married out of convenience, she wants to get back at the man who turned down her marriage proposal too. But once they live together for awhile, they find that they actually have real feelings for one another that is more than just the sham they were putting on to fool the government to allow Tom to stay in the country and to make Honor’s ex jealous.
Fans of the series say that Kristan is funny, there is great dialogue, her characters have depth, you will find yourself rooting for her characters, and great sex scenes that explain everything without it getting overly graphic. They said too, that the scenes are more about the before and after, not so much during. Some fans said they were able to read the books in a single sitting, they were so good. Some people believe that her characters are so desperate to get married that they will marry anyone. They also believe that there was a lot that could have been cut that would not have hurt the story moving forward at all. One reader of both books found that neither protagonist, Faith or Honor, was very strong and instead settled.
This series differs greatly from most novel series in that most focus on one character throughout the series. However, this one changes protagonists every book. Sometimes the protagonist of one book will return to cameo in another book. In both books, you get to see Honor and Faith’s dad’s attempt at dating and hear their grandparents continue to bicker with one another..
In addition to the “Blue Heron” series, Kristan Higgins has also written eleven other novels. She writes in the contemporary romance genre. She has also gotten two RITA awards for “Catch of the Day” and “Too Good To Be True” in 2008 and 2010. Higgins has also gotten four nominations for the best work of fiction for the year from The Kirkus Prize. She has read her favorite book “Gone with the Wind” about fourteen times. She is also married to a firefighter and lives with their two kids in a small town located in Connecticut.Book Series In Order » Authors » Kristan Higgins