Review: Fools Rush In — Kristan Higgins

Read: 77
To Go: 23

Book List
71. The Truth About Delilah Blue — Tish Cohen
72. Onstage, Offstage — Michael Buble
73. Various Positions — Martha Schabas
74. Flesh and Blood — Michael Cunningham
75. True Evil — Greg Iles
76. Gone — Michael Grant
77. Fools Rush In — Kristan Higgins

 Thank God for friends who loan you books (this one came to me from Sahar)! And thank God I’m back on track with this challenge. I was able to plough through Fools Rush In in a matter of hours, so now I’m right back on schedule.

Millie Barnes is this close to finally achieving her perfect life. Rewarding job as a local doctor on Cape Cod? Check. Cute cottage of her very own? Check. Adorable puppy suitable for walks past attractive locals? Check! All he needs is for golden boy and former crush Joe Carpenter to notice her, and Millie will be set.

But perfection isn’t as easy as it looks — especially when Sam Nickerson, a local policeman, is so distracting. Sure, he needs a friend after being dumped by Millie’s fortune hunting sister, but does she really need to enjoy his company that much? He is definitely not part of her master plan. But maybe it’s time for Millie to start a new list.

Okay the back blurb is a little misleading. It should read something like this: Millie Barnes stalks a too-cute-to-be-real high school crush while comforting her ex brother-in-law after his divorce with her crazy-ass sister. At least her 17-year-old nephew is sane. Oh, and did she mention that she’s starting to think her ex-brother-in-law is cute?

Well, my version lacks a little flare and finesse. But you get the point, I’m sure — the description conveniently left out a marriage and resulting child. Anywho…despite what I’d consider a glaring omission there, I really did like Fools Rush In. I thought it was cute, and silly, and fun, and Millie is definitely a relatable character (even if she is just a wee bit neurotic at times). I could’ve done with a little bit more focus on Sam, who was, it turns out, the central love interest. That part of the plot wasn’t honed in on until the last quarter of the book (barring serious eye contact) and I felt it did the book as a whole a real disservice.

But, you know, a nice fluffy read. Pick it up if you’re in the mood for one.

(Also, one character in particular provided comic relief for the entire book. I almost debated creating a video of myself reading her lines the way I heard her voice in my head, but figured I’d come to regret it in the morning.)

Next book: probably another loaner, possibly Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close.

– Kelsey

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