by Nan Higgins
London Craft has exactly the life she wants. She’s a successful artist with a hot line of edgy clothing and merchandise she sells from her boutique, Hell in a Handbasket. Along with her incredible chosen family, she’s in a loving relationship with Reggie, her girlfriend of six years.
When Reggie blindsides London with a public marriage proposal, London freezes. She’s never wanted anything traditional, let alone marriage. When Reggie leaves her, she thinks things can’t possibly get worse, until she receives the call that her estranged mother has died. Suddenly, she’s catapulted into contact with the family she hasn’t seen in nearly twenty years.
After her mother’s funeral, London discovers a letter she wrote to her future self as part of a school project when she was ten years old. Face-to-face with her childhood ideals and the drastically different life she’s built, London must find her way to the future—and love—she truly wants.
Nan Higgins delivers an incredible story that captures the notion of the chosen family and the friends that create it. As a reader, I was struck by London’s ability to persevere . Throughout the book, I fell more and more in love with London – imagining her as a friend I don’t yet have – with her blue hair, edgy clothing, and huge heart to boot.
This book touched my heart, albeit breaking it in some moments and uplifting it in others. I found myself connecting with all of the characters, even one I never would have expected to fall in love with: London’s friend, Tate.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a story with incredible character development and a plot that flows organically, yet keeps you on your feet, both imaginatively and emotionally.
Without question, this is a slam dunk debut novel for Higgins. Kudos to the author and as a reader I am very much looking forward to what’s next from her.