Day 5: Kristan Higgins

The Thing with Feathers

I read romance for the kissing. I’ll be honest. I love kissing, and I love fighting, not necessarily in that order. I love to read about beautiful settings, good food, swanky events that I’ll never get invited to. I love to read about rippling abs and fabulous shoes. Chocolate. Dogs. Apartments in Chicago and Manhattan.

Mostly, though, I read romance for the hope.

Oh, Higgins, you’re saying. How schmaltzy! Yes. I am. But I think we all read romance for that element above all others. You might want rugged coastlines or thoughtfully-made martinis or beautiful vampires or maybe some handcuffs…but you need hope. Why read a romance just for the nooky? Isn’t that what the Internet / marriage is for?

I read romance for the hope, I really do. People change for the better in a good romance novel. They’re not just bumping along in life and bam, meet the perfect man/woman and all their issues are miraculously solved. Nah. That’s boring. That’s demeaning, and simplistic.

In a romance, though, maybe the most romantic part isn’t the love relationship; it’s the idea that our protagonist can finally find the inner courage and strength to tackle the problem that’s always gummed up the works before now. After all, there’s a reason our hero and heroine don’t yet have what they truly want or need. In a romance novel, they’re going to go for it in a way they never have before. They’ll fail…and they’ll try again. It’s a hero’s journey of the heart.

In real life, we all have that friend who gets in her own way. The guy who has so much potential but somehow manages to sabotage himself. The people who’d be so great if only they’d (cough) listen to us and be happier. Of course, we all fall into that category, too. It’s hard to be human. Most people in life don’t transform, don’t have a clearly delineated character arc that blossoms in the space of a few weeks or months as the outer goal is accomplished. That’s what makes a romance novel so gratifying, and uplifting…and hopeful. They did it. They’re our role models, and it doesn’t matter if they’re fictional, so long as they walk the walk of someone who was stuck, and afraid to try something different, and risked it all for love…and triumphed. Better. Stronger. More whole. The love of the other character…that’s just the cherry on top.

I got a letter from a young woman a couple of years ago, and I’ve read it and referenced it so many times that I have it memorized. It goes like this:

Dear Mrs. Higgins,
I have never had a boyfriend like the ones in your books. My boyfriend is not a very nice person. When he hit me, he was always sorry. Well, not really, but I stayed. But your books taught me what love should be and what I deserve, and I want you to know I am not with him anymore.

Reading that letter…that was one of the most humbling and proudest moments of my life. My books mattered to that girl. She was strong enough to see that she deserved better, and she left him. My God, the courage it must’ve taken to say, “I want what they have, those women in the books. And I’m going to have it.” And acting on it! That girl…she’s my hero. She’s the reason romance novels matter.

Looking for a fast-paced book with great characters and plenty of charm? Let me recommend:

Jeannie Moon, The Temporary Wife.  It’s Jeannie’s first book, and I can’t wait for more.

Questions for the Author:

 What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house, and why do you keep it?

I would have to go with a Christmas ornament that I love madly. It’s got a disproportionate, humanoid head; red wired wings and tiny, twisted pipe-cleaner arms. No legs, just a skirt. I don’t know what it is…a fairy? A portent of evil? It doesn’t matter. I love it, and no one is allowed to put it on the tree except yours truly. The rest of the family is, in fact, afraid of her.


If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)

It would be called “Where’s My Cell Phone?” I think Sandra Bullock could play me quite well. She does physically awkward like nobody’s business, and I’d like to be portrayed by someone who doesn’t have to wear Spanx. I’d also like to suggest Jake Gyllenhaal as the pool boy. Not that I have a pool boy, but I’d like one, and I’d like him to look like Jake.


What is the best non-monetary gift you’ve ever been given?

Can I be really schmaltzy and say my kids? No? Okay, then I pick the fruit-fly trap McIrish gave me for Mother’s Day a few years ago. I loved that thing.


If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be? (Any picks for romance novels in general?)

The romantic scene that leaps to mind is from ALL I EVER WANTED, when Callie seeks out Ian’s help. The not-dead-yet turkey, the over-excited Irish Setter, the ineptly applied bandages…what more do you need for a romantic night?

As for favorite romance novel couples, I really loved Matt and Allison in CAROLINA HOME by Virginia Kantra. There was something about those two that I really felt, you know? That wonderful feeling where their connection hits you right in the bone marrow in the most pleasant of ways.

Kristan is generously donating three copies of  The Best Man to give away (U.S. only, apologies to international readers.) To enter, either leave a comment here or enter the weekly drawing on the contest page. Or both.  (Only one entry per commenter per post, though – multiple comments on one essay does not give you more chances.)  Comment entries must be posted by midnight EST Aug 6 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.


Called “the master of small-town romance,” Kristan Higgins is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus and Romantic Times. Though she originally wanted to be a Jedi knight and/or pediatrician, Kristan worked in advertising before she became a stay-at-home mom and started writing fiction during her children’s naptimes.

Kristan lives in her hometown in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband and two lovely children who sport long eyelashes and advanced vocabularies. The family shares their home with a hyperactive mutt named Willow and an occasionally affectionate feline named Huck. Kristan’s hobbies include baking, eating, boxing (true) and daydreaming about Robert Downey Jr. Visit her at

Buy Kristan’s books at Amazon.

  • lisa

    I loved what you had to say about why you write and read romance. It’s so true! Love your stories, the characters with all their foibles and the humor is great. I can’t wait for the next one 🙂

  • helena rizzuto

    I honestly have to say that reading this, mainly your answers from the author q&a, make me laugh out loud to the point my dogs are looking at me wierd amd looking for the nearest escape route. I love reading your books because they aren’t all love scenes. You bring humor and real life into them. Of course, the hot guys help but still, your books are golden. And while I’m already married, I count your hero’s as my other men’s:)

  • PJ Ausdenmore

    And there you go again, making me laugh, then cry, then laugh some more. Thank you for your wonderful stories and characters. You’re an auto-buy for me. You publish a book, I buy that book. No questions asked.

    I agree with Matt and Allison in CAROLINA HOME. Love them!

  • Jordan H

    I absolutely love Kristan’s books. They make me laugh, they pull on your heart strings, but above all they make you want that beautiful romance like the characters. I can’t get enough of reading her books.

  • Nancy Huddleston

    Love your books. Love hearing about your daily adventures. Thanks.

  • Amy Higgison

    I love all of Kristan’s books!!! I have read all of them. Just One of the Guys is one of my favorite books. I have read it multiple times!!

    • JOotG and The Best Man are tied for me. But they’re all great. xoxo

  • TrishJ

    I never thought about hope. I read romance for the good, comfortable, warm and fuzzy feeling I get. But it is all about obtaining that “thing” we either wanted or didnt even realize we wanted. I LOVE your books. I cry, laugh and rejoice with each book. I loved Carolina Home too. p.s. I also follow you on FB and your blog and you crack me up!!! I feel like I am not alone!!! :*)

  • Wanda Rust

    I love reading your books and going on the adventures with them! They are my escape and gives me that warm fuzzy feeling love is alive and flourishing in this thing we call life. Tanks for writing them and can’t wait for more to come.

    Wanda R

  • Laura Cook

    Hope, sustenance, survival through tough times. Through my sickest times, romance novels got me through to the next minute, hour, day, week. Still do. A little escape to ease the pain. Thank you for being a part of my reading in the past…gasp..35 years.. of romances.

  • Shreya Giria

    i’m a sucker for romances and chick-lit….i enjoy reading them, but the ones which are truly close to my heart are the ones where love does not mean blackmail, stalking, abuse, excuses, etc. and your books fit the bill. i love it that the characters never sacrifice their own identities for their partners and maintain spunk and dignity. and they never ever settle. rock on!

  • Kristan Higgins

    Thank you so much, folks! Love reading your comments!

  • Heather Coulter

    I have The Best Man on my TBR pile, but I have read other books by you – I love small town romances.

  • Michele Hayes

    I just “found” Kristan Higgins and am trying to catch up with all her books. Thanks for the contest.

  • Jess Clever McQuaid

    I had the pleasure of hearing you speak at an NHRWA conference one year, and I have been hooked on your writing ever since! Keep it coming!

    • xoxo

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Cat C

    Thank you for such a beautiful story! I knew romance novels could give the gift of hope but…wow, they really do.

    Your _Too Good to Be True_ makes me tear up every time I read it. I love it a lot. Looking forward to reading more of your books–and checking out _The Temporary Wife_!

  • Melanie Backus

    Nothing like a good book. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Penny Foster

    I loved All I Ever Wanted and could vividly remember that scene as I read the blog! I love Kristan’s books! Here heroines are so real!

    • Agreed, Penny!

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • redwink

    That’s why I read romances too…the feeling of hope!

  • Kimberly Mayberry

    Loved the excerpt and your answers to the questions!

    • Good luck, Kimberly!

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • alisha woods

    As a recent reader to Kristin’s book, I must say all I have read are great

    • And they just keep getting better! Such a gift. :o)

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Daphne Trumps

    Kristan Higgins is one of my auto buy authors. her books are hilarious and sweet and I love this new series. 🙂

    • Me too! :o)

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • cs86

    What I love about Kristan Higgins’ books is that the main character is always a strong independent woman who happens to be looking for love and is not some helpless female looking for a man to “save” her and provide for her. The story lines captivate the reader and the romance scenes are truly romantic and not just a graphic description. Haven’t always been a fan of the romance genre, but her books have changed that!

    • Thank you! Have you read Susan Elizabeth Phillips? Love her too! xoxo

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

      • cs86

        No, I haven’t read her books. Thank you for the suggestion!

  • Michelle Beeler Arnold

    It is because of authors like you that make reading a romance so much better. You are funny and sweet and I just love listening to your real life stories. You are one of my must buy authors. (crossing fingers)

  • Bette Hansen

    Kristan Higgins is one of my very few auto buy authors……love love love her snarky humor!! And her recommendation for Jeannie Moon as a great read I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kristan

  • Sue

    I just started reading Kristan Higgins books….I like Jill Shavis also.

    • Sue – lucky! So much to look forward to. :o)

  • Martha Eddy

    Love Kristan – can’t wait for The Perfect Match…

    • Me neither!

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Michelle Pruett

    Kristan Higgins has to be my favorite author of all time…she has a way of writing that brings the characters alive like no other….I can picture every scene as I am reading. Thank you, Kristan for the laugh out loud moments in every book! Thank you so much!

    • Lovely, Michelle!

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Amy McKechney Lang

    Thank you so much for writing romance novels set in the Finger Lakes region of NY! I live in Rochester, NY (less than an hour from the Finger LaKes) and I loved reading The Best Man and being able to recognize where things were based on.

    • :o)

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Terry Benson

    I love Kristan Higgins books. Just finished the Best Man. Great book
    She takes us away from everyday life. It’s great I have more books at the library waiting for me to pick up Yeah

    • xoxo

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Beth Cornelison

    Kristan- The reader letter tugs at my heart every time! You’re an auto-buy for me! Tell me more about this fruit-fly trap… 🙂

    • ;o)

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Patricia Brown

    I have all her books, they are so wonderful that I ‘ve read them all at least three times

  • Rochelle

    I agree about reading the romance for the hope! Love all your books and can’t wait for The Perfect Match!

    • :o)

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Sharon Rudolph

    Your books are wonderful!! I have a list of the books I haven’t read yet and I download one a month!!

    • Good plan! :o)

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Lori Baker Nash

    Love your books! Would love to have the best man!!!!

    • Good luck!

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Britney Adams

    Love Kristan Higgins and looking forward to The Perfect Match!

  • Anne

    I discovered you last year. I do wish I had waited until you had written more books though, I’ve read them all and am impatiently waiting for the next one. Thank you for writing such enjoyable books. I love your characters and the interactions. I love that I laugh while I’m reading them. Please don’t ever stop writing.

    • I know the feeling. :o)

      • Anne

        I am thinking that you are also very dedicated to be responding to most of the comments for all these authors. Very impressive. Thank you for setting this up, I am enjoying the letters from the authors.

        • Thank you, Anne! Have fallen off the wagon the last couple of days because I have so much to do! But I hope to catch up a little tomorrow. :o)

  • Danielle Denaris Smith

    I don’t even need to read the back of the book to know I am going to have a great story, incredible characters and laugh my bum off! I look forward to every one, I only wish they came faster!! 🙂

  • Amy Pope

    I have all of your books on my Kindle…but, I would love to have hard copies! I adored The Best Man (well, all of them). Reading today’s blog with your opinion about romance novels, it is crystal clear why I love your stories so much. Keep ’em coming!
    Let me know when you’ll be in the Dallas area, please!

    • Thanks, Amy!

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Marcy Cordova

    The letter you received brought a tear to my eye. It’s crazy to think how the things we do can impact other people’s lives. Good job!

  • Karen Menas

    Kristan—- You are such an awesome writer! Thanks for making me smile, laugh, cry a little & for over all making me very happy that I discovered your wonderful books!

    • Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

      • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

        I sure will! Thanks!

  • Christina Reed

    I love her books and can’t wait for more!

  • rebecca moe

    Wow–that letter. Awesome.

    Don’t enter me into the contest–I already have all of Kristan’s books, most of them in more than one format, so someone who hasn’t read her before should have a chance. (More need to be made into audiobooks, though! Can we make that happen? Please?) Picking up three Kristan Higgins paperbacks at our library’s used book sale several years ago (Just One of the Guys, Catch of the Day, and Fools Rush In) got me back into reading romance again…so thank you so much!

    Can’t wait for The Perfect Match–love that cover!

  • Kim Cornwell

    I love your books. I love a book that just makes you feel good.

  • Jen Ferraro Stepke

    Thank you for giving us hope! 🙂

  • Vivian

    I love your books, Miss Kristan. As soon as I finish reading your book, I end up smiling.

  • Meredith Richardson

    I love your books!

  • Robin Ray

    I haven’t read an entire Kristan Higgins book yet but I have read a Sample or two and I do want to read an entire book of hers. The main reason why I haven’t yet is that I don’t read Contemporary Romance as much as I do Historical Romance.

    • Oh, Robin – love historicals too, but KH is a must-read! Enjoy! :o)

  • Heather Chandler

    One thing I love about your stories is how you characters evolve. They go through so many struggles before they make it to the HEA. When I read you books, I feel like I am visiting a friend and I end up rooting for that hope.

  • Fran Colley

    THE BEST MAN is my favorite of Higgins’ books–of course, I say that about every book, but whatever. This time I mean it! And that “fan mail”–that was one brave heroine! I hope she has her cherry on her happy ending now. 🙂

    • Love this, Fran! THE BEST MAN for me is tied with JUST ONE OF THE GUYS. I think. They’re all great. It’s hard. ;o)

  • Kathleen O

    Your book make me laugh, cry, and sigh from page one to the last page.. Your Heroines get into the best comical situations and it’s always the Hero, the last person they want that usually sees them at their worst.. But they love them anyway.. You have to like guy like wait You have LOVE them..

    • xoxo

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Shannon Watson

    I love your comment about reading romances for the hope. I read them for the same purpose! I also love all of the quirky humor that romance has. Where else can you find two totally opposite people that can find their own special happy ending?

    I also just want to say that I love your stories, Kristan. I have laughed, cried, and smiled while reading each one. Thanks for doing what you do and doing it well. 🙂

  • Kristy Birch

    My grandmother used to always say, “as long as you have hope, you have everything. But when you have no hope, that’s when you have nothing.” I think that’s why she was the only member of my immediate and extended family who read romance. She and I shared a room until she passed away when I was 5 and everyday she would reference hope. Until just a few years ago I was the only one who read romance, that can’t be a coincidence. Well said Kristan!

  • MaryC

    Love the humor in your books.

  • Martha Lawton

    That letter says it all – doesn’t it. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Sue G.

    You are such a funny and real person. It would be great to hang with you and your bestie Jill one day. I’d probably lose 10 pounds just from laughing! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Ruth

    There is nothing “schmaltzy” about what your wrote. If there is, then I choose schmaltzy. Just like I choose romance. And hope. Amateurs think hope is easy. Hope is work. In romance novels we get to see and feel and benefit as hope is not defeated. We are reminded that at the end there is great reward if we do not lose hope. And the kissing along the way? Bonus!! I think the letter you shared should be put on a billboard. She IS the reason romance matters. Romance is powerful. Thank God for it.

  • Terri C

    Love Kristan’s books. I so enjoy the craziness that is thrown in. It’s life, but life at it’s best–you always know a happy ending is coming.

  • Emily Anne Miron-Neilsen

    love her books so much

  • Stephanie

    I also love the humor in your books. It feels real and not like someone trying to be funny. I always feel good after reading one of your stories.

  • Krysten Michelsen

    Love these books! They’re just so funny and cute!

  • Hannah Weitzman

    I read romance for hope too!

  • Michelle Mason

    You nailed it. I think that’s why some books (like yours) resonate better than other romance novels – there is real character development. As much as I love some other authors, their characters are often too perfect. Thanks for sharing such goofy characters!

  • Jen C

    Oh, the feels. Listening to what you have to say and how you say it is why I enjoy your books, your blog posts, your facebook posts, and your reparte with Jill Shalvis. And Man Wars. I like Man Wars. A lot. 😉

  • Tawnya Bentley

    Loved that you picked Sandra Bullock to portray you, I agree she does awkward very well. And thank you for sharing your gift of story telling!

  • Vandy B

    Your blog got me from the start…it really is all about hope. That is why I read so many romance books. I love the HEA but I really look forward to taking a journey w/the hero/heroine as they figure out why they want. I think I do it b/c I am afraid to take that step in my life. Change scares the sh*t out of me, even when I know I will be better for it in the long run. And kudos to the girl who wrote the letter to Kristan for getting out. I have been there, done that but didn’t discover Kristan until after I left. I too, though, look for the hope that one day I’ll find my hero and HEA like in her books.

    • Vandy – I hope you read Linda Francis Lee’s post today too! xoxo

  • suepeace

    Kristan, your books not only give hope and love, they make me laugh too! Love them!!

  • Ricki Stamos

    The first Kristan Higgins book I read was ‘Fools Rush In’. When I read the poison ivy chapter I never laughed so hard in my life! I swear, I was right there with Millie the whole time feeling her pain. I’ve since read and thoroughly enjoyed every book she has written. I mean seriously, who can resist reading the work of an author that can make you feel the pain of poison ivy but have you laughing the whole time? She’s one of my favorite authors and I’m thrilled there is a new book coming out soon! I can’t wait!!

    • I’m with you, Ricki! Thank you!

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Amanda Arrowood

    Love the romance month 😀 Can’t wait to read wonderful books. A week off from school I am going to catch up on my reading!!!!!!!!

    • If you haven’t read The Best Man, it’s a good place to start. :o)

  • Kelly M.

    I loved your essay! I read romances for hope, too, and for possibilities. Oh, and for laughter! 🙂

    • KH is the perfect combination, isn’t she? xoxo

  • Kim

    It must be nice knowing that one of your books inspired someone to get out of a bad situation.

  • Cindy Taylor Perra

    Kristan is my go to author!

  • Morgan

    Always a fan of the small town, but for some reason we get all of the crazy and not enough of the romance in mine.

  • Kristan Higgins

    I think of all the times I picked up a romance novel to get me through a hard time, and it truly is amazing, how I was able to duck out of my regular life and into a better place for a while. I guess it’s obvious why I decided to give the genre a try.

    Thanks for all your lovely, lovely comments! I’m reading every single one!

    • Me too, Kristan! Thank you for the amazing post. xoxo

  • Kim

    I love your books! I love the journey and seeing how the characters change over the course of the book.

  • Sam

    I used to blame Disney for me having all the unrealistic expectations from love…and now Kristan Higgins has bagged the honor of doing just that..
    Nevertheless, I absolutely love reading Higgins’ books… the characters, the journey, the realizations, and of course, the hopes 🙂

    • xoxo

    • Kristan Higgins

      I think they’re not unrealistic, Sam! Hope you find that out, too!

      • Sam

        aww Kristan, I really hope too! I wouldn’t mind to be proved wrong, and cross paths with a James Cahill, Levi Cooper, Sam Nickerson, Liam Murphy, Nick or even Trevor Meade in my life!
        THANK YOU, for keeping people like me, hopeful! 🙂

  • Patty Vasquez

    Wow. I love that your books gave that girl the courage and inner strength to move on and forward with her life. I wonder how many times that same situation has played out for other authors of romance stories? Doesn’t it just give you goosebumps to think that romance novels can make that kind of difference in a person’s life? I wonder what that young woman is doing today? I would sure like the epilogue to her story.

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

    Oh, love reading about Kristan, a true favorite! I’ve read all her books more than twice (at least)- all 12 you know.
    Kristan, you add so much heart and love to your stories, that’s what I
    love best. Happy to hear about the reader. V. Kantra another favorite,
    excellent author, read that story too, so I know exactly what you mean.
    Jeannie Moon a new great discovery… ♥ Thank you for providing such great entertainment! You’re the best!

    • Thank you! :o)

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Ann

    Romance changes lives!

  • Suzanne Brockmann

    Where’s the LOVE button! What a great blog! Thank you for sharing that!

    • Hi, Suzanne! Agreed. Thanks so much! xoxo

  • Michelle Heath

    I’d like to win Kristan’s book!! She’s my all time favorite author. I don’t even read the back of her books before I buy them =)

    • Me neither. ;o)

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Courtney Cogswell

    Great blog! How inspirational to know that your words had the power to help that woman turn her life around…more proof that romance matters and makes our lives better. I love your books and characters 🙂 Keep ’em coming, and I’ll keep reading!!!

  • christinejensen

    I agree, I love seeing the positive changes that happen in the lives of the characters in a book.

  • Kathy Johnson

    I love your books. You not only provide hope, but some of the situations you come up with are so funny.

    • Love KH! :o)

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Andrea Maples

    I love reading your books, because it’s a lovely escape. Your comment about the women who read your book and realized that her relationship wasn’t the kind of relationship she should have is so inspirational.

    • Right, Andrea? xoxo. Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Suzan Morrow Farrell

    I enjoy your sense of humor with the romance.

    • Thanks! Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Lisa Hutson

    Awww….that’s why I love reading your books. And most romance. Some are rough and harsh. They are not the romance books for me. But finding your way, finding love, finding friendship, trust, humor. While I have never found myself in such a situation, I admire that your talent can lift someone from such a bad place. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us.

    • Thanks, Lisa!

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • J.J.

    Love.. Love.. Love your books! Love the pooches, the laugh…. I read 7 of them so far, NOT one I didn’t like yet. Just bought another last wk, looking fwd to read that one soon too. Can’t wait to read your new one, hope won’t have long to wait. 😉

  • Kelly Pink

    I can honestly say that I am always, anxiously awaiting the release of your next book. I love all of your stories so very much. You are a truly, amazing, gifted author Kristan Higgins!

    • Agreed, Kelly! Thank you.

      Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Cheryl Hastings

    I never thought of romance as being about hope…but you are exactly right! And that young woman you got the letter from, she gives me hope that other woman in abusive relationships will have her courage and strength to realize they deserve better and walk away. Thank you for a new way of looking at romances and for sharing all your stories with us…I love them all 🙂

  • BrendaE

    I love reading your books! I’ve had a rough couple years and your books make me laugh, give me hope, and let me believe in a happy ending. Thank you!

    • Thanks! Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Nang

    Best author discovery of the year – I’m about halfway through your book list and try to go slow so I’m not anxiously awaiting the next one (although I do anyway, because I can’t wait for Honor’s book!)

  • Ketta Peters

    What a fantastic letter, and how wonderful to know your words had such an impact.

    • Amazing, right? :o) Hope you visit through August to read other great authors and why romance matters!

  • Marcy Shuler

    I love your books and your humor. You can never have enough hope.

  • Allison W

    I haven’t read your books yet but have been wanting to try them. Love your fb posts though! 🙂

  • Karin Anderson

    That is a fantastic story. My sister is in a relationship like that.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Hope she gets out fast, Karin.

  • Julie

    Kristan, Thank you for your wonderful talent. I am currently building a wish list of books to purchase since I am on hiatus from purchasing. Once furlough days are over, I will have a little extra to purchase again.

  • Nancy Crawford

    Kristan’s characters ring true. I love series that can be read as stand-alones, but are richer for reading all the books in the series.

  • Diane Murach

    Love Kristin’s books and have double bought all but about the last four. I purchased them in paperback and when I bought my Kindle I decided I needed them in my digital library for re-reading. Her Facebook comments have me laughing almost every day! I can just picture DS rolling his eyes at her.

  • Marilyn White

    I read romance because no matter what the hero/heroine go through there is always a happy ending.

  • Rhiannon Rowland

    Love Kristan’s books!

  • brhill2010

    I first read your boss a couple of weeks ago and I remember thinking to myself that the best man really touched me. I really loved how the jeep and herbs returned out to get married to each other. Can’t remember names right now. Sorry. 🙂

    • brhill2010

      Hero and heroine * not jeep and herbs. Damn autocorrect.

      • Kristan Higgins

        I was wondering about jeep and herbs… : )

  • Joan Varner

    I love the small town romance books that your write. I was brought up in the midwest in a small town and I know what’s like to know every one and every one knows you *sometimes good, sometimes not so good”. Thanks, Kristan!

  • Those are some of the reasons I love romance, too. Your book covers are fantastic!!

  • Peggy Aspinwall

    Thanks to Jo Beverly for the nudge. Always open to a new author.

  • Eileen Wetterstrom

    I suspect that’s why I enjoy the Romance genre. It gives us hope and a happily ever after ending that we all want in life.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Hi Kristan – I have every one of your books(no need to win one!) & have re-read a few of them. Your characters are flawed and real, and that is probably why that woman could identify with the characters and realize that things could be better in real life. I think the hope is definitely the important of romance novels, and that HEA!

  • Wanda B

    The Perfect Match! SQUEE!! The Best Man was AWESOME and I can’t wait for the next book in this series! You turned me on to contemporary romance. I always read historicals but I HAVE to have YOUR books! 🙂

    Wanda B.

  • Charlene Fraley

    I love your books, it reminds me when I lived in a small town!

  • donnas

    Hope, I have to agree with you. Its a wonderful concept and I still dream of finding (hoping for) my hero that can be for me what these characters are for their matches in the stories.

  • MooMoo Cake

    I love your books. You’ve made me laugh and cry. And hope. Thank you for your writing and the inspiration and role models you provide. I’ll make sure not to settle for anything less than love, just like the hero whose letter you shared.

  • leah g

    I have to admit you are one of my favorites, and that letter is one of the coolest things I have ever heard about.

  • Erica Mitchell

    I love Kristan’s books and have read every single one of them ! My favorite is Catch of the Day, and I cannot wait to read The Perfect Match. I loved loved loved The Best Man !

  • Jeannie Moon

    My father passed away last year and was ill for two years before he died, spending time in hospitals and long term care facilities. He slept a lot and I stayed with him, and I always had a romance novel in my bag for comfort. I read and re-read many of your books while I sat with him, Kristan, but in truth, there was a tribe of romance authors who kept me sane during those hard years. (Your buddies Jill Shalvis and Robyn Carr among them.) Every word, on every page was a break from the reality before me. A light I could count on when things were dark.

    I could thank you for the friendship you’ve shown me, for giving this newbie author a lovely shout out above, but from the romance reader in me, I say thank you for giving me hope when I needed it. You’re the best.

    • Kristan Higgins

      Oh, Jeannie! Thank you! xox

  • QuenKne M

    You opened my eyes to see romance novels in a new way… HOPE. I love that concept and I don’t know why I never put the two things together. My sister has a charity she started called HOPE 4 SATOBS (Sick And Tired Of Being Sick) – I will definitely have share this post. Thanks.

  • Beverly DeeAnjello

    This is a wonderful website, I’m finding so many good new books and authors.

  • Lisa Scolese Chan

    I absolutely love your books and the characters you write. I always finish a book with a smile on my face. Cant wait to read more!!

  • Ann Lorz

    I’ve never read any of your books but love your covers. I’ll have to check them out closer.

  • Kathryn Trask

    I have just started reading Kristan’s books. I love them, fantastic writer. So happy to have a backlog to read. (international reader so not counted for giveaway) Just couldn’t resist saying how much I enjoy her books.

  • Kristan Higgins

    Thanks for all the lovely messages, gang! Such a great way to start off the morning. Don’t forget to tune in to all the other authors this month! And now, off to wash the dog, who somehow found a dead thing to roll in. This is the glamorous life I lead. : )

  • tonda hargett

    I love your idea for your movie, it could be me! Haha But seriously, I love your writing!

  • Diane Giarrusso

    What we do really matters and I’m happy you shared a story about your books’ effect on that brave woman! Thank you!

  • BookLady

    What lovely books! Will be adding them to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing.

  • Suzanne Palmieri-Hayes

    KRISTAN!!!!!! I love this. You are amazing. I am so proud to call you a friend! XOXOXoXOXO

  • Your speech at RWA Atlanta was so wonderful. My best friend and I went together, and we were both laughing and crying all the way through—sometimes at the same time! Your speech was just what we needed to hear. We’ve both been in Taiwan the last few years, teaching and finally writing our own romances and running a dedicated-to-romances blog, but we decided to return to the states to be closer to our families. My sister starts high school tomorrow, and I wanted to be back for all of that, but it’s been a hard transition. The day I heard your speech, I had been turned down for yet another job (lectureships at universities are darn hard to find.) But your speech gave us both motivation to keep going to make our dreams come true. Thank you so much!

  • Guest

    You may remember only one letter, Kristin, but I’m betting that many more never wrote to you about the message of real love that your words imparted.
    God bless!

  • clanwilson

    You may remember that one reader’s letter, Kristan, but I’m betting there were many more who never wrote to you but were changed for the better by your message of real love. 🙂

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Hi Kristan and Bobbi, I am having so much fun reading about all my favorite authors. Thanks so much for all the fun.

  • mariannewestrich

    Just have to say that I watched Kristan’s speech from RWA this year on YouTube . She’s as wonderful in person as her books are!!!

  • Deana Dick

    I love love love your books. They always bring a smile to my face as I read your amazing stories. Thank you for writing stories that give me hours of entertainment