Out of the Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins
Published: June 7, 2022 – Berkley
Galley courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley
Lillie Silva knew life as an empty nester would be hard after her only child left for college, but when her husband abruptly dumps her for another woman just as her son leaves, her world comes crashing down. Besides the fact that this announcement is a complete surprise (to say the least), what shocks Lillie most is that she isn’t heartbroken. She’s furious.
Lillie has loved her life on Cape Cod, but as a mother, wife, and nurse-midwife, she’s used to caring for other people . . . not taking care of herself. Now, alone for the first time in her life, she finds herself going a little rogue. Is it over the top to crash her ex-husband’s wedding dressed like the angel of death? Sure! Should she release a skunk into his perfect new home? Probably not! But it beats staying home and moping.
She finds an unexpected ally in her glamorous sister, with whom she’s had a tense relationship all these years. And an unexpected babysitter in, of all people, Ben Hallowell, the driver in a car accident that nearly killed Lillie twenty years ago. And then there’s Ophelia, her ex-husband’s oddly lost niece, who could really use a friend.
It’s the end of Lillie’s life as she knew it. But sometimes the perfect next chapter surprises you . . . out of the clear blue sky. (publisher)
Lillie is at a point of big change. Her only child is set to graduate high school and head off to a distant college. But her life as a nurse midwife in her small Cape Cod town is full and she can only imagine what the future will bring. Well. Her husband has plans and they don’t include her. He’ll soon find out the truth in the old saying about the fury of a woman scorned. Lillie goes a little crazy and who could blame her.
Then there’s ‘the other woman’. She set a plan to change her life as a young girl and, by golly, she did it. In her mind, she’s worked hard and deserves everything she earned. I wasn’t sure if I was to admire her or be repulsed. I ended up in the latter camp.
Not a bad beach read but my complaint would be the book addressed too many issues. At just under 500 pages it felt long and a few issues could have been edited out. Also, the romantic interest for Lillie felt too convenient and too late in the book. There are some moments of levity and I ended up pulling for Lillie to have a great life going forward.
About the author:
Kristan Higgins has sold 4.5 million books worldwide, scored nine New York Times bestsellers, and is published in more than two dozen languages. Her novels have received rave reviews from the New York Times and NPR and regularly receive national media attention from People, Entertainment Weekly, Woman’s World and more.
10 thoughts on “Out of the Clear Blue Sky”
You know I have just ordered this yesterday, with a little hesitation because her recent books have become so issue driven its taken the good reading away from her books. I will be interested to see what I think, your review highlights some of my hesitations!
If you go by GR reviews you’ll see I’m in the minority so it could be just me. I really do hope you enjoy it, Kathryn.
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Thank you for your thoughts. I think I might pass on this one.
Her books have been hit or miss for me in recent years.
Hmm! I know what you mean when you say it addressed to many issues … I guess judging it is difficult. Not a book that particularly appeals to me but then never say never.
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This one sounds interesting, but I am not a fan of lengthy books these days! Thanks for sharing.
I’m with you on the lengthy books, Laurel. That said I have more than a few on my personal bookshelf that I should challenge myself to read.
Thank you for an honest review.
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That length is definitely a negative for me right now – my attention span is just not what it used to be. I’ve been wanting to read some other books by Higgins and this one sounds good but not at the top of my list.