BOOK REVIEW: Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson

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Release Date: September 22nd 

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First comes love.

Then comes marriage.

Then comes the… really nasty divorce.

Kate Carter thought she married her soul mate. She thought she had her happily ever after. But seven years into Kate’s marriage, she realizes that her husband Nick is not what she wanted. He’s selfish, he’s oblivious and he doesn’t love her anymore.

Maybe she doesn’t love him anymore either.

Divorce is the only option if either of them wants to find happiness.

Kate and Nick thought they knew what they wanted, but neither is prepared for the heartache that separating will bring them. The journey they embark on is not the freedom they wished for, but a painful look at the people they’ve become.

At the end of it, Kate has to decide if this is really the life she wants or if maybe there’s a way to salvage her broken heart.

Melanie’s 5-TEAR SOAKED Stars Review:

Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson had me running to the bathroom at my workplace to wipe away the tears. This novel is so emotionally taxing; it was brutally honest, raw, real, genuine, heartbreaking, and eye opening. I should have stopped reading it during work hours especially when the tears started spilling out of the corners of my eyes but I couldn’t let go. I couldn’t for one single moment let go of Kate’s and Nick’s jarring journey of life. I had to kiss any type of productivity for the day goodbye knowing full well that their story couldn’t wait to be told. This spoke to me and I know it will undoubtedly speak to you too.

The authenticity of the relationship between Kate and Nick was so brilliantly told. Any one of us could be them and the normal arguments, both the benign and the most spiteful that these two characters seem to constantly find themselves in is a terrifying look into most marriages out there; mine included. I know this is why the pull was so strong because not only were the characters so weirdly relatable but so was the veracity of their entire story. There were so many times in this book that showed you, in black and white… so calculatedly splattered across the pages just how fragile a relationship could be and how words, honest or not could be so powerful. How the anger that takes hold of us and ultimately cultivates inside of us could make us spout the most brutal things. Words have the power to suffocate us, to stab us right in the center of our hearts. Kate does this too well and during every single one of those moments, I literally felt the blow of her words. My goodness did they hurt even for a literary masochist like myself. I winced and I clutched at my gut failing to cushion those incessant blows. Did I feel hostility towards her? Yes! A friggin’ resounding HELL YES! But here’s the thing…  I also empathized with her. The absolute horror of such confounding feelings and thoughts that she warred against. I felt her every emotion too as if I were the one in that room with a broken marriage. It happened way too many times, I felt like I needed to see a therapist after all of this was said and done.

Though there were so many moments when I grew frustrated with Kate, I also learned to appreciate how severely real her character was. Her character showed me that when you don’t fully accept who you are and when you are unable to love the person you are, you truly cannot feel the love that others have for you. The heaviness that was living inside of Kate was heartbreaking. I wanted to reach into the pages and just hold her and tell her that she was incredible just the way she was. But as we all know, when that darkness sweeps down on you, it makes everything seem unbearable. I can’t tell you all enough how Rachel Higginson was able to capture all of this in this one character which is why I have to say that Kate is one of the best heroines I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. She is one of us; a woman, a wife, a daughter with the ever present list of insecurities.

Every Wrong Reason proves that saying, “those we love are also the ones we hurt most.” The love that exists between Nick and Kate is tested way beyond what we are so used to reading in romance books. What the author did was take us in the center, right in the eye of the storm. She makes you see and feel the ugly side of love but she also makes you realize the amount of fight that people have in them when it’s for something worthwhile and lifelong.

“Come on, Kate. You know better than that. You guys weren’t perfect for each other because you never fought. You were perfect for each other because you can still love each other even if you’re fighting.”

 I have to end this review with mad, mad praise for the author—her writing is impeccable. Perfectly paced and the rhythm that it carried throughout the 311 pages made my mouth water. These sorts of books with sets of dialogues that take you right into its pages and when each scene seems to be happening right in front of you… Well, I’d say those are the best ones. I first fell in love with this author, tear after tear while reading The Five Stages of Falling in love and I am so crazy happy to have fallen in love once again albeit the tumultuous journey she took me on. I am so thankful that authors like her still exist; the sort that write stories that speak to their audience and those that aren’t afraid to rattle bones, cause chins to quiver, noses to sting, and eyes to shed crestfallen tears. I loved, loved this book because it tells a tale of the opposite side of the coin. The side most don’t post about on social media, those we try and sweep under the rug. But also the same side that make us realize how deep our love for another is. This isn’t a book to take you outside of your realities but instead a beautiful reminder of what it takes to make something so meaningful last a lifetime.

We Like It Big Tunes:

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About the Author:


Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

You can visit Rachel at


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