Exclusive Excerpt of Rachel Higginson’s upcoming book, “Every Wrong Reason”

by Maryse on September 10, 2015 · 18 comments

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On September 22nd, USA Today and NYT Best-Selling Author Rachel Higginson is releasing a new contemporary romance called Every Wrong Reason. This is from the same author that wrote “The Five Stages of Falling in Love” and I totally loved that one (5 stars!!). Wanna know what makes me even more excited? This new one sounds like everything we love to read and heartache over!! ‘Cause it’s about a married couple, once so in love, now going through divorce…

Just by the blurb alone, my heart is swelling with excitement and aching over that feel that so many of us loved SO much, in another recent book that I loved. I just can’t wait to read this one!!

About this book:

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 obtuse 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. And 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.

Ready to read an excerpt? I know I am!!!

I had loved this man once. I had loved him more than anything else in life. And now we treated each other like enemies. I hurt him every time I saw him. And I did it on purpose.

I was a good, decent person. I believed in my career. I wanted to change lives and give the kids I worked with a future they might not have otherwise. And yet, when I was with my husband, I turned into a vicious, crazed harpy that couldn’t listen to reason or rationalize logically. Every nice, kind thing inside of me jumped out the window and I started flinging insults meant to wound, to harm permanently… to kill whatever good, decent person was left in him.

I hated who I was with Nick.

And I had to be honest with myself and admit that it wasn’t Nick that made me this way. There was something ugly inside of me… something monstrous and vengeful.

I didn’t want to keep talking to him like this; I didn’t want to keep hurting him. What was even the point anymore? We were over. We were separated. The least I could do, after years and years and years of this, was treat him like a human being worthy of respect.

We weren’t going to be man and wife anymore, but that didn’t make us enemies.

Just because we didn’t love each other, didn’t mean our only option was to hate each other instead.

I grabbed the kitchen towel hanging from the cabinet next to my head and used it to dry my tears and my hands. I sat there while I tried to piece the shattered fragments of myself back together.

It wasn’t easy and I wasn’t entirely successful. But I managed to resolve something inside of me, something lasting and intentional. I didn’t have to treat Nick bad to make myself feel better.

This was hard on both of us. And it didn’t look like it would be getting any easier.

But if I could weather this storm, if I could walk this journey without inflicting anymore lasting wounds, there might be healing at the end for me too.

I wanted this divorce because I was sick and tired of being miserable, of wishing I could be happy, of wanting a better life. On the floor of my kitchen, all alone and feeling my worst, I realized I didn’t have to wait for Nick to go away before I could grab those things and make them realities in my life.

I didn’t have to wait for the papers to be signed before I could stop being miserable… until I had a better life.

Those were things I had the power to change.

And I would change them. Starting now.

OH yes… I need to read this badly!!!!

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel Higginson September 10, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Thank you so much for sharing!!! I cannot wait to hear what you think! :)

Maryse September 10, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Oh Rachel it sounds AMAZING and exactly what I’m in the mood to read!! :D

Cheryl September 10, 2015 at 2:41 PM

I want to read this too, but guess have to wait till the 22nd- boo!! Reminds me of After I Do.

Maryse September 10, 2015 at 2:46 PM

I KNOW!!! ME too and I LOVE that. I want more like that, and I think this one just might be the answer. :D

Amy September 10, 2015 at 3:07 PM

*SQUEEEEEEE MEEEEEE!!!!!!!* <—- stealing Fabi's term there

Oh wow…oh wow…my chest is aching just reading all of that up there. Holy crap, my heart is racing right now just thinking about this one!!!! If you read this and review it before it is released, Maryse, I'm gonna be soooooo freaking jealous…but jealous in a happy-for-you way. ;)

Maryse September 10, 2015 at 3:09 PM


I’m “guinea-piggying” it. *snort* :P Maybe how about… the day before, so y’all have a good idea how awesome it’s gonna be? GAH I hate to have to wait… LOL!!!!!

Maryse September 10, 2015 at 3:10 PM

And the keyword there was “maybe” meaning.., I dunno how long I can hold off this shiny ebook preciousssssss…

Cheryl September 10, 2015 at 3:19 PM

I read the prologue and first chapter on the author’s website. Although, I don’t know if that was good or bad, because now have to wait for more!! Yep, gonna be some gut-wrenching, hurting with this one!

Amy September 10, 2015 at 3:19 PM

NO!! No, no no! Guinea-piggying it means you might be taking one for the team ’cause we don’t know if it’s any good…I think we all know this one IS going to be good based on her previous books. So you, my dear, are *taunting* us. :P KIDDING! Totally kidding. I would love to read your review of it, even if I have to wait for my turn.

Hey! I still need to read Maybe In Another Life which I went nuts over just from your review. Yeah, that’ll hold me over! :D

Amy September 10, 2015 at 3:20 PM

*pulls Cheryl over* Come on, let’s go sit in the corner and sip our feeling-sorry-for-us martinis. :P

Cheryl September 10, 2015 at 3:27 PM

Feeling sorry tastes good *holds up martini for refill*

Jean September 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Yep, I want it! Has everyone already read the 5 Stages of Falling in Love? I’ve had it forever and haven’t read it yet.

Maryse September 10, 2015 at 4:06 PM

*swipes both martinis and runs* :P

Maryse September 10, 2015 at 4:06 PM

I read it Jean!! SO GOOD!!!!

Ela September 10, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Like I said earlier I HOPE THERE’S CHEATING!!!!

Amy September 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM

*looks at empty hand*


So, Cheryl, not only can we not read EWR but we also no longer have martinis.

Yeah Maryse, you enjoy those martinis with that book!!! :P

*starts building blanket fort to hide in with new martinis*

Roya Carmen September 10, 2015 at 5:02 PM

Looks good! Just got the Five Stages of falling in Love on my Kindle and am looking forward to reading it!

Cheryl September 10, 2015 at 8:18 PM

Five Stages was sooo good!

*stage whisper* Maryse’s too busy reading EWR to steal our martini’s, hands Amy another martini

Roya Carmen- talk about angst; I’m waiting impatiently for the next 2 books in your trilogy!!!

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