Sunday, January 7, 2018

Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Title: Now That You Mention It 
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: HQN
Release Day: December 26, 2017

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There's only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn't necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.

But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise...and the chance to begin again.

The feeling of getting a new book by Kristan Higgins.....

Now That You Mention It was an amazing story of growth, self-discovering and glass-half-full attitude. The story is full of charm, hilarious situations, and lovable characters.

Nora Stuart is a gastroenterologist who has to reconsider her life after getting hit by a vehicle on her way to getting pizza for her boyfriend, who's an ER doc. While she's laying in the ER, she listens to the scumbag flirting with a co-worker and decides she needs to make changes in her life.

On turning a new leaf, Nora decides to go back to her hometown of Scupper Island to recuperate but also to try to salvage her relationship with her mother and her niece Poe while waiting for her sister to get out of jail. She brings with her, her dog, Boomer who's always able to cheer her up.

Nora doesn't have good memories from Scupper Island. She was a shy, introverted and overweight teenager. It happened after her father left them which caused a rift in her relationship with her sister, Lily. Lily became the popular one and was never there for Nora. Her mother became distant and unapproachable. Nora found herself pouring into her studies and trying to compete for a scholarship with the lovable and popular Luke who turned out to be a mean bastard. He's nothing like his brother Sully (inserts thousands of heart emojis) whom I adored. 

As with any of Kristan Higgins's books, I laughed, I cheered, I squirmed, I cried. There are so many emotions going through me with her work and Now That You Mention It delivers them and more. 

Her characters and her pets are always memorable. Sully was great and so was his daughter Audrey. Xiaowen brought hilarity and freshness to the scenes. Nora's persistence in getting through her family was commendable and admirable. 

As a huge fan of Mrs. Higgins, I can only hope she writes many more stories.

Cliffhanger: No

5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by HQN via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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