Now That You Mention It

Now that you think of itOne 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With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenage niece as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was, Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the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. Balancing loss and opportunity, dark events 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.

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Nora Stuart has the perfect career as a gastroenterologist at Boston City Hospital and she is dating her dream guy, a hot ER doctor.  Life could not be better, until it’s not.  On the way to buy pizza to celebrate her boyfriend’s amazing ER save, Nora gets hit by a van.  To make matters worse, she overhears her “hottie” boyfriend flirting with one of the nurses.  Sheesh, doesn’t he understand that she may be on her deathbed?

Needless to say, Nora needs time to think and someone to take care of her while she is recovering.  Nora hasn’t returned to her home town of Scupper Island in 15 years:  her relationship with her mother is fractured, she is haunted by the memories of being bullied by everyone in the small town (including her sister), and she still feels guilt about winning the scholarship that changed her life.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t have any other options.

Now That You Mention It by Kristin Higgins is gorgeous.  The writing is emotional and descriptive with deep conversations that transition into witty banter.   The characters have depth and grow as relationships deepen and rebuild.  They are quirky and truly made me laugh until I cried!  There was so much vulnerability in the characters, from Nora’s “Big Bad Event”, her mother’s secrets, and her niece’s anger and uncertainty.

I’ve not read a book by Kristan Higgins (I honestly don’t know why because I love everything I have read by her) in quite some time, but am so glad I got my hands on this one.  Anyone looking to buy one last book this year, needs to pick this one up.  It is a must read!

5/5 stars

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