Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Book Review: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Title: Now That You Mention It
Author: Kristan Higgins
Source: Harlequin 

Goodreads Summary:

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a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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

My Thoughts:

I truly think Kristan Higgins just gets better and better with each book. Always a good go-to author for an enjoyable read, lately her work has become something more.

I grabbed this book from my review pile, needing something not-scary (I read this all the way back in October!) and I couldn't put it down! I read it way past my bedtime and finished it in one day, something I did all the time with books before I became a mother, but something that is rare these days, and a testimony to how compulsively readable this book is.

I was mesmerized by this story and this character. Nora had such an amazing journey throughout the book - from the time we meet her, the stories that are behind her, and the future in front of her. The supporting characters are quirky, relatable, imperfect. Just like all of us. Their struggles are real. This book is rich in its wealth of great characters. 

Nora is a woman who has survived and withstood some pretty huge events, traumatic events, anyone of which may have stopped her from attaining her dreams and goals. Instead, they bolstered her, she survived, and persevered. She was strong, resilient, and never gives up. Her positive outlook is contagious, and she has a well of kindness inside of her. This book had moments that made me nervous, some that made me sad, others that made me laugh out loud. And her dog - her dog! I want a Boomer now too. 

This book was hands down fantastic. I highly recommend it!! 


  1. I fall asleep on the couch if I try to stay up late reading (although that was often true before I had my son as well)! :) I've never read anything by Kristan Higgins, but this one sounds really good!

    1. Lol! Usually I fall asleep about ten minutes in at night, where before I would read sometimes until I finished. The last few books I have read by Higgins have been really enjoyable, and each one better than the last!

  2. I'll need to read more of her work. I like how she keeps it real, using real life situations. I get introduced to some I haven't heard of before.

    1. This one was crazy good, honestly, in my opinion. I loved so many of the characters - and there was one part that had me laughing out loud!


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