Release date: December 26, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
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With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter–a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was–Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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.
There are an extremely limited amount of authors I fangirl over, I mean truly go crazy for and Kristan Higgins is one of them. I’m not kidding when I say I don’t even read the blurb for her novels before I’m desperate to read them, I think they’re THAT good. This is such a cliché thing to say, but her books get better and better and I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite, but I can highly recommend every single one, and yes I’ve read them all. You know how you get people asking for book recommendations and oftentimes you have to think for a minute? When someone says they like Women’s Fiction/Romance I just blurt out, Kristan Higgins, any book you can get your hands on, I’m THAT confident.
Nora was an amazing character, she’s a quirky doctor with a Harry Potter obsession, what’s not to love?! I connected with her on page one about two lines in and that never wavered for one second. Higgins has a knack for writing about messy, flawed women with humor, realism and grace and this was no exception, the characterization was superb. Her lead characters aren’t the only ones that are so well crafted they practically leap from the pages, the secondary ones are just as bright, sparkly and charming. This is set in Maine where my husbands family is from and she nailed their accents, work ethic and mannerisms wickedly perfectly, Mainers are larger than life!
I could gush about this book all of the live long day but I’ll spare you and wrap it up now. I normally only use phrases like unputdownable and page turner when I talking about a thriller, but it’s oddly fitting here as well. Higgins is at the top of her game and if you get through the dinner party scene without laughing hysterically then we’ll never be friends 😜
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.