Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins (Review)

Now That You Mention It
by Kristan Higgins
Adult Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
December 26th 2017 by Harlequin Books


New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in a funny, emotionally charged must-read novel about the complications of life, love and family 

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a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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

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My Review

NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT is a story of family, friendship, forgiveness and love. All the characters, especially the heroine, are well drawn and easy for the reader to fall in love with. The small beach-town setting is a fabulous backdrop for the story. An overall enjoyable story, especially for fans of the author.

Kristan Higgins is consistently reliable in what she writes. I love that her characters and stories always come across as genuine and authentic. She also doesn't believe in detailed love scenes, which I appreciate. This story is no different. I immediately loved Nora and was ready to cheer her on from the very beginning. I enjoyed the way her past was revealed piece by piece, and how that past affected her future, but that she and others had changed since high school. I liked seeing her original impressions be challenged sometimes as she gets to know some of those she used to associate with. It was an interesting study of characters and how some people still based their opinion of Nora from assumptions from long ago, some tried to mesh the past with what they saw presently and then others just took Nora as she was right then.

I loved Nora's friends and her family. I loved that they are very flawed. I loved that she still tried so hard to work to make the relationships in her life better even if she let some relationships go too easily in the past. It really is never too late to attempt to mend a friendship.  I loved the quirkiness of her romance and how that didn't quite go perfectly either. I also appreciated that even though there is romance, it didn't take over the story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a fun story with great characters and a great setting. Not my favorite from this author, but definitely worth the read.

Content: Some swearing, innuendo, and closed-door love scenes.

Source: I received a complimentary eARC from Edelweiss, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

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