Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT by Kristan Higgins

Harlequin Books
December 26th, 2017
Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Paperback ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 Hearts

For Nora Stewart, leaving Scrupper Island was the best thing in her mind. Feeling like an outcast growing up, Nora tries to reinvent herself after being awarded the Tufts Scholarship and becoming a medical specialist. But being hit by a car and finding out your boyfriend hitting on another doctor while you think you are dying is one huge step back. So Nora does the sensible thing and runs back to the Maine island she hasn’t stepped foot on in over fifteen years. But things on Scrupper Island are not the same anymore and as Nora navigates small town drama and other issues stemming from her childhood, Nora reconnects with her family and tries to solve the mystery of her father leaving her and the family. As Nora navigates this new life she is making for herself, she finds the courage to make peace with her past, fall in love and put a dark event from her life to bed. But it will take is the courage to move on and forgive yourself to move on.

Author Kristan Higgins is at it again with a story about family and more within the pages of NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT. It took me awhile to get into the book as Nora just made me want o smack her the first few chapters. I swear she annoyed me to no end and I kept putting the book down repeatedly. But after the halfway point, Nora grew as a character and a person and I finally saw her redeeming qualities that you only caught glimpses of in the first half of the book. The rest of the cast of characters were quite unique and I absolutely loved Nora’s mom, niece and her new friends on the island. They were diverse and unique, quite enjoyable, especially Xiaowen, a classmate from high school who turned out to be one awesome friend to Nora as an adult. I loved how they interacted with one another and with Nora. They gave much clarity to Nora at times and other times, lots of laughs and humor. The author does a great job in capturing all these different personalities within the pages of NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT.

NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT is a nice story once you get past the first few chapters where we see how Nora got the Taft scholarship, how her family splintered, and life took them in different directions. The author does a great job in capturing those family dynamics amid the pages of NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT and this had a little bit more darkness to it in Nora’s past that caused her to act certain ways. What I did enjoy was how Nora finally -FINALLY- manned up and took charge of her own life, instead of being the perfect doctor, friend, girlfriend, etc. Perfect is so overrated as Nora finds out and learns a valuable lesson as she comes into her own on Scrupper Island. If you are looking for Ms. Higgins lighthearted story, then you will be glad to see that this has all the elements of it but the main character takes some time getting to know. If you take your time and continue to read, then you will see the real Nora stand up and take charge in the last half of the book. Even after putting it down several times, I still enjoyed NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT and look forward to seeing where the author goes in their next book.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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