Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Setting: Scupper Island, Maine
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: HQN
Release Date: December 26, 2017

She fled Maine as a teenager. With a full ride to Tufts University in hand, Nora Stuart achieved a lot. she's a specialist in a leading Boston hospital. She has a loving boyfriend who's an ER doctor in the same hospital. Her world crumbles when she's hit by a car and overhears her boyfriend hitting on another doctor while she slips in and out of consciousness.

It's been more than a decade. Nora decides to head back to the small island community she fled and stay with her mom while she recovers. There, she hopes to unite with her niece and start anew. The problem is her niece seems to want nothing to do with her, Nora's mom is just as flighty as ever, and some people within the community still seems to resent her for actually making something of herself.

Nora refuses to give up. She's going to stay and become the aunt she feels her niece needs. It's not going to be easy.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Kristan Higgins has been a favorite of mine for years. She does a solid job creating characters you love. Nora is no different. My heart broke when her past started getting revealed. I still think there's more to her sister's story, and I hope she addresses it in a future book.

I enjoyed the setting. Portland is one of my preferred haunts. And, I have to agree with the characters who felt that Speckled Ax is the best coffee in the city. Love it there!

RTR's Bottom Line

I love the setting. I love any Maine setting, but I've spent plenty of time in Portland and on some of the islands north of Portland. The communities are always tight-knit but so inviting. The setting drew me in and kept me reading.

I really enjoyed the humor and romance found in Now That You Mention It. I would like to return to Scupper Island. It felt like a home away from home.


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