Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Now That You Mention It

By Kristan Higgins

  • Publication Date: 2018-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 28 Ratings)

Book Summary

"The kind of book I enjoy the most—sparkling characters, fast-moving plot and laugh-out-loud dialogue. A winner!" —New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips on If You Only Knew

New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in this witty, emotionally charged 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With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenage niece as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was, Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the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. Balancing loss and opportunity, dark events 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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Book Opinions

  • Now That You Mention It

    5
    By Mama Wosch
    What great imagery and wonderful characters. I couldn’t put the book down. I couldn’t wait until I got to the end and was also sad when it ended. Love does conquer all!
  • Storytelling and characters worth mentioning

    5
    By AmyVoxLibris
    Reading a Kristan Higgins book is like settling onto a snuggly couch with a friend and a glass of wine. You know you're going to enjoy laughter, love, and a little bit of tears. Sometimes a lot of bit of tears. When she is hit by a pest control van and overhears her boyfriend flirt with another doctor, Nora realizes that the life she crafted for herself in Boston - she's a doctor, too, and lives with one - is neither as fulfilling nor as stable as she thought. So she packs up and heads home to Scupper Island, a coastal Maine isle where her mother, a woman as sturdy and remote as Scupper itself, still lives. One of the things I've always enjoyed about Higgins' books is their comedic elements. Now that You Mention It has those moments, but it is a little more serious, a little more heartbreaking. This is largely due to the circumstances behind Nora's flight from Boston. She has survived something terrible, yet she doesn't quite see herself as a survivor. Rather, she still thinks of herself as a victim. I liked how Higgans established this sense of Nora's not solely from the horrific event that occurred to her, but far earlier, when she was a kid growing up on Scupper. Nora has always seen herself as secondary, as an accessory of sorts. She saw others thrive while she retreated. Yet Higgans also shows you those moments when Nora sort of channels her mother's steady survivor attitude. You know, long before Nora does, that she will be just fine. Better, even. Like most of Higgans' heroines, Nora is someone you wish you knew in real life. And like most of Higgans' heroes, Nora's love interest is someone who makes you swoon. He, too, has survived something awful, but unlike Nora, he hasn't let that experience defeat him in the least. He's quite dreamy. I love Kristan Higgins' books, and this one is no exception.
  • Soooooooooo much love....

    5
    By Laurie_Oh_TLG
    Not even sure how, but this is my very first Kristan Higgins book and I am once again asking - why the heck did I wait so long? If Now That You Mention It is any indication, I have some catching up to do. This book is an absolute wonder - for me it’s a classic case of, “Oh, let me read a couple of pages and see what’s what” and next thing you know you are halfway through the book. I love the humor, the pull no punches - as someone who married into a family of Mainahs, K. Higgins captured them to a T. Nora Stuart is a prodigal daughter returning to her island home to a welcome that is tepid at best. By those that knew her when, Nora is seen through an old filter that revives an adolescence that no one deserves and she has fought hard overcome. This woman is simply amazing and i loved her more and more with each turn of the page. Make it a point to get your hands on this book, snuggle up and enjoy it!!! Happy reading!
  • Dog good - bird bad

    4
    By Matt "Salt Shaker" Rivas
    I’ve been a fan of Higgins since her very first book, but felt that the trend of her most recent work was toward more palatable factory line fair (simple stories that’ll sell). When I started this, I worried that the trend would follow, but the last half and ending is truly sweet. There are a lot of topics that she uses and the line of being over simplistic or condescending towards any of them is close, but the author steers away from trite and finds a pragmatic approach which is very much the Maine point of view. One could argue that she could have left out 1 (or 4 or 8) diseases/conditions and not detracted from the main story. Overall, the story was about family, finding yourself and what’s important to you, and bravely crafting a peace for your world using dogs, friends, family and humor. I ended up really liking this book.
  • Now That You Mention It

    5
    By Tiggy/Cookie
    Kristan Higgins is a writer I discovered awhile back and I will never miss a book of hers. She always writes a well rounded book. You will smile, sigh, get tears in your eyes if you don’t actually cry. You will laugh, sometimes gasp, and root for the characters as they struggle through the messiness of life. Most authors have decided or believe it is necessary to add characters of a certain persuasion these days. My age and beliefs make that uncomfortable for me. The one that was chosen really made me uncomfortable. My opinion, and probably in the minority. All in all, still a five star book that I know any romance reader will enjoy. I have never not liked a book she has written.

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