This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Now That You Mention It
Summary: 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With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter–a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was–Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
I have loved Kristan Higgins since I started reading her Blue Heron romance series. In the past 3 or so years- she’s evolved her writing style and is now more firmly in the women’s fiction style of writing than romance. But all the things I loved in her romance- her use of snark, dialogue that makes you laugh out loud, and characters that are real- she didn’t forget about them once she moved to WF- in fact, she may even have made her trademark style BETTER.
Nora’s got some issues. She’s risen above what people in high school thought of her and hasn’t returned to Scupper Island since she left there after getting a scholarship. But her life has taken some bad hits recently and she needs to go back home- to try and mend some family ties on Scupper Island, to heal herself emotionally & physically.
What I Liked:
Nora. She’s scrappy, bright, funny. She’s a bit too Harry Potter obsessed for me to hang out with her, but she had a whole lot going for her. Even more when she realized some things about high school that she felt some guilt over was not for her to feel guilt about.
Bottom line: This book has a lot going for it. Mother/daughter relationships, Sister/Sister relationships, making peace with high school horror, and focusing on having a good life- even if it’s not exactly how you pictured it when you were 18.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
**This book is also a December #FuturisticFriday selection from Traveling With T.**
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T @ Traveling With T