Book Review: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Posted January 5, 2018 by Melissa in Book Review | 30 Comments

Book Review: Now That You Mention It by Kristan HigginsTitle: Now That You Mention It
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: Harlequin, HQN Books
Publication date: December 26th 2017
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Length: 384 Pages
Source: Publisher
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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

First Paragraph

The first thought I had after I died was: How will my dog cope with this?

The second thought: I hope we can still go with open casket.

Third thought: I have nothing to wear to my funeral.

Fourth: I’ll never meet Daniel Radcliffe now.

Fifth: Did Bobby just break up with me?

3 Reasons you need to Read Now That You Mention It
  1. Kristan Higgins delivers another wonderful story in Now That You Mention It about family and friendship and finding yourself in a way that feel refreshingly authentic. I loved seeing Nora negotiate her difficult return home, her relationships with her mother, sister and niece as well as all the townfolk she’d left in her dust when she went to college. Nora is such a strong well developed character that I felt as if I really knew her.
  2. Who doesn’t love a semi second chance romance? Nora reconnects with many people from her past, some that she knew well and some that were more than she realized at the time. That is the case with the romance in  Now That You Mention It. I loved seeing how it realistically developed and the constant choices that were made along the way. No insta-romance here.
  3. I was taken on a wonderful vacation to Maine. If any of you know me, you know that small town coastal New England is my Story Setting Sweetspot. Set on a small island off the coast of Maine, Higgins fleshed out Scupper Island – a wonderful town, an interesting set of townsfolk, and made me wish that I lived there.

Bottom Line:

Kristan Higgins delivers another compelling read that is not only thoroughly enjoyable but also has the deeper undercurrents and meaningfulness that I’ve come to expect from her.


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About Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award, Kristan lives with her family in a small Connecticut town that boasts a wonderful library, a great agricultural fair, a really good ice-cream stand and not much else. She is the mother of two lovely kids and the wife of a brave firefighter who is also (perhaps more important) a fantastic cook.

Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, she found, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so began her first novel. Kristan holds a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross, which means she can identify dangling participles, quote many great novels and play a mean game of Scrabble.

Kristan is an award-winning baker, devoted fan of the New York Yankees and an avid reader. She and her crew spend as much time as possible at the family home on Cape Cod, where they shiver in the Atlantic, ride bikes, swat horseflies and don’t catch any fish.

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30 responses to “Book Review: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

    • Melissa

      She’s so great! The only good thing about being late to the party (I think I discovered her late 2015) is that I have a long backlist to read rather than having to desperately wait for her next book!

  1. I think I’d read it based on your quote picks from the beginning paragraph alone, but I also love the emphasis on going home and family, too. Plus, I’ve never tried her books. Sounds good, Melissa!

    • Melissa

      You should Mary. Lately she has been wring a lot of Women’s Fiction like this, but she also has a lot of contemporary romance that’s great on her backlist.

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