Now That You Mention It: A Novel
By Kristan Higgins
Nora Stuart has Beantown Bug Killers to thank for a second chance at coming to terms with her past. If that exterminator van had not hit Nora as she was jaywalking across the street in Boston, Nora probably never would have gone back home to Scupper Island, Maine. However, since Nora now needs some considerable time to heal – and given the fact that when she first woke up in the hospital after the accident Nora discovers her boyfriend ER doctor Bobby Byrne flirting outrageously with a hospital resident – taking some time off work and heading back home seems like a good idea. Once Nora arrives on the small island, however, she discovers that many of the residents have not only not forgotten her; they really haven’t forgiven her for what she did to the town’s golden boy Luke Fletcher fifteen years ago.
Higgins has always had the remarkable ability to plumb the breadth and depth of human feelings, and she now puts that literary skill to spectacular use in her latest emotionally engaging novel. Nora’s journey back home is chronicled with a deft literary hand, and Higgins’ ability to brilliantly mingle heartbreak, hope, and humor into one compelling storyline will have readers sighing happily with satisfaction. Put this together with a marvelously quirky yet easily relatable cast of secondary characters and a charming small town setting, and you have all the necessary ingredients for a truly unforgettable book.
John Charles, ReaderToReader.com