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With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter–a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was–Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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.
Few things brighten my day like a new Kristan Higgins book 🙂
Nora’s story, like just about everything else Kristan writes, is at times laugh-out-loud funny. Seriously. I don’t know how she comes up with some of the situations she puts her characters in (some of them I probably don’t want to know…) but ohmygoodness, they are hysterical. She also hits the nail right on the head with regards to relationships–whether it’s family or friends, Kristan’s writing always rings true.
And then you throw in the romantic elements…swoon…
I do have to say, though, that though she’s been drifting more in the direction of women’s fiction with her last few books, that this is the first one where the romance really felt like it took a back seat to the rest of the story. Nora and Sully’s relationship moves really sloooowly…and at one point looks like it’s going to be a non-starter…until it isn’t. Almost at once they go from [spoiler title=’spoiler’ style=’default’ collapse_link=’true’]a just-okay kiss and an eh first time to wall-banging good times[/spoiler] which had me wondering if I’d missed something there…still, I wanted them to get together so it’s hard to be terribly upset. More relationship page time, though, would have been awesome.
Ultimately, though, it’s a Kristan Higgins book–and still one heck of a good read! Xe Sands did her usual fabulous job of narration, capturing Nora’s voice perfectly and ayah, doing a wicked good Mainah accent along the way. 🙂
Rating: 4 stars / A-