[I received a free advanced reviewer’s copy by Harlequin (HQN) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
I did not expect to cry like a baby all throughout this book, but I’m not the least bit embarrassed to say that I did. This is my first Kristan Higgins book, and it’s definitely not going to be my last. I don’t even know where to start…
Mrs Higgins tackles a ton of heavy topics in a beautiful manner. I’m not going to go into details but do expect lots of diversity (racial and sexual), topics dealing with bullying, abuse, mental health..
We were first introduced to Nora, a gastroenterologist, whose life was turned upside down after being hit by a car and encountering her boyfriend flirting with another doctor while she lay almost-dead on a gurney. I couldn’t with all the jokes.. Nora is such a lively and hilarious person, despite everything she’s been through. I spent half the time laughing out loud. Her patience, her sense of forgiveness and constantly seeing the best in others… She’s become my personal role model, honestly.
Boomer, the Dog of Dogs was my favorite character, hands-down. Tweety, may his soul rest in peace, had me laughing so hard, got to give the little guy some credit for that. That scene where he basically gets grilled was so hilarious, and yes I did feel guilty for laughing afterwards.
When I look back at Nora and Poe’s relationship transformation, it quite literally gets me all teared up (again). Nora decides to go back to her hometown, where (did I mention?) basically everyone hates her. Her determination to fix her relationship with her niece and her mother, and even her sister, was just incredible.
The way I see it, Nora walked into her hometown and basically turned it upside down; taking Poe in, recognizing Audrey’s disorder, practically taking over the clinic… Also, not to mention, falling in love with Sully *insert a GIF of me eternally and repeatedly swooning here*
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.
Expected Publication: December 26th 2017 by Harlequin Books