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With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter–a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was–Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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
Kristan Higgins writes books that captivate your attention and heart which are also full of humor, engaging characters and crafty writing; even better she is consistent in providing decent fiction. Higgins uses her characters to teach us lessons in a heartfelt manner and this book was no different as it provided meaning that will stick around in your thoughts for months.
This story felt darker than her previous ones; stretching the range of her talent with that distinct voice and ability to drip humor into plot lines we get an example of greatness in the Women’s Fiction Genre.
Her characters feel real, smart, quirky and at times funny. They are imperfectly perfect to carry this story through to a satisfying ending. Nora is a great heroine and I have to hand it to Higgins for creating her with the ability to pull off humor in gastroenterology. Nora also allows us to examine our own lives, ask ourselves questions to decide if what type of life are we living.
I loved how brave and fearless she seemed to return to a life, her past, that held so much negativity. She gathered her strength to face people and memories that would have broken others. The characters Higgins provided to showcase the darkness of humanity were well-developed, complex and certainly were written with believability in their motivations and actions.
Higgins reminds us all over again of that age old adage “Life is what you make of it” with the use of fantastically crafted personalities and an enthralling plot that shows it is your choices, not your circumstances, which define you the most.
Higgins needs to be your go to author when you are looking for deeper meanings, answers to life’s tough questions and want it all wrapped up with a bow made from heartfelt moments.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Harlequin for allowing me to review this!
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