Friday, January 5, 2018

Blog Tour: Now That You Mention It (Review + Giveaway)

"The kind of book I enjoy the most—sparkling characters, fast-moving plot and laugh-out-loud dialogue. A winner!" —New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips on If You Only Knew

New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in this witty, emotionally charged novel about the complications of life, love and family

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With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenage niece as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was, Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the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. Balancing loss and opportunity, dark events 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.
Now That You Mention It
Kristan Higgins
Pub Date: 12/26/17
HQN Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5/5
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After reading the latest from Kristan Higgins, an author who has quickly become one of my everlasting favorites, I have one question. How does she do it?! No matter the story, no matter the character's dire circumstances, she manages to create a story that brings you to tears and laughter.

In Now That You Mention It, Nora Stuart returns home after 15 years of avoidance to mend her battered body and fragile mental state. She wakes up in the hospital after being hit by a car to find her boyfriend flirting with another doctor. Nora packs up her lovable pooch, Boomer, and heads to Scupper Island. What better time for family bonding when her little sister is in jail, and her niece and mother are staying in the childhood home where she wants to recuperate? It's a hard path ahead of her, but she feels it's her responsibility to look after her sister's sullen teenage daughter and make sure her self-sufficient mother is not alone.

Reading this story is like peeling away the layers of an onion. The deeper Nora takes readers into her past the more we learn about the choices and circumstances that led her to recreate herself and avoid going back home. It all comes full circle as old wounds are exposed and Nora gets a grip on the meaning of home and happiness. Line after line creates a crystal clear image of a character you'll love to root for because she has relatable issues and is a magnet for humorous disaster. Humor and heartbreak are balanced with an endearingly awkward romance and Nora's fishing for information about her father.

Now That You Mention It is an amazingly uplifting novel that will give you positive vibes all week long. Even if you think you're in a good place before you read this, you'll be soaring by the end!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

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About 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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