"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With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant, a wild-child sister in jail and a withdrawn teenage niece as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was, Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the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.
The journey to recovery is filled with love, loss, memories in the rewarding latest from bestseller Higgins (On Second Thought). Dr. Nora Stuart is broken: her clavicle literally after a recent accident and her heart figuratively after a breakup. She travels home to Scupper Island, Maine, to recuperate and reclaim the family she once loved. She's determined to reestablish her relationship with her bitter, distant sister, Lily; bond with her angsty teenage niece, Poe; have meaningful conversations with her mother; and maybe find out where her father disappeared to when he left them. Nora's path is as much about healing others as it is about healing herself. As she connects with her family, Nora also finds out the truth of why her father left. The dialogue is witty and the prose is smooth, and readers will be delighted to follow Nora's discovery of new love with her old friend Sully. The ending wraps up neatly, though perhaps a little too quickly. Higgins's fans will no doubt enjoy this moving take on starting over and repairing past hurts.
Dog good - bird bad
I’ve been a fan of Higgins since her very first book, but felt that the trend of her most recent work was toward more palatable factory line fair (simple stories that’ll sell). When I started this, I worried that the trend would follow, but the last half and ending is truly sweet. There are a lot of topics that she uses and the line of being over simplistic or condescending towards any of them is close, but the author steers away from trite and finds a pragmatic approach which is very much the Maine point of view. One could argue that she could have left out 1 (or 4 or 8) diseases/conditions and not detracted from the main story.
Overall, the story was about family, finding yourself and what’s important to you, and bravely crafting a peace for your world using dogs, friends, family and humor. I ended up really liking this book.
Couldn’t put down
Highly recommend this book.
Now that you Mention It
Good read!! It had a good storyline that kept me turning the pages until the end. First time I’ve read a book from this author. I definitely will be checking out her other books.