Nora Stuart had a childhood full of wonderful moments and
an adolescence filled with humiliation, self loathing,
and hard work. Winning an all-expenses-paid scholarship
to Tufts propelled Nora forward, but it also came at a
high cost. One of her competitors believed he should have
won instead, claiming that Nora cheated. Knowing that the
small Maine islanders sided with him, Nora left for
college early and never looked back.
She pushed herself hard to lose the weight she gained by
eating her feelings after her father disappeared without
a word. She pushed herself to earn amazing grades, go to
medical school, and become a doctor. She specializes in
gastroenterology-- which isn't sexy, but it's satisfying
and the mortality rate is low.
Nora lives in Boston, but she isn't happy. She discovers
just how unhappy she is after getting hit by a car and
landing in the ER. She has an epiphany and realizes her
priorities are wrong and also that her boyfriend is a
jerk. She breaks up with him, takes a leave of absence,
and takes her dog to spend the summer on that small
island in Maine.
As she recovers from her injuries, she analyzes her life.
She never really dealt with her father leaving; she never
figured out what happened to him. She has a terrible
relationship with her mother and her sister. Her sister
is currently in jail, leaving her fifteen year old in
custody of her mother. Nora wants to reconcile with her
sister, grow closer to her mother, and spend time with
She rents out a houseboat for the summer as soon as she
can be on her own again. Coming back to the island means
confronting her past in order to save her future.
Kristan Higgins masterfully weaves together a story about
second chances through heartbreak, struggle, hard work,
friendships, and forgiveness. Higgins breaks your heart
with the trials the characters endure but lifts your
spirit with strength and hope.
The small town setting in NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT worked
like a charm -- both for the
rugged characters and for Nora slowing down her life. The
small town and second chances theme works well for the
secondary teenage characters, where history tries to
repeat itself but Nora takes steps to make sure they have
a better high school experience than she did.
As Nora confronts her past, making peace with herself,
she blossoms after conquering an old hurdle. Often,
others help her conquer the past signaling the importance
not only of friendships but also a support system.
Higgins' classic humor, rugged love interest, and a scene
stealing lovable dog all combine to make NOW THAT YOU
Following the success of IF YOU ONLY KNEW and ON SECOND
THOUGHT comes the highly anticipated new novel by New York
Times bestselling author Higgins; a funny and bittersweet
story of a woman who returns to her hometown after a
decade’s absence hoping to resuscitate her relationship with
her family, only to discover that her homecoming is not as
welcome as she had imagined.
It’s been over a decade since Nora left her hometown of
Scupper Island, Maine, and very seldom looked back. She’s
carved out a successful life in Boston where no one knows
her as the awkward girl with the delinquent sister and the
dad who left, but a not-as-dramatic-as-it-sounds brush with
death has her taking stock of her life. Inspired to
reconnect with her prickly mother and snarky teenage niece,
Nora returns home for the summer, where she’s forced to face
the people she’s spent the last ten years trying to avoid,
and where some revelations about her family could either
heal her, or send her scrambling back to Boston on the next