What an absolute romp “Now That You Mention It” is. It’s quirky, tragic, and often mortifying. I was torn between laughter, sniffling, and indignation reading the mix of “adventures” our heroine going through during the twenty-eight or so chapters back and forth between her present life and flashbacks of her past.
Told in first person from her POV, this standalone reveals the ups and downs’ life of Nora Stuart. A successful Boston Gastroenterologist, Nora never really feels true to herself, even after moving out - and up - from Scupper Island, building a new life and away from dissaproving eyes of many. She’s certainly unlike the majority of physician characters who usually ooze with confidence.
At first, I felt quite annoyed that Nora seems to want approval from... Oh. Everybody! And I so have no patience for a doormat character! However, her determination and valiant efforts that the story gradually revealed tipped the scale a bit. The lady got spunk; buried within the layers of her personality, but it’s there! And she doesn’t give up. That’s what I love in a heroine. Through the back and forth of Nora’s somewhat bizarre lenses, we saw her happy, sad, humiliated, anxious, and every emotions in between. She’s prone to hyperbole and overactive imagination. That in itself often causing hilarious moments without being too obvious (trying to be funny) about it.
Another appealing aspect of the book that made the story felt genuine to me is the characters’ development. That message that people can change with time, that they are not ALL what they seem. The gradual change - whether it’s good or bad - that’s expected on some but surprising on others. I learn this together with Nora as she meet and get to know old acquaintances all over again through the book. There’s a disappointing turn when a good friend easily turns sour over some lies, though by that time I have confidence in Nora to handle the matter. And handle it she does!
All in all the good part more than make up for the bad part in this book. I love how the partially deaf character pictured here, the representation of diversity with plausible accounts, the conclusion doesn’t necessarily everything nice and tidy for Nora but there’s buoyant atmosphere in the air. “Now That You Mention It” is certainly a good introduction to Kristan Higgins’ works for me and I’ll be checking her backlist titles after this.
New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins welcomes you home in a funny, emotionally charged must-read 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 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.