Author: Kristan Higgins
Expected Publication Date: January 1, 2018
Note: I received this book from the publisher via Edelweiss to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
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With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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.
Normally I read my ARC's closer to publication date but I'd heard so many great things already about this book that I couldn't resist reading it early! I've been absolutely loving Kristan Higgins' books lately and this one was absolutely fantastic. I loved Nora and how real her feelings and experiences were--it was one of those books where when it ended, I genuinely missed her and wanted to know what was going on in her life--it felt that real. I had a book hangover for days.
I live in a small town, so in some ways the small town drama of Scupper Island was relatable to me--as the book went on I really fell in love with the island. In addition to Nora there were several other characters that I absolutely loved--her niece Poe being one of them--and rooted for them throughout the book. This book was emotional yet funny and entertaining--definitely one of the author's best to date. I highly recommend getting your hands on this book as fast as you can--it is definitely one of my top reads of the year!