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With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter—a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was—Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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.
This is my first time reading Kristan Higgins and wanted to read this book due to the glowing review from my pal Melissa.
This book definitely lives in a world of its own- there is a LOT going on here to the point where I wouldn’t know how to classify it as a genre – some romance, some darkness touched upon, with a healthy dose of other heavy themes. However, there were more than several instances where I found myself laughing out loud and for this reason alone, I will DEFINITELY be back for more from this author!
There were quite a few characters here, and I have to say I can walk away from this book feeling like a know them all well. Higgins has done an excellent job of developing some well rounded and fleshed out characters. Some of my fellow reading buddies even want to move to this town in Maine! My all time favorite character Nora’s friend from high school who had me cracking up every time she had dialogue.
Another fun Traveling Sisters read, thank you for your thoughts friends! And thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and Kristan Higgins for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.