FICTION

Now That You Mention It

HQN: Harlequin. Dec. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781335903358. pap. $15.99. F
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OrangeReviewStarDr. Nora Stuart no longer finds comfort and excitement in practicing gastroenterology, being in a relationship with her handsome doctor boyfriend Bobby, or living in the hustle and bustle of Boston. Then it hits her, literally; she is struck by a van. As she arrives in the ER, she hears Bobby flirting with another doctor over her bruised and broken body. Taking this as a sign, Nora leaves Boston for her hometown on Scupper Island, ME. She hopes to make amends with her closed-off mother, build her relationship with her teenage niece, reestablish ties with her sister (currently in jail for drug dealing), and find out what really happened when her dad left years ago. But her mission is difficult. Most of the islanders don't remember her, and those who do think she stole a scholarship from the town golden boy Luke Fletcher. While Nora heals emotionally and physically, she makes connections and starts to fall for Luke's brother Sullivan.
VERDICT Higgins (Fools Rush In; If You Only Knew) is in top form. Many readers will relate to the family saga and rough past, and the light romance and humor sprinkled throughout will suit a wide audience. Readers won't want to put down this highly recommended title. [See Prepub Alert, 7/9/17.]

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