Author: Kristan Higgins
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harlequin(December 26, 2017)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars
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With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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.
Kristin Higgins always delivers a sweet romance filled with lots of snarky banter, witty one liners and humor left and right. And even though her books are filled with all things that make me smile, they still manage to convey a deep meaning of family, love, and other goodness.
Her latest isn't an exception to the rule, however it does have a slightly different almost more solemn and darker feel to it. Not in the “someone is murdered and had to stash the body somewhere” darkness but more of a serious note that isn't necessarily felt in her other novels. And why that may seem unappealing or even foreboding, it isn’t. Instead Higgins handles it like a champ and puts a lighter tone to the intense subject matters and just the right moments and of course delivers with her heroines ability to out wit anyone that she crosses and although there are some very intense moments in this book, there are also the lighter fluffier ones we, her fans, have all come to know and love.
Overall this was a different sort of Higgins book and I for one loved every minute of its uniqueness. It was fun, and outgoing, and serious and heartfelt. Higgins handled it all very well and came through shinning like she always does.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*