Audio: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins @Kristan_Higgins @xesands ‏ @recordedbooks

Posted July 6, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments

Audio: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins @Kristan_Higgins @xesands ‏ @recordedbooksNow That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
Narrator: Xe Sands
Published by Recorded Books on December 26, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 11 hours, 6 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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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With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.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

Contemporary Romance is such an understatement for genre. Technically, I suppose Now That You Mention It is Women’s Fiction. But I hate that moniker. It says only women would read this and somehow indicates a lower value.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The characters and plot here are excellent. There is such an authentic set of circumstances and feelings.  Nora does what so many of us do. She leaves her hometown to make a new self, a “better” self and life. She does become a first class doctor and makes some real friends.

But the real growth for Nora happens when she is injured and goes to her hometown to heal at her childhood home. She learns all about her family, her self and gets a fresh, adult perspective on many events in her early life. It is tough and amazing. Nora is incredible and I am so happy to have gone along on her journey. Highly recommended.

Narration:

Xe Sands is a master at narration. It is always a pleasure to listen to her.  I listened at my usual 1.25x speed.  I felt the male and female voices were great. The performance gave me so many emotions. I laughed and cried and worried for these people.

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About Xe Sands

Award-winning narrator known for credible characterizations and an intimate delivery with more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art. I believe an authentic performance demands authentic connection to the text and subtext.

About Kristan Higgins

Kristan fell in love with romance at the age of 13, when she stole her grandmother’s copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Much of her adolescence was spent mentally rewriting the end of Gone With the Wind. After a career in public relations and advertising, she started writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. She is the author of seven romantic comedies and absolutely loves her job. Mom of two great kids, wife of a heroic firefighter and owner of a very cute mutt, Kristan lives in Connecticut.

Rating Breakdown
Plot
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Writing
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Characters
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Dialogue
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Narration (Audio)
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Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2018 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2018 Library-Love Challenge
  • COYER BSBB

Posted July 6, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 2 Comments


2 responses to “Audio: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

  1. carolesrandomlife

    I have heard so many good things about this book! I have yet to read Kristan Higgins but I have this one on my wish list. I may have to check out the audio for it. Glad you enjoyed this one!