CATCH OF THE DAY
Higgins has crafted a touching story brimming with smart dialogue,
sympathetic characters, an engaging
narrative and the amusing, often
self-deprecating observations of the heroine. It's a novel with depth and
a great deal of heart.
Maggie Beaumont is the talkative 32-year-old owner and operator of Joe's Diner, the only restaurant in gossipy, small-town Gideon's Cove, Maine. Everyone knows everyone, so it's no wonder that when Maggie gets herself into embarrassing relationship scrapes, word spreads like butter on hot toast. Her inadvertent crush on the new priest causes a few raised eyebrows but, fortunately, her holy friend wants to try his hand at matchmaking for Maggie.
Neither the priest nor Maggie bargains on her meeting Malone, a local lobsterman whose silence is his trademark. Can a woman who thrives on conversation genuinely communicate with a man who grunts one-word responses, if he replies at all? Only love knows the answer, but Maggie and the rest of Gideon's Cove sure want to find out. (HQN, Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)