First date à la Maggie: Take one lovelorn diner owner (me), a generous helping of nosy local gossips, a dollop of envy at married sister's perfect life, a splash of divine intervention (my matchmaking priest). Combine ingredients with one adorable puppy, add a strong but silent lobsterman with a hidden heart of gold and watch the sparks fly.
I have read a previous Higgins book and didn’t enjoy it that much so I was a bit scared to read another one. This is Stephanie’s favorite Higgins book though so I knew it had to be special.
As soon as I started reading this one I was a little concerned because it seemed like our main character Maggie was going to fall in love with the new local priest! I didn’t see how this could end well for her and was worried about how this would possibly have a romantic plot.
As things go along I really started to connect with Maggie. She is single, a hard working diner owner, and has to put up with a twin sister who can do no wrong. I ultimately felt really connected with Maggie over the relationship she had with her mother. I know that her mother was always putting her down and questioning why she couldn’t get married and why she couldn’t quit the diner for a better career. I often feel that many of my choices while growing up were questioned or a little controlled. I did love how Maggie and her mom were able to work past their issues to see how much they really love each other and how they can get along. I love my mom and I wouldn’t trade her for anything but I often feel that we communicate in the way Maggie and her mom did. Sometimes there is a struggle to understand each other and sometimes you forget all of that for the love you have for each other. I felt this was a huge connection for me in this book and helped me really love Maggie’s character and get her charm.
I have to say I did like the love interest in this book, Malone, but I also felt we didn’t really see him. The novel certainly leaves you guessing on whether he can really be in a relationship with Maggie or not. There are many bumps in the road to their relationship and hook ups and I liked what this added to the story. I like that Higgins didn’t make it easy for them and that as adults with responsibilities they had to think about their lives and how they could mesh together. I feel I miss this a lot of the time because I read a lot of YA where love and relationships happen before a lot of family and career commitments get in the way. While I did love how these two got together I still complain that I wanted to know more about Malone. He is very quiet and doesn’t ever say much or tell us much about himself. Plus he is a little in and out throughout the book. So my biggest gripe is I wanted more Malone. I know I know who doesn’t want more of a love interest!
Overall, I’m really glad I read this one because now I know I want to read more Higgins. I can’t wait till I dive into the next book of hers that I own.