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Catch of the Day (Gideon's Cove #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  7,976 ratings  ·  656 reviews
This catch of the day could be the dish of a lifetime!

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 . . .

ebook, 373 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Harlequin Enterprises (first published 2007)
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Miss Kim
Mar 09, 2010 Miss Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miss Kim by: Teryl
Catch of the Day is a sweet story that really tugged at the old heart strings. I felt for this woman. Maggie is in her early thirties, and she owns a very small town diner in Maine that has been in her family since her grandfather opened it. She is very proud of it, and pours her soul into it. She’s been single for about ten years, since her boyfriend dumped her publicly by showing up with a new woman when she didn’t even know they’d broken up. Her twin sister has the life she envies—a doctor hu ...more
~~~ 4++++ STARS ~~~

I love Kristsn Higgins, seriously, she's amazing. This is the 4 or 5th book by her I've read and I'm convinced that everything she's writes speaks to me. It's an emotional experience with her work, love it.

This book was no different. A story about finding love in the most unlikely of places and realizing what you've always wanted sits right under your nose. I really liked Maggie, she was a sweet and loyal woman proud to serve her town by running the local diner. Being part of
So I am reading the Smart Bitches website a week ago and they had posted the winners of the various RITA awards that were handed out during the RWA conference.

This book won the 2008 Rita for Best Contemporary single title. I am always on the lookout for a good contemporary book and the blurb for this sounded hysterical. So I ran over to my local library and picked it up.

I devoured this book in one sitting. It was sweet, funny as hell and totally romantic. I am a total Kristan Higgins convert.

Good, but I just couldn't connect with the first person narrator, who was alternately annoyingly doormat/saint-like and annoyingly neurotic/overanalytical. Also, Malone is too much of a strong-but-silent type for the first person POV to work here in that, for the romance-factor and the "how does he feel about her" way, we were left totally blind. We really have almost no clue how he feels because we're so cemented into the first person POV and all of the (mis)interpretations that accompany that ...more
M.V. Freeman
I read this book via Audio, by Xe Sands. A true gift of the writer is being able to take me away from the world I am and plant me smack in the center of the written one. By the time I finished--I wanted to visit this fictional town in Maine and go the Diner the Heroine owned.

Maggie is owner and operator of Joe's Diner in a small fishing town in Maine. In her thirties she is still not married and it doesn't look like she has any future when there is very little to choose from. To make matters wor
Duchess Nicole
Ah, bummer. I think this is my first lackluster rating/review for a Kristan Higgins book, and I hate to do it. This was a little too much time apart for our H/h, and when they were together, there was actually not much dialogue at all. Or, not much dialogue from Malone, anyways. Maggie talked constantly, but it seemed as if every word she said shoved her foot just that much further in her mouth.

To be honest, this book was a little depressing to me. Poor Maggie is just so word-clumsy and inapprop
Originally reviewed here.

Quite honestly, life is abundantly busy these days. And while my reading hasn't slowed down, I tend to hibernate with an old favorite when real life gets real. So I may have been forgoing some of the new stuff in favor of doing a little re-reading a la Megan Whalen Turner these days. I also made time to re-read one of my favorite Kristan Higgins books on account of it being repackaged and re-released this week in a glossy new edition to match her others. CATCH OF THE DAY
I'm not usually a fan of chick lit - which I would definitely classify this as - but based on a few of my GR friends having enjoyed this, I took a chance. It was a really good read that kept me up late into the night both laughing and crying. I think I miss her dog as much as she does.

4.25 stars
4.5 stars. I’ve graded this up a bit, because it’s so unusual for me to enjoy this type of book so very much. Sometimes cliches are the simple truth: I laughed, I cried, I couldn’t put it down.

The story is a pretty familiar one (especially if you’ve ever read a Higgans book.) Our narrator Maggie is a small-town Maine girl in love with a man she can’t have -- in this case, a Catholic priest. Maggie tries valiantly to move on with her life, embarking on a series of truly terrible blind dates. This
Audiobook rating. A full four stars! This was my second time around with Catch of the Day (I read it a couple of years ago- four stars for the book, too). I know I've probably repeated this over and over (to the point of obnoxiousness) but I love Kristan Higgins...I LOVE her books! When I first heard that CotD was going to be available on audio, I thought, "YAY!" Then, "huh, this should be interesting". After all, this is Malone we're talking about. Malone of the dark-broody-man-of-very-few-word ...more
I generally enjoy Kristan Higgins. Quirky characters, fun, bouncy plots, realistic dialogue: It's not deep literature, but her books are often the perfect lazy afternoon read.

This one, though, just didn't quite do it for me. Our heroine, Maggie, is the sort I normally like. She's a little older (about 35, I think) and the owner/manager/main employee in a small diner. She's generally kind-hearted, helping out in the church and community. She has a lovely dog that follows her around. She's a littl
More like 1 stars or "I didn't really like it but I feel bad giving this one single lonely star"

You see that book blurb?

- Remove the puppy (it doesn't appear until the final page of the book)

-+ Remove also the matchmaking priest and add the fact that the main character is in love with said priest!

+ Add a few over the top plot stereotypes (ie. the bad date that makes all other dates look better, the super mega misunderstanding that could have been solved easily if the main characters just talke
I took my daughter to the library the other day and ended up checking out a few books even though I have umpteen million books to read at home! LOL. Well, maybe not quite that many. I remember seeing Kristan Higgins mentioned favorably and, although I know she writes in the first person POV, I decided to grab a few.

Maggie owns a diner in a small Maine community and now in her early thirties despairs of finding a husband. There just aren't any good candidates in her small town. Well, there is Ma
It's been said by many readers before, but after just finishing Catch of the Day, I feel compelled to say it again: As contemporary female-centric fiction, Kristan Higgins' novels are as humorous, sweet, breezily engaging and subtly insightful as they come...but the majority of these alleged "romances" have relatively little romance. There's minimal development of the hero and of his relationship with our heroine. Because this hero's salient characteristic is that he's the strong and silent type ...more
Cover & Title - 3.5/5, what the flip is up with all the dogs on the covers? Not just this author but others.. it is really odd.
Favorite Line - “I stand up, trying to shake myself mentally. Get over him, Maggie, I instruct myself. I need to stop. I really do. I want to. I’m going to. I sound like a drug addict. Perhaps there’s a twelve-step program for me. Priest Lovers Anonymous.”
Favorite Character - Maggie

I enjoyed reading this book, it made me laugh out loud & smile quite a few times.
ชอบเรืองนีอะ เนือเรืองสนุก ชอบพระเอกดวย ติดใจงานเขียนของนักเขียนคนนีเลยเชียว ...more
Yeah, there was too little romance in this one. Yes, Malone was a black box even after the end of the book. Yes, they didn't talk enough to build a real relationship. And yet. I couldn't put it down and gave my husband the silent treatment in a 5 hours' drive, in order to finish this. In short? I loved it. One of my favorite Higgins' books.
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Narrated by Xe Sands

Count me in as a big Kristan Higgins fan. When I first discovered her books two years ago, I quickly and enthusiastically read through her backlist – a rarity for me. I just couldn’t get enough of her contemporary stories that concentrate largely on the heroine with a romance that takes far fewer pages but one that always packs a punch leaving my romantic heart immensely pleased.

When voting in last year’s Favorite Romance Audiobooks Poll, Kristan Higgins was my pick for the A
Jan 30, 2010 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Amanda by: Nikki
This is the seconds book by Kristan Higgins that I’ve have read, and it was recommended to me by my friend Nikki. I am very thankful that it was. In this book you meet Maggie a heroine with a heart of gold. I loved Maggie for all her quirks and found it so refreshing that instead of shying away from or becoming bitter about her love life being kind of a town joke and she could face it head on and laugh at herself. I loved her sister Christie and thought the bond between then was great. I loved t ...more
Sometimes, one book is enough for you to tell that an author is about to become your favorite. Catch of the Day may not be my favorite romance book around, and really, it isn't much of a romance book at all, but Kristan Higgins may be one of my favorite authors, merely because she chose to step out of the typical bubble of romance and explore something entirely different with this book. If, as I suspect, she's done the same with her other novels as well, then the two of us are on the way to beco ...more
For Maggie, being in-love is a constant humor riden roller coaster that never ends. Struggling to overcome her deep feelings, for none other than the new priest. That's right i said Priest, man of the cloth. She knows she is the town humor mill, or would that be rumor mill, and doesn't care.

The small town that she has grown up in her entire life is a constant back drop in this story. The people were very well develop and full of drama ridden hilarity. Especially, the old bitties.

To get over th
I was quite disappointed in this, as I loved the first of Higgins' books I read (My One and Only, and this sounded like a lot of fun. Good romantic fun was just what I was in the mood for! But there were a few things that stopped me from enjoying it much. The first of these was Maggie's infatuation with the new (Irish, Roman Catholic) priest. I could see the attraction in theory - and certainly had one rather prolonged crush on someone I knew to be unavailable (and wouldn't have *wanted* anythin ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Kristan Higgins amazes me yet again: I read this cover to cover in one sitting. Maggie and Malone make a very...interesting match. Sometimes I kinda felt sorry for Malone, Maggie has one big personality! I really love the way he handled her.

And really, its about time Maggie falls for him instead of being a lovesick idiot over a priest! The dude was a major flirt though, he should probably tone that down.

Between Maggie tripping all over herself around a man of God, then her crazy interactions wit
I enjoyed this book and parts of it brought tears to my eyes but it really should be marketed as Chick-Lit not as a romance. The heroine spent very little time with the hero and it was difficult to see how she could have ever fallen in love with him given the sparse amount of time she spent with him. I loved the idea of his character but it was very underdeveloped. We never are shown why he is the way he is much less the heroine ever getting any conversation out of him that would show her the ch ...more
Steph Su
Oh, but this was a joy. A standout among Kristan Higgins romances, all of which are arguably charming. But CATCH OF THE DAY just has a little something extra in it. It's hard to pinpoint what, exactly. Is it the setting of Gideon's Cove, which celebrates the eccentricities and tight-knitted community that has been romanticized about American small town culture for forever? Is it Malone and Maggie's atypical romance, which initially smolders, unbeknownst to all, and all of a sudden catches fire? ...more
audiobook narrated by Xe Sands

My first and probably last Higgins. I've read some wonderful, idealized small town romances in the past dozen years, but I'm pretty sure I've reached burn out.

Maggie's adorableness was too sweet for me and honestly, I thought the priest was playing a bit of a creepy teasing game.

I wouldn't have finished if it weren't for Xe Sands excellent narration.
Rereading it for the 6th time... just because I missed Maggie and Malone so much.

I loved this book, loved this book, looooooooooooooooooooooooooved this book!!!!! It was sweet and charming and funny. It's exactly the kind of book you finish reading with a smile on your face... makes me reconsider some of the other 5 stars I've given... (yeah This Good !!)
First, I want to say I think Ms. Higgins is better than 90% of the romance writers out there. She writes evenly, creates well-developed characters, her descriptive passages add color and interest without being wordy, and she can write a believable dialog. This is the second book of her's I've read, and I like that she weaves pathos as well as humor into her novels.

Possible Spoilers:
But.....and there are several "buts" for me...this books was not nearly as enjoyable as it could have been. For one
The story is about a chatty & friendly small-town Maine diner owner/waitress who has a crush on the new priest & tries to get over it by dating other people recommended by the priest & others but nothing works out. She unexplicably finds herself suddenly attracted to loner & very silent lobsterman who she has quick affair with. But she's uncertain about their relationship since she doesn't know much about him because of his reluctance to talk about himself or their relationship. ...more
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