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L'homme idéal... ou presque

(Gideon's Cove #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  11,319 ratings  ·  978 reviews
Si Maggie devait faire la liste de tout ce qui la rend très heureuse dans la vie, ce serait :

— le Joe’s, le restaurant plein de charme qu’elle dirige – une véritable institution pour les 1 407 habitants de Gideon’s Cove (minuscule bourgade de pêcheurs aux confins du Maine) ;
— une famille (presque toujours) aimante, et surtout une sœur jumelle avec laquelle elle partage une
Paperback, Mosaic, 410 pages
Published June 2nd 2014 by Harlequin (first published October 2007)
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**Originally read in 2015. Re-read in 2018**

Wow! I loved this book SOOOO MUCH!!! I feel like I say this for every review I write for her novels, but Kristan Higgins is such a fantastic writer. Her books are funny and heartwarming. “Catch of the Day” is no exception.

I began giggling almost immediately as the premise for the book unfolded in the first several pages. Girl gets a crush. Girl mistakenly misses the part where boy reveals he is actually a priest. Girl then decides to spread the word a
Miss Kim
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Gah.. I am such a sucker for these books. Kristan Higgins can do no wrong in my book. I am so in love with her writing. Call me a sappy romantic, and I will undoubtably own it. Any book that can have me laughing out loud and crying at work is going to get a top rating from me. Even though I had a good bit of trouble connecting with the hero in this one, she still won me over. Moving right along to the next book in the series... ;)
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
~~~ 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
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
El primer libro que leo de esta autora y me ha encantado. Me hizo reír y llorar de la risa. La protagonista no tenía suerte ni para esconderse. Sin lugar a dudas pienso seguir leyendo a esta autora. Me enamore y me reí como hacia mucho no me pasaba con un libro. Este libro es sumamente recomendable. Es de esos libros que se que en algún momento voy a releer.
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars.

A nice story but something was missing. Maggie's actions annoyed me a bit at times. Malone's lack of speech annoyed me a bit too.

I read Ms Higgins new book the other day and it was a fabulous read so I just cannot rate this one as high as I did that one.

I really would have preferred more interaction between the two main characters ... I wish I had counted the amount of words he spoke to her throughout the book.

Will definitely read more by this author.

Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Nuestra reseña en A la cama con... un libro

Ay, lo que pudo haber sido y no fue... Eso sí, las risas que me eché al principio ya no me las quita nadie.

Catch of the Day reminded me so much of that Golden Girl's episode: Forgive Me, Father. A dating prospect turns out to be a priest, and in the episode it is absolutely hysterical. In Catch of the Day, there are many other elements involved that set this book apart, but also many similarities which made the latter parts fairly predictable for me. Full of misunderstandings, miscommunications, unintended rumors, an unlikely romance, and more, Catch of the Day is another engaging Kristan Higgins nov
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Excellent narration
The story had some great characters but I didn't get why the MC was such an idiot. She lacked common sense and just acted ridiculous in bits. I really liked the side characters, loved Malone he didn't play the drama game, didn't gossip or spend days talking about others. There was a lot of gossip in this small town which is expected but shouldn't this girl learn to shut it ? It was just her bits here and there that irked me taking 1 star off my rating.
Warning pet d
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
At 20% in, I'm just bored. Bored to tears. Maggie is a one-note moron who embarrasses herself over and over and over again. When she goes on a bender at a church function and I could feel yet more stupidity happening, I quit. I just don't find pathetic losers attractive and cringe-inducing slapstick has never been my draw.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars

I haven't read a book by Higgins for a while, and now I know why. Per usual, a woman giving too much, and a man giving nothing (and yet our MCs' find them enticing).

By the way, what's with all the growling and barking? I'm usually into that sort of thing, but here I found it creepy and borderline pathological.

For those who wonder why I even bothered picking this up, it's because I enjoy Higgins's writing style, it's the content that I don't enjoy. And besides, I did like In Your Dream
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It is always a joy for me to sit down and read a Kristan Higgins book. My first was The Best Man which is part of her Blue Heron Series. From the beginning to the end, I loved that one too.

There is a certain ease about her writing. For me she gives the reader just enough humor, sweetness, sexiness and angst. Things are never overdone. If anything you may find yourself wishing for a tiny bit more of something.

Catch of the Day was another enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to reading the oth
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-rita
Le doy un 3,5. Me hubiera gustado poder darle más puntuación porque empieza genial, con una protagonista metepatas y bocazas que se mete sin querer en un montón de situaciones de lo más bochornosas, pero la historia se ha ido desinflando a medida que pasaban las páginas. De todas maneras, se trata de una lectura entretenida, con la que reír y pasar un buen rato. Solo porque la protagonista compare a Malone con el Heathcliff de los mares ya vale la pena, jajaja. Mi séptimo libro del #RetoRita.
This was depressing, and I cried like a baby over Colonel, the heroine's 12 year old Golden Retriever. Do I need to go on? TRIGGER. Let me get this out of the way first.

(view spoiler)

This is not a roma
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dudaba entre darle 3 o 4 estrellas pero al final he optado por las 4 porque la novela, a pesar de ser muy al estilo "sueño americano" y en "un pueblo pequeño de Maine se es más feliz", es divertida, entrañable, en algunos momentos absurda y tiene un toque romántico que me ha gustado. Es verdad que podría haber sido más corta y no hubiera echado en falta nada, que no hubiera estado mal saber más del él, que no entiendo el afán que tiene ella por casarse con 30 años, que ella es demasiado buena a ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, read-2017
3.5 stars. Some parts I loved, some parts frustrated me. A fun quick read.
I’ve never cried for (view spoiler)

To be honest, I thought the characters were a bit annoying in the beginning. It just got a little too crazy, with the protagonist, Maggie, saying embarrass
Alice Kellen
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qué cuqui y genial es siempre Kristan Higgins ❤
4.5 Colonel stars

The best bits: When Higgins creates a swoony hero who embodies the surly, broad, swoony and silent type, she doesn't fool around. Malone is definitely surly, definitely broad and swoony, and DEFINITELY the silent type. I didn't count, but I don't think he says more than 50 words in the entire book. And yet... I adored him.

As much as I loved Malone, my heart totally belonged to the Colonel... I gushed and cried and ate a mini-tub of ice cream thanks to this guy. I'm still ree
#Reto rita

2,5 pero no le voy a dar 3.

Empezó fenomenal, con los sucesos graciosos, rápido pero a la vez pausado. Vamos, que tenía muy buenas perspectivas. Pero a lo largo del libro fue perdiendo interés, soltura, demasiadas vueltas a las cosas, al pueblo,....
No he podido sentir realmente como se ha formado esté enamoramiento entre los personajes, y eso que tenían mucha chicha. Ha dado en exceso de ella ( cierto que está narrado en primera persona) y nada o casi nulo sobre él. Tanto secretismos,
Vero Rinconin
Mmmmmm calculando la puntuación...................................................
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
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
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
M.V. Freeman
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Es un libro típico Higgins con el que he vuelto a pasar muy buen rato. No es de sus mejores libros pero, cuando empiezo un libro suyo, sé que voy a pasar un rato agradable, american life style, situaciones un poco absurdas a veces y protagonistas que tienen puntos muy divertidos pero que encierran más sentimientos (en este caso la soledad de Maggie). Sí que es cierto que a la historia podría haberle sacado más jugo pero, para mí, es uno de esos libros ligeros con los que pa
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, chick-lit, meh
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
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-rita
Primer libro del Reto Rita. Son 3,5 estrellas.
Muy divertido, lo he leído justo en el momento oportuno.
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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. Her books have been honored with dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, the New York Journal of Books and Romantic Times. She is a two-time winner of the RITA award from Romance Writers of America and a five-time nominee for t ...more

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“When an eighty-five pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it's hard to feel sad.” 50 likes
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