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Catch of the Day

(Gideon's Cove #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  12,629 ratings  ·  1,076 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Hqn
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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
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
This was depressing.

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This is not a romance book, but more a Contemporary fiction of the h's attempts to find any kind of love, true or not. She's made the butt of jokes time and time again
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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
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
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.


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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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.

Jacob Proffitt
Jun 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
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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
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.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Fani *loves angst*
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.

Update 27/3/2017
Re-read it and loved it just as much as the first time. Not sure why as the time the MCs spend together is very little, but, both Malone and M
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
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, chick-lit, meh
More like 1½ 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 talk
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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It was heartwarming, wonderful story for my expectation. I like how the author developed story and also how well she blent daily life struggle and secondary characters in the story without being boring and cast the light from main characters.
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, good-uns
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
Delightful! The story follows Maggie - who has an identical (blissfully married) twin sister, a bustling diner, a faithful old dog, and a hopeless crush on the local priest. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Maggie's search for love in Higgins' trademark funny and emotional style.
For me, reading this book was like attending a master class on setting. The book's small, coastal Maine town and its residents were so charming that they drew me in, engaged me, and beckoned me to come back. Goes to s
Nice, funny. A little family drama, unrequited love, a chatty heroine and a gloomy hero (yeah, we know this scheme). A small diner where 'everybody knows your name' ;-) Some misunderstandings.
That's "Catch of the Day". If it sounds boring to you I described it wrong. It is a cute story which is nice for a lovely day/weekend. I will forget it probably very soon but nonetheless I have an enjoyable time.
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 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
Sláinte Wanderlust
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. It was
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 19 novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal , People and ...more

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