A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt

  • Title:  A Mother Like Mine
  • Series:  Hartley-by-the-Sea #3
  • Author:  Kate Hewitt
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Pages:  384
  • Published:  August 2017 – Berkley
  • Source:  Publisher

Description:  Welcome to England’s beautiful Lake District, where a reluctant reunion forges a new bond between a daughter and her wayward mother….
 
Abby Rhodes is just starting to get her life on track. After her fiancé’s unexpected death, she returned with her young son to the small village where she grew up and threw herself into helping her ailing grandmother run the town’s beach café. Then one evening, her mother, Laura, shows up in Hartley-by-the-Sea and announces her plan to stay. After twenty years away, she now wants to focus on the future—and has no intention, it seems, of revisiting the painful past.
 
Laura Rhodes has made a lot of mistakes, and many of them concern her daughter. But as Abby gets little glimpses into her mother’s life, she begins to realize there are depths to Laura she never knew. Slowly, Abby and Laura start making tentative steps toward each other, only to have life become even more complicated when an unexpected tragedy arises. Together, the two women will discover truths both sad and surprising that draw them closer to a new understanding of what it means to truly forgive someone you love. (publisher)

My take: When Laura Rhodes returns home to Hartley-by-the-Sea from America she isn’t met with a warm reception from her daughter. Abby has every reason to be bitter where her mother is concerned. She left when Abby was a toddler and only came back for a few short visits over the years. Now Abby is a single mother of a young boy. She’s struggling to make a go of the family beach cafe and really doesn’t have time to forge a relationship with Laura.  But when something unexpected happens the two must figure out how to move forward. A Mother Like Mine is the story of forgiveness, learning to trust, and second chances. It’s a heart-warming novel that fans of the series will love. I enjoyed revisiting the quaint, picturesque village of Hartley-by-the-Sea and glimpsing characters from the previous books.  A Mother Like Mine can stand alone if you haven’t read the first two books. There’s an excerpt from Rainy Day Sisters (book 1) at the end – along with a Readers Guide.


 

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Spotlight on: A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt

Today I’m shining the spotlight on a new book by Kate Hewitt. It’s the latest installment in her Hartly-by-the-Sea series. I enjoyed the first two and look forward to reading A Mother Like Mine:

Berkley Trade Paperback Original; August 8, 2017; $15


About A Mother Like Mine:

Following the unexpected death of her fiancé, Abby Rhodes returned to Hartley-by-the-Sea, finding solace in the familiarity of her childhood home. With her small son in tow, Abby has thrown herself into taking care of her ailing grandmother and running their family’s café. While this is not the future she once dreamed for herself, she and her son have managed to find a place in the world and life is finally getting back on track—that is, until the sudden return of her prodigal mother.

After years of estrangement, Laura Rhodes is determined to make things right with her daughter. Saying goodbye to her glamorous life in New York, Laura is unsure what to expect when she returns to Hartley-by-the-Sea. She knows that after a lifetime of absence and neglect, reestablishing a mother-daughter bond will be no easy task. But following a rocky start to their reluctant reunion, Abby slowly opens up as the heartbreaking secrets of Laura’s past come to light and she realizes there are depths to her mother that she never expected. And when tragedy strikes, the two women must rely on each other more than ever as their lives become increasingly intertwined.


About the author:

Kate Hewitt is the USA Today bestselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.katehewitt.blogspot.co.uk.


 

Blog Tour Review: Now and Then Friends by Kate Hewitt

  • Now and Then Friends (7:28)Title:  Now and Then Friends
  • Series:  Hartly-by-the-Sea #2
  • Author:  Kate Hewitt
  • Pages:  368
  • Genre:  Women’s Fiction
  • Published:  July 2016 – NAL
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

Description:  Childhood best friends Rachel Campbell and Claire West have not only grown up, but after fifteen years, they’ve also grown apart…
 
After her father left, Rachel had to dedicate her life to managing her household: her two younger sisters, her disabled mother, and her three-year-old nephew. When Rachel’s not struggling to look after all of them, she makes her living cleaning the houses of wealthy families—inclulding the Wests, where a surprise now awaits her. . . .
 
A lifetime of drifting in other people’s currents has finally left Claire high and dry. First it was her parents, then the popular crowd in school, and finally her fiancé. Now she’s returned to Hartley-by-the-Sea to recover. But running into Rachel brings back memories of past mistakes, and Claire wonders if she now has the courage to make them right.
 
Soon Claire’s brother, Andrew, asks Rachel to keep an eye on Claire, which is the last thing either woman wants. But as their lives threaten to fall apart, both Claire and Rachel begin to realize what they need most is a friend. The kind of friend they once were to each other, and perhaps can be again. . . .  (publisher)

My take: Author Kate Hewitt takes readers back to the Lake District village of Hartley-by-the-Sea where we meet Claire and Rachel. These two twenty-somethings were friends when they were very young but circumstances beyond their control put an end to that friendship. Claire was very sheltered by her family and Rachel had to grow up too fast. They meet again as adults but still carry the hurt from the lost friendship.

I liked all of the characters in this book. I think most readers could relate on some level with each one. These people have experienced loss, some more deeply than others. Because of their experiences, they have trust issues and live rather closed-off lives. I enjoyed how Hewitt brought them along as they gained new perspective on their lives and the people closest to them.

Ultimately, Now and Then Friends is an uplifting novel of families and friendship. I enjoyed it. Recommended to fans of Kate Hewitt and women’s fiction.

Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt

  • Rainy Day Sisters (8:4)Title:  Rainy Day Sisters – A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel
  • Author:  Kate Hewitt
  • Pages:  368
  • Genre:  Women’s Fiction
  • Published:  August 2015 – NAL
  • Source:  Publisher

Description:  When Lucy Bagshaw’s life in Boston falls apart, thanks to a scathing editorial written by her famous artist mother, she accepts her half-sister Juliet’s invitation to stay with her in a charming seaside village in northern England. Lucy is expecting quaint cottages and cream teas, but instead finds that her sister is an aloof host, the weather is wet, windy, and cold, and her new boss, Alex Kincaid, is a disapproving widower who only hired her as a favor to Juliet.

Despite the invitation she offered, Juliet is startled by the way Lucy catapults into her orderly life. As Juliet faces her own struggles with both her distant mother and her desire for a child, her sister’s irrepressible optimism begins to take hold. With the help of quirky villagers, these hesitant rainy day sisters begin to forge a new understanding…and find in each other the love of family that makes all the difference.  (publisher)

My take:  Rainy Day Sisters is a novel about two half-sisters who find themselves living together for the first time in many years. Lucy, 26, is younger than Juliet by eleven years. She escaped her life and disappointments in America to live with Juliet in a small town in England’s Lake District. Juliet owns a B&B where Lucy will live and help out while also working at the local school as a secretary.

The two sisters barely know each other so their initial days are quite awkward. Each holds on to hurt feelings from the past – all leading back to their mother. Can they get past that history and move forward as sisters/friends? Kate Hewitt’s novel is warm and witty and heartfelt. I enjoyed the main characters as well as the secondary ones. The setting is lovely (and wet and cold).

I think anyone who enjoys novels about sisters and a British setting will like Rainy Day Sisters. At the end there’s a preview of the next book in the series: Now and Then Friends (August 2016). I look forward to reading it and seeing what’s new in Hartley-By-the-Sea.