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Praise for the novels of Kate Hewitt
Pulled me in and never let me go...Hewitt writes about the complex emotions of family relationships with sensitivity and realism. Marie Bostwick, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Second Sister"
A lushly imagined, deeply moving story...stunning...the perfect book to lose yourself in! Megan Crane, "USA Today" bestselling author of "In Bed with the Bachelor"
Completely and totally charming...I read this book straight through, in pajamas, eating brownies, on a rainy day in Oregon. I don t think I left my couch. That s how much I loved it. Cathy Lamb, author of "My Very Best Friend""
Praise for the novels of Kate Hewitt
-With lush coastal imagery and well-drawn characters, Hewitt immerses the reader in the deeply personal struggles and triumphs of Rachel and Claire. At turns introspective and exhilarating, this novel proves that it's never too late to start over.---Booklist
-Pulled me in and never let me go...Hewitt writes about the complex emotions of family relationships with sensitivity and realism.---Marie Bostwick, New York Times bestselling author of The Second Sister
-A lushly imagined, deeply moving story...stunning...the perfect book to lose yourself in!---Megan Crane, USA Today bestselling author of In Bed with the Bachelor
-Completely and totally charming...I read this book straight through, in pajamas, eating brownies, on a rainy day in Oregon. I don't think I left my couch. That's how much I loved it.---Cathy Lamb, author of My Very Best Friend
About the Author
Kate Hewitt is the USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels of romance and women's fiction, including the Emigrants Trilogy, set in Scotland and North America; the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in the Lake District; and Tales from Goswell, written as Katharine Swartz. Raised in the United States, she lives in England's Lake District with her American-born husband and their five children.
Top Customer Reviews
The friction between these old friends was so very well described and the pain both women were feeling for different reasons was evident. You couldn’t help but to feel sympathy for them as you continued through this book written from the dual-perspective to ensure that both Claire and Rachel had an equal voice throughout the book.
Whilst Claire had a privileged upbringing she was also stifled and her return to Hartley-by-the Sea was a break for independence, while Rachel was pinned to her family, being the person responsible for looking after them, and sacrificing her wants and needs.
The women who had once as very young girls had been best friends, are now polar opposites but this book see’s them becoming the guides they both need to learning what the future can hold for themselves independently.
Kate Hewitt, has a knack for writing real people, she doesn’t write people in fantastical situations, who extra good looking, who seem to have super jobs, and are over-achievers. She writes people who do very normal jobs, who look like a normal person and make the same mistakes any of us could make.
This makes reading Hewitt’s characters like reading a friend, you could be reading about your neighbour, your sister, your cousin. It makes you root for the characters so much more and you want something good to happen for them, and for them to find happiness, whatever form that may come in.Read more ›
Rachel has her own life looking after her two younger siblings and caring for her mother, but Claire on the other hand, went with the flow, lived her life for other people and now it comes back to bite her on the backside. Can a friendship really be rebuilt after fifteen years? Could Rachel and Claire put the past behind them for the sake of their childhood unity? Only time will tell….
‘What if?’, a pretty powerful question containing only two words. Many of us wonder ‘what if’, what if we took a different path in our lives, what if we listened to our own hearts instead of being governed by other people’s heads, what if…’
I’m sure many of you had (or still have) a friend that you considered to be a really good friend, someone who was always there for you no matter what. But what if (there it is again!) something happened to break that friendship. A simple mistake doesn’t seem quite so simple now does it?
I found this book to be very relatable in terms of going with the flow and caring for those close to you. It’s a difficult situation to be in and it’s even harder to push yourself to the top, after all, you have feelings too, right? Kate Hewitt has done the story justice with the strong storyline and powerful characters, each having their own striking personality.
As you go through the book, you come across what WAS and what IS, so you follow Rachel and Claire’s friendship, how their lives went wrong and whether they find themselves as friends again. It’s a very touching story, you can certainly tell it was written from the heart.Read more ›
Told in third person narrative with each alternating chapter unfolding the story of the two main characters, Rachel and Claire, I felt I go to know both women really well. It highlights how both women feel and that there are always two sides to a story, as both women have different views as to why their friendship ended.
The characterisation in the book is fantastic. Two very different women with very different lives and upbringings, yet the way their stories are told effectively highlights to the reader that, despite their differences, their experiences have had a similar impact on both of them - something that neither Rachel nor Claire can initially see. Kate hasn’t forgotten the wider characters either, and the effects of their lives and upbringings on Rachel and Claire’s family members are realistically told and make the story whole.
Rachel’s story really moved me. I felt quite tearful at times reading this book as Rachel’s feeling of being totally overwhelmed by her life really comes through. Kate writes about Rachel’s circumstances and her feelings with great insight, empathy and acute sensitivity.
I adored the setting of Cumbria and Hartley-By-The-Sea. Kate has perfectly described life in a small village, the difficulties that can be faced and the positive aspects. The descriptions and mix of characters really brought Hartley-By-The-Sea to life and served to totally involve me in the book.
Now and Then Friends is a beautifully written tale about the endurance of friendship and finding yourself.
Thank you to Kate Hewitt for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book, the setting, characters and the story were all brilliant and fit each other really well. Read more
Poignant, powerful and difficult to resist, Now and Then Friends is a wonderfully uplifting tale about the ties that bind, friendship and redemption from best-selling author Kate... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Julie