Thursday, July 7, 2016

Now and Then Friends: A Hartley-By-The-Sea Novel by Kate Hewitt & GIVEAWAY

Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 12th 2016 by NAL

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 fianc√©. 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. . . . 

My Thoughts…

I was looking for a good book about friendships what I found is an amazing book about friendships and second chances.    Both Rachel and Claire grew up as circumstances of their youth.    Rachel due to her father leaving the family and her having to return to take care of her sisters, mother, and nephew.  Claire due to the fact of health issues in her childhood that put her under the protection of her parents and brother.    

Rachel and Claire were childhood best friends that grew apart due to family status and are now coming back together.     Becoming friends again pushed both women to see their past in a different light, come to terms with where they were now, and reach for the future with open arms.     I believe that the future was the hardest for both women.     They had lived in the past for so long, held on to what had happen to them that it was a huge struggle for them to be able to imagine a different life.     It was refreshing to see characters have to work to change their attitudes instead of it being so easy.  

The rest of the town of Hartley-by-the-Sea was an important part of the story.   Everyone from the bartender, who went to school with the women, to Dan, Claire’s boss, and of course Andrew, Claire’s brother, made a difference to the story.     The friends, family, and acquaintances made a difference to the outcome of the women’s lives.     They pushed, pulled, told it how it was, and sometimes coddled the women to make them be themselves and come together to make a life that both Rachel and Claire could succeed and be happy with.    

Now and Then Friends is a wonderful book.    It is a perfect summer read with the beach settings, the small towns, and the fantastic characters.      I recommend checking out your own copy soon.  

Book Links

Meet Kate:  

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.

Praise for the novels of Kate Hewitt:

“A lushly imagined, deeply moving story… stunning…the perfect book to lose yourself in!”
Megan CraneUSA Today bestselling author of In Bed with the Bachelor

“Hewitt writes about the complex emotions of family relationships with sensitivity and realism.”
Marie BostwickNew York Times bestselling author of The Second Sister

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