Back with another Tour post from Neverland Blog Tours! Having previously hosted for this author, and read the novel I couldn't be more excited that she's bringing out another book. Not only is the cover beautiful the blurb is definitely something I want to get my hands on.
The USA Today bestselling author of Rainy Day Sisters returns to Hartley-by-the-Sea…
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. . . .
Andrew didn’t respond for a moment. “You really have a chip on your shoulder, don’t you?” he finally remarked mildly.
Rachel turned to face him. “A chip on my shoulder?”
“About money. Or privilege. Whatever.” He shrugged, the movement so dismissive Rachel wanted to slap him.
“Yes, I suppose I do have a chip on my shoulder,” she said, her voice rising. “A bloody great Grand Canyon. But it’s easy for you, isn’t it?”
“Maybe from where you’re standing,” Andrew answered. “Yes. I can see that things aren’t easy for you. Like you said, you have a lot going on.”
Rachel didn’t answer. She’d wanted him to stay smug and condescending, because then she could feel justified in being angry. Instead she felt petty and mean.
“Do you enjoy your job?” Andrew asked. “Housecleaning?”
With effort she kept herself from a snippy retort. “I enjoy some things. Providing for my family—”
“The money aside, though,” Andrew interjected. “Do you enjoy the work?”
“Cleaning toilets and scrubbing floors? No, can’t say I do.” Rachel paused, thinking of Iris Fairley’s conspiratorial grin when she’d slipped her a custard cream. “I like the people,” she admitted. “Helping them, and I don’t mean just by cleaning their houses.”
She shrugged. “I give people the odd cup of tea, a chance to talk to someone. It’s like free therapy for some, I suppose.”
Andrew was silent, and too late Rachel realized where he’d so neatly led her—right to helping Claire.
Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 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. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.
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 the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.