The thing I love about holidays is they are the perfect place to do some bulk reading. This holiday, which I have only recently come back from - boo, I still managed to read 5 books despite having been out for three of the days and not having access to my kindle. But thats for another post, if you want it. Let me know yeah?
The USA Today bestselling author presents a heartfelt novel about two sisters struggling toward new lives and loves.
Welcome to Hartley-by-the-Sea in England’s beautiful Lake District, where two sisters who meet as strangers find small miracles tucked into the corners of every day.... 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 favour 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.
I loved this heartwarming tale about two sisters and their estranged mother. It definitely shows how even though they seemed to hate each other as children a little time together can definitely make the heart grow fonder.
The story starts off with Lucy moving to Hartley by the Sea after her mother wrote a piece in a newspaper slandering her work and making her feel forced to runaway from it all. She turns up at her sisters house expecting a warm welcome but it hit with the cold hard truth. Although her sister invited her here, Juliet isn't exactly estatic about having her mothers favourite daughter staying with her. There is conflict from the very beginning which keeps you hooked and it absolutely gripping.
As the story moves on we find out Juliet is having some personal problems, that you'll have to read the book to find out about, and had gotten Lucy a job at the local school helping out. Lucy gets captivated by the boss, Alex's, daughter after she ends up in his office and refuses to speak to her dad. Giving his daughter some girlie advice Lucy ends up on a shopping trip and in Alex's good books.
I loved how the romances developed for both characters and believe the story ended perfectly. I would one hundred percent recommend this book for anyone to read as it definitely surprised me and made me love everything. I hope there is more in Hartley by the Sea because it's definitely got my attention and I want more.
Kate Hewitt is the author of over 40 novels of women’s fiction and romance. She loves telling an emotional story in a variety of genres, and has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award twice. An American ex-pat, she lives in the Cotswolds of England with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can follow her adventures in village life on her blog, http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Comment: Perfect for anyone who loves to read and needs a bit of a pick me up
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