Totally honoured to be kicking off this blog tour for an author that I love. Plus I am super excited to get my hands on a copy of this book, and I have some awesome insight from Kate herself about where her idea for the book came from.
The powerfully gripping new book from USA Today bestselling author Kate Hewitt.
Josh and Ben are nine years old and best friends, until a single, careless act in the school playground destroys the lives of both families – and wrenches their small Manhattan school apart.
As both mothers Maddie and Joanna try to find out what really happened between the boys, they discover the truth is far more complicated and painful than either of them could have ever realised... with lasting repercussions for both families.
And when tragedy strikes again in the most unexpected of ways, the lives of these two women will be changed once more, and this time forever.
When He Fell explores the issues of parental responsibility and guilt, and whether there are some acts that human nature just cannot forgive...
Guest Post: When He Fell The Inspiration Behind The Idea By Kate Hewitt
A few years ago I read a tragic story in the newspaper about a sixteen-year-old who was killed in a freak accident when his friend threw a cricket ball that struck him on the temple. It was the terrible result of an impromptu throwing game on the school playground, and it stayed with me as the article dealt with the sad repercussions for both boys—the death of one, and the life of the other irrevocably and horribly changed. I was particularly moved by what the mother of the boy who had died had said: “They were really good friends. He is a lovely lad and I feel so bad for him. It must be so hard to have to keep going through it. Not for one second have any of us thought he would have done it on purpose. When we found out who had thrown the ball we knew it must have been an accident.”
I started to imagine a story that explored the aftermath of such an event on the families of two such boys, and as I let the story percolate and become fiction rather than the tragic fact, I asked myself what would happen if the boys were friends but it hadn’t been as simple as a mere accident. I envisioned a more complicated scenario that involved everyone—parents, teachers, classmates, and how they all, in small and surprising ways, contributed to what happened. Nothing occurs in a vacuum.
When He Fell was an intense book to write, not just because of the subject matter, but because events in my own life took a tragic turn as I was writing the story, with my father being diagnosed suddenly with terminal cancer. Writing through pain can be hard but ultimately satisfying and even healing, as I channeled the grief and fear I felt into the book. And even with the saddest and most tragic of circumstances, I strongly believe that hope can be found and held onto, and the message behind the book isn’t simply that awful things happen and we’re all at fault, but then no matter how terrible the tragedy or deep the pain, redemption comes. The darkest night can end with a dawn of joy. That has been the case in my own life, with my father’s death being a time of thanksgiving and peace, and I hope that, despite the sadness, readers are ultimately uplifted by reading When He Fell.
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.