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Archiwum - Wrzesień 23rd, 2015

Blog Tour: Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt / eBook Review

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Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt

 

Publisher: NAL/Signet

Publishing Date: 4th August 2015

Series: Hartley – by – the – Sea #1

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Genre: Women’s Fiction

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Paperback

 

 

 Synopsis:

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 favor 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.

Rating: 5/5

 

„Rainy Day Sisters” is the first in the Hartley by the Sea series, and also my first book by Kate Hewitt. I really didn’t know what to expect when I requested this book, I just had a feeling it may be a good read, and as it turned out, I was absolutely right – I have truly adored this story. It had me hooked from start to the end and I immensely enjoyed it. It was not a life – changing book, the plot might have not been the most original one, and yet on the whole it was incredibly refreshing story with some really great characters.

The story is told from Lucy and Juliet’s points of view, and the chapters alternates between those two. They couldn’t be more different, those two half – sisters. Where Lucy is open, Juliet seems so very closed in her shell, where Lucy is willing to forgive, Juliet is tough, where Lucy is funny and warm, Juliet seems to be stern and cold, where Lucy is surrounded by friends and doesn’t have any problems with making contacts, Juliet, who’s been living in the village for ten years, doesn’t really have any friends and prefers to spend her time walking her two rescue dogs – alone. Really, they are polar opposites. And yet, I truly liked both sisters, even Juliet, because we quickly learn what happened in both their lives, and then gradually learn about Juliet’s sad life. I absolutely loved how the author made Juliet to come out of her comfort zone, even though till almost the end it was not sure that she’s going to change. I also liked how we hear each sister’s view on the same situation. So it’s in fact no wonder that at the beginning the sisters are to a very rocky start, and I liked how the author described this all – well, you can’t so quickly forget all your problems, grudges and regrets, and I adored how Lucy never gave up on Juliet, and how Juliet started to warm to her half – sister. Also, the more the two start to co – exist, rather then live under one roof, the more secrets are being unveiled, more inaccuracies are cleared, but also more problems are to come – of course!
The author has truly made a brilliant job in the aspect of characters’ development. As much as Lucy seemed to be the more open one, she also had her demons. She’s just come to Hartley by the Sea in Lake District from Boston to make a fresh start, and it takes some time for us to learn what happened there. I didn’t envy Lucy – in Boston there was a mother who betrayed her trust, and in the UK there was her half – sister, much older, whom she in fact didn’t know at all, they didn’t have anything in common – the reunion is going to be difficult and hard, no? But this was Lucy for you, grabbing the bull by the horns. And it looks like Lucy’s coming to Lake District was the thing that both of them needed to let the past go, but is this possible at all?
The mother of the two women seems to be a causer of most of the problems, and she’s the one who has hurt her daughters so much. Neither Juliet, nor Lucy, make a secret that Fiona was not the model mother, and the more we get to know the relationship they had with Fiona, the more we see that they, in fact, have a perfect reason to despise their mother.

This is not only a story about overcoming past, but it is also full of different twists and turns and various sub plots, and yet everything is clear and orderly here, and I never felt confused. There is also not a single flat second in this story, and the author concentrates not only on a broken family relationship, but also she gives us some romance here as well, and I loved those sub plots as well. Those were not the most important threads to the whole book, as it’s mostly about sisterhood, but nevertheless Kate Hewitt has managed to made them also significant, and truly entertaining and different to each other! Adding this romance aspect, and especially the two men involved, was a real breath of fresh air. They both were as different as Lucy and Juliet themselves, but they were both brilliant, and both were also carrying their sorrows: one of them was widowed with two young daughters, the other one was the lonely caregiver of his father with the dementia. Those sub plots were not overwhelming, but very significant to the story, and I truly enjoyed how they were written. The villagers, and also the school – life were a real joy to read as well, Especially the scenes at school, there were so many of them, and mostly they were funny, especially when they involved Lucy starting working there, but also the author has very gently emphasized different problems of the students and their parents.

I am not so sure if I’d myself like to live in those parts of Cumbria that the author has described, yet there was something nostalgic and beautiful in this place, even if it was almost all the time cold and so rainy. The scenery was so beautifully described, and all the sheep on the moors were adorable. Even in the rain!

The author explores the mother/daughter and sisters relationship in this book, but not only – she also concentrates on different dynamics of the families in this little town, and they truly add a lot to this story. She also hints that forgiveness is not always easy, and that there are issues and things that we can’t forget and forgive, even if those things happened among the family members – that blood is not always thicker than water. And she wrote it brilliantly, all the feelings were coming so true and honest, the tension and misunderstanding between the half – sisters were genuine and palpable through the pages, and this story has just felt so true to life. Kate Hewitt has managed to fill the pages to the brim brilliantly describing the relationship between two sisters that, in fact, didn’t know each other, with different family dynamics, friendship, forgiveness, new beginnings and second chances, and this all was really wonderfully explored, with a lot of depth.

„Rainy Day Sisters” is a brilliant start to the series and I can’t wait to read the next instalments. It truly awoke my curiosity, and I’d love to see what’s going to happen next, and who’s going to be in the centre of attention in the next book. This story has just drawn me in and I didn’t want to leave the village and the characters. Lovely enjoyable read, full of secrets, feelings and emotions – highly recommended.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.


 
 

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