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.
This is a warm-hearted story about two sisters who discover the true meaning of family and love. I really enjoyed the two central characters Lucy and Juliet working out their differences and establishing a warmer relationship with each other as the story goes on.
Lucy and Juliet really couldn’t be more different. Lucy is an optimist whilst Juliet is a pessimist and rather beaten down by life. I loved seeing how each of them brought out the other’s better qualities. Although their relationship is strained at first, it’s really nice to see it unfold throughout the book. The supporting characters, such as Alex, add real depth and dimension to the story too. Alex starts the story as cold and spiky, but we quickly learn the reasons behind this. I really liked all the colourful village characters too. They really brought Hartley-by-the-Sea to life.
This book is a lovely piece of women’s fiction with two compelling central characters, a host of memorable supporting ones and an engaging plot. I highly recommend it.
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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