Now and Then Friends by Kate Hewitt Review

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Blurb

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. . . .

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Review

I love books about friendship, particularly those that might have taken a bit of a battering over the years. Life gets in the way sometimes and it’s always lovely to read about people reconnecting after perhaps growing apart.

That’s what happens with Claire and Rachel. Fifteen years has seen their once-close friendship fall apart as circumstances put them on different paths. Claire, who was once the most popular girl and wealthiest girl in school with the world at her feet, has now been abandoned by everyone she held close. Rachel, meanwhile, has looked after her family since her dad left. Fate brings them back together and it’s time to see if they can rekindle their old friendship and support each other through difficult times.

It was lovely to return to Hartley-by-the-Sea after reading Rainy Day Sisters, and I enjoyed how this book focused on the aspect of friendship this time. Both Rachel and Claire were distinctive characters to root for in getting their respective happy endings- life really hadn’t been kind to them! It was really enjoyable to see them reconnect and rediscover their once-solid friendship. I’m lucky enough to have a best friend I absolutely adore, so it was nice to see them find that in each other. Overall, the book was nicely paced, had good solid characters and kept me engaged throughout.

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28811359-now-and-then-friends?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Then-Friends-Hartley-Sea-Novel-ebook/dp/B016VRFU6E?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Then-Friends-Hartley—Sea-Novel/dp/0451475593/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467723541&sr=8-1&keywords=now+and+then+friends

About Kate Hewitt: 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.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1

Website: http://www.kate-hewitt.com/

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