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—including 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. . . .
My Rating: 4.5/5
Review: I really enjoyed this book, the setting, characters and the story were all brilliant and fit each other really well. As someone who has been in a position where they felt stuck and also had trouble standing up for themselves I could relate to both Rachel and Claire for different reasons. We all do things without realising the consequences of them or make assumptions about someones thoughts or feelings without asking them instead and this is exactly what happened to Rachel and Claire when they were at school. One small little thing lead to the end of their friendship because both of them assumed they knew what the other was thinking and then they never did anything to correct that assumption. Fast forward 15 years and both are living completely different lives that neither of them are happy with whether they realise it or not. Rachel feels resentful because her father ruined her dreams and she in turn is now pushing them onto her sister, while Claire is constantly being told what to do and when by her family and wants this to change, but how, or even if, their lives can or will change is something that can only be found out by reading the book……..
As I’ve said I really enjoyed this book, the characters were quite realistic and the struggles that both Rachel and Claire have are those that a lot of people have to deal with and it was nice to see a book dealing with relatable issues such as family commitments, fear of disappointing people, fear of being let down by others. These are things that occur in real life but not always in fiction so it was refreshing to see them covered here. Much as I love reading as an escapism from my own life I do still want some semblance of reality in what I read and this book definitely provided that. It was lovely to watch the changes in Rachel and Claire (even though it was frustrating at times) and see them start to make changes in their lives and I would love their to be a sequel to this book so we can find out what happens to them next. While I have focused mainly on Rachel and Claire the other characters were also interesting and clearly have stories of their own that have yet to be revealed or, like Rachel’s sisters, have barely started and I would also love to know what happens to them next, do things work out for them or does life take them on a different path? While the book ended well and didn’t really leave loose ends as such it did leave a lot of questions which I’m hoping means a sequel, please can we have a sequel or find out about them in another Hartley-by-the-Sea book, please!!!!!
Anyway, now that I’ve dropped enough hints back to my review. This was a lovely book, a nice easy read that whisks you off to the North-west coast of England and leaves you windswept and wanting more. It was a pleasure to pick and up delve into and I’m only sorry that it wasn’t longer. There’s a giveaway below for another book in the series and that one is definitely going on my to-read list as well as all future books and possible sequels………
Many thanks to the author and Neverland Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
GIVEAWAY: 1 paperback copy of Rainy Day Sisters (International)
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 timeslip 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.