Blurb: Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…
Harriet Lang had the perfect life, so she’s left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double-mortgaged, her husband Richard’s been unceremoniously fired—and he’s become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant.
Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbor and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life–but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange and meanwhile her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible…
Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. She even starts to date sexy local vet Tom Roberts–but when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven—and what kind of future she is fighting for.
My Rating: 4/5
Review: This is another well-told story of change, upheaval and loss and the truth that you don’t always know what you have or who your real friends are until circumstances change and friendships are tested.
Harriet experiences something that is not uncommon in the current and recent economic climate, financial troubles, which lead to the loss of her home and the life she had built around it. At this point she moves into Willoughby Close and slowly starts to realise that the people she knew were not as they seemed and perhaps her perspective on life has not been as clear as she had previously thought.
This is another lovely, cosy story from Kate Hewitt on life’s challenges and while it addresses real and serious issues it does so in a way that does not make for heavy reading but at the same time does not dismiss the stress and upheaval that these issues can cause.
I enjoyed this book as much as the previous two and it was lovely to return to Willoughby Close again and see the area and the people develop further. I hope there are more books in this series as I’m not sure I’m ready to leave Willoughby Close just yet.
Author bio: 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.
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