Now and Then Friends by Kate Hewitt.
Published 12th July 2016.
Available to buy in multiple formats from Amazon UK//Amazon US
‘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—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. . . .’
I would like to start by saying thank you to NeverlandBT, as always, for inviting me to be part of her tours. I would also like to thank Kate Hewitt for sending me a copy of the book in return for my honest opinion.
Rachel has her own life looking after her two younger siblings and caring for her mother, but Claire on the other hand, went with the flow, lived her life for other people and now it comes back to bite her on the backside. Can a friendship really be rebuilt after fifteen years? Could Rachel and Claire put the past behind them for the sake of their childhood unity? Only time will tell….
‘What if?’, a pretty powerful question containing only two words. Many of us wonder ‘what if’, what if we took a different path in our lives, what if we listened to our own hearts instead of being governed by other people’s heads, what if…’
I’m sure many of you had (or still have) a friend that you considered to be a really good friend, someone who was always there for you no matter what. But what if (there it is again!) something happened to break that friendship. A simple mistake doesn’t seem quite so simple now does it?
I found this book to be very relatable in terms of going with the flow and caring for those close to you. It’s a difficult situation to be in and it’s even harder to push yourself to the top, after all, you have feelings too, right? Kate Hewitt has done the story justice with the strong storyline and powerful characters, each having their own striking personality.
As you go through the book, you come across what WAS and what IS, so you follow Rachel and Claire’s friendship, how their lives went wrong and whether they find themselves as friends again. It’s a very touching story, you can certainly tell it was written from the heart. I did find a few things confusing as I read the book because I couldn’t keep up with the events as much as I would have liked. Having said that, it didn’t hinder me too much and I did enjoy what I read.
Kate is the USA Today bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and
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