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Harriet lives in a big house together with her husband and three children. She's part of the popular group of mothers at school and like all of her friends she has plenty of money to spend. Unfortunately her comfortable life abruptly comes to an end when she finds out that Richard, her husband, has lost his job and has re-mortgaged their house. They've been living on credit for months and Harriet had no idea, because Richard didn't tell Harriet about his dire situation. Instead he let himself be comforted by his much younger and very sexy assistant.
Harriet is forced to move and Richard won't join her and the kids at their new home. She rents a cottage at Willoughby Close, which is much smaller than they're used to and it takes a lot of time for Harriet and her son and two daughters to adjust. Harriet sees her time at Willoughby Close as something temporary, a place they'll be leaving soon on the way to something better, but is it really so bad? Being at Willoughby Close gives Harriet a chance to recover and to think about what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Is there still a place for Richard in her world and who is she without the glamour, the popular friends and the money? Will she ever be happy again?
Find Me at Willoughby Close is another wonderful Willoughby Close story. I love the magic of the place and really enjoyed reading about it again. Harriet thought she had the perfect life, but when she finally has the chance to objectively look at her situation she realizes that it wasn't as ideal as she thought. The money and popularity changed her personality and she has a hard time finding herself again now that she doesn't live in a big house with expensive furniture anymore. It was interesting to see what she would do. She and Richard have grown apart and Harriet isn't sure if they'll ever be a family again. Part of her situation is heartbreaking, but I liked her character a lot more without the arrogance and prejudice that, in her case, came with being the wife of a successful man. Willoughby Close shows Harriet what's important in life and I enjoyed witnessing its healing magic.
Kate Hewitt has a lovely descriptive writing style. I love the skilled way she sets the mood of her stories. It's always exactly right and it keeps making me smile. I can easily picture Willoughby Close and think it's an amazing fictional setting, with fascinating characters, people who all have a story to tell, and a fabulous romantic atmosphere. Find Me at Willoughby Close is a great addition to the Willoughby Close series and another book by Kate Hewitt I absolutely loved.
If you love romantic stories set in small towns, you will definitely like the Willoughby Close series. The books can be read as standalones, but if you want to read them all I'd start with the first one, A Cotswold Christmas.
About Kate Hewitt
About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling 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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