Monday, May 8, 2017

Find Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Book review
by Anniek
 


Harriet is living a nice and easy life with her husband, Richard, and their three children.They have a big house, she belongs to the group of popular moms at school and her children have more than they actually need. Harriet thinks she's on top of the world. This is until she finds out that her husband has been talking on the phone to his young and sexy assistant for hours. When she confronts him, Richard comes clean and tells her that he lost his job months ago and has turned to his assistant for a shoulder to cry on. Instead of cutting back, Harriet has been spending money they didn't actually have anymore and she will have to make some drastic changes to get them back on track again. Will she be able to adjust to her new situation?

Harriet moves into one of the Willoughby Close cottages with her children. Richard stays in London, so he can find a new job. Harriet and the children need some time to get used to their surroundings and life without plenty of spending money. Now that Harriet is the subject of the town's gossip she needs to find the courage to overcome everything that is happening to her. Richard and Harriet were together for a very long time. Looking back on her marriage, Harriet must admit that they got lost along the way. Will Harriet be able to accept her new situation and maybe even find happiness again at Willoughby Close?

Harriet has come a long way. Once she was a nerdy kid with frizzy hair. Those days are gone and because of her childhood Harriet was extra proud of the status she used to have in town. I must confess that it took me a little while to warm to Harriet. In the beginning it seems like all she cares about is losing her big house and spending large amounts of money without thinking about it. After a while Harriet is forced to be honest with herself and I loved to read about the subtle changes in her character. She takes great care of her children and it must not have been easy for her to deal with most of the mess her family is in on her own. She's a loving person and I hoped she would be able to find herself again.

I fell in love with cozy little countryside cottages ever since I started the Willoughby Close series. Kate Hewitt is a skilled writer and I could easily picture Harriet and her children living at the warm and welcoming Willoughby Close. The place is magical and I look forward to finding out who will be filling up the last remaining cottage. Find Me At Willoughby Close is the third book in the Willoughby Close series and I absolutely loved it.

Advice

The Willoughby Close series is perfect for readers who love small town romance. The books can be read as standalones. If you want to read the whole series, I'd recommend you to start with the first story, 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.


 Excerpt

“Come on,” Harriet said now, as she climbed resolutely out of the car and gave them all as cheerful a smile as she could. “Let’s check it out.”

The movers had already come; Harriet had marked what furniture to take from their house to Willoughby Close, and it had been a depressingly small amount. The big, bespoke kitchen table wouldn’t fit, and the huge dresser with all the pottery she’d collected over the years wouldn’t either. In fact, at least two-thirds of their furniture was going into storage, which was expensive, but Harriet couldn’t bear to lose all of it along with the house. They’d need it when Richard got his job, and they bought something bigger.

She’d spent hours and hours, weeks and months, selecting all the furniture for the house, with the help of the expensive interior decorator who had more or less held her hand through the entire process. She’d bought tasteful antiques interspersed with fresh modern pieces, carpets and kilims from various holidays, watercolors and oil paintings of places that were meaningful to them. Sophie had once said, with admiration that bordered on envy, that Harriet’s house could be featured in Country Life.

And so it would again. This was a blip, damn it. Things were going to get better. Richard was going to find a job, he’d said so, and they’d get back their house or buy an even better house, and she’d live there without him, happy and defiant. Or something like that. She couldn’t picture specifics yet, but she couldn’t stand the thought of the rest of her life looking like… this.

The children trooped silently behind her as she fumbled with the keys and then opened the door to number two. The smell of fresh paint and emptiness hit her like a smack in the face. It was the smell of fresh starts, and she didn’t want one.

She stepped inside, reaching for the lights. Although it was only four in the afternoon it was already getting dark, the skies heavy and low with gray clouds. Spring felt a long way off, despite the fact that it was mid-February, and the spattering of snowdrops interspersed with an early crocus or two that she’d seen on the drive in.

“This is it?” Mallory’s voice rang through the empty space, scornful and incredulous. William kicked at the skirting board, scuffing the pristine white paint. Chloe stuck her thumb in her mouth.

“Yes, this is it,” Harriet said, trying to pitch her tone somewhere between firm and bright. “It’s lovely, isn’t it?”

 Giveaway

 


This giveaway will have prizes for two very lucky winners. The first prize is a £10 Amazon gift card and the second prize is a paperback copy of Meet Me at Willoughby Close.
 
 

36 comments:

  1. I love the cover. It's very cute and quirky.

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  2. I think it's sweet; chocolate box perfect!

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  3. What a lovely cover! Perfect for the series.

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  4. I like that the cottage is the same on the covers, and just modified to fit the story :)

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  5. Great cover! Love the title font and overall design! Very sweet.

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  6. It's an interesting and arresting cover xx

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  7. Its a great cover i would pick it up in the shop

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  8. Love the cover! How did it come about?

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  9. I love the cover. Very warm and cozy. Thank you

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  10. Very summery and fitting with the series

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  11. I love the cover. It looks awesome!

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  12. it reminds me of a book that I love to read at Christmas.

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  13. its simple but very befitting to the story

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  14. I love the cover!

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  15. Oh I LOVE the cover! These covers really draw me in! Makes you want to read! :)

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  16. I think the cover is very cute and quaint, makes me think this is a cute book about a sweet village that will make me feel good.

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  17. It looks very inviting & really sets the scene for the story!

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  18. I like the cover - especially the font selection!

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  19. Great cover, makes you want to read the blurb on the back

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  20. Love the cover! The cottage is so cute

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  21. I think the cover is very beautiful. Love the cottage.

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  22. Great cover, would make me pick it up.

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  23. I like the cover. It catches the eye.

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  24. I think that there is something heartwarming and familiar about the cover. Feels like you can be fully absorbed in the story as a reader :)

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