Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Mother Like Mine (Hartley-by-the-Sea #3) by Kate Hewitt

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: August 8th 2017 by Berkley Books

Welcome to England's beautiful Lake District, where a reluctant reunion forges a new bond between a daughter and her wayward mother....

Abby Rhodes is just starting to get her life on track. After her fiance's unexpected death, she returned with her young son to the small village where she grew up and threw herself into helping her ailing grandmother run the town's beach cafe. Then one evening, her mother, Laura, shows up in Hartley-by-the-Sea and announces her plan to stay. After twenty years away, she now wants to focus on the future--and has no intention, it seems, of revisiting the painful past.

Laura Rhodes has made a lot of mistakes, and many of them concern her daughter. But as Abby gets little glimpses into her mother's life, she begins to realize there are depths to Laura she never knew. Slowly, Abby and Laura start making tentative steps toward each other, only to have life become even more complicated when an unexpected tragedy arises. Together, the two women will discover truths both sad and surprising that draw them closer to a new understanding of what it means to truly forgive someone you love.

My Thoughts…

A story of second chances, finding peace, and accepting life.     Laura and Abby are mother and daughter that have virtually no relationship.      Laura left Abby to be raised by her grandmother at age 2 and never looked back.   Now they are back in the small town they both grew up in and trying to find a way to establish a relationship.     

I loved that both Laura and Abby are looking to find peace and happiness and that it doesn’t mean they need a man in their lives.   They are trying to find it themselves.    They both had/have dreams and are trying to find the way to make them happen.    

To say that Abby does not trust Laura is an understatement.     Not only does Abby worry about Laura leaving her but now she has to worry about her young son getting attached to his Nana and her leaving him also.     I liked that Abby was cautious.    There was no doubt that she wanted a relationship with her mother but she knew that she had more than herself to think of.  

There were many twists and turns that I did not see coming and I loved each one of them.  Kate Hewitt wrote a book that I fell into.   The small town, the complex relationships, and the love was all part of the perfect story.

Thank you Roxanne Jones at Berkley Publishing and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  

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