Book Review: A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt 6

 A Mother Like Mine

by Kate Hewitt

 

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Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Berkley (August 8, 2017)

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 fiancé’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 café. 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.
“With lush coastal imagery and well-drawn characters, Hewitt immerses the reader in the deeply personal struggles and triumphs of Rachel and Claire. At turns introspective and exhilarating, this novel proves that it’s never too late to start over.”—Booklist

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My Rating:

 

Favorite Quotes:

 

It’s just you know how gossip spreads in this village… Worse than measles.

 

Did Laura have emotional baggage? Didn’t everyone? They were all dragging something behind them, whether it was a steamer trunk or a handbag. Abby certainly had a truckload…

 

Just don’t stew too long in your own juices, Abby. It doesn’t make for a pleasant marinade.

 

The chip on her shoulder practically went down to her belly button.

 

My Review:

 

Kate Hewitt is a prolific writing with a seven page listing on Amazon, so why did it take me so long to take notice, as A Mother Like Mine is my first time reading her work? Silly me! I plan to rectify my grievous error and short sightedness as the gal has skills, and I want to absorb all her words.   Her skillful crafting of this intriguing tale with a complicated family dynamic featured realistically flawed people struggling with real-life concerns, yet it was captivating, easy to follow, and engaging. And thankfully, she sprinkled in clever story threads with bites of humor and amusing observations throughout, to help alleviate the angsty tension.

Several generations of Rhodes women were tragically lacking in dating and parental skills, with at least three generations managing to find themselves “up the duff” before someone put a ring on it, which just isn’t the accepted practice in any small and gossipy village. Yet after a lifetime of avoidance, Laura Rhodes hopes to attempt a parenting do-over with her now nearly thirty-year old daughter Abby, whom she had left behind at age two while Laura had been a distressed teenage dropout.   Establishing any type of connection was not an easy task due to Abby’s life-long resentments, abandonment issues, and simmering anger. Limited options and family issues threw them together to forge a surprising alliance that slowly grew from a tense and prickly dynamic into a supportive and healing connection. Long held secrets, deep emotional wounds, and misconceptions abound.

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About Kate Hewitt

Kate Hewitt is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty books, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea novels Rainy Day Sisters and Now and Then Friends, and more recently, the Willoughby Close series. A former New Yorker, she now lives in Wales with her husband five children. She also writes as Katharine Swartz.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt

  1. Reply Katie Aug 8,2017 4:57 am

    I own a Kate Hewitt book that I need to read at some point. It’s not this one, but this review makes me a bit more eager to dive into her writing.

  2. Reply Gayathri Lakshminarayanan Aug 8,2017 6:53 am

    I have never heard of this Author or book before but of course your blog always gives me interesting books to read. I will look into this book for sure.

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

  3. Reply J. Hooligan @ Platypire Reviews Aug 8,2017 2:11 pm

    I’m going to need you to give me a list of suggested woman’s fiction, because you read a lot of interesting ones. I wanna know what a noob should check out.

    • Reply Empress DJ Aug 9,2017 1:24 pm

      I bet we could do that by looking at my Goodreads read list, I have a women’s fiction tag

  4. Reply terriluvsbooks Aug 9,2017 6:05 am

    Never heard of this author. Mother/daughter relationships is something I always like because I can relate to any and all dysfunction

  5. Reply Heather J. @ TLC Aug 10,2017 10:14 am

    ” I want to absorb all her words” – I love when an author makes me feel that way. 🙂 Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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