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August 10, 2017

#BookReview: A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @tlcbooktours

Review by Susan Roberts

A Mother Like Mine takes the readers back to the small village of Hartley-by-the-Sea in the beautiful Lake District of England. It is the third book in this series but can be read as a stand alone with no confusion.

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A Mother Like Mine
August 2017; Berkley; 978-0399583797
ebook, print (384 pages); women's fiction
Abby is a single mother who was raised by her grandmother after her mother left when she was two. Abby had left her small village for a few years to attend university but after her fiance got killed, she dropped out of school and returned with her young son to live with her grandmother to help her run her small cafe. After 20 years away, her mother Laura shows up unexpectedly and wants to rejoin the family that she abandoned so many years before. Abby is very suspect that her mother will stay and very reluctant to welcome her home. She not only worries about her feelings but also doesn't want her son to get attached and then left behind as Abby had been so many years before. Abby and Laura try to establish a relationship with each other but both realize that it will be very difficult to do after such a long time apart.

Even though there are many other characters in this book, the two main characters, Abby and Laura, are the most important part of this story. Their attempts to have a relationship are well written and the main focus of the story. The reader can feel the pain that they went through in their pasts as it is revealed n bits and pieces.

This is a wonderful story about family and love and most importantly forgiveness.

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About the Book:

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.

About the Author:  

Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 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. She also writes for Harlequin Presents.

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 a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at

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Other Books in the Hartley-By-the-Sea Series
Rainy Day Sisters
Now and Then Friends

Also available at Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with her on Facebook.

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