by Kate Hewitt
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Goodreads: Welcome to Hartley-by-the-Sea in England’s beautiful Lake District, where two sisters who meet as strangers find small miracles tucked into the corners of every day....
When Lucy Bagshaw’s life in Boston falls apart, thanks to a scathing editorial written by her famous artist mother, she accepts her half sister Juliet’s invitation to stay with her in a charming seaside village in northern England. Lucy is expecting quaint cottages and cream teas, but instead finds that her sister is an aloof host, the weather is wet, windy, and cold, and her new boss, Alex Kincaid, is a disapproving widower who only hired her as a favor to Juliet.
Despite the invitation she offered, Juliet is startled by the way Lucy catapults into her orderly life. As Juliet faces her own struggles with both her distant mother and her desire for a child, her sister’s irrepressible optimism begins to take hold. With the help of quirky villagers, these hesitant rainy day sisters begin to forge a new understanding…and find in each other the love of family that makes all the difference.
Kritters Thoughts: Julie and Lucy are sisters, but only in formality. They were not raised in the same home and only share the same crazy mother. When Lucy's life falls apart she decides to escape across the pond to a small town in England where her sister owns a B&B. As each of these sisters had very different but interesting relationships with their mother, I loved seeing both sides of the coin.
Told through both of their points of view, I loved getting to see the story move forward piece by piece from both of the sisters. I appreciated that the author gave each sister their own story and both stories felt true. I actually loved both equally!
There were a few times where I wanted to sit the characters in the room and say - YES you both had crappy childhoods for different reasons but lets gang up together against mom instead of against each other!
Let me say that this is my kind of "romance." There was a full plot surrounding these two sisters and also they each had interesting and honest love stories. The love stories were just a part of their story as it should be! I loved that the drama of their sister relationship took the forefront while the love was there but not front and center.
Tomorrow, I will review book two which focuses on two different characters in this small town.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row