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Book Tour: Review of A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt

I am delighted to be a part of the weeklong book tour for A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt. A big “Thank You “ to Jenny from Neverland Book Tours for including me!

A Vicarage Reunion

By  Kate Hewitt

 

Review of “A Vicarage Reunion “ by Kate Hewitt

 

Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District, where homecomings and surprises await the four Holley sisters…

Esther Holley, the eldest in the family, has always had her life firmly in control until a miscarriage knocks her off course. Two months later, still emotionally spinning, she separates from her husband Will, a sheep farmer and man of few words and moves back in with her parents.

Life as a singleton thirtysomething living in her parents’ house is miserable, but Esther is determined to re-boot her life, including going on a few unfortunate dates. She’s shocked when tight-lipped Will shows up on her doorstep determined to woo her back. They’ve been married for seven years, but Will wants to return to the beginning, dating and getting to know each other again.

New challenges face them as they start over–and new chances too. Can Esther and Will save their marriage, especially when faced with the hardest decision of all?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Author Kate Hewitt

 

Kate was born in Pennsylvania, went to college in Vermont, and has spent summers in the Canadian wilderness. After several years as a diehard New Yorker, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband, five young children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

Want to know more about Kate? Read her answers to the most common questions she’s asked here.

Kate loves to hear from readers—visit her website  or you can contact her at katehewitt@kate-hewitt.com.

My Review

I loved this book! Before you dismiss that as a typical rave by someone who is a participant in a Book Tour, let me tell you a little bit about my reading habits. For the last 10+ years, I have been reading mostly non-fiction and thrillers. As an attorney, I read hundreds of pages a day for work. When I read for leisure I want to be challenged, or to learn something.  When I read the blurb above, I wasn’t at all sure this book was for me. Let me be candid: I thought it was going to be fluff. I don’t usually go for romances, but I wanted to give it a try.

I’m so glad I did! A Vicarage Reunion primarily follows Esther Holley, one of four Holley sisters. The sisters are the daughters of the Vicar in a small English Village. A Vicarage Reunion is the second book in what will ultimately be a series of four, each one exploring the life of a different sister. Although it is the second in a ser, it is easily read as a stand-alone book. In fact, that is how I read it.

As the book opens, Esther has reached a breaking point in her life. She abruptly leaves her husband and moves back in with her parents. What comes next is a personal journey not to be missed.

Kate Hewitt has crafted characters that truly resonate. It only took four or five pages for me to feel like I really knew Esther Holley, to identify with her. That’s no easy feat. Over the course of the book, I found myself invested in not only Esther, but the entire family.

Esther’s situation isn’t simple.  She’s a smart, driven career woman who has suffered a loss that shakes her to her core. That alone would be compelling, but it’s only part of the story. As the book progresses, we learn more about her life, we get to know her as she rediscovers her self.

Loss permeates this story. The big losses in life, recognized and accepted by the community at large, and the more private losses that are deeply personal, the ones we bury and try to ignore. It would be easy in a book like this to gloss over these deep subjects, to touch on them and then tie them up with a pretty bow. That would not do these characters justice, and instead there is recognition of the concept that the only way out is through. Along with loss often comes self-analysis and discovery. Hewitt doesn’t shy away from these subjects, rather, she embraces them.

What was interesting for me as a reader was how much this book made me think. I found myself following a parallel track to Esther’s, analyzing my own losses in life and how they have tested and shaped me. It was a cathartic experience, and so unexpected.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a  bleak book! There are also beautiful moments of levity, love, even celebration. Life is like that. Loss tempered by hope. Grief coexisting, somehow, with laughter.

A Vicarage Reunion is a fantastic read, an exquisite  study of complex characters and situations that ultimately leaves you renewed. I highly recommend it!

Now, I’m off to read the first book in the series, A Vicarage Christmas. I’m not ready to let the Holley sisters go!

 

 

Book Tour and Giveaway

Neverland Book Tours is hosting a GIVEAWAY to coincide with the tour for A Vicarage Reunion! You could win an Amazon Gift card or a copy of this wonderful book!

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3 thoughts on “Book Tour: Review of A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt

  1. Thank you for this post, Paula. It reminded me that it’s been far too long since I immersed myself in a book such as this, especially with a female protagonist who has to paw her way through such life-altering events. Your post made me feel like I was already reading the book:)

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