A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt

A Mother Like Mine

Kate Hewitt

A Mother Like Mine is a charming story about understanding what it means to truly forgive someone you love.

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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.

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A good book with excellent plot line and beautiful characters.

Great book! I loved every moment. I can’t wait to r as more f on this author.

Abby lives with her grandmother and helps her with the family business, a beach café in Hartley-by-the-Sea that could use an upgrade. Abby's grandmother is struggling with her health, so Abby is glad she can take care of her and help her with the café. When Abby and Noah needed a place to stay after Abby's fiancé passed away moving in with her grandmother was the perfect solution and Abby is happy where she is. This abruptly ends when her mother shows up. Laura left Abby with her grandmother when Abby was little and never returned. They've only seen each other a few times since then. Laura has come back to stay and once more turns Abby's life completely upside down. Laura is back in her hometown. She used to have a successful career, but is now jobless and homeless. She wants to make a fresh start with her daughter. However, Abby isn't ready to let her mother back in just like that. Laura has to work for it. Slowly she's trying to bond with her daughter and grandson, something she should have done years ago. Will she be able to make up for her past mistakes and is there a chance Abby will forgive her? Several tragic incidents are making things even harder for them, will they be able to find their way back to each other eventually? A Mother Like Mine is a beautiful emotional story about a complex mother-daughter relationship. Abby has never seen Laura as a mother. Laura was very young when she had her daughter and then left. Nothing is ever black and white though and it was interesting to discover why she went away. Both Abby and Laura are having a hard time adjusting to their new situation and Kate Hewitt describes their struggles in a fantastic emphatic way. I was intrigued by them from the start and couldn't wait to find out more about them. Abby is sweet and caring and Laura has a harder surface, but underneath she is actually much more kind than I expected. They have a lot in common and I enjoyed finding out in which ways they resembled each other. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to discover if they'd find a way to get along. Kate Hewitt writes about complicated family relationships with love and compassion. I love how heartwarming her stories are. Her characters have their flaws and sometimes it's hard to understand their decisions, which makes their stories even more fascinating. I love reading about family connections and A Mother Like Mine is a strong story about this topic. I really enjoyed reading this book and was surprised by the many unexpected directions the story takes. I liked it very much and was spellbound from beginning to end.

I didn’t realize initially that this was part of a series, but it works fine as a stand-alone book. Abby, who is a single parent of 5 year-old Noah, comes home one day to discover that her estranged mother, Laura, has returned home after 20 years. The book alternates points of view between Abby and Laura and we get to see the effects of the distance and the past on both women as they move to build a better relationship. A very charming and poignant story about forgiveness and understanding. I liked that it wasn’t too predictable and that the characters were well developed.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars. This book can be read as a stand alone. From the title, you don't know if Abby's mother is a good or bad one or maybe realistically a little of both. Abby returns to Hartley-by-the-Sea when her grandmother, who raised her, has a heart attack and needs help with the family cafe. One day her mother, Laura shows up, and Abby isn't sure if she can trust her. They both have their secrets and need to work towards trusting in each other and becoming a family.

This book tells the story of a mother and daughter who are estranged for many years. The mother suddenly re-enters the daughter's life and the story proceeds from there. I really enjoyed how this story was told...it was very true-to-life and not sugar coated. Abby and Laura had many issues to work out and there were no easy fairy tale answers. I also enjoyed visiting Hartley-by-the-Sea and all the characters who live there. Although this book is the third in a series, it can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed this book so much that now I'm looking forward to reading the first two books in this series.

I wasn't aware the downloads expired. I would rather read it in book form, rather than on a computer, too. Time ran out. I don't understand the process. Will I ever get a real bok???

I enjoyed reading this book about the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter. Although this is not the genre I normally read, I am glad that I gave this book a try because it was an interesting story.

I didn't care for this book and in all likelihood will not finish it. It is repetitive and there is poor character development.

This is a story about healing and forgiveness between a mother and daughter who barely had any type of relationship in over 20 years. The two come together out of tragedy and necesity and learn to trust and love in this beautiful story by Kate Hewitt. While at times a little bit slow, Kate did a wonderful job creating a narrative that made the two women relatable in their insecurities and hurt feelings that can at times make two fully grown adults act immaturely. This book creates hope of fixing broken relationships and hurt from the past

Laura and Abby, a mother and daughter, didn't spend much time together while Abby grew up. Laura left when Abby was two years old only to return a handful of times over the years. With Laura losing her job and her mothers health declining Laura decides to move back to where she grew up, to help with the café her mother owned and get to know her daughter and grandson. Even though there was bumps along the way, Laura and Abby start to form a relationship and allowing Abby learn the reason her mom left. This was a great read and I thank First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read this advanced copy.

Abby and Laura are barely beginning to know each other, when the worst thing can happen. The rock that holds them together dies and suddenly they have to learn to live and work together. Laura left Abby with her mother when she was two years old and now twenty years later and few visits she wants to begin a relationship with her. Abby doesn't want anything fro her especially her time. Will they be able to work things out or forever be just acquaintances.

This was a beautiful look at the relationship between mother and daughter. A beautiful setting as well. I enjoyed my time in its pages.

This is the story of Abby and Laura, a daughter and a mother with a very troubled history. Circumstances out of their control bring them together. The first half of the book is just them dancing around issues concerning their relationship. Neither is particularly likable, although as the story progressed, I found myself being drawn first to Abby and then, much later, to Laura. The second half of the book was much better than the first. In hindsight, the first half isn't bad - but it is necessary. Overall, watching the mother daughter relationship grow was extremely satisfying. And by the time I finished the book, I was completely enamored with the story and the characters. A Mother Like Mine went from being an "OK" book to one that I consider to be very good. All in all, it is a very enjoyable read.

A Mother Like Mine is a unique mother/daughter story set (in what I believe to be fictional) village of Hartley By The Sea. Told in alternating voices of the mom(Laura) and daughter (Abby) the story explores their reunion after a long estrangement as well as the reasons for said estrangement. The story is told in a very relatable manner with interesting twists and turns along the way, If you wonder what it's like to live in Britain or like BBC tv this will fit the bill. The author (Kate Hewitt) will give you a good idea of what it's like to be British which is ironic given she's an American transplant. I was happy to find out that this is book 3 of the Hartley by the Sea series as this is a place in which I'd like to spend more time (I've ordered the other two from Amazon). I was given an arc through Penguins First to Read program.

I didn't realize this book was in a series, either! Although I enjoyed it, I would have liked having the other books available for more background, too. This story was a little slow to get started, but once I got invested in the characters, it really took off. Thank you!

This was a good read. It took a bit to get into, but I'm glad I finished it. It switched back and forth between the mom and daughter perspectives. Both women had complicated lives, so a look into their thoughts was helpful. The book ended before I wanted it to, and I hope there's a sequel at some point, because I don't feel the story is finished yet. I am glad I was able to read this from the First to Read program.

A Mother like Mine by Kate Hewitt is a heartwarming story of three generations of women who are involved in complex mother-daughter relationships. Mary, the matriarch, runs a small cafe in Hartley by the Sea. She has raised her granddaughter Abby, who also works at the cafe. The story begins with the arrival of Laura, Abby’s mother. She left when Abby was two and has rarely come back to visit. Naturally, Abby doesn’t trust her and questions her motives for returning. Gradually, as some tragic events occur, Abby and Laura begin to understand each other and slowly begin answering all the questions from the past. This was the third in a series, but works well as a stand novel. An enjoyable read! Many thanks to Berkley Books and First to Read for allowing me to read an advance copy and give an honest review.

As the book began, I was not invested in the characters and was tempted to put the book down but am glad I persevered. Abby and Laura's lives were so intertwined without them realizing it. I felt them grow closer once the veil of sadness and anger was removed. The detail about the English countryside of Cumbria was charming and transported me there. I was happy to find out after finishing that this was another in a series and I will be tracking these books to read next.

I did not realize this book was one of a series. It is great as a stand-alone though. A little slow in the beginning, it did pick up and hold my attention after a little while. Abby, Mary, and Laura are amazing characters who really came to life for me. Very entertaining and I really enjoyed their little town of Hartley-By-The-Sea. This was a very good story illuminating the fact that not all mother-daughter relationships are perfect and everyone just does the best they can in the given situation.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice look at differing situations in life, the consequences of actions from different points in the characters lives & about the ability to forgive & move past deep lingering hurt. I have a bizarre family dynamic with all the oddities that come with it so this was actually kind of refreshing to have a look into these characters lives, how they dealt with events and how things turned out for them years later. I really enjoyed the quaint town of Hartley-By-The-Sea and the main characters that lived there. I am looking forward to reading more by this author and getting to know more of the fun & quirky characters in the series. It was a pleasant surprise to see that there are 2 books before this one & I can't wait to read them. The book was a great stand alone without having read the other books. Thank you First To Read, I love the opportunity to read books that I normally may not have ever read outside of this program. Finding new authors that I like is a treasure in itself.

I did not realize that this book was in a series. I was given enough back ground information on all of the people in the story to understand what was going on. The first couple of pages was a little slow. But pretty quickly I was curious about the characters and what was going to happen with them. We first meet Abby Rhodes and her son Noah. She is down on her luck and had to move back with her grandmother Mary whom recently had a heart attack. Abby is helping Mary run a cafe that the family has owned for a while. Not too long after we see Abby's mother (Mary's daughter) return to Hartley-by-the-sea. All of the people in the story are bitter and a little messed up from life and their life choices. You do have to read all the way to the end to find up about the past and see how the future is going to pan out for the characters. It was a good quick read. I received this book for free to read from First To Read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

This book was a lot different then the thrillers I normally read. I thought the first half of the book was pretty slow and I had a hard time relating to any of the characters. The second half was much better and had me wondering how the relationship between Laura and Abby was gonna end up. I didn't know this was a book in a series until after I finished it, but it reads just fine as a stand alone.

While this is the third in series, it reads fine as a stand alone book. It is the story of Laura and Abby, a mother and daughter who have spent much of their lives apart. Each has secrets and many reasons to be angry and resentful about their lives. While I found the beginning of the book slow going, I was glad a stuck with it. I begn to really care about the characters and was invested in how they were rebuilding their relationship and in the process their lives. I found it a good read about the omplexities of mother daughter relationships.

I have a love hate relationship with this book. Most of this story was my own with the exception of the happy ending. While my mother never really tried to make amends with me or her grandchildren, I am certain I would have have felt exactly like Abbey. Why would she believe in her mother after so much time had passed. I could see Laura's desperation in wanting to trying to get back into Abbey's life as well as her grandson's life. This book is a perfect look at how getting older helps to see clearer even if it takes some longer than others. I actually enjoyed reading this book and will definitely recommend it to my friends. Sometimes when reading from the 2 person point of view it can get confusing but this was very clear and easy to not get confused! ??

This isn't the type of book I normally read, but I thought I would give it a try. I had a hard time getting into the book at first. It was a little slow going, and I didn't find myself caring for any of the characters. Laura claims she wants to reconnect with Abby, but for a while she didn't seem like she even meant it or even tried to make an effort. Abby is upset that her mother had left her when she was two, and while I understood her anger, she didn't seem to want to give Laura a chance, either. It's safe to say I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first. Once the two women had a common goal--renovating the café--things started to get better between them and they started to build a relationship with one another. I ended up liking the book, but I didn't love it.

I haven't read the other books in the series, but upon reading the title, "A Mother Like Mine," I immediately wanted to connect to the story in a personal way. Unfortunately, I didn't find most of the characters very likable. In the beginning, none of them seemed redeemable, as they were each guilty of thinking horrible things about each other and busy competing for the title of biggest victim. While the characters softened over the course of the book, I still never became emotionally involved or attached to either woman. With dual perspective narratives, I tend to prefer first person point of view, rather than third. I think it allows for a more immediate and deeper connection to a character which would have served these characters well. That said, I found the author's writing style easy and natural, short of some cultural nuances, and I enjoyed reading her work.

This is not the type of book I've read in a while, but it sounded like a good story when I threw my name in to get a First to Read copy. To be honest, it took me a while to really get invested in the story, but once I did, I didn't want to put it down. I found myself thinking about Abby and Laura and how their life was going to settle out at all times of the day when I was away from the book. I really liked the story and the description of the town and the people there that were their friends. In the end, I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more stories about Hartley by the Sea.

This is a wonderful book about a mother-daughter relationship and how they learn to care for each other after being apart for 25 years. Laura left when Abby was 2 leaving Abby with her grandma to raise her. Now Laura is back in Hartley-by-the-Sea to stay and they need to learn how to live with each other again and how to find each other again on several different levels. This shows how different relationships are between mothers and daughters and how it can change over time. The descriptions were great. I felt like I was there at Cliff Cafe and watching the different characters. Kate Hewitt does a great job fleshing out the characters and making the reader care for them.

Loved the book! Who doesn't have complex relationships with their mom.

This was an interesting read. I didnt know it was part of a series until after I finished it, but followed along alright. This is the story of Laura and her daughter and their complex relationship. The book was one that really gets at the things that matter most in life.

This book is third in a series however I've not read the first two yet was totally able to enjoy this book as a stand alone. The characters were well written and relatable. I look forward to a sequel.

I was really drawn to the premise of this book. Who does not have a complex relationship with their mother? I would have liked to see the pieces come together quicker and to have seen Laura be more of a likable character. It was hard for me to see her as someone that Abby would really want to make much of an effort with. It was hard to keep myself interested in this book, but I am glad I stuck with it.

I really enjoyed how Abby and Laura's relationship developed over the course of the book. It seemed to progress naturally and didn't feel rushed. I also liked how the mother daughter relationship was the main focus of the book instead of sharing the spotlight with their romantic lives as well. It was nice to have a book end for a change where the female characters are in a good place and it is not due to having a man by their side. I hope the next book in the series gives a bit of an update to what Abby and Laura are up to now! Thank you First to Read for the advance digital copy!

Every daughter needs her mother at any age... This book brings home the above adage in a beautiful way. 3 strong women; grandmother Mary, mother Laura and daughter Abby. There is an ebb and flow of emotions between all of them especially between Laura and Abby. Laura left Abby, she was driven out, when Abby was just two and she still feels the pain of abandonment. But Laura returns after 20 years to try and bridge the gap between them. Is it too late...? It's tough going, as both have their own defences. But that's what, makes this a good story. There is laughter and tears, love and anger, friendship and strangeness. The entire story is about forging a bond before it's too late. Laura has her own way of being, she had to toughen up to live a different life in the city, and finds it difficult to open up. Pain of childhood makes Abby hesitant to be bold and ask her mother the tough questions. So the book has lovable moments as well as frustrating ones, when both refuse to share. Kate Hewitt has done it again, written a book which pulls your heartstrings and makes you want to get a cuddle from your mother. Laura and Abby are both strong characters at the same time vulnerable. They have a bitter past but they look forward to a brighter future. They lose everything to come back stronger than before. Kate Hewitt has written well, the transformation of strangers becoming friends then bonding into mother and daughter is well evolved. There are other characters who play their part, they come and go but it's the mother and daughter who take the centre stage in the entire book. When life becomes tough, it's the tough which gets going, and here the entire town's people also come forward during periods of hardship. I would have liked a bit more warmth between Laura and Abby and a lot more warmth between Laura and Mary. The story and background, friction between grandmother Mary and Laura is not well explained. The reason for Laura leaving is flimsy at best and a mother finding work for her daughter as a hostess in a night club sounds too farfetched for this kind of family saga story. Scar of a mother leaving her daughter is deep but the chasm is never so deep or so wide that it cannot be abridged. Parents are also humans and they make mistakes but sometimes looking at their reasonings from a grown-up's perspective is rewarding. Thank you, Kate for showing us that... Every daughter, go to your mom, give her a hug, get a cuddle back and see the world becoming brighter. There is no place on Earth like a mother's arms...

This was a nice story and nicely written, but overall I found this book very boring. The plot was pretty predictable and I never really found myself getting invested in the feelings of the characters.

Enjoyed the story of mothers interwoven over three generations. Laura and Abby's story was well developed, I would have enjoyed a bit more insight into Mary and Laura's relationship, the story seemed to end prematurely. Even though the book was a little predictable, it was a pleasant, enjoyable read. Would recommend highly for a vacation read.

A Mother Like Mine is my first forray into the works of Kate Hewitt. I really did enjoy the book, though I found it slightly hard to get started, perhaps because of the British tone, or perhaps it was just the harshness between Abby and Laura. Happily, things do resolve to a satisfactory conclusion, although I think there could have been more character development to make it stronger. It's an overall good summer read.

I enjoyed reading this book about the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters. The main focus is on the relationship between Laura and Abby. Laura is Abby's mother and left she left when Abby was 2 years old, making a few appearances over the years. She comes back after a major life altering event, that leaves her searching for home and family. Abby is the mother of Noah, a precocious 5 year old. Abby is unsure of Laura and does not trust that Laura is staying around this time. Mary, the mother of Laura, has raised Abby, but Laura never felt that Mary was much of a mother to her (Laura). Each character had their own tragedy and struggle. Each character avoided speaking about the past and their experiences. This is a story about love, forgiveness, and second chances.

I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the way the story was told between the two characters. I don't like it when so many voices tell a story, but with this story, the two was perfect. It wasn't the best book I've ever read; It wasn't one I just had to finish at one sitting, but still I enjoyed it. I like reading books set in England because I am a frequent visitor to that country, and I could see the cliffs and the seacoast in my mind. I still find a little hard to believe Abby could completely forgive Laura, but then, that was the best solution for them both., and fifteen is far too young for anyone to be a responsible parent. This was a different read from my usual thrillers, but I liked it and would recommend it to anyone

I simply loved reading this book! I don't usually go for books like this, but something caught my attention in the little blurb about it. I couldn't stop reading it until I was done and found out how it would work out between Laura and Abby, if it would. I loved both of these characters! As a mother I found it hard to get why Laura left, but as the story unfolded I felt so sorry for the way things were, and so sad that both of them, not knowing of course, had hardships! The story of forgiveness, love and second chances were so well written! Very well done in keeping my attention Ms. Hewitt!

I loved it! I found myself mesmerized by this story of pain and forgiveness. The characters are believable and very human as are their trials and tribulations. The location of the story was so detailed I felt as if I had visited Hartley-by-the-Sea. This is a well crafted novel that draws the reader in and keeps her fully engaged with the story. I highly recommend it. This is the first book I have read by Kate Hewitt, I can't wait to read more from this author.

This was a delightful escape read from my usual mystery, suspense, thriller genre. I enjoyed reading about the relationships among three generations of women. Abby was the daughter who returned to Hartley-By-The-Sea in England's Lake District, with her five-year old son, after two years of being away. Laura was Abby's estranged mother, who also came back to the home she had fled from when Abby was two. Mary, Abby's grandmother and Laura's mother, had raised Abby and run the local beach cafe. I was captivated by the mysteries surrounding both Abby and Laura. As these relationships unfold, Kate Hewitt alternates her chapters between Abby and Laura as they reveal secrets from their pasts, merging with their problems in the present. I was drawn to these two women as they struggled with their relationship in the hopes of finding forgiveness, trust, love, and a future in Hartley-By-The-Sea.


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