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.

Advance Galley Reviews

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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