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About Kate Hewitt
Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of both historical and contemporary fiction. She particularly enjoys writing contemporary issue-driven women's fiction, and her novels have been called 'unputdownable' and 'the most emotional book I have ever read' by readers.
An American ex-pat, she lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways at http://www.kate-hewitt.com, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate's Reads, to discuss all manner of books, movies, music and cooking.
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Titles By Kate Hewitt
When Tessa arrives at the little house by the lake with her two children, it is an escape. The rental house may be a bit small—but it’s theirs for the summer. A place to hide…
However, their isolation is disrupted by the family from the big house next door. Three children and their glamorous mother Rebecca—who seems determined to invite Tessa into their lives.
Rebecca, however, is harbouring a dark secret. And when it becomes too much for her to bear, Tessa seems to be the only person she can turn to.
But as powerful bonds form between the two families, choices will be made that can never be undone. And as the summer comes to an end, nothing can keep everyone safe. And one family will pay the ultimate price…
A gripping, powerful emotional page turner with a heartbreaking twist, for fans of Jodi Picoult, Emily Bleeker and Diane Chamberlain.
Readers are loving The Secrets We Keep:
“Holy heck!!! Kate Hewitt brought her A-game with this must read... I was completely entranced… There were so many well-timed twists and turns and just when I thought I couldn’t be surprised anymore, there was another bomb waiting to drop!!… A complete 5 star novel that will most certainly “wow” you!” Steph and Chris’ Book Review, 5 stars
“A powerful, emotional and captivating book… very gripping… a fantastic story.” MoMo’s Book Diary, 5 stars
“Emotional, suspenseful, truthful...these all describe this gut wrenching story of two very different women and the summer they share… I couldn't put it down! The suspense built higher and higher feeling almost like a Hitchcock movie.” Goodreads reviewer
“It had me on the edge of my seat with tears in my eyes. It is a very heart wrenching book to read and incredibly moving.” Goodreads reviewer
“Captivating, suspenseful, entertaining novel! This beautiful thriller kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“Oh my god!! What a heartbreaking twist...I absolutely loved this book sooooo much.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“An absolutely, heart wrenchingly, emotional book… Be warned, you will shed tears!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“A story about friendship, hope, and how we can help each other get through the tough times in our lives… captivated me from the start… I love, love, love this book.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“I could not put [it] down, I just had to find out what happens next… I enjoyed every minute.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“The ending… tore at my heartstrings.” Goodreads reviewer
“I was totally immersed in this beautifully told story and felt really sad by the time I reached the end. Uniquely wonderful… I loved every single page of it.
“These children, who the Nazis don’t even see as human, these children are innocent. And, Hannah, if you have the chance to save even one of them, you know what you have to do. Even if it puts your own life at risk.”
As bombs fall over Europe, Hannah Stern is a twenty-seven-year-old nurse, who is just trying to survive. When she takes a position at Vienna’s esteemed psychiatric hospital, Am Steinhof, she thinks it will take her away from the danger.
Her estranged half-brother has arranged the job for her on the condition that she must take his son, Willi there too. He insists it’s a place where Willi will be safe. And Hannah soon forms a close bond with the sweet, fragile child in her care.
At first the hospital seems like a safe haven—a beautiful, airy, spacious place of healing and recovery. But the hospital is a place of secrets. And they are darker than Hannah could ever have imagined. Children, ones just like Willi, are disappearing—not to be healed as promised, but taken somewhere else. Somewhere terrible.
And when Willi’s own life comes under threat—in spite of her half-brother’s position of power in the Nazi military—Hannah must overcome her own fears and act. Then she discovers one of the other nurses is also trying to help patients escape, and Hannah becomes determined to help in any way she can.
But she is only one person up against the enemy. And to save even just one life from the grip of the Nazis, she must risk her own…
The most unmissable historical fiction of the year, guaranteed to leave readers in tears. Perfect for fans of My Name is Eva, All the Light We Cannot See and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Readers are loving The Angel of Vienna:
“This book tugged on every heart string I have… l I could feel myself in the walls of that hospital… I loved every single minute and held my Kindle close when it was over. 5 stars!… Add this one to your list. You won’t be sorry! Just make sure you grab some Kleenex.” The Lioness of Literacy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“My goodness… An Emotional Rollercoaster. Heart wrenching. Twists that I didn’t see coming, that had me literally yelling noooooooooo at my phone as I was reading.’ Thoughts and Ramblings from a Crazy Person ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“OMG.... What a heartbreakingly powerful story” Karen_loves_reading ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Outstanding… a gripping, harrowing, inspirational, devastating and heart-wrenching story about courage, resilience and love… Superbly written, wonderfully evocative and sure to get under every single reader’s skin… Mesmerizing historical fiction at its finest.” Bookish Jottings ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This has got to be my book of the year… This book will stay with me forever.
In the pretty, privileged college town of Milford, New Hampshire, everyone is friendly, everything is safe. And on this cold autumn day, as red and yellow leaves begin to fall from the trees, and everyone wraps up for the first time, it would be easy to believe nothing bad could ever happen here.
Until a screech of tires is heard, a thud, a child’s scream. The crash that sees Jenna’s six-year-old daughter Amy Rose being hit by a car driven by seventeen-year-old Maddie.
Maddie’s mother, Ellen—a college professor with a warm, approachable reputation—insists it must have been an accident. Her daughter is always safe on the road—and she’s vulnerable herself.
But as Amy Rose lies unconscious in hospital, the town begins to take sides. With Ellen, who just wants to defend her daughter. Or with Jenna, a single mother with a past, whose child hovers between life and death…
The truth is that both mothers have secrets they’re trying to keep. And, with Amy Rose’s life hanging in the balance, one of them will stop at nothing to protect the person she loves—her daughter.
An incredible, powerfully emotional and heartbreaking read, with a dilemma that will make everyone wonder what they would do, in either mother’s shoes. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.
Readers are loving My Daughter’s Mistake:
“Warning, you will need a box of tissues by your side to get through this book!!!!! I loved, loved, loved this book. It was a real tear jerker. Question was when was I ever going to stop crying? My husband even asked me if something terrible had happened and I had to explain it was just my book… Awesome.” Blue Moon Blogger ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!… Put it on your must-read list. In fact put it on the top of your TBR pile! Seriously, this is a book that will stay with you after you are done reading it… Will give you all the feels and then some!… Kate Hewitt is the queen of touching and capturing my heartstrings and pulling them hard… Phenomenal.” Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Wow… I couldn't stop reading from the beginning until the end… A brilliantly addictive read… If I could give it ten stars I would… Brilliant.” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Heartbreaking, engrossing and life changing… The ending will have you in tears, so read with a large box of tissues as you will experience a roller coaster of emotions.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Had me crying bucket loads… Don't forget your tissues… Totally gripping.
Persephone is the youngest Penryn, and she’s always felt like an afterthought. As her siblings ventured out one by one, she was left behind, learning to rely on herself. Now that they’ve all returned and are on a mission to save their home, she’s reluctantly falling in with their plans and keeping her distance, especially when an Oxford-educated intern arrives wanting to learn how to save one's ancestral home.
Oliver Belhaven has come to Casterglass to prove to his uncle that he can make Pembury a financial success, so the only home Oliver has ever had isn't sold. He is intrigued by the beautiful and mercurial Seph and senses a kindred spirit—alone even around family.
Oliver may be charming, but under her surly facade Seph is afraid to get close to anyone. Yet the longer Oliver works at Casterglass, the more invested he becomes—in Seph and in saving his home. But will achieving one dream mean that he has to let go of another? And can Seph finally learn to let go—and love?
Nathan West loved his wife Laura with all his heart. But now she’s gone, taken from him in a seemingly random act of violence. Laura was the glue that held their family together. And for Nathan, life without her feels almost meaningless.
As he tries to find hope in the darkness, his three young daughters express their grief in different and challenging ways—with one set on a path of self-destruction that could devastate their family all over again. Desperate to understand his own heartbreak better, he reaches out to others who had known Laura. Including her new friend Maria, whose light and warmth are exactly what their grieving family needs, and who is soon helping out and providing emotional support for them all.
But the picture Maria paints of Laura is unfamiliar to Nathan—of a wife who felt ignored, a mother who felt she couldn’t do enough—and he struggles to reconcile it with his own memories of the woman he loved. Is it possible he didn’t know his wife after all? And can he trust Maria? He can’t escape the feeling that she’s keeping something from him.
Maria is hiding a secret with the power to rock Nathan’s family to its core. Because it is about what happened the day that Laura died…
An insightful and powerful novel guaranteed to break your heart, about how the unthinkable can sometimes help us see the world in a powerful new way. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Susan Lewis.
Readers are loving No Time To Say Goodbye:
“All the feels… A beautiful story—a heartbreaking, breathless read that will leave you running for more tissues time and again… My reaction to the ending was visceral; it was both vivid and shocking. Absolutely brilliant. Powerful story that will haunt you. A must read. 5+ stars.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
“A book has never had me cry so much through heartbreak and devastation. This author nailed it without a doubt.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
“If ever there was a story that reminds you how life can change in an instant, this is it… heart breaking and tender, it also offers up hope… A story that touched my heart and soul and makes me want to hug my loved ones that little bit tighter.” By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
“Heartbreakingly sad… It’s a story of death, war and crime. However, this is also a story of family, love, and hope. The emotions ran the gamut with this one... sadness, grief, anger and hope. It’s a story that will stay with you.” Goodreads reviewer
“The storytelling was exquisite, full of understanding and empathy... This is women’s literature at its very best.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
“A heart rendering journey… I read the book armed with a box of tissues… Left me shell-shocked… Kate Hewitt is an amazing storyteller.
1938, Austria. A powerful story of betrayal, forbidden love, and incredible courage, about three sisters who risk everything—even their own lives—to save the people and country they love from the unimaginable evil of Nazi rule.
Johanna Eder and her sisters Birgit and Lotte have always lived quiet lives, working in their father’s clockmaking shop and helping their mother in the house. But they find it impossible to ignore the changes in the world around them.
At first Johanna finds it hard to believe the Nazis pose a real threat. But then her father hires Franz. He’s soulful, with dark eyes that twinkle with intelligence and humor. But he’s Jewish, and as Johanna falls for him, she realizes that loving him puts them all in danger.
The only way to save Franz is to get him to the safety of Switzerland. For this, she needs her sisters’ help, and they join the resistance. As the world turns dark around them, they must slip unnoticed right under the noses of the Nazi soldiers filling their cobbled streets.
Johanna knew she and her sisters would die for each other, but as their hearts are broken afresh each day and the lives of beloved friends and family are threatened, she discovers they would also die for the man she loves, and for what is right.
Johanna could never have foreseen how falling for a dark-eyed man would take her from an innocent girl to a fearless woman; from her quiet clock shop into the very depths of hell.
In the concentration camps of Ravensbruck and Mauthausen, Johanna and her sisters must show the strength of human spirit like never before. If they are to survive, they must prove that even in the darkness, the tiniest seeds of hope can bloom…
An absolutely heartbreaking and impossibly powerful story about love, tragedy, and humanity. Perfect for fans of The Nightingale, The Lilac Girls and The Sound of Music.
Readers are loving The Edelweiss Sisters:
“Unputdownable and a definite must read… Heart-breaking, tearful and emotional… Words cannot describe how absolutely wonderful this story was… Unbelievably amazing. Read it with Kleenex nearby… Sure to stay with me for a long, long time. I absolutely loved it and I can’t recommend it enough!! WOW!” Page Turners ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A heart-breaking, tear-jerking and emotional book... I was so hooked… I felt I was living with these sisters during that time!! The ending was so sad … I felt like I wanted to cry… I stayed up all night reading… and didn’t want to let this book go!” Tropical Girl Reads Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Soooo hauntingly raw & captivating, it was so hard to put it down. Reading this, I felt instantly transported… It will completely move you and pull at your heart strings.
1936, Nazi-ruled Berlin. A heartbreaking and stunningly powerful novel of friendship, courage and betrayal, about two girls whose lives collide in war-torn Berlin, and whose friendship is the only thing that might get them out alive.
They sat together on the roof, watching Berlin burn, as traces of smoke and cloud floated through the air. “I just want to be free,” Rosa said quietly, “Even if only for a few minutes. It might be the last chance I have.”
From her beautiful new home in Berlin, a young woman named Liesel Scholz barely notices the changes to the city around her. Her life is one of privilege and safety thanks to her father’s job working for the new government.
But a chance encounter with Rosa, the daughter of their Jewish housekeeper, confirms Liesel’s fears that something isn’t right. That the Nazi government’s brutal rules are cruel and dangerous, and that others aren’t as safe as she is. When Rosa begs Liesel to help—pressing her grandfather’s gold pocket watch into Liesel’s hand—Liesel recklessly agrees.
She will help hide Rosa and her loved ones—in the dusty, unused rooms at the top of their house—even if it means putting everyone she loves in danger. Even if it means risking her own life.
Frankfurt, 1946: An idealistic American captain, Sam Houghton, arrives in Germany to interrogate prominent Nazis on trial and to help rebuild a battered country. When he hires an enigmatic, damaged interpreter named Anna, he doesn’t expect sparks to fly between them. Perhaps there is a chance of love for both of them. But then the question of what happened to Anna in the war raises its head.
Because Anna has secrets—ones that link her to Berlin, the Nazi party, and the story of one gold pocket watch and two young women who became friends, even when they were told it was impossible…
A compelling and haunting story about courage, love and betrayal set in war-torn Berlin. Fans of The Alice Network, All the Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale will be not be able to put this down.
Readers are loving The Girl from Berlin:
“I was utterly engrossed from the start… so haunting and raw, it hits you deep into your very core… A heartbreaking and yet powerful novel… utterly amazing… I devoured it and felt so upset when I finished it… I cannot praise it enough… [A] raw and heart wrenching novel that pulls at your heart strings.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Beautiful, strong and absorbing… I confess to shedding tears… A powerhouse of emotions, activity and full of heart… A real page turner. It gripped me from the very beginning.” Reviewing Recommended Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My darling girl, you lie so still, lashes fanning your cheeks, golden hair spread across your pillow. You’re so beautiful my heart aches. Your breath is so soft I can barely hear it, but at least I can see the steady rise and fall of your chest, every breath a promise. You’re still here. I’ve still got you. For now.
Milly has always dreamed of being a mother. Adopted, she longs for a powerful connection with a child of her own. So, when she and her husband Matt are told they can’t have children, she’s heartbroken.
Milly can barely believe it when her best friend and Matt’s brother offer to be donors. With everyone accepting and open, Milly believes nothing could go wrong.
But none of the four are prepared for their feelings when Milly gives birth to beautiful baby Alice.
Then, when Alice is still a little girl, she receives a devastating diagnosis. Milly’s whole world falls apart, and each of them is forced to face what it means to be a parent, and make impossible choices… for themselves, and for Alice.
An unputdownable, heart-breaking, but ultimately uplifting story about the power of love and the true meaning of family. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Gracie’s Secret will never forget Not My Daughter.
Readers are loving Not My Daughter:
‘This book had me crying so badly. It broke my heart, never has any book been able to just wipe me out with such gut-wrenching sadness. A book of love, loss, and loyalty… BEAUTIFULLY DONE.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘An amazing and gut wrenching emotional story… So powerful… An emotional unforgettable book. I literally absorbed this book in one night. One beautiful written story of compelling motherly love.’ Gwendalyn Books, 5 stars
‘This is one of the best books I've ever read... no exaggeration. I was captivated… Wish there were more stars to give it... Amazing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘The complexities of the situation are written in a truly beautiful, insightful way… Not My Daughter really stands out in terms of… how such an emotive, raw situation can also be turned into something kind of beautiful… It was real, and brutal, and heartbreaking, but it was honest, which made it all the most devastating to read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A tragic, aching, emotional journey of love, discovery, heartache, forgiveness and hope. I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want their story to end. I LOVED IT!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘This book made me cry, my heart is all wrenched out, my emotions are so raw that even breathing feels like a friction burn.’ Book Reviews by Shalini, 5 stars
‘An emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end.
If you had to make an impossible choice to save your long-lost daughter, you would… wouldn’t you?
It’s a warm early summer’s evening when Mia’s doorbell rings. She opens the door to see a teenage girl standing in the shadow beyond the porch light—and in an instant she knows who it is. Daisy, the daughter she gave up as a baby. Daisy steps forward, as she says tearfully “I’m sorry I didn’t call first. But something happened. And I really needed… you.”
Seventeen years before, knowing she couldn’t possibly give her beautiful little girl Daisy the future she deserved, Mia made the hardest decision of her life—to give her up. And Suzanne seemed the perfect adoptive mother: calm, stable, and full of love for the daughter she’d always dreamed of having.
The two mothers promised to keep communication open, so Daisy could have Mia’s love and support along with Suzanne’s. But as the years passed, Mia moved away, and their visits happened less. Now Daisy is almost a stranger to Mia—angry, closed and broken—nothing like the tiny girl she once couldn’t bear to say goodbye to.
But now Daisy has arrived on Mia’s doorstep, and she says she has a terrible secret. One she can never tell Suzanne. And she believes the only person who can help her is Mia. Her birth mother.
Mia, however, has secrets of her own. Ones she is afraid to let Daisy or anyone else know. And while Suzanne desperately seeks a way to bring her child home, can Mia overcome her past to help the girl they both call their daughter in her darkest hour before it’s too late?
Totally gripping emotional women’s fiction from the author guaranteed to make readers cry. Kate Hewitt’s story will grab you by the heartstrings and never let you go. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Jojo Moyes.
Readers are loving The Child I Never Had:
“Whew. This was a very emotional novel, from page one… A beautiful, heart-wrenching, at times overwhelming novel about truth, forgiveness, and family… Uttering captivating.” KKEC Reads, 5 stars
“Absolutely heartbreaking… Kate Hewitt’s books should come with a warning: only read if you’ve plenty of boxes of tissues in the house because tears will be shed and heart-strings will be severed… Intensely emotional… Brilliant.” Bookish Jottings, 5 stars
“Brilliant... Emotional but uplifting, a really heart wrenching read that you will need tissues for! I dare the hardest of hearts to not shed a tear!” NetGalley reviewer
“Very emotional… It had me reading it long after I should have gone to sleep as I just could not put it down. I loved it.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
“I was transfixed. It was emotionally painful to put the book down, especially considering I had a math exam coming up.
A heartbreaking page-turner for fans of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain from USA Today bestselling author Kate Hewitt.
Josh and Ben are nine years old and best friends, until a single, careless act in the school playground destroys the lives of both families – and wrenches their small Manhattan school apart.
As both mothers Maddie and Joanna try to find out what really happened between the boys, they discover the truth is far more complicated and painful than either of them could have ever realised… with lasting repercussions for both families.
And when tragedy strikes again in the most unexpected of ways, the lives of these two women will be changed once more, and this time forever.
And Then He Fell explores the issues of parental responsibility and guilt, and whether there are some acts that human nature just cannot forgive…
Mother-of-two, Ally has always dreamed of fostering—it feels like her chance to give back when she has been so lucky in life. And when seven-year-old Dylan joins her family in their big suburban home, Ally is overwhelmed by love.
But Dylan doesn’t speak and Ally isn’t prepared for the impact he has on her family. Each day has its struggles, but she would never give up on the child now in her care.
Dylan’s mother, Beth, can’t forgive herself for losing her son. He’s her world and she’ll do whatever it takes to get him back. Everything is different now, and he belongs with her.
With his whole life at stake, which mother can truly give Dylan the love, security, and home he deserves? Which mother can help him find his voice?
Beth and Ally sit on opposite sides. Two mothers, both desperate to do what is best for Dylan, but neither able to imagine their lives without him…
A beautiful, powerful and ultimately uplifting story about the heartbreaking power of motherly love, for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.
Praise for When You Were Mine:
“My poor heart will never be the same. A hole’s been punched straight through it. This is an incredible book… I cried so much… My eyes are still sore… This will stay with me for a long time.” The Book Lover’s Boudoir ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“With this heartwarming and at times heart-wrenching drama Kate is hot on the heels of the likes of Jodi Picoult and Kelly Rimmer… Tearjerking.” Rachel M Writer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“To say this story is a five-star read is an understatement. There are not enough stars in the world to show how much this book has touched me. It is sad, thrilling, gripping and completely pulls on your heart strings. Beautifully written.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This amazing book packs an emotion punch!… I could not put this down. I found myself originally on the side of one character, then the other. Both sides absolutely tear at your heartstrings… A must read.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Heart-breaking… I was completely engrossed… an incredibly moving story that tugs at the heartstrings… When I wasn’t reading I was thinking about it… A beautifully-written story with a perfect ending that will stay in my thoughts for a long time.” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Kate Hewitt does a brilliant job portraying the best and hardest moments of being a mother… Sure to touch your heart, make you reach for Kleenex, and bring you insurmountable joy… Will resonate within your soul long after you finish reading it… One of those books that you never forget!”
This modern-day Prince Charming
Finds himself wanting the wrong sister!
The venerable Rossi brand, now threatened with being labeled stuffy, needs an image overhaul, and new CEO Alessandro Rossi has found the perfect media influencer to court. Only it’s her plain older stepsister who catches his attention!
Liane Blanchard is used to living life in the shadows, but Alessandro’s heated gaze across a Parisian ballroom sets her body alight! She agrees to a sizzling fling, knowing it’s all emotionally guarded Alessandro can offer. They’re risking a scandal, but it’s worth it for a taste of the fairy tale…
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Read all the Passionately Ever After... books:
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Book 2: Stolen Nights with the King by Sharon Kendrick
Book 3: The Kiss She Claimed from the Greek by Abby Green
Book 4: A Scandal Made at Midnight by Kate Hewitt
Book 5: Cinderella in the Billionaire's Castle by Clare Connelly
Book 6: The Princess He Must Marry by Jadesola James
Book 7: Undone by Her Ultra-Rich Boss by Lucy King
Book 8: Her Secret Royal Dilemma by Chantelle Shaw