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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.
“I love you.” He looked into her eyes. “But there’s something you need to know—about who I really am.”
When Lily finds meets American GI Matthew, she’s mesmerised by him. She knows his mission will take him into battle, and that their love barely stands a chance. But she wants to listen to her heart. How can she though, when she discovers Matthew is not the man he claims to be? That he is harbouring a secret that could change not just her life, but the lives of many others…
Present day, USA:
Abby has done everything she can to keep her life quiet, unassuming and safe. Living on an apple farm in rural Wisconsin, nothing can shake her stability. Until a mysterious stranger arrives—with a Purple Heart he insists belongs to her grandfather. A medal that his own grandmother had kept for decades. But how did she end up with Abby’s grandfather’s medal? And what secrets and lies will be uncovered when they find out the truth about the past?
A heartbreakingly powerful, epic love story about courage, true love and broken trusts, Into the Darkest Day is an unforgettable story perfect for fans of Nora Roberts, Kristin Hannah and The Notebook.
Readers are loving Into the Darkest Day:
“A gripping and exceptional inspiring story that had me in floods… Kate Hewitt has created a powerful story that is historically accurate. It left me stepping away thinking wow! I have read many WW2 stories but this is something else. A must read for all who love an emotional WW2 read.” Chells and Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“An emotionally charged story right from the first chapter… I knew once I started I would not be able to put this book down… I was up till 4AM reading fighting for my eyes to stay open… Gripping and captivating!” Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Epic in every sense of the word, this book is one of the finest examples of historical fiction I have read.” Fireflies and Free Kicks ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A beautiful story that’s filled with a poignancy that makes your heart hurt… I loved every single breathtaking word of it!” Cal Turner Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“An amazing story… This is a book to savour, and one that I found myself constantly thinking about, long after I put it down.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“History came alive in this book… [It] will tightly clasp hold the heart of the reader… All together totally unforgettable.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The WW2 descriptions and stories were out of this world… A page-turner.
Looking back, I wish I could find my way back to that moment. I’d snatch it and hold onto it and live in it for the rest of my life, if I could. When Emily could still throw her arms around me. Oh God, just give me that moment, or one like it again. That’s all I want.
From the moment Emily was born, reaching out with her tiny little star-shaped hand towards her mother, blinking with long eyelashes over soft blue eyes, she became Rachel’s whole world.
But Rachel’s worst nightmare comes true when a rare auto-immune illness leaves five-year-old Emily in a coma the doctors say she may never come out of. And Rachel is asked to make a heartbreaking decision.
But her ex-husband, Emily’s dad James, doesn’t agree with her. Terrified she’s about to lose her daughter for good, Rachel knows she must find a way to keep the hope alive for Emily. But there is only one person she can turn to for help to convince James—his new wife, Eva.
As an unlikely but powerful friendship develops between the two women, both Rachel and Eva will have to ask themselves—is there a chance for the tiny, fragile little girl who lies between them?
A beautiful story that will break your heart into a million pieces, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Susan Lewis.
Readers are loving A Hope For Emily:
“Not only broke my heart but shattered it… When the tears [came] though, they didn’t stop. It is such an emotionally charged novel… An absolute tear-jerker of a read for which I highly recommend having a box of tissues on standby.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Wow, what an emotional novel. The storytelling was brilliant. Rachel and Eva’s story could've been anyone of us. I cried so hard.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Tear-jerking… An incredibly moving story of love and heartbreak written with sensitivity and compassion, that tugs at the heartstrings and makes it impossible to stop reading. It’s so powerful and realistic that when I wasn’t reading I was thinking about it, and by the time I reached the final chapters I was sobbing with tears streaming down my face.” NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
“A gut wrenching, beautifully written story… If you know a mom, have a mom or are a mom, this story will touch your very soul.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Stories like this… come in, break through and stay lodged in your head forever… I got a knot in my heart… As I read, I felt such deep sorrow… Kate Hewitt has… outdone herself.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Amazing… It made me cry so hard by the last page… This book will rip out your heart but you won't be able to stop reading.” Crossroad Reviews, 5 stars
“How I love the books by this author! She makes every emotion feel so real… An incredibly beautiful and mind-blowing story.
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 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.
1819, Isle of Mull, Scotland: As Harriet Campbell looks out at the stormy Atlantic Ocean on the eve of Allan MacDougall’s departure to the New World, she expects a tearful goodbye. But instead her childhood sweetheart begs her to wait for him, promising one day he will come back for her.
As months and eventually years pass—waiting for just one love letter to arrive —Harriet begins to regret the promise she made. Not realising his letters have gone astray, Allan is devastated to not hear back from Harriet; his heart quietly breaking as he battles for his independence and ultimately his life, in the wild and brutal new settlements.
Then, Harriet’s fragile family fortunes take a turn for the worse, and when an immoral neighbour makes her an offer she isn’t sure she can refuse, she’s left with an impossible choice—stay faithful to the man she loves… or save her family and their farm from destitution?
Can fate bring Harriet and Allan back together again? Or will time and the ocean that has separated them, keep them apart forever?
An absolutely heart-wrenching, powerful, epic story about love, courage and betrayal for fans of Diana Gabaldon and Poldark.
Previously published as Far Horizons.
Readers are loving The Heart Goes On:
“So thrilling and gripping. It completely tugs at your heart strings!... It gave me all of the feels… I truly felt that the storytelling was brilliant. This is the kind of book that stays with you.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Epic historical saga with two romances!... Grab a cuppa before you sit down to immerse yourself in this fantastic book, as you won't be able to put it down until you're done… The writing is breathtaking, catapulting the reader back in time so viscerally that one can truly feel every struggle these daring families endured. I highly recommend this book, and this series, for anyone who loves true history with heart-warming romance.” Be My Book Boyfriend, 5 stars
“A great historical romance, I loved the way with the perspectives you almost get two stories in one. I loved the drama, the emotion and tension. I loved the themes of hope, patience and perseverance throughout which we all need during these turbulent times and it takes the past sometimes to remind us of this. A fantastic read, my first by the author but definitely won’t be the last.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“This historical romance was packed with raw emotion that grabbed my attention and held it until the last page. The characters are extremely well-developed and I enjoyed the way Kate gives us two stories in one novel… I am so excited for the next instalments in this series!” Steph and Chris’s Book Reviews, 5 stars
“I really loved this book. … A love story that stands the test of time… An entertaining historical read that all can enjoy.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“If this is book one of a series, I can’t wait for the next one… Riveting and enjoyable.
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.
Single mother Beth loves her seven-year-old son Dylan with all her heart. He’s her world. But life with Dylan isn’t easy—and his emotional issues push Beth to her very limit. When a misunderstanding leads Dylan to be taken into foster care, she is determined to do whatever she can to get him back.
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. But when Dylan joins their family, Ally finds herself struggling to balance his needs with those of her own children and husband—something Beth can’t help but witness when she visits.
Beth wants nothing more than to find a way to bring her beloved child home. But where is the right home for Dylan? Is it with the mother he was born to? Or is a new mother the greatest gift Beth could give her son?
A beautiful, powerful and ultimately hopeful story of the heartbreaking power of a mother’s love, for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.
Praise for When You Were Mine:
‘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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘With this heartwarming and at times heart-wrenching drama Kate is hot on the heels of the likes of Jodi Picoult and Kelly Rimmer… A fantastic addition to my bookshelf. Kate Hewitt is one to watch with her passionate and tearjerking narratives and could easily give Diane Chamberlain and Jill Childs a run for their money.’ Rachel M Writer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Five solid glowing stars, hands down!… Kate Hewitt has such a talent at creating stories and characters that completely engulf you right from page one and keep you captivated page after page after page until you reach the very last page… I loved reading this book… I highly recommend this book and this author!’ Goodreads 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!’ The Reading Snug ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This author just gets better and better, a great read which I just loved from the very first page until the last… So sensitively written… Thoroughly recommend this book.
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…
1832, Scotland: When Caroline Reid is offered the chance to travel to America to live with her estranged uncle, she has only two things on her mind: to become the belle of Boston society and to make an enviable—and financially advantageous—match.
But from the moment her journey begins, things do not go as she expects. From the seasickness on her Atlantic crossing, to the unexpected friendship she strikes up with a young widow named Eleanor, the Caroline who set sail for the New World isn’t quite the same person who arrives there…
Then she meets Eleanor’s brother, Ian Campbell, and her rebel heart cannot help but beat faster. Even though he doesn’t have a fortune, Caroline’s feelings overwhelm her earlier ambitions. However, her uncle—who had so gallantly invited her to live in his house—has other plans. And he will stop at absolutely nothing to get what he wants…
An unmissable story about friendship, courage and impossible choices for fans of Diana Gabaldon, Tamera Alexander and Poldark.
Previously published as Another Country.
Readers love Her Rebel Heart:
“I guarantee that you will require some tissues close at hand… You feel like you're sliding into a nice hot bath. These characters become your friends by the time you finish reading the book. I truly didn’t want to put it down.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Fantastic… The vivid historical details instantly transport the reader back in time. I was thoroughly captivated right from the start and couldn't put it down.” Be My Book Boyfriend, 5 stars
“Engrossing… gripping and absorbing… Kate Hewitt imbues her narrative with evocative period and atmospheric detail. This historical romance is another breathtaking example of author Kate Hewitt’s outstanding storytelling prowess.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Excellent historical fiction… beautifully written… I loved it.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Loved this book and totally enjoying the whole series.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“This is a story to lose yourself in… Fans of sagas will love this historical family drama.” Goodreads Reviewer
“A captivating read.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“[An] enthralling work of historical fiction.” NetGalley Reviewer
“Beautifully written and emotional, these are great historical romance books.” Goodreads Reviewer
Praise for Kate Hewitt:
“Omg, what an emotional journey… Written beautifully.” NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
“Epic in every sense of the word, this book is one of the finest examples of historical fiction I have read.
“My arms ache with the need to reach and hold my precious child, and then to never let go. But I can’t. I know I can’t.”
Heather is devastated. There’s no way she can keep her baby. She can barely pay the bills as it is. But when she meets Grace, a wealthy, single career woman, who wants a baby more than anything, Heather believes she has found the perfect adoptive mother.
As Grace and Heather’s lives become entwined, they are tested to breaking point, though neither can deny the other’s love for the child. But just when they think they are learning how to live with each other, they receive devastating news that turns their fragile world upside down.
Will either mother know what is the right thing to do for the child they both love?
An absolutely gripping, emotional drama with a tear-jerking twist. If you love Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer or Diane Chamberlain, this will warm your heart, make you cry, and stay with you forever.
What readers are saying about A Mother’s Goodbye:
“Wow oh wow… A powerful and emotional read that touched my heart… mesmerising… powerful and gut-wrenching.” Dash Fan Book Reviews, 5 stars
“I absolutely loved every minute… such a heart-breaking read… I highly recommend it.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Oh. My Gosh. This story tugs at so many heartstrings, it makes you cry, it makes you FEEL.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“I cannot recommend this book enough to you all!… This story 100% got me in the feels….it was an emotional rollercoaster and a superb riveting read.” Writing from the Heart, 5 stars
“Oh my gosh! This book is sad, thrilling, gripping and completely pulls on your heart strings… Full of heartache, tough decisions, dilemmas, drama and struggles of everyday life… In two words, simply amazing!” Books on the Bookshelf, 5 stars
“This book was a heart wrenchingly aching tale of motherly love, loss and loyalty. It's like no other!... So so sad. But so beautiful!” Two Girls and a Book Obsession, 5 stars
“Wow! This book pulled at my heartstrings from first page to last” Audio Killed the Bookmark, 5 stars
“I cannot believe how much this book touched me. It got to one point where I had to stop reading because my chest hurt so bad from emotion and the tears were flowing… I would give this more than 5 stars if I could” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Oh wow… Such a beautiful, heartfelt and emotional story… This story has literally broken my heart into tiny little pieces at every emotional and heart breaking turn.” Welcome to Mixing Reality with Fiction, 5 stars
“A heartbreaking story… that is beautifully and emotionally written… Absolutely hear
1838, Boston: Once upon a time Isobel Moore was thought to be one of Boston’s most eligible young women. But, after a marriage proposal gone wrong, she is now at threat of being labelled a spinster. And, though her work at a small school for impoverished immigrants brings her great joy, she can’t help but wish for more in life.
When her dream of finding love fails to come true, she knows—if she’s to have the family she dreams of—it will take desperate measures.
Her parents wish for nothing more than Isobel to find happiness too. But when she announces she’s traveling to Burma to meet and marry a missionary she’s never met, they think she must have taken leave of her senses.
Isobel believes fate will guide her to a man she could one day love. But the paths we take do not always lead us where we expect… And Isobel’s dream of true love may be more fragile than she had ever imagined.
An incredible story about bravery, broken hearts and the powerful forces of fate, perfect for fans of Colleen McCullough, Laura Frantz and Colleen Coble.
Previously published as A Distant Shore.
Readers love This Fragile Heart:
“Absolutely loved this… what a great story… heartfelt… wonderfully written.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“I truly loved this.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Poignant, moving, and well written… A great read.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“I truly enjoyed reading the trilogy… a pleasure to read.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“Intriguing… Will fascinate and inspire readers.” NetGalley Reviewer
“I recommend this to anyone wanting a good family drama... Fantastic.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
Praise for Kate Hewitt:
“History came alive in this book… [It] will tightly clasp hold the heart of the reader… All together totally unforgettable.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“[It] will stay with you long after it ends… A heartbreaking love story… A must read.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
“An amazing story… This is a book to savour, and one that I found myself constantly thinking about, long after I put it down.” Goodreads Reviewer , 5 stars
“Omg, what an emotional journey… Written beautifully.” NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
“Epic in every sense of the word, this book is one of the finest examples of historical fiction I have read.” Fireflies and Free Kicks, 5 stars
“A book of love, loss, and loyalty… BEAUTIFULLY DONE.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
“Heart-breaking and unputdownable… 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.
Belinda ‘Lindy’ Jamison has moved to the Cotswolds for a fresh start and to open a dancing school—her lifelong dream. Pushing forty and still looking for Mr. Right, Lindy is determined to no longer wait for happiness but to reach for it with both hands. So she packs up her life and heads south to Wychwood-on-Lea to start up her school.
Soon Lindy has a motley crew of would-be dancers. But her most intriguing pupil is Roger Wentworth, a fortysomething bachelor with a shy and awkward manner, but a heart of blazing gold. When Lindy decides to showcase her pupils in a Christmas show, Roger is deeply reluctant but finally agrees. Lindy longs to bring Roger out of his shell—but she didn't expect to fall in love with him in the process.
Soon it is Roger teaching her how two lonely hearts might be able to embrace a second chance this Christmas...if they can just believe they're both worthy of love.