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Thank goodness I took a chance on this book, as it's not only one of the best I've read in a long while, I'd never read anything by this author. So many months of complete misses for me, and then this jewel somehow happened. Loved the writing style, the story, the characters...just everything. Highly impressed with this author, so much so, I've just picked up my second book. Ahhh, to read a good book again.
Why do couples drift apart? A lot of reasons, but I believe the underlying cause is self-preservation... I read somewhere that “if your spouse is generally likeable and you want to improve your marriage, the innate desire for self-preservation must be diminished.” Often we hear the phrase, “what he doesn’t know won’t hurt”.....but who are we really hurting? Secrets have a way of pushing up to the surface, and the longer the communication is delayed, the hurt factor increases.
The story was alternately told from the points of view of two women who fatefully met one summer (Tessa and Rebecca). Both were carrying burdens when they went to their lakeside vacation with their children....If only they’ve unburdened themselves and let their husbands know...
Well written, very emotional, this will cut through every woman’s heart.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2018
I am so glad that I read this book. I was not disappointed! It is definitely a tear-jerker so get some tissues before you sit an read this book. Everything I thought was gonna happen turned so fast that I didn’t even have time to think of another scenario that the author might be leading me into. So everything I thought was gonna happen did. It was actually he opposite. When I first started this book I never would have guessed the ending would have ben that devastating. I really like the story line an it was an easy book to read. I fell in love with the characters an disliking them at the same time. Reading this book an taking the chance on it was a good move an it opened up a new door to a author I’ve never heard of or read anything by. Since I liked this book so much I’m gonna be checking some of her other titles out!
This was a story that kept me reading, sometimes faster just to find out what was happening. The characters had serious flaws but were so human that you could feel their pain. I will think about this book for awhile.
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2020
Not much of a page turner. There was no twist I could discern. Also the overall mood of the entire book was depressing—if you think “all people are broken inside, just some more than others” or drivel like that is good to read, you’ll like this book. For people who aren’t broken, I would skip these neurotic housewives who are so unhappy one is cutting herself and the other is trying to become the first one, in some kind of bizarro world. Also, if I read one more sentence about someone’s eyes feeling gritty when they are tired, I might rip my own eyes out.
Reading this book was like watching a great movie. I couldn't put it down. After reading some of the negative reviews, I take issue with some of the comments about how unrealistic some aspects are. It's a novel, not an autobiography. I felt like it had great depth and made me think about how people react to each other. Bravo to the author. Can't wait to read another book by Hewitt.
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2018
I was going to give this 3 stars about half way through the book because it wasn't moving fast enough for me. I felt the same story line in each charter, never going very far, until the last few chapters where things come more into focus, and the story takes on its conclusion. Different outcome than I thought, but good. It gets 4 stars
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018
While I found a few moments slightly scattered; it was a beautiful story and showed how difficult being a woman/Mom/wife/friend truly is. I WILL check out her other titles; I loved her writing style and found her (mostly) easy to follow. I think my slight struggle came from each chapter being a different narrator (only 2 but I would forget whose voice I was listening to)
I’m now 1/3rd of my way through this book. From previous reviews I expected a good read but, so far, I’m so bored with the ramblings of two angst-laden housewives and the problems with their various children. Should I persevere in the hope it’ll improve .......?? Update: I decided that having paid £8.99 for the book, I would persevere. It did improve a little but I felt the whole “improved part” was rather rushed. Rebecca’s rather rapid turnaround and the subsequent accidents etc etc. I won’t go into too much detail as it would give things away. Suffice it to say that it was an ok book but not one I would rave about - or recommend.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 3, 2018
Slow start but sets the scene for what follows . worth sticking with it and by 1/3 through the pace sets off. Not my usual read but I really found this book hard to put down. The intertwining of two families over a summer period and how they are affected by circumstances life events and the impacting dynamics of relationships. Would read this author again.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2018
I found this story pretty boring for the first 50% and very nearly gave up. The children irritated me beyond words. But I stuck with it and despite how it ended (no spoilers), I was deeply moved and yes, shed many tears.
I liked this story up until the last few chapters. Until then I found it rather jntruiging, the characters were credible and the story held my attention. But oh dear, the last few chapters were just so overdone. The misery and trauma were piled on with a trowel. I lost interest, it all seemed just too much. Almost laughable. I skimmed the last few and it's a shame as the rest of the book is pretty good, but not my favourite by Kate Hewitt.