Welcome to my stop on the Rainy Day Sisters blog tour which has been organised by Neverland Blog Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy your time here. Do also make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
The USA Today bestselling author presents a heartfelt novel about two sisters struggling toward new lives and loves.
Welcome to Hartley-by-the-Sea in England’s beautiful Lake District, where two sisters who meet as strangers find small miracles tucked into the corners of every day….
When Lucy Bagshaw’s life in Boston falls apart, thanks to a scathing editorial written by her famous artist mother, she accepts her half sister Juliet’s invitation to stay with her in a charming seaside village in northern England. Lucy is expecting quaint cottages and cream teas, but instead finds that her sister is an aloof host, the weather is wet, windy, and cold, and her new boss, Alex Kincaid, is a disapproving widower who only hired her as a favor to Juliet.
Despite the invitation she offered, Juliet is startled by the way Lucy catapults into her orderly life. As Juliet faces her own struggles with both her distant mother and her desire for a child, her sister’s irrepressible optimism begins to take hold. With the help of quirky villagers, these hesitant rainy day sisters begin to forge a new understanding…and find in each other the love of family that makes all the difference.
Meet sister’s Lucy and Juliet. Lucy the younger of the two has spent most of her life in Boston with their Mother, Fiona. Juliet, Lucy’s senior by more than a decade, stayed in England and has made a life for herself in the Lake District.
This book is cleverly told by switching between the characters one chapter at a time. This could be confusing but instead it is very easy to follow with significant incidents overlapped to tell us each sister’s point of view.
The complex nature of life as a Sister is covered in this book and as a Sister myself I can relate to how someone who is the complete opposite of yourself can be one of the most important people in your life. Because of their estrangement Lucy and Juliet need to discover this and each other.
I found the complex nature of their relationship fascinating and enjoyable and enjoyed the interesting relationships they both developed with others in the village.
I found there was a lot of talk of babies and children through the book. Now I know this is something which is extremely important for many people and this is why it crops up in so many books, but for me it activates an automatic off-switch in my brain which is definitely set up for escapism. I found myself skimming and flicking through sections to get back to the story without these elements in.
I really loved the dialogue between the Sisters and could have read so much more between them. I felt there were so many things we didn’t see said.
I did absolutely love the relationships formed with different men in the village, they had such unique relationships with them and Kate Hewitt took very interesting approaches to the romance aspect of the book to keep things a little more interesting.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book, but it could have been far more enjoyable book for me and it didn’t blow my socks off. I think anyone who enjoys family/child oriented books will get far more enjoyment out of this book than I did.
Thank you to Neverland Book Tours for inviting me onto this blog tour and for the ARC for my review.
Title: Rainy Day Sisters
Author: Kate Hewitt
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: New American Library
Publication Date: 4 August 2015
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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