Welcome to the Now & Then Friends Blog Tour!
I am thrilled to welcome Kate Hewitt, author of Now and Then Friends to Have Books blog today to talk about her inspiration from real life….
Now and Then Friends is the second book in my Hartley-by-the-Sea series, which is set in a small village on the coast in England’s Lake District. Hartley-by-the-Sea is, naturally, a fictional place, but it is very much based on a real village—St Bees, the village where I lived for four years.
Basing a fictional place on a real one is always an interesting and slightly mind-bending exercise, because you can’t help but blend fact and fiction, and occasionally while writing or walking around St Bees, I would expect to see something that wasn’t there—either in the book or the real place. More than once I mentioned something to a neighbor about St Bees only to realize I was actually thinking about Hartley-by-the-Sea. And of course said neighbours were all very curious to see how I portrayed their village!
But many of the places I mention in Now and Then Friends (as well as the first book, Rainy Day Sisters) are pretty much brick-for-brick the same. Tarn House, Juliet Bagshaw’s bed & breakfast, is based on Stonehouse Farm. Raymond’s, the upscale bistro by the train station Rachel goes to with Andrew, is based on Lulu’s. And the post office shop that features heavily in the book is based on the real one on St Bees’ high street.
Many readers have enjoyed how authentic Hartley-by-the-Sea feels, and I think that is
because it is essentially a very real place. I’ve walked its streets, eaten and drunk in its pubs, and enjoyed the spectacular sunsets over its beach. If you want to find out more about the real Hartley-by-the-Sea, visit stbees.org.uk and see what it really looks like!
About the book
Published: 12th July 2016
The USA Today bestselling author of Rainy Day Sisters returns to Hartley-by-the-Sea…
Childhood best friends Rachel Campbell and Claire West have not only grown up, but after fifteen years, they’ve also grown apart…
After her father left, Rachel had to dedicate her life to managing her household: her two younger sisters, her disabled mother, and her three-year-old nephew. When Rachel’s not struggling to look after all of them, she makes her living cleaning the houses of wealthy families—including the Wests, where a surprise now awaits her…
A lifetime of drifting in other people’s currents has finally left Claire high and dry. First it was her parents, then the popular crowd in school, and finally her fiancé. Now she’s returned to Hartley-by-the-Sea to recover. But running into Rachel brings back memories of past mistakes, and Claire wonders if she now has the courage to make them right. Soon Claire’s brother, Andrew, asks Rachel to keep an eye on Claire, which is the last thing either woman wants. But as their lives threaten to fall apart, both Claire and Rachel begin to realize what they need most is a friend. The kind of friend they once were to each other, and perhaps can be again…
About the author
Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.
She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots. Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.
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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.
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