Hey guys, what a treat I have for you today! I am on the official blog tour for A Mother’s Goodbye by Kate Hewitt organised by the wonderful Jenny in Neverland! Read on for my review…
‘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.
I was instantly drawn to this book once I had read the blurb- I desperately wanted to find out the answers to the questions running around in my mind; what happened? What about the child? What about the mothers? I needed to know.
I think writing a book that a lot of women can relate to is exciting, but at the same time, can be tricky since it has to live up to the hype and the expectations of the reader. Kate Hewitt has created a beautiful yet heart-breaking story that goes to the depths to uncover emotions far beyond motherhood and love. Her characters came to life through the pages, and more often than not I was reaching for the tissue box! The frustration I felt when I had to charge my kindle just after a shocking event revealed itself was exasperating! I HAD to know what happened next.
And, after everything (don’t worry no spoilers!) I found myself plummeting towards the end, when Hewitt brought in a climactic twist more shocking than before. I really enjoy books that keep you on your toes (this one certainly did!) as it makes the story more gripping. Although full of emotions which make you feel like you’ve been punched in the gut or had your heart personally ripped out by the hand of the author, twists and turns keep the momentum going, absorbing the reader further into the story. I think it’s the characters that make this book special- their harrowing ordeal described in great detail made it easy to sympathise with them early on in the novel. I think when a reader can connect with the characters, the story is all the more unique and personal, (queue floods of tears!).
When reading this book, it made me think of one of Diane Chamberlain’s novels (The Lost Daughter to be exact). The emotional roller-coaster I went on when reading Hewitt’s novel really reflected that of Chamberlains, but in her own voice of course. I would definitely recommend for anyone who is a Diane Chamberlain fan! I would say that A Mother’s Goodbye is a ‘dramatic tale of devotion and motherhood,’ a perfect read for fans of women’s fiction, drama, and mystery.
I would like to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Jenny for organising the blog tour and letting me be a part of it! I have thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to working with you in the future!
Here are the links for more info and how to get your hands on a copy!
About the author:
Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 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. 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 a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.