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Out In The Country

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  907 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Widowed a year ago, Lynne Marshall believes she's ready to start a new chapter in life. She plans to exchange the bright lights of Manhattan for her home country of Scotland and open a country hotel with her childhood friend Jess and her fiancé Rob. Her daughter Molly will manage the home front as she starts her first year of teaching in one of the city's toughest schools. ...more
Kindle Edition, 149 pages
Published June 25th 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 26, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, romance
I absolutely loved this story, or should I say stories. I received this book as a free read and loved every moment taking in the life struggles of the three women it covered. Each womens story mingled around each others. Lynn with the loss of her husband and finding herself a new journey in life, Jess (her best friend) with a total life change and making a better one, and Molly (Lynns daughter)with the start of a new life and the challenges it can bring. This book flowed so well that I was ...more
Brenda Roberson
Jun 19, 2014 Brenda Roberson rated it it was amazing
When you lose everything you wonder how you can go on. This is how Lynne and Jess feel after such crushing blows steal their joy and happiness. Lynne loses her husband when he dies unexpectedly and Jess loses her fiancé and all of the money she had put up to start an inn in Scotland. Then Lynne's in-laws sign their house over to her and she gets her friend Jess to help her open a b&b. A feel good story with many happy endings. Highly recommend.
Feb 09, 2015 Ginger rated it liked it
Good book about starting over, realizing your dreams and not giving up.
Tiffany Wacaser
Sep 29, 2013 Tiffany Wacaser rated it it was ok
This book had a great story line which I enjoyed very much. However, there were some problems with the book, in particular the ending, that made the book much weaker.

The book starts very strong with three major characters. The story focuses on two Scottish women, both in their 40's who end up starting a B&B in Vermont. The character development was sustained and believable as you watch both characters cope with grief and face challenges. Both women develop as individuals and their friendship
Feb 25, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, kindle, read-2014
This novella, set in the US, starts well, in my view. Recently widowed, middle-aged Lynne plans to return to her roots in Scotland, working in a hotel with her friend Jess. She has said her goodbyes when disaster strikes, and the whole project is cancelled.

Meanwhile, Lynne's daughter Molly starts teaching at a difficult secondary school, and finds it much tougher than she expected. And when they go to visit Lynne's retired in-laws, they have an unexpected but exciting suggestion for Lynne's fut
Fiona Marsden
Jun 28, 2012 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like good dialogue, and real people
Recommended to Fiona by: Author Preference
This is a three in oner. A novella length story that manages to introduce quite a broad range of characters and surprisingly the ensemble cast are painted with quite a detailed brush. A real gift, but one Kate Hewitt excels in. Our primary heroine is Lynne, a recently widowed New Yorker, she has come to the point where she wants something more, something new. At first she thinks it might be returning to her birthplace of Scotland to set up a Hotel with her childhood friend Jess and her fiancé. ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it
Lynn is the main character of this book though it had many main characters in it. Lynn's best friend, Jess, her daughter, Molly, the guys John, Mark and Jason all of whom are pursuing the women in a dual setting of NYC and a small town in Vermont. Lynn & Jess are from Scotland, but Lynn has lived in NYC since she married 20 plus years, but her husband is deceased and her in-laws want her to open a Bed & Breakfast in their home in Vermont. Lynn has plans to join Jess back in Scotland to ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Leah rated it liked it
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May 28, 2015 Becky rated it liked it
A "warm, fuzzy", feel good story which I need every now and then. Its a story of love, forgiveness, family and friendship. All tied together regarding three women. It is actually, three little stories in one regarding these women. A quick, pleasurable read. The only part of the book I didn't care for, is it was sometimes too quick and you were swept into the future to fast. I would have liked hearing more about Molly's days of teaching and her experiences. I would have liked to read more about ...more
Oct 15, 2015 Elaine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
A relatively young widow decides to start a new life in her late husband's hometown in Vermont.
Her decision is a difficult one to make as she must leave her old life and above all her daughter and best friend in New York.
Fate has it that her plans become reality and she finds herself at home in that small Vermont town.
I love stories about women who take a grip on their lives and with lots of courage and determination
open themselves up to new experiences.
A very easy reading story with lots of
Victoria Simcox
Sep 15, 2015 Victoria Simcox rated it really liked it
Lynne Marshall’s plans are abruptly and unfortunately changed. Jess, her friend from her youth and her were in pursuit of starting up a hotel in a cozy town in Scotland. When something terrible happens, they have no idea what will lie ahead for them. New prospects come about when they travel to Vermont. Will they get another chance at love? Are they ready to take the chances for it? This is a gratifying tale, rejoicing in the gift of intimate relationships and hope, when hope seems gone. Kate ...more
Paul Triegaardt
Oct 28, 2013 Paul Triegaardt rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading my first Kate Hewitt book, finding the book resonates with me as I'm around the same age as Jess and Lynne.
While both of these ladies have tragic life experiences they seem to find light in the dark tunnel and hope is never far away.
While reading this novel I kept thinking that this was actually a trilogy of sorts because in my opinion this novels lends itself to at least 3 follow ons. Jess, Lynne and Molly's' stories could really continue if Kate wanted.
Unfortunately Kate b
Jan 03, 2015 Michele rated it really liked it
This was a great book about a recent widow (Lynne) who moves from NYC to her deceased husband's home town in Vermont to turn the family home into a bed & breakfast. Other characters the reader gets to know are Lynne's daughter, Molly, and her friend from Scotland, Jess, as well as her in-laws & other friends. What I liked about the book was that, despite sadness and heartache, it was an uplifting read without profanity or sex. My only criticism is that I wanted to know more about the ...more
Nov 21, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it
Lynne and Jessica were ready to join forces and purchase a hotel in Scotland. Lynne would be moving from New York City while Jessica was already in Edinburgh. But the financial backer took the money and ran. Jessica's financee also ran. So Lynne invited Jessica to come visit since Jessica had quit her job sold her flat and lost her boyfriend. They headed to Vermont to visit Lynne's late husband parents. An idea formed when her in-laws decided to move to a small bungalow and offered the house to ...more
May 15, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
A book that captures a little of everything in just a very positive way. Three women each dealing with something different in their lives and how they over came and moved on. A book about love, lose, friendship, new beginnings and lost loves. The book moves quickly. What I liked most about this book was it is one of those books that all generations can read and each can take from it what they want from their age perspective. At times I just wished I was at the inn reading this book. I definitely ...more
Nov 24, 2013 Stefani rated it it was ok
I was browsing my Kindle for something to read and the cover of Out In The County by Kate Hewitt really stood out. Sadly that was pretty much all there was to it….a very nice and eye catching cover. The start seemed promising and I was amazed at the story of three strong women. Plus it’s set in NYC and Vermont. And that’s pretty much where the things I liked about this book end. The end was disappointing. I thought: wait a second that’s it? I definitely expected more from this book.

Rating - 2 st
Sep 21, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Kate Hewitt and I enjoyed it. For me the setting is important. I loved the town and the in laws home. The B &B was fun to follow, all the changes and help from local people. I liked the characters and found them and their stories interesting. I would add a suggestion for some of the recipes. I love to read stories where food is an intricate part of the story and then read the recipes at the end. I have ended up trying a number of them.
Andree Sanborn
Mar 16, 2014 Andree Sanborn rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, march, 2014
This is a Hallmark movie waiting to be made if there ever was one. It is simplistic, a fast read, and way too heavy on fragrant scones just out of the oven and steaming mugs of tea (or coffee). There are too many stereotyped, and erroneous, descriptions of Vermont. Yet despite all of this, I never stopped reading it. I just wish I had and wish I had begun a more substantial book.

This book was free for my Kindle through BookBub.
Sep 14, 2015 Loretta rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a free book from Book Bub. The formatting was extremely distracting on my Kindle Fire. There were no breaks in the paragraphs when scenes would change. I would be reading and all of a sudden I'm reading about a different character in a totally different setting; it created a knee-jerk feeling. I suspect this is not an author issue but it created a frustrating reading experience. The story was definitely a 'chick-flick' type of story with some predictability.
Troy  Dye
Jul 17, 2014 Troy Dye rated it liked it
Out In The Country by Kate Hewitt

Not exactly a romance novel, this is more of a starting over story - stories. Each of the three focused characters in this novel come to the end of a road, and bravely begin again. The primary character is a New York City fortieth widow who returns to the hometown of he deceased husband, and struggles to turn a large house into a bed and breakfast.
Misfits farm
Nov 14, 2015 Misfits farm rated it really liked it
A wonderful story of hope when life has thrown it's worst at you- in different ways for different people. There is life after death, tragedy, financial ruin, heartbreak and illness. An uplifting tale of a widow, her daughter, her friends and her inlaws, who all have to deal with the cards they have been dealt in differing ways. Sometimes a friend can help, but at other times she may have her hands full of her own troubles. If you want to believe in human goodness then this is the novel for you.
P S Karr
Jan 09, 2014 P S Karr rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Out in the Country by Kate Hewitt is all about second chances. Middle aged and single, middle aged and widowed, or young and impressionable, we all need one more chance at getting the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. Get engrossed in the rustic charm of Vermont as you follow the lives of three women who couldn’t be more different, but who are joined by the heart.

I liked this book..was a nice surprise..
Allyson Yancey mccalister
Sep 12, 2015 Allyson Yancey mccalister rated it it was amazing

From the beginning I fell in love with the people in this story, each one became more and more real and believable. I found my self actually careing what they went though, hoping for the best, agonizing with each set back, cheering when victory came. I have not gotten this emotionally involved in a story since I was a child. Kate Hewitt is a wonderful story teller. The emotion were so real I had to remind my self that this is fiction. This is a GOODREAD!
Coy Lee Stroud
Jun 15, 2016 Coy Lee Stroud rated it really liked it
Relationships that flourish.

I gave this book four stars because of the relationships. I love to read about the interactions between nice people people who reach out to each other with good intentions. Especially ones of different ages and stages of life, both family and friends. If you do too you will love this book.
Jill Chatwin
enjoyed this book - liked that they were making the change to move from the city to the county - and that the two best friends help each other over their past and we're able to make a new future for them selves in the country. I did think that the book came to a sudden end and would havery enjoyed finding out how about their future
Debbie West
Oct 21, 2015 Debbie West rated it it was amazing
cute romantic novel! I enjoyed it immensely, watching the inn be transformed from a home to a homey-feeling bed & breakfast. Romance was found in unexpected places, while another..almost lost forever..flickered & sparked once again. I won't tell you whose, though. you'll have to read this to figure it out! ha!
Lori Henrich
Sep 25, 2013 Lori Henrich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story of new beginnings and making dreams come true and possibly changing your dream and starting a new life altogether.

I loved the flow of this story and being able to identify with what the main characters were going through. It was well written and the characters were easy to like and cheer for. I might just have to check out other books by this author.
Sep 22, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
New York City or Vermont small town

Interesting read. Makes you want to take a break from everything and escape to the country for a while. When plans fall through for Jess and Lynne to open a hotel in Scotland, Lynne's in-laws give them an alternative in turning the family home into a bed and breakfast.
Jan 05, 2014 Lillie rated it really liked it
A sweet romance in which three women—a mid-40's widow, her best friend recovering from a broken heart, and the widow's daughter in her first year of teaching—all find love. Lots of warm relationships with family, friends, and community make this a feel-good book with a happy ending for everyone (all the good guys anyway).
Kathy jenkins
Dec 15, 2015 Kathy jenkins rated it liked it
Freebie book from book bub, quick read, romance novel with a happy ending. The best part is the main characters are over 40, women who were childhood best friends who stay friends for decades. They manage to be themselves, aren't perfect but still follow their dreams and each fall in love a second time. Hope springs eternal
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Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling 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 ...more
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