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Rainy Day Sisters (Hartley-by-the-Sea #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  668 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
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 h
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by NAL
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Oct 16, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Rainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel by Kate Hewitt is a 2015 NAL publication.

Stories like this one are like comfort food, and are good for the soul. I loved the quirky, offbeat village, the characterization and development, and while I prefer sunny, warm climates, Harley-by-the-Sea is perhaps a magical place, one I hope to visit again sometime for more heartwarming and uplifting stories.

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Oct 04, 2015 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiona Bagshaw had not a maternal bone in her body, and for most of their lives, her two daughters have lived apart: Juliet in England and Lucy in Boston. Fiona has become a rather famous artist and relishes that world.

But after a humiliating experience because of her mother, Lucy has fled to Cumbria in the Lake District, and to the small village of Hartley-by-the-Sea. Home to Juliet, who owns a Bed and Breakfast.

Juliet had invited her and even arranged for a short-term job for Lucy in the primar
Sep 14, 2015 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Two sisters, almost total strangers, begin a journey towards connection and a sense of family. They do not gel immediately, yet perhaps underneath they are more alike than they initially experience. Rainy Day Sisters is set in the fictional town of Hartley-on-Sea in Cumbria, England. Ultimately this is a story of hope and connection and finding family as two sisters battle it out to find what they need.

Rachel the older sister, has set up a B&B, she is a rather self-contained, organised, lone
Aug 09, 2015 Aimee rated it liked it
There were quite a few things that I liked about this book. The first thing that I really enjoyed was the scenery that was described throughout the book. I love reading books set in England and this one takes place in a charming little town called Hartley-by-the-sea. Hewitt includes many wonderful details about the town that I enjoyed. The author also does a great job of making the weather a part of the story whether it be a beautiful day full of sunshine or most commonly in this book a cold, ...more
Jul 23, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-authors
Juliet and Lucy are half sisters who have never really gotten to know each other. They are 11years apart and Lucy and their Mom moved to Boston when Lucy was only 6 and Juliet stayed in England. To say that they aren't close at the beginning of the novel is an understatement. Even though they don't really know each other, Juliet invites Lucy to her b&b in Hartley-by-the-Sea when her life in Boston falls apart. Juliet is very unfriendly and resentful of the life that Lucy lived with their ...more

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Kate Hewitt's the author of more than forty women's fiction/romance novels and 'Rainy Day Sisters' is the first part of a brand new series. Although I've heard of her books, this one is the first by her I've read. Having said that, I really had no expectations from the story. But once I started reading 'Rainy Day Sisters' I was hooked! I couldn't put it down and read in a single sitting.

I spent 3-
Three and a half stars.

A novel about brokenness and healing, reality and hope.

The two male love interests, I found to be really well done and enjoyable. No insta-love here, but slow-builds, men with complexity, character and depth.

And a setting to rival all settings - the beautiful Lake District.

At times, a funny combination of being a little 'blah' and ordinary, yet often deep and meaningful. Chic lit, I suppose, but definitely not superficial. A cosy kind of read.
Sep 21, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Since becoming a reviewer and blogger I've avoided books which are impart of a series, purely due to the fact that with an ever growing TBR list, I can't guarantee that I will be able to read the following books, and I just have to know what happened.
So when I saw that Rainy Day Sisters was touring I "umm'd" and "ahh'd" over it for all of 30 seconds - just look at that beautiful, intriguing book cover that gives absolutely nothing away, yet makes perfect sense right from the start of the novel.

Kathleen E.
Aug 07, 2015 Kathleen E. rated it it was amazing
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Rainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel by Kate Hewitt, 2015

Rainy Day Sisters is set in the fictional village of Hartley-by-the-Sea. Come along as we explore this just released novel!

...beautiful places can be found just about anywhere, if you have the heart to look for them
--author Kate Hewitt, beautiful places

Kate Hewitt
I am newly discovering Kate's writings. Profusely beautiful in expression of what might be missed in a day. I like the descriptiveness as if you
Aug 07, 2015 Crystal rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for heartwarming, entertaining and real in a novel, then Rainy Day Sisters is just the book for you. And now that I have read it and fallen in love with the village of Hartley-by-the-Sea and some of the townspeople, I cannot wait for future books in this series by Ms. Hewitt.

Rainy Day Sisters is a primarily character-driven novel. Lucy leaves Boston after a public embarrassment to go to England to stay with her half-sister and seemingly find herself. Lucy imagines herself on a
Feb 04, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Original review located at
RAINY DAY SISTERS When a Primal Relationship Goes Wrong

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

There are bad mothers and then there are selfish, terrible women who have children to serve some agenda other than motherhood. In this book we see two half-sisters. When Lucy undergoes a public humiliation and a break up her barely known to he
Sep 28, 2015 Suze rated it it was amazing
Lucy's mother has ruined Lucy's life and she has to get away from it all. She leaves Boston and returns to England to live with her sister Juliet for a few months. Juliet has a bed & breakfast in Hartley-by-the Sea, which is a wonderful seaside village. What was supposed to be a healing stay is proving to be difficult when Juliet is far from welcoming and when Lucy's job for the time being proves to be tough. Lucy's boss Alex is strict and scary and she has to do her very best not to offend ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Hayley rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book by Netgallery in exchange for an honest review.

Juliet and Lucy are half sisters, 11 years apart in age and barley know each other. Lucy having been brought up in America by their mother Fiona, a famous artist, and Juliet having been left behind in England as a teenager when her mother found fame and moved abroad. They are brought together by a mutual dislike of their thoughtless and egotistical mother, after she publicly shames Lucy's art work. In an uncharacteris
Julie Boon
Sep 24, 2015 Julie Boon rated it it was amazing
Juliet and her “half sister” Lucy have never been what you would call close. Juliet seems very cold and unfeeling towards Lucy, but poor Lucy doesn’t understand why. This book tells you the story of the two sisters and how they build on their relationship from near total strangers to becoming friends.

Lucy leaves Boston after a relationship breakdown and to flee her interfering, embarrassing mother to start a temporary job as a primary school receptionist back in England and her half sister Julie
Oct 24, 2015 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it
I was at Barnes and Noble today and picked this one up totally on impulse. Haven’t heard of the author or read anything about the book. I read the first few pages and got drawn in and had to buy it. The story revolves around Juliet and Lucy, two estranged sisters, who are reunited after Lucy’s life turns into a train wreck at the hands of their mother, Fiona.

Lucy joins Juliet in Cumbria at her B&B and soon makes herself a member of the community. There are romances and romances to come hinte
Katherine Jones
Aug 21, 2015 Katherine Jones rated it it was amazing
I love falling in love with a new novel, and this one charmed me from the start. Winsome characters, romance-worthy setting, and enough relationship drama to keep me up at nights. I can’t say enough good things about this one, including the fact that it’s clean. From page one, I loved sweet Lucy and her hopeless optimism. I ached for prickly Juliet while rooting for Lucy’s determination to crack her nut-hard shell. I relished the way these two estranged sisters found the complement in the other ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: con-ficition

The Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt is not my usual reading choice, but nevertheless, an entertaining diversion! A novel about two sisters--well, half-sisters, who barely know each other--coming to grips with residual family grievances. When Lucy's life seems to disintegrate around here (mostly through her mother's callousness), she calls her older half-sister Julia in England. Julia, acting decided out-of-character, invites Lucy to come stay in Hartley-by-the-Sea, a small Lake District vill
Donna Jo Atwood
Lucy and Juliet's mother is not a nurturing woman. Lucy and Juliet are not bosom buddies. According to the back cover "with the help of quirky villagers" they'll get over it. But quirky Peter and Alex are not reacting well to their own problems. etc.

This book was filled with prickly people. I don't think there was one "normal" person in the whole book to give readers a moment of rest between crises.

It's not a bad book, but you have to be in the mood for it or it'll cause you to throw it across
Oct 05, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
In this novel, Lucy flees her life in America to stay with her half-sister Juliet in a quaint English Village. The two sisters barely know each other but share some major issues with their mother. At the beginning of this book, I thought it would just be a quick predictable 3* read, but it grew on me. Yes, it was fairly predictable, but I enjoyed the village, the community, and the characters. It switches back and forth between Lucy's and Juliet's points of view. I particularly enjoyed Lucy's ...more
Virginia Franken
Jul 22, 2016 Virginia Franken rated it it was amazing
Loved this one. Sparked a real discussion at our book club about how a single sentence uttered from one person to another can change the course of a relationship forever. And the descriptions of England are beautifully evoked. Loved the characters and the relationship between the sisters. One of those books that's a bummer to finish as you have to reluctantly leave a world you've become a part of. But Now and Then Friends is out now so I'm back in Hartley by the sea!
Diane Mccredie
Jan 23, 2016 Diane Mccredie rated it really liked it
I wish Good Reads allowed 1/2 star increments. I would have given this 4 1/2 stars. Really good book about 2 sisters coming to terms with their relationship and their relationships with their mother. My requirement to like a book is to have likeable characters that I grow to care about and this book easily had that. Plus most of it takes place in England. Need I say more?
Chris Conley
Jan 13, 2016 Chris Conley rated it really liked it
Really good. I recognized both women and saw bits of my sister and me in them. Happily, joyfully, I saw nothing of my mother in Fiona. This is a lovely start to a series.
Emma Crowley
Aug 13, 2015 Emma Crowley rated it really liked it
Rainy Day Sisters is the first in the planned Hartley by the Sea series by Kate Hewitt. I had only read one book by Kate previous to this writing under the name Katharine Swartz. I didn't really like that book so was apprehensive about reading this new story. But within the first few chapters I realised this was a different kind of book altogether and overall I really enjoyed it. It's well written with excellent character development. It deals with lots of topical issues relevant to today's ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Agi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

"Rainy Day Sisters" is the first in the Hartley by the Sea series, and also my first book by Kate Hewitt. I really didn't know what to expect when I requested this book, I just had a feeling it may be a good read, and as it turned out, I was absolutely right - I have truly adored this story. It had me hooked from start to the end and I immensely enjoyed it. It was not a life - changing book, the plot might have not been the most original one, and yet on the whole it was incredibly refreshing sto
Nov 30, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: library, 2016
Perfect book to read while trying to finish writing for National Novel Writing Month. It was good and entertaining, but I had no trouble putting it down when I needed to focus on writing. I'd read the next book in the series.
Oct 11, 2016 Nancy added it
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Rebecca Konik
Oct 25, 2016 Rebecca Konik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rainy Day Sisters

A great start to a series if chosen. I would love to continue on this journey especially as the two sisters are getting to know each other and others in their lives..looking for more
Nov 05, 2016 Joanne rated it liked it
No rocket science but a comfortable easy read.
Oct 10, 2016 Maggie rated it really liked it
Cute story
Melissa Petroski
Oct 05, 2016 Melissa Petroski rated it it was ok
This was hard to get into. It moved very slowly at the beginning. Then it ends without wrapping everything up and leaves you hanging. I hate books that abruptly end.
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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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