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Now and Then Friends

(Hartley-by-the-Sea #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  497 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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 nephe
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by NAL
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Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ultimately satisfying though I have to say if you are looking for a rah female friendship book, the two main characters have very little do with each other for most of the book which was funny. Instead both of them rely on people they have either just met and or have known for a while before circling back to their friendship. I found it a bit weird, but ultimately liked it. Rachel is still hurting from Claire turning away from their friendship when they were pre-teens and Claire is oblivious to ...more
Now and Then Friends ( A Hartley-By-The-Sea Novel) by Kate Hewitt is a NAL publication

This well balanced, emotional drama touches on class differences, family loyalties and responsibilities, love and friendship. Although Rachel and Claire couldn’t have come from more diverse backgrounds, they shared a common bond that proved to be unbreakable. The long held resentment between the women fall away as they lift one another up, cheer each other on, listen to one another’s problems, and learn accepta
Chris Conley
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very believable story. Both women’s perspectives felt completely honest and very real!
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Oh to be young again and know what I know now. Sometimes we look back and wonder how it would be if something changed in our past. Would a simple “I’m sorry” make the difference in a friendship long lost? Or was it meant to be a broken friendship?

Author Kate Hewitt takes us on a trip to England and a lovely village where everyone knows who you are and your past is hard to overcome. She tells a story rich with tales of the past and hope for the future. Broken friendships that beg to be healed. An
Jeanne Adamek
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a magical novel, you know one of those books that draws you in and you are living the story with the characters. I felt like I was there, could really see Hartley-by-the-Sea...

The characters were wonderfully drawn, some quirky, some charming, but all whom I would have liked to meet. Rachel, one of the main characters irratated me lots of times but I still needed to find out what she planned on doing... I loved watching Claire grow and come into herself.

I also love the fact tha
Kate Baxter
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was an easy and quick story - perfect for summertime reading. Yet, it deals with some difficult issues: childhood abandonment, parental chronic illness, mistrust of or lack of confidence in others, and seeing the world through only your own eyes without consideration of the viewpoints of others. One could almost treat it as a self-help book with a sweet fictional narrative.
This story focuses on two, now grown, women who though once best friends are now virtual strangers after a child
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-authors
This is Kate Hewitt's second book with a setting of Hartley-by-the-Sea, a small town in England. There are a few references to the characters in the first book but this can be read as a stand alone with no confusion.

Claire Westland and Rachel Campbell were best friends in school until Claire started to hang out with the popular crowd in junior high. Claire left town as soon as possible to live in Spain and Rachel stayed to take care of her mother and sisters and to take over the family's housecl
Cindy Burnett
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Now and Then Friends was so slow to get started, but I ended up enjoying it. As the story progressed, I was eager to finish the book and see what happened with the characters.

Claire and Rachel were friends as young children in Hartley-by-the-Sea. Their lives diverged, and they each have a different recollection of the way the relationship ended. Rachel has stayed in Hartley-by-the-Sea while Claire went to university and lived in Portugal. As the book opens, Claire’s life begins to fall
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-reading
In her second book, Kate Hewitt expands on the themes of friendship and sisterhood. I enjoyed this book even more than the first one, because the cliche romantic storylines are very subtle and moved to the background, allowing all spotlight to be on the main characters - realistic and believable as they deal with each of their life's circumstances, relationships within each of their families and with each other. The twists and turns in characters' fates are very life-like without any unnecessary ...more
Kathy Heare Watts
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library.
Brin Murray
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable novel, not as fluffy as some. It’s set in Hartley-by-The-Sea, Cumbria, in a small-ish village where everybody knows your name, and the story revolves around two friends who disconnected back in Year Six at primary school, when they were around eleven. Claire was the rich little princess-type, from the big house on the edge of town, who was soon to go to a private school anyway. The other, Rachel, had an unemployed dad who walked out, and a mother who broke her back while on ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Hewitt has been a must-watch author for me since I read her book This Fragile Life a few years back. It was such an emotional read, it made me cry, even about a subject that's something so far away from my own life, which I always think is a good thing. So I've tried my best to keep up with her novels and nowadays she's writing a series set in Hartley-by-the-Sea, in Cumbria. I haven't actually read Rainy Day Sisters, and I don't think you particularly have to, although Juliet & Lucy are in ...more
Viviane Crystal
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Life hasn’t turn out the way Rachel Campbell or Claire West expected. They were both best friends when they were in elementary school many years ago. Now, they meet anew when Claire West returns to Hartley-By-The-Sea and the awkwardness between the two is obvious to everyone else in the small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. But no one knows what the problem between these two characters is and the two women really can’t put their finger on the problem either. Suffice to say th ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2016
Now and then Friends takes you on an emotional journey about friendship, family and self-discovery.

Told in third person narrative with each alternating chapter unfolding the story of the two main characters, Rachel and Claire, I felt I go to know both women really well. It highlights how both women feel and that there are always two sides to a story, as both women have different views as to why their friendship ended.

The characterisation in the book is fantastic. Two very different women with ve
Anita Johnson
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rachel and Claire were best friends until they were eight years old. Twenty years later, they are both in Hartley-by-the Sea, miles from London in all ways, and find that it might be impossible to rekindle their friendship.

I had really enjoyed Rainy Day Sisters, the first in the Hartley-by-the Sea series, and have found that it isn't necessary to read these two in order although the two sisters in the first book do have minor roles in the second. I hope Kate Hewitt has a third coming soon.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Although I really like her characters and her writing style, I kept waiting for the book to take off.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A nice book. Nothing amazing, but readable and enjoyable.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jerjen

Now And Then Friends
Hartley-By-The-Sea, Book #2
Kate Hewitt
(ISBN13: 9780451475596)
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer jerjen


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 y
Kay Garrett
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-read
Now and Then Friends is the second book in the Hartley-By-The-Sea Series. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone book but I enjoyed catching up on the characters from the first book, Rainy Day Sisters. I found this book to be every bit as enjoyable to read as the first book.

Kate Hewitt deals with a lot of emotions in this book and she does it very well. There’s the childhood friendships that become strained to adulthood and how they are able to reclaim those friendships through a lot of pati
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is the second in a series based in this small coastal town in the UK. I did not enjoy this one nearly as much as book #1 mostly because one of the main characters, Rachel, was so unlikable. She had dreams of attending university and making something of herself but had to leave after 2 weeks when her father deserted the family. She went back home to take care of her invalid mother and two sisters. Yes, she was dealt a very hard hand in life but she did nothing but feel sorry for herself ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second in a series of books by Kate Hewitt. As with Rainy Day Sisters, it contained very good people characterizations. Though it is a work of fiction, the scenarios within could happen in the real world which is what makes fiction stories a good read for me. This story centered around two women who were good friends in elementary school, but then went their separate ways, having a sort of falling out/misunderstanding at a young age. One stayed home in Hartley-by-the-Sea, the other m ...more
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Dec 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finished the second book in the "A Hartley-By The Sea novel " series, Now and Then Friends. The first book "Rainy Day Sisters " and "Now and Then Friends are a must read. The characters come to life and each has a story that you get so caught up in. Kate Hewitt is an awesome writer, the story never lacks and I'm very excited to know that Kate Hewitt has the third book in" Hartley-By the Sea" series. Thank you Kate for bringing Lucky, Juliet, Rachel, Claire and the men in their lives and friends ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked a lot of things about this book, the charming little village, the story, the way I felt right in the heart of the town and the lives of the characters.

The only thing I didn’t like, that almost made me not read the next book was how disrespectful, cranny & unfriendly a lot of the characters were to others. I just find it hard to believe people would treat other how some of them did. Nothing really mean just not very nice. It’s the reason I stopped reading the first book only a few chapte
Darlene Wilson
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Running into Rachel brings back memories of past mistakes, and Claire wonders if she now has the courage to make them right. Claire’s brother, Andrew, asks Rachel to keep an eye on Claire. As their lives threat
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It seemed a bit slow at the beginning as the characters were developing. But I’d heard good things about it so I kept reading. Once the story started picking up a bit more, I took a liking to the characters. I liked how as time went on they realized they weren’t the only ones with challenges, and how we’re often so caught up in our own misery that we don’t see those close to us struggling. By assuming things or intentions of others, we often set ourselves and them up for failure and hurt. Good l ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This was the 2nd book in this series. It was pretty good, same rating as book #1. I liked Rachel and Claire. Felt that they both have had hard lives, both were afraid to speak up, etc. I never figured out if Claire told Rachel about her hearing loss, I wonder if that would have made a difference in their friendship earlier. Not sure if I'm happy that Rachel ended up with Andrew, I guess we will have to see what happens in the 3rd book. ...more
Ada Iaboni
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
Although I enjoyed part 2 of this series, because it expanded on the people and the town and their connection, this particular story left flat.
Most of the story went nowhere. It went on and on but said very little. In the last, maybe 5 or 6 chapters more was happening, but that also left me flat. There was little heat between the main character and her new man, and next to none at all between the other main character and hers, except for one kiss and that said little.
Faith Ann
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for all English seaside villages, cuppa’s, pubs, shops and putting the kettle on so even if the plot was a little weak at times I still loved this book and am excited to know there is a 3rd in the series.
Jenna Marie
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I really enjoy the Hartley by the sea novels, I wish there were more.
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Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of many books of both historical and contemporary fiction. Under the name Katharine Swartz, she is the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.

She likes to read women's fiction, mystery and thrillers, as well as historical novels. She particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoi

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