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Now and Then Friends (Hartley-by-the-Sea #2)

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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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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  Carroll
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
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
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
Suze Lavender
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rachel and Claire were best friends when they were children, but something caused a rift between them. Rachel was never able to leave Hartley-by-the-Sea, she's been stuck taking care of her family for years. Since her mother became disabled Rachel has been looking after her younger sisters. She also has a three-year-old nephew to partially raise, so her days are always filled. She supports everyone by cleaning houses of wealthy people. One of those houses is being owned by Claire's family. The h ...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 ...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 yo
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 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
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
Lisa Hart
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick read; cute story.
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.
Stevie Carroll
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:

This series got off to a great start with a tale of sisters reconnecting in a small Lake District village, and we return to the village for a tale of childhood friends who have been estranged since their pre-teen years and whose lives have followed very different paths, until the outwardly more successful of the two suffers a series of setbacks and returns to her family home in order to reassess her situation.

Claire West grew up in Hartley
Hillary roberts
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
my review

I have to admit I haven't read any of her previous books but after reading this delightful novel you can bet I am going to go back and read them. This is a novel about friendship that has faded and then been resurrected again.  It explores friendships the through the prism of class and how it affects each woman. I enjoyed reading about how each woman perceived how the friendship ended and how different people can view the same event differently.

I grew up poor nd I can tell you that the author g
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Poignant, powerful and difficult to resist, Now and Then Friends is a wonderfully uplifting tale about the ties that bind, friendship and redemption from best-selling author Kate Hewitt‘s very talented pen!

Claire West and Rachel Campbell had been inseparable from the very first moment they met at the village primary school. Despite the vast social chasm that divided them, the girls bonded immediately and their friendship strengthened over time – until their final year before secondary school. Wh
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, the setting, characters and the story were all brilliant and fit each other really well.  As someone who has been in a position where they felt stuck and also  had trouble standing up for themselves I could relate to both Rachel and Claire for different reasons.  We all do things without realising the consequences of them or make assumptions about someones thoughts or feelings without asking them instead and this is exactly what happened to Rachel and Claire
Kathleen E.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Now and Then Friends: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel by Kate Hewitt, © 2016
A Hartley-By-The-Sea Novel Series, Book 2

She'd grown up here, walked down this street a thousand times during her five years at the primary school, but it felt unfamiliar to her now. The years at uni, and then in London and Portugal, had separated her from the life she'd once had in Hartley-by-the-Sea. She felt as if she were looking through the wrong end of a kaleidoscope when she recalled her years h
Lis Carey
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
In the little Cumbrian town of Hartley-by-the-Sea, Claire West and Rachel Campbell were best friends as children, at least from Year Two through Year Five. But they came from very different backgrounds, and in Year Six things changed. Rachel's mother, the reliable working income in their household, fell and broke her back. Rachel became responsible for the care of her younger sisters. Meanwhile, Claire's wealthy family enrolled her in a tonier school than the village school they'd both attended ...more
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

Kate Hewitt has brought us back to the friendly village of Hartley-by-the-Sea and though this book can easily read as a standalone, if you have read the first book Rainy Day Sisters, you will feel enveloped with warmth by the familiarity of old friends as they help Claire and Rachel through their story.

The friction between these old friends was so very well described and the pain both women were feeling for different reasons was evident. You c
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Now and Then Friends can be summed up in one word:  BRILLIANT!!  Book 2 in the Hartley-by-The-Sea series, it has become my favorite book thus far in 2016.  It's the first book this year to make me cry intermittently, and one in which I was sincerely disappointed to see end.  I have loved all of Kate Hewitt's books, but she really outdid herself with this one. All of the characters, main and secondary, were so well developed and beautifully flawed with such admirable, redeeming qualities, that I ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
KATE HEWITT is a new-to-me author and I enjoyed this story set in England and the countryside around. It is interesting to read the different dialects of the country versus the city.

Rachel Campbell and Claire West had definitely qualified as unlikely friends, but from the moment they were six-years-old, Rachel had fallen into the role of Claire’s protector and looked out for her. After four years of close friendship, their falling out abruptly ended said friendship. Neither girl seemed to know w
Katherine Jones
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
About a year ago, I read Kate Hewitt’s Rainy Day Sisters, the inaugural installment of her Hartley-by-the-Sea series — and fell in love: with Hewitt’s charmingly imagined Hartley-by-the-Sea; with her equally charming, distinctly Cumbrian characters; and with the author’s knack for penning wholesome women’s fiction, a niche I wholeheartedly embrace.

So I was delighted when #2 of the series came my way. In Now and Then Friends, I easily fell back into the Cumbrian community and welcomed my introduc
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kate Hewitt truly displayed her writing chops in this novel by delving into deeper, more complex issues of two women of Hartley-by-the-Sea. Instead of sisters like Juliet and Lucy from Rainy Day Sisters, the main characters are Claire and Rachel, two childhood ex-friends from entirely different walks of life. Rachel grew up low income and accepting free lunches at school and has now settled into a life of caring for her teenager sister, her other sister's son when his mom decides to go out witho ...more
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Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling 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
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Hartley-by-the-Sea (3 books)
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