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A Mother Like Mine

(Hartley-by-the-Sea #3)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  370 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Welcome to England's beautiful Lake District, where a reluctant reunion forges a new bond between a daughter and her wayward mother....

Abby Rhodes is just starting to get her life on track. After her fiance's unexpected death, she returned with her young son to the small village where she grew up and threw herself into helping her ailing grandmother run the town's beach ca
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Berkley Books
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Your mother returning after no contact for 20 years? Would you be happy or resentful?

Abby was actually shocked that her mother came back to the small village of Hartley-by-the-Sea in England after being in New York. Her mother, Laura, left when Abby was two, and rarely kept in touch.

Laura went on with her life without her daughter, and her mother took care of Abby for her. Her mother now has Abby as an adult and her grandson living with her since Abby's fiancé was killed.

The Rhodes women own a c
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Abby Rhodes returns to her hometown of Hartley By The Sea in England as a widower with her young son. She has dropped out of college to help her ailing grandmother run their family owned beach cafe. She has a deep connection with her grandmother since she raised her after her mother left. Abby’s sole focus has been her son since her fiance died.

One evening, Abby’s mother Laura returns after being away for twenty years. Laura was fired from her latest job and she has financial problems. She has
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is the third book in this series. I do have book one [unread] and book 2 I need to get my hands on. I really don't feel I have missed out too much though as I found it quite OK to follow it.

Kate Hewitt is one of today's Best selling authors in the USA. I live in the UK and I feel her name is coming up trumps many a time when talking to other readers who love books in this genre.

Rainy days sisters is book 1.

This book 3 is full to burst with emotions.

Abby has been working hard to get her l
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got a kick out of the third book in this series. Kate Hewitt looks at an estranged mother/daughter named Abby and Laura Rhodes. I was more intrigued with the chapters that featured Laura, but Abby was compelling in her own way. I think that Hewitt smartly didn't have everything end up hearts and flowers since her books take a realistic look at things, while still simmering with a bit of romance in the background. The characters/relationships between 6 sets of women through the past 3 books is wh ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every daughter needs her mother at any age...
This book brings home the above adage in a beautiful way.
3 strong women; grandmother Mary, mother Laura and daughter Abby. There is an ebb and flow of emotions between all of them especially between Laura and Abby. Laura left Abby, she was driven out, when Abby was just two and she still feels the pain of abandonment. But Laura returns after 20 years to try and bridge the gap between them. Is it too late...?
It's tough going, as both have their own
Jeanne Adamek
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have noticed that in reading a lot of the subject matter is black or white, a lot of the characters are wonderful or truly rotten. This book was a celebration of the greys that really is true to life.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-authors
A Mother Like Mine takes the readers back to the small village of Hartley-by-the-Sea in the beautiful Lake District of England. It is the third book in this series but can be read as a stand alone with no confusion.

Abby is a single mother who was raised by her grandmother after her mother left when she was two. Abby had left her small village for a few years to attend university but after her fiance got killed, she dropped out of school and returned with her young son to live with her grandmothe
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

It’s just you know how gossip spreads in this village… Worse than measles.

Did Laura have emotional baggage? Didn’t everyone? They were all dragging something behind them, whether it was a steamer trunk or a handbag. Abby certainly had a truckload…

Just don’t stew too long in your own juices, Abby. It doesn’t make for a pleasant marinade.

The chip on her shoulder practically went down to her belly button.

My Review:

Kate Hewitt is a prolific writer with a seven page listing on Amazon,
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars

At first I found myself a bit angry at this book--or really rather at myself for not realizing that it was a part of a series (the author's Hartley-by-the-Sea three-book series) when I signed up for the book tour. It's my own fault for not looking closer and responding to "Lake District" and "cafe" when signing up. I admit to having some issues about reading books out of order, and although most/many would probably tell you that although characters repeat through the boo
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book about a mother-daughter relationship and how they learn to care for each other after being apart for 25 years. Laura left when Abby was 2 leaving Abby with her grandma to raise her. Now Laura is back in Hartley-by-the-Sea to stay and they need to learn how to live with each other again and how to find each other again on several different levels. This shows how different relationships are between mothers and daughters and how it can change over time. The descriptions wer ...more
Viviane Crystal
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Abby Rhodes, now a widow, and her 5-year-old son, Noah, have returned to Hartley-by-the-Sea and remained for two years now. She’s just about taken over running the café on the beach as her grandmother Mary has recently had a heart attack and is not well at all. Imagine their surprise when a knock on the door reveals that Abby’s mother, Laura, has now returned and plans on staying indefinitely. Laura was, as far as Abby is concerned, an absentee mother for as long as Abby can remember!
This is the
Bonnie Plante
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the Publisher:
A Mother Like Mine is a charming story about understanding what it means to truly forgive someone you love.

I received an ARC of this book through Penguin Random House First to Read program.

This is the story of Abby and Laura, a daughter and a mother with a very troubled history. Circumstances out of their control bring them together. The first half of the book is just them dancing around issues concerning their relationship. Neither is particularly likable, although as the sto
Andrea Guy
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of emotional reads, A Mother Like Mine should be at the top of your list. I read this book in one day! Yes, you read that right, one day. That seldom happens for me. I was so taken in by the characters that I could not put this book down for very long.

Its the story of a Mother and her daughter, who have been separated for years. Laura, the mum, has not been a mother to Abby, who is now a mom of 5 year old Noah.

So there's family drama.

Then there's Gran, Mary. She's not your typic
Charlotte Lynn
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A story of second chances, finding peace, and accepting life. Laura and Abby are mother and daughter that have virtually no relationship. Laura left Abby to be raised by her grandmother at age 2 and never looked back. Now they are back in the small town they both grew up in and trying to find a way to establish a relationship.

I loved that both Laura and Abby are looking to find peace and happiness and that it doesn’t mean they need a man in their lives. They are trying to find it themselves. Th
D.K. Powell
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I'm reaching the conclusion that so-called 'women's fiction' is not really for me. This is a shame as I don't like to think of any kind of fiction being somehow 'beyond me'. Yet I've read several of Kate Hewitt's novels now and despite the fact that she writes well. the plots flow nicely, the characters are believable and the settings just happen to be ones I know very well indeed (as I live in the same village where Kate Hewitt lived for many years) I still really don't 'get it'.

Part of
Jathan Fink
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Forgiveness Doesn’t Come Easily With ‘A Mother Like Mine’ [REVIEW]

Left behind as a toddler to be raised by her grandmother, a young woman works hard to build a life of her own with her young son in a picturesque seaside village. Just when she thinks she’s finally happy, her mother suddenly returns. Will she be able to forgive and bridge the chasm between them? Find out in Kate Hewitt’s emotion-packed new novel, A Mother Like Mine.

When Abby Rhodes fiancé died unexpectedly, she made her way back
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first introduction to Kate Hewitt’s work was when a copy of Rainy Day Sisters showed up in my mailbox, unsolicited. I emailed the publisher’s rep and she said, “Well, do you mind reviewing it if you have time?” In a nutshell, I loved that book, and I feel in love with Hewitt’s writing.

In this novel, A Mother Like Mine, Hewitt has again set a story in Hartley-by-the-Sea, and is again examining the various permutations of family, and especially the ever-changing dynamics between mother and daug
Stevie Carroll
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:

While I greatly enjoyed the first Hartley-by-the-Sea novel, and loved the characters and setting of the second, my nitpicky brain had issues with some of the background details in that one that didn’t quite feel right for a UK-set story about born-and-bred Brits. We’ve met one of the main protagonists in this third novel as a background character in previous books, but the other is new to regular readers, although a returning former reside
Kathleen E.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Monday, August 14, 2017
A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt, © 2017
A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel, Book 3

My Review:
The warmth in this cover photo goes beyond the sand and surf... It radiates in a heart.

The Lake District of Cumbria
Abby and Laura Rhodes have a lot to relearn about each other ~ and learn anew. Separated by time and place ~ space, actually ~ fitting into each other's life prompts an inward search as well as appearances from without.

This is a four-generational story. Abby Rhodes and her son
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt is a captivating novel of healing, forgiveness and new beginnings.  Although this newest release is the third installment in the Hartley-by-the-Sea series it can easily be read as a standalone.

Abby Rhodes is a single mom to five year old Noah and she lives and works with  the grandmother who raised her after her mother, Laura, abandoned her.  So, just imagine her shock when she discovers Laura has returned after a long absence and plans to remain in Ha
Kathryn Laceby
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

This book took me through so many emotions from empathy to frustration but ultimately I felt joy. The bond between Laura and Abby was tragically broken at the start and though I mostly bonded with Abby I was also surprised that I liked Laura's voice and wanted to know how they had ended up in this situation.

I wasn't too sure about the grandmother's voice (the only mother Abby had known). While I applauded her raising of her grandchild there was also something
Kerry Croucier
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an emotional, thought-provoking book with strong, well-written characters. Abby's mother left her with her Grandmother when she was a toddler, visiting rarely, and those visits made no attempt at any relationship. Abby was raised by her grandmother, and when she needed someplace to go with her son, she headed home. She has finally found peace and her place, helping her Grandmother with the small cliff-side cafe. What she doesn't expect is the re-appearance of her mother.
Laura knows that
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Abby Rhodes returned to Hartley-by-the-Sea after her fiancé was killed in an accident, with her 5-year-old son in tow. The village, the beach café which was run by her grandma Mary, and the flat where grandma lived in gave her the sense of “home sweet home”, safe and comfortable.

Then one day, Laura Rhodes – Abby’s mother decided to come back to Hartley-by-the Sea after 20 years, and had plans to stay there for don’t-know-how-long!

As long as she can remember, Abby has little memory of her mothe
Virginia Myers
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I guess I would say that this book is about the struggles of a mother and daughter to develop a relationship. The setting for the book is a small English sea-side village in Cumbria County, England. There are four main characters:

#1 – The mother is Laura Rhodes. She was an unwed woman who became pregnant when she was only 15 years old. She and her baby lived with Laura’s mother for two years and then Laura left to take a job in Manchester, England. For 20 years she had a successful career with r
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did not realize that this book was in a series. I was given enough back ground information on all of the people in the story to understand what was going on. The first couple of pages was a little slow. But pretty quickly I was curious about the characters and what was going to happen with them.
We first meet Abby Rhodes and her son Noah. She is down on her luck and had to move back with her grandmother Mary whom recently had a heart attack. Abby is helping Mary run a cafe that the family has
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Mother Like Mine is a unique mother/daughter story set (in what I believe to be fictional) village of Hartley By The Sea. Told in alternating voices of the mom(Laura) and daughter (Abby) the story explores their reunion after a long estrangement as well as the reasons for said estrangement. The story is told in a very relatable manner with interesting twists and turns along the way, If you wonder what it's like to live in Britain or like BBC tv this will fit the bill. The author (Kate Hewitt) ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Laura Rhodes returns home to Hartley-by-the-Sea from America she isn’t met with a warm reception from her daughter. Abby has every reason to be bitter where her mother is concerned. She left when Abby was a toddler and only came back for a few short visits over the years. Now Abby is a single mother of a young boy. She’s struggling to make a go of the family beach cafe and really doesn’t have time to forge a relationship with Laura. But when something unexpected happens the two must figure ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful escape read from my usual mystery, suspense, thriller genre. I enjoyed reading about the relationships among three generations of women. Abby was the daughter who returned to Hartley-By-The-Sea, in England's Lake District, with her five-year old son, after two years of being away. Laura was Abby's estranged mother, who also came back to the home she had fled from when Abby was two. Mary was Abby's grandmother and Laura's mother who had raised Abby and run the local beach ca ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one very much, although I have to admit that it was a little slow to hook me. This story is high on character development and lower on action. Abby and Laura, mother and daughter, have a lot in common, but they don’t know it until they get to know one another. And that isn’t easy, because Laura abandoned Abby when she was a toddler, and Abby doesn’t trust her not to abandon her again, so she tries to maintain a distance from Laura.
Both women became pregnant without that ring on th
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book about the complicated relationship between mothers and daughters. The main focus is on the relationship between Laura and Abby. Laura is Abby's mother and left she left when Abby was 2 years old, making a few appearances over the years. She comes back after a major life altering event, that leaves her searching for home and family. Abby is the mother of Noah, a precocious 5 year old. Abby is unsure of Laura and does not trust that Laura is staying around this time. Ma ...more
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