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A Vicarage Reunion

(The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District, where homecomings and surprises await the four Holley sisters…

Esther Holley, the eldest in the family, has always had her life firmly in control until a miscarriage knocks her off course. Two months later, still emotionally spinning, she separates from her husband Will, a s
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Published February 2nd 2018 by Tule Publishing
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Whispering Stories
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A Vicarage Reunion is the second book in ‘The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite’ series. I reviewed the first book, ‘A Vicarage Christmas‘, in October last year and loved it. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.

The books are set in Thornthwaite, a little village in the Lake District, and follow the lives of the daughters of Roger (who was the local vicar), and Ruth Holley. The last book focused on Anna Holley, who suffers with social anxi
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second installment of the series featuring the Thornthwaite vicar's daughters features Esther. Esther married Will, but a difficult circumstance drives a bit of a wedge between them. Esther moves home to the vicarage. At the same time, she accepts a package from her employer which allows her to make a completely new start. Esther's parents plan a move to China in the upcoming months, and the curate will move into the vicarage at that time. When Esther's father suggests turning a neglected ga ...more
Gena DeBardelaben
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
eARC: Netgalley

I've shed more than a few tears as I've read The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite books. I lost my son almost four years ago and following the Holley family dealing with the far reaching ripples surrounding the death of their young brother has rang so true for me. As always, Kate Hewitt's characters are real people dealing with real everyday problems we can all relate to. The love the Holley family shares is tangible and will touch your heart.

Kate, thank you for being the treasure t
Nicola Clough
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to read the second book in this series and it didn't let me down. Full of romance and families and finding happiness again great characters and story line and has you hooked from the first page. Has you really thinking at times and shows sometimes you have to go back to the beginning.
Esther has been married to will for a while and she finds out she has lost a baby and in doing so she finds she's wants different things in life so she decides to leave will and tells him she never
Danielle Urban
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt is a heartfelt women's fiction story. Romance, marriage, miscarriage and family life are put to the test. A journey that sucked me in from the first page. A young married couple have been suffering silently for a long while. Until one day, the wife decides she can't take it anymore. Losing their baby, was the last straw for Esther. Esther is a daughter of a vicar. She knew her faith should be stronger but she felt broken, sad, and unhappy. Esther decided to leav ...more
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
Sometimes it takes a monumental event in our lives for us to question everything we’ve ever known. Are we truly happy? Are we just existing, or embracing all that life has to offer?

Following a devastating miscarriage, this is what happens to Esther Langley. Esther doesn’t do feelings, but then, neither does her stoic, sheep farmer husband, Will. Struggling to reconcile her inner turmoil, she feels as if her marriage is over. Moving back into her childhood home with her parents at the vicarage is
Kate Hewitt's stories have always grabbed me. Mainly because it may start out as a small town contemporary romance but it rarely ever remains that way. A Vicarage Reunion is no exception. The blurb is definitely misleading, it doesn't really give a hint about the anguish both Will and Esther have gone thru prior to their separation and there are moments when you feel Esther is giving both the reader and Will headaches with not knowing what she really wants. Will isn't exactly blameless as well b ...more
Suze Lavender
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Esther is always in control. She has a steady relationship and nothing out of the ordinary ever happens in her life. When a miscarriage causes emotional distress Esther doesn't know how to handle this. After two months Esther still doesn't feel any better. She and her husband Will don't talk about anything and she's had enough. That's why she leaves him and moves back in with her parents at the vicarage of Thornthwaite. Esther thought she'd be relieved that she's finally free, but instead she fe ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt
The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite, Book 2
Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings and surprises await the four Holley sisters…
Esther Holley, the eldest in the family, has always had her life firmly in control until a miscarriage knocks her off course. Two months later, still emotionally spinning, she separates from her husband Will, a sheep farmer and man of few words and moves back in
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I’ve enjoyed other books by Kate Hewitt, but this one was a bit of a miss for me.

After a false pregnancy, Esther can’t deal with the emotions she feels about both the pregnancy and the state of her marriage to her husband, Will. She decides that the best thing to do is for her to leave him, although she’s unable to bring herself to be honest about why. Will is completely blindsided and understandably hurt by her decision. However, he loves her and wants to find a way for them to reconci
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

Esther has reached a breaking point in her marriage to Will. After losing a baby a few months prior to when this book is set she has become despondent with her life. She is fed up with the monotony of the routine her and Will have and craves something more, and so she packs her bags and leaves returning back to the Vicarage where her parents are preparing for their own life-changing travel plans.

What I love about Kate Hewitt is she doesn’t alw
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is unfortunately still something of a taboo so the fact that miscarriage plays such a big part in Kate Hewitt’s latest book, A Vicarage Reunion, feels like an important step to me.
Having experienced two early pregnancy losses, I was drawn to this novel – the second in this series – but what kept me reading was the fact it's a brilliantly told story, with barely suppressed emotion, which I knew had to come out eventually.
While it might be too raw to read if you’ve just experienced it, nearly s
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite type of novel. It was sweet, clean and very entertaining. Don't let this fool you into thinking it was light and fluffy, because it is not. Kate captures your heart from the very start of the book. It contains a lot of heartache and lost, but the way her characters work through them makes it a must read. Will and Esther were such strong main characters in this story. Even though they were married eight years and together ten, Esther felt there was nothing left in their relati ...more
gifta alvina
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Reading A Vicarage Reunion is very enjoyable. We get to the centre of the conflict at the same time Will, Esther husband know there is a problem in their marriage. Being separated seems the most logical choice for Esther after having miscarriage and only continue on to survive, not to live on her life. While Will, confused, angry and heart-broken continue to find the why’s and then decided to Esther to go dating again.

As a married woman, the story is easy to relate to. The boredom of the marria
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The trouble with reading Kate Hewitt’s stories is that as soon as you finish one and discover the next is not due out for months you wish you’d read the current one more slowly and really savoured it.
I’ve loved this, the second Holley Sisters story, from the moment I started reading it. Kate Hewitt creates characters that are truly three dimensional, carrying the sorts of burdens you or I might carry, yet facing those challenges head on and growing as a result. This series is set in England’s g
Laura Reading
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a small town it does not take long for news, especially gossip, to make the rounds. More so when you are the vicar's daughter. Esther is the eldest daughter. While not outwardly exceptionally devout, she has always wanted to be a good daughter, a good person, focused and driven to have a purposeful life. She thought she had found her calling, in agricultural protection, right out of school. She married a good man and settled down. Until there was a life changing event and she begins to wonder ...more
Kerry Croucier
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
All her life, Esther has worked toward her next goal. So much so, that it seems she is crossing items off her to-do list rather than living her life. Emotions are something she has never done, so she thought Will was perfect for her, because he didn't either. When she finds out she is no longer pregnant, the emotions roll in and she doesn't know how to handle them, but she is convinced her marriage is over . Will is blind-sided when Esther walks out, but determined to get to the bottom of what w ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh Esther and Will… hard workers, loyal to a fault, family-oriented… and then one trauma busts it all up and unearths some unexpressed feelings. Thankfully, their little town — including Esther’s family — provides the guardrails to help Esther and Will find their way.

Their struggle was real. I’ve felt it and I’m sure all married couples have felt it at some time in their marriage. Things are going fine until they aren’t. And sometimes the solution isn’t ex
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an advanced reader's copy. For reasons entirely unknown, I was expecting a British Cozy (fluffy murder mystery). Once I sorted myself out, I found the book to be short and sweet. It treats many serious issues quickly and lightly (a handful of therapy appointments, a handful of dates, a short talking-to by the main character's mother and voila.) I also think the treatment of the Lake District, farmer's life, and work involved in bringing about a community garden were similarly glossed ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Second in the series, A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt takes place in the English village of Thornthwaite. I loved this realistic women’s fiction story. Marriage is difficult, loss is difficult and in general there are heartbreaks along life’s journey. This book deals with all of that. It is a true second chance story for the two main characters.

Esther is the vicar’s daughter, so I imagine her life has been one of expectations. Time has come that Esther just can’t meet expectations especially
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Esther has decided she can no longer take living with her husband Will, and the story opens with her moving back in with parents at the Vicarage in Thornthwaite. Esther found out that her pregnancy never was; her body was fooling itself. Esther is conflicted, but the miscarriage has changed her marriage apparently irrevocably. Will has been blindsided by Esther even though he was aware of how miserable they both were.

Over the course of the story, Esther makes even more huge life decisions, and i
Sandi Ramirez
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This Series gets better and better

The second book in the Holley sisters of Thornthwaite series was even better than the first book. I am so sold in author Kate Hewitt that I will be reading all the books in this series and looking for books from this author to see what else she has written. In this book we get to know Esther the sister that I call the stuck up one. But in reality she has a bit of a control issue going on with not just her family but all things and not does it cause issues in her
Sally Coles
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Esther had been married to Will for a long time and had always loved the fact that he doesn't show his emotions as that is how she had always been....... until she has a miscarriage and suddenly her emotions are very much to the fore! Feeling that there is nothing left for her she leaves Will and goes back to the vicarage with her parents but now it is Will's turn to show his emotions but he wants to go back to the beginning and woo her properly going on dates... will this work can they get the ...more
Bette Hansen
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Vicarage Reunion is a wonderful tale of a young couple who's marriage is rocked following a miscarriage. Unhappy and not knowing what to do Esther leaves Will and returns to her parent's home. Still unhappy but determined to restart her life. Esther finds herself exploring dating life with disastrous results. Then Will shows up demanding her to give him a second chance and he plans to show Esther just how special she is by courting her all over again.

This is a very well done book and I definit
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this story of a quiet man and his competent wife whose marriage is in trouble. Not at all angst ridden or melodramatic, there was some real power in some of the scenes with two good people wondering how they ended up where they did. I loved that there was no sex or profanity, though sex was occasionally mentioned of course. They are married. :) The weakness for me was the way everything wrapped up too quickly and neatly at the end. Still I read it in just a ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this very much after reading Bk 1, A Vicarage Christmas. At first I didn't like Esther, she was prickly, defensive, hostile and uncommunicative to her husband Will and also her loving family. Then I realised she also didn't like herself and was in some despair at how horrible she was being - but couldn't help it. Gradually her story was revealed, and the emotion ante was upped a thousandfold. Will was terrific, determined to woo his wife back. A great second book in this series. Bring on ...more
Julia David
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very emotional story. I liked Esther and Will. They are both very buttoned up and rarely talk about feelings. They both rarely talk, but when they do, they say what needs to be said and that is it. One day Esther announces that she is moving out and leaves a bewildered Will behind. As they both grapple with their feelings, they discover that even thought they had been married for 7 years, they really do not know each other well. Something has to give, so Will suggests that they start over. Sta ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book from NetGalley

A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt. A book that took me longer to get though. I hadn't read the previous book in The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite this is book two. I enjoyed the small town setting of the village in England and the characters. This is the story of Esther moving back home with her parents and leaving her husband Will. I've read other books by Kate Hewitt and look for other books by this author.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it

Better than the first in the series but underdeveloped plots and characters and explanations that aren't particularly realistic. Lots of hints at things that will perhaps be developed in the third book but they happen right from the beginning of this book and even the end of the first so you aren't left feeling there's a cliffhanger but that the author forgot to tie up all the loose ends!
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Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of many books of women's fiction. Her latest releases are A Vicarage Homecoming and Not My Daughter. 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.

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