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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  33 reviews
When Laurel West discovers her estranged sister Abby has checked herself into rehab and wants her to take care of her fourteen-year-old son, she doesn't hesitate to step in. Abby was there for Laurel a long time ago, and she longs to be able to offer the same. However, as a single woman who still dreams of the fairy tale, Laurel isn’t prepared for teenaged Zac’s sullen moo ...more
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Published November 4th 2019 by Tule Publishing
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Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: small-town, arc
Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
“Christmas at the Edge of the World”, by Kate Hewitt (Tule Publishing), is a heartwarming and very romantic Christmas story about love and healing, with an incredibly kind, seemingly rough-around-the-edges, Scottish hero
For such a lonely man, Archie is surprisingly well-adapted and steady. As the story is told only from Laurel’s limited point of view, the hero remains a bit undeveloped for my taste.
Laurel is a great h
Nicola Clough
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely perfect and so well written you feel as if you are there. It’s set in a beautiful part of the world to as love the Orkney islands and full of romance and moving forward to be happy and plenty about families to and settling everything to be happy. Perfect Christmas read and you will want to keep reading for sure and not want it to end. Worth far more than five stars.
Laurel learns her sister Abby who she hasn’t seen for years has taken herself into rehab and she’s asked l
Isha Coleman
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Although I was not a fan of the title, Christmas at the Edge of the World proved itself more than capable of making up for that. Hewitt finds beauty in the hard moments. Laurel is used to life getting in her face, but when love finds it's way into her heart, she doesn't quite know how to react. From tough talking, rebellious teenagers to an oddly tempting sheep farmer, Hewitt turns the fantasy of love on it's ear and delivers her own brand of charm to capture our hearts.
Laurel is looking after her 14 year old nephew Zac after her sister Abby checks herself into rehab. Abby and Laurel have seen each other since Abby left home to go to university when she was 18 years old, now over 20 years later Laurel is stuck with an anti-social monosyllabic teenager who has just been expelled from his very expensive private school.

Ever the optimist, Laurel decides to take Zac to Orkney, a place she remembers spending several idyllic summers before her mother died.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas at the Edge of the World by Kate Hewitt
When Laurel West discovers her estranged sister Abby has checked herself into rehab and wants her to take care of her fourteen-year-old son, she doesn’t hesitate to step in. Abby was there for Laurel a long time ago, and she longs to be able to offer the same. However, as a single woman who still dreams of the fairy tale, Laurel isn’t prepared for teenaged Zac’s sullen moods or silent rage. When he’s expelled from school, she decides to take
Finally a book set in Orkney! Okay, I am strange in that I love the islands off the coast of Scotland but Kate Hewitt finally has set one of her small village British romances in a more lively setting.

Laurel West has been working from home in her flat in York. She has had no contact with her older sister since she left home years ago. So imagine her shock when she receives a call to come and pick up her nephew whom she hasn’t seen since he was a very small child. Her sister has check
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Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.8 Stars.....
As you have read in the blurb, Laurel is asked by her estranged sister to take care of her fourteen year old nephew for a month. To say Laurel is shocked is an understatement. She has seen or heard from her sister only a handful of times over the past twenty years. So why now? This is one piece of the puzzle that you'll find the answer to later in the book. Laurel's nephew Zac is a stereotypical, moody teenaged boy. He is not thrilled when Laurel takes him to Scotland to celebrate the Christma
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books written by Kate Hewitt, some contemporary romance and some more along the line of women’s fiction, I can say that I enjoyed them all. However, Edge of the World is by far my very favorite. I have put some thought into why? Of course, the fact that most of the story takes place on the Orkney Islands probably has something to do with it. Several years ago I was able to make my way across the ocean to visit Scotland including those islands. What a perfect and unique place for ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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CHRISTMAS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD is a quick romance with characters who are facing challenges and not always believing in themselves along the way. Laurel has taken custody of her estranged sister’s son, Zac, while his mother is in rehab. They haven’t seen each other in years and this surly, sullen teen isn’t exactly what Laurel thought she was going to be dealing with. A brainstorm full of past happy memories prompts her to take them to the islands of Orkney practi
Kerry Croucier
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kate Hewitt writes wonderful stories. They are full of family, love, and healing. If we are lucky, we also get a bit of down-to-earth romance. Her characters are layered and flawed; her settings beautiful and described with such detail that you actually feel like you are there. Christmas at the End of the World is another of Hewitt’s novels that is all of these things and more. Laurel’s sister Abby was once everything to her. After their mother passed away, Abby stepped up and was mother, sister ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this arc in exchange for an honest review. This was an enjoyable book. I found this a little slower reading than some of the other Christmas stories. This story is about Laurel, who is estranged from her sister Abby. She is contacted and asked to take care of Abby’s 14 year old son, Zac because she has checked herself into a rehab facility for a month. Laurel has had very little contact with Abby or her son over the years and she’s both angry and sad about this lost family connection. ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, kindle
4.5 stars

This is a short and sweet Christmas read. I was gutted by not just Laurel and Archie, but also Zac. I wanted every one of them to feel happy, secure, and loved. I wanted them to all know they are perfect just the way they are.

Since this is a short story, I feel it’s best to keep my comments to a minimum. I’ll just say that I felt the woe that turned into anticipation. I felt the heartache and the yearning. This author did a phenomenal job of investing me in all a
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate Hewitt writes warm, healing contemporary love stories like nobody else I’ve ever read. In this story, Laurel and Archie are both scarred in their own ways and each is scared to commit their feelings for fear of being rejected. I loved so much about this book. There was Laurel’s brave attempts to somehow connect with her nephew Zac, who had his own issues. There was gruff Orkney farmer Archie who always seemed to be there to lend a hand when needed, was clearly a man’s man and yet made a div ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story full of Christmas miracles.

Laurel’s Christmas plans got turned upside down when she was informed that her estranged sister was in rehab and Laurel was needed go to London to look after her teenage nephew, Zac. Zac was soon kicked out of school and Laurel decided a change of scenery might do them good. They went to Orkney, Scotland, to Laurel’s aunt’s cottage that held so many memories from her childhood. Laurel wanted Zac to experience his first Christmas in a special place.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Laura is in shock when she gets the call to take care of her teenage nephew since she hasn't heard from her sister in years. Not knowing what to do after several attempts to connect and break the ice with her nephew she takes him to Orkney Island. A place she went as a child with her family before her mom died and had happy memories of. Though it wasn't as easy as it seemed or the cottage exactly as she remembered. Laura was determined to make a happy Christmas for Zac. Never expecting to meet A ...more
Phylis Carpenter
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Laurel received a call that her sister checked herself in to a four week rehab and Laurel needed to come and take care of her 14 year old nephew Zac.

Zac sets the chemistry lab on fire and gets kicked out of school. His only explanation was "it was a joke".

Laurel decides they need a change of place - a fresh start- so she calls her Aunt who has a little cottage in Orkney where Laurel, her mother and her sister used to visit during the summers and Laurel had such fond memories.

When s
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Laurel & Archie

cute story for a holiday read. Laurel needs to take care of her nephew Zac after her sister Abby goes into rehab. she chooses to take him to Scotland in order to get away from it all and hopefully reconnect with him. her memories of her great-aunt's place is one of her childhood but she loved the magical feel she had of the place. she gets help from the neighbor Archie and she tries to prepare to celebrate the holidays with Zac.
old hurts and feelings finally
Debbie Caswell
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a deeply emotional love story that will draw you in and make you believe that anything is possible

Laurel's Christmas plans take a huge turn when she is advised that her estranged sister has checked into rehab and she needs to look after her nephew Zac. He is one rebellious teenager and is kicked out of school so she decides to take him to Orkney to stay at her
aunts old cottage a place she has fond childhood memories of. What happens when you put a rebellious city teenager on
Sandi Ramirez
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-challenge
I really enjoy reading all books by Kate Hewitt. But this one is so different from what I usually read from her, and in a good way. This book has such depth to it about life, family and yes falling in love but in a different way. As readers we get to explore a new country (at least for me) and environment as never before. Living in the USA I love to see England thru the writing of this author. Watching the lives of Abby trying to raise her nephew Zach had me laughing at times but crying inside a ...more
Rachel Kennedy
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read, and I loved the setting.

Laurel is looking after her estranged sister's son while her sister is in rehab. When he misbehaves and is excluded from school she runs to the place she remembers being happy in her childhood - her great Aunt's remote cottage in the Orkneys.

There she meets Archie, the farmer next door. Although they don't get off to the best of starts, soon he is helping her out with her nephew and Laurel is falling for Archie. Do they have a chance when her li
Tea Leaves and Reads
It’s that time of year again… Halloween is over, Christmas is creeping up on us and the desire to break out the festive reads is ever increasing! This is a great book to kick off the season and is heartwarming and romantic – a story about love, healing and family. The descriptions of the beautiful Orkney Islands are just stunning and although a very bleak time of year, their beauty is still conveyed through the authors words. Scotland, Christmas, an Outlander reference… what more do you need? ...more
Karen Mcnicol
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The perfect Christmas novel! What makes it perfect? It was so well written I felt as if I was there for one, I Loved that it was set in Scotland (my favorite place in the world) and it was about Christmas! This story was so heartwarming, so full of life that it made me laugh, it made me sad and most of all it made me happy. Kate Hewitt does not disappoint, you MUST read this book! Grab a blanket, make your favorite hot drink and just enjoy.
Bonnie Gonzales
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This one caught me up right away. I so wanted to watch the relationship of Zac with his aunt, little further in I was watching the relationship between Archie and Zac develop, I wasn’t expecting to be watching for a relationship between Lauren and Archie, it took me by surprise. The writing in this book was so great and kept me turning the pages.
Sherri Babb
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a very enjoyable Christmas read. I found this Christmas story to be a heartwarming tale with a little bit of Christmas magic thrown in. From the moment I started reading this story it pulled at my heart strings. I loved all the characters and the story line was packed full. I could not put this one down. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
booklover BEV
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heart warming book. The story of laurel west looking after her teenage nephew Zac while her sister is in rehab, they go to stay on Orkney island at her great aunts cottage. It's not an easy ride for them both. I found this such a feel good easy read perfect for the time of year. I loved all the story full of ups and downs, happiness with such a magical fairy tale ending, perfect.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a heartwarming story about sisters, family and friends.
Kate Hewitt has an amazing ability to write stories about family relationships with so much feeling and heart that you have no trouble getting enveloped in the wonderful story that she is telling.
Love that this story is set around Christmas with everything that Christmas entails.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kate Hewitt's Christmas at the Edge of the World is a heartwarming holiday read. If you're not ready fo the the Christmas season, Laurel, Archie, and Zac will get you there. Estranged family, remote location, with a moody teenager, and you have the ingredients for a holiday romance that has you experiencing all the emotions.
Debra  M.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book,really pulled me from the beginning,shows you that family will always be there for you in a pinch .Even though he hadn't seen his aunt laurel in years she has his back when she gets called into the headmaster's office to find out he's being expelled.Love the connection these two characters have after all these years apart.
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I adored this so much, it’s a hug in a book, better a warm toasty Christmas hug. Okay I’m biased it’s set in Orkney and I adore Scotland and Scottish men, Of course I loved Archie. I loved the fact Laurel and Archie start off on the wrong foot and watch them slowly come together, a lovely light read, perfect for Christmas
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book for a honest opinion.

Christmas at the Edge of the World by Kate Hewitt.
A heart-warming story of coming together, family, old places and possible romance. Enjoyable setting, great dialogue and characters. A great holiday story.
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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.

She likes to read women's fiction, mystery and thrillers, as well as historical novels. She particularly enjoys re