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She had to step outside and hold the paper up to the moonlight to read it, but when she was able to make out the words, her heart felt as if it would drop right out of her chest. Because the message was in German.

1944, London:
When Lily meets enigmatic GI Matthew in war-torn London, she doesn’t expect to fall in love. While her sister starts a reckless affair with another G
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ebook, 350 pages
Published May 14th 2020 by Bookouture
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Hello, you don't know me, but I know of you - at least a bit! My grandmother, Sophie Mather, died a few months ago, and she was in possession of your grandfather, Tom Reese's, Purple Heart medal, awarded during his active service in the second world war. She told me she wanted it returned to 'it's proper owner.'

I've read on your website that your grandfather passed away some time ago, and I'm very sorry for your loss. I presume that the proper owner now would be you or your father. I'm
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Berit☀️✨
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Emotional and gripping. Kate Hewitt has once again hit me right in the heart with her evocative storytelling. London 1944 Lily meets charismatic American G.I. Mathew, at the same time that her sister meets another American G.I. Present day Wisconsin Abby is living a quiet life on her family’s apple farm navigating a difficult relationship with her father. When Simon an Englishman reaches out to her about a war metal that he wants to return to her as it belongs to her grandfather, Abby is confuse ...more
Brenda
Lily and Sophie were sisters but as different as chalk and cheese. Lily was quiet, unassuming, kind; while Sophie was a little wild, determined to have fun while she could. It was 1944 in London when the sisters met the two American GIs when her mother invited them to dinner. Tom was taken with Sophie while Matthew, stoic and enigmatic, wasn’t a person that was easy to know. When the four of them went out dancing, Lily knew she liked Matthew, but she was young and naïve, not really understanding ...more
Carrie
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Into the Darkest Day by Kate Hewitt is sort of a contemporary romance mixed with a historical romance with the book taking place in two timelines. The chapters alternate between the current characters and story then change the point of view to their relatives in the past.

In the present day in the U.S Abby lives with her father on the family apple orchard in Wisconsin. Since the passing of Abby’s mother and brother she has been resigned to her quiet life helping her father run the family farm ins
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Lu
Into The Darkest Day, by Kate Hewitt, is a story about loss, regret, and love.

Amidst the Second World War, sisters Sophie and Lily Mather meet Tom Reese and Matthew Lawson, two American soldiers recently deployed.

While Sophie was all about living the moment, Lily was introspective and risk-averse.

Tom and Matthew are equally dissimilar. The first is charming and easy-going, while the second is self-contained and secretive.

Each of the characters experiences the war in different ways, their coping
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Robin Loves Reading
In this touching, often very tragic story, Abby Reese is visited by an Englishman Simon Elliot. Simon is in possession of a metal that he is certain belongs to Abby‘s grandfather, Tom Reese. Furthermore, Simon plans on writing a book so he wants much more than to simply return the medal. Simon hopes that Abby can help him piece together history from almost 80 years ago that connects her grandfather with his grandmother.

The story than shifts back to 1944 London when Lily Mathers, her sister Sophi
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Robyn
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kate Hewitt never ceases to amaze me. I have been a huge fan for quite some time now and every new book release has all been five star reads for me. Into the Darkest Day is another example of Hewitt’s uber talented writing and if you haven’t guessed it, another five star read. As if I ever had any doubts it would be anything less!

I absolutely love history, especially stories centered around World War II. I listen to stories from my grandmother about the past and her time growing up during the wa
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Karren  Sandercock
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Bookouture, NetGalley, Kate Hewitt for my copy of Into The Darkest Day.

London 1944, Lily Mather lives with her parents Richard and Carol and her very flirty sister Sophie. The American G.I.’s have arrived; they turn many girls’ heads with their smart uniforms, good looks and nice teeth. Carol invites two soldiers to come for Sunday lunch, Lieutenant Tom Rees and Sergeant Matthew Lawson and both are paratroopers. Lily likes quiet Matthew and flirty Sophie falls for handsome Tom.
Everyon
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Nicola Short
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Forgotten Heart is a very intense and heartbreaking story that will stay with you long after it ends. A dramatic, unforgettable story that starts with a quest to find information about the mystery of a Purple Heart that is found. The authors brings to light intense WW2 history while intertwining romances of Lily and her sister, Sophie.
What a heartbreaking love story full of broken promises, friendships and courage.
A must read that I highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGallery, the publisher and
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linda hole
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
omgosh this book had me really sucked in. I love fiction book. and this book had all I expect from a historical fiction book. history, love, romance. but it was also about healing, letting go of The past. and learning to let go of regret and start living again. a must Read book. Thank you to netgalley for this e arc in exchange for an honest review
Julie - One Book More
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii-holocaust
When Simon’s grandmother asks him, while on her death bed, to give a World War II purple heart medal back to its rightful owner, Simon travels to Wisconsin and meets Abby. Abby is the granddaughter of Tom, the Purple Heart recipient who knew Simon’s grandmother during the war.

As Simon and Abby grow closer and learn more about their grandparents’ connection, they uncover some dark secrets from the past. How did Sophie and Tom know each other? Who is Matthew, and why is he so secretive? Why does S
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Emma Crowley
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Into the Darkest Day is Kate Hewitt's first foray into historical fiction and she has written an interesting and intriguing story. Whilst reading this story the book underwent a title change and to be honest I didn't see the necessity for this as I think the previous title suited it perfectly, i'd love to know the reason behind the change. I know titles play such an important role in the writing and publication of a book but despite the change it didn't detract from my overall understanding and ...more
Michelle
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Helen
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5*
“I feel sad, and somehow ashamed by it, too. I’m not sure why. It’s just so hard to believe people are capable of such evil.”

I was excited to read Kate Hewitt’s book, Into the Darkest Day - her first venture into historical fiction - and what an interesting and intriguing story she has given her readers. The book had a title change even though I thought the previous title had suited it perfectly. It has everything I look for in a historical read - dual timeline, mystery to be solved and a he
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Sydney Long
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
What a lovely story. Simon the Englishman, travels to America to reunite a Purple Heart with the family of the man to whom it was awarded. Abby, grandfather Tom has given it to Simons grandmother as a keepsake at the end of WWII. But...Abby knows very little about her grandfather and her father is adamant about not uncovering the past. So Simon and Abby set out to learn more about her grandfather and why he himself had another man’s WWII amidst his belongings. Family secrets, survivors guilt, an ...more
Janet
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Present day, USA:
Abby Reese lives a quiet life on an apple farm in Wisconsin. Tormented by survivor’s guilt after the tragic deaths of her mother and brother, Abby leaves the orchards as little as possible, keeping her life small, peaceful and safe. Until she is contacted by Englishman Simon Elliot, who arrives nursing a heartbreak of his own, and bearing a World War Two medal that he claims belonged to Abby’s grandfather, Tom which for some reason his grandmother Sophie wanted Simon to return i
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Deidre Butkus
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Forgotten Heart is emotional story that grabbed me immediately! The story jumps between present day to the mid 1940’s, Kate Hewitt does a fantastic job telling two storylines that are brilliantly woven together. I found the characters engaging and lovely! The storyline is thought out and so, so original—loved that! The Forgotten Heart is a 5 star novel that I highly recommend!
Annette
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2020
A story about two sisters who meet two soldiers during WW2. This book is told in dual timelines. I’ve read several books by this author and really liked them all. This book dragged at times. It had some sad parts but also happy parts. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this book. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
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Apr 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
I love reading books on this theme - they are my favourite. Perhaps I have read too many of them - this book wasn't my cup of tea. Thanks for the chance to review. ...more
Julie
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Master storyteller Kate Hewitt is a writer at the top of her game who in her latest novel, Into the Darkest Day, has penned a tale of devastating secrets, illicit passion and healing from the past that will hold readers in thrall from beginning to end.

In 1944, Lily is determined not to take a leaf out of her sister’s book and start an affair with an American GI. Lily will not be so reckless nor will she set herself up for needless heartbreak by doing something so stupid and senseless. But while
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Shreedevi Gurumurty
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heartbreakingly powerful, epic love story about courage, friendship and broken trusts. In 1944 London, the Mather family consists of two sisters named Sophie and Lily. Sophie works as a secretary in a war office, and Lily works as a Wren(Women's Royal Naval Service) in the Casualty section, where she has to type up KIA and MIA letters. Their parents, Richard and Carol, welcome in two American GIs named Tom Reese and Matthew Lawson, who are part of the 82nd Airborne Division.The two men, just l ...more
Aayushi Gupta
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Forgotten Heart by Kate Hewitt is an intense and emotionally charged story with underlying themes of love, friendship, guilt, regret, hope and turning over a new leaf. Running in two timelines with intertwined stories, the story combines a lighthearted contemporary romance with a heart-breaking world war two historical fiction. As the present day characters Abby and Simon come together to embark on a quest to unravel the mystery of the past of their ancestors, they are forced to come to term ...more
loopyloulaura
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A world at war, family divisions, love and loss. Into the Darkest Day is a beautiful tale set in the present day and during the Second World War. British sisters Lily and Sophie Mather fall in love with two American soldiers, Matthew Lawson and Tom Reese. In the present, Sophie's grandson visits Tom's granddaughter and a tentative relationship emerges as they investigate the reasons that Tom may have left his Purple Heart medal with Sophie but kept a Distinguished Service medal belonging to Matt ...more
Cal
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Into The Darkest Day by Kate Hewitt is a beautifully written and poignant dual timeline saga that once started I did not want to put down. I have a fondness for books with a dual timeline and it works incredibly well here, adding to the intrigue and suspense of the story as Abby and Simon, in the present day, try to piece together the heartbreaking story of Lily and Matthew in 1944 London.

When Lily meets enigmatic GI Matthew in war torn London, she is taken by surprise when she falls head over h
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Kerry Croucier
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the past few years, Kate Hewitt’s books have become must-reads for me. Her novels are always full of emotion and ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances and drop you into their lives as you watch how they react and grow. INTO THE DARKEST DAY is no exception. Told in a dual timeline, one in the present and the other during WWII, this novel will draw you into the lives of the characters and won’t let you go.
In the present, Simon travels to Wisconsin at his Grandmother Sophie’s
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Kelly
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
An interesting read of life during the war, love, heartache and all the uncertainties of the time, I really enjoyed reading about the Ritchie Boys, which was new to me, and the role they played in the war.

Kate Hewitt penned a beautiful time slip that weaves together two worlds. In present day, that of Abby, a country girl living her life on the family Apple farm in Wisconsin.
In 1944 in London, we meet Lily living a sheltered and strict upbringing under her parents with her older sister Sophie.
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Shirley McAllister
Holding Secrets Close

Into the Darkest Day is a story of war, it is a story of the aftermath and the consequences that continue to the future. Can one ever forgive themselves for a moment of weakness? Does that one action dictate the rest of their life? It did so for one soldier. What will happen when the granddaughter finds the secret years later.

It is the story of Matthew and Lily who met during the war. Matthew held his secret tight but told Lily before he left London for the front. Will this
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Vikki Vaught
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary copy of Into the Darkest Day by Kate Hewitt for the purpose of reviewing and reading prior to publication. My opinions, my own and no one has influenced them.

Into the Darkest Day is a well-written and edited novel set in 1944 and present day. There are several principal characters since Ms. Hewitt set her book in two different times. It became a bit tedious to read and dragged. Although I enjoyed Lily and Matthew’s story a
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Diana
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful, poignant story narrated in two timelines. In the present timeline, Simon visits Abby with a medal that belonged to her grandfather. The medal was given to him by his grandmother who never mentioned how she came to be in possession of it. This mystery is what sparked Simon and Abby’s quest to find answers from the past. In the second timeline set in 1944, we have 2 sisters who meet 2 American GIs in the midst of the war. A meeting changed the course of their lives.

As always w
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Mary Decrescenzio
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read many WW2 books but this one takes the cake in terms of details. The book bounces between modern-day and the early 1940s/end of the war and between several character's points of view.

I'll start with the 1940s characters - I found all of them fascinating and well written. Each of the 4 (main) characters were thought out and likable in their own way. I found Lily to be the most likable female character in the book and found myself reading quickly to get to her parts.

The modern-day charac
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