Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Setting for A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt + Giveaway (US/Can)

A Mother Like Mine (Hartley-by-the-Sea #3)
Kate Hewitt
from Berkley // Penguin Random House

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 fiancé’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 café. Then one evening, her mother, Laura, shows up in Hartley-by-the-Sea and announces her plan to stay. After twenty years away, she now wants to focus on the future—and has no intention, it seems, of revisiting the painful past.

Laura Rhodes has made a lot of mistakes, and many of them concern her daughter. But as Abby gets little glimpses into her mother’s life, she begins to realize there are depths to Laura she never knew. Slowly, Abby and Laura start making tentative steps toward each other, only to have life become even more complicated when an unexpected tragedy arises. Together, the two women will discover truths both sad and surprising that draw them closer to a new understanding of what it means to truly forgive someone you love.

It's All in the Setting in A Mother Like Mine


The setting for A Mother Like Mine is the small village of Hartley-by-the-Sea, on the coast of England’s Lake District. It’s based almost entirely on the village where I lived for four years, St. Bees.

A Mother Like Mine is the third (standalone) book in the series, and I wrote it after I’d reluctantly moved away from St. Bees, thanks to my husband’s job relocation. It felt very different to write about a place I’d loved and had to leave, compared to the first two books in the series, which were written when I was still happily living there and had no plans to go anywhere.

The result is that I experienced a fair amount of nostalgia while writing A Mother Like Mine, as I recalled all the things I loved about the village—the green sweep of fields to the sea; the long, rambling high street that went steeply down to a little stone bridge; the sense of community bordering on nosiness—I couldn’t go out for a drink at the local pub without someone commenting on it the next day! Things that annoyed me while I lived there—like the fact that it rains in the Lake District for approximately 300 days out of 365—took on a cozier cast as I remembered them from afar.

Setting has been an integral part of all three books in the series, and in A Mother Like Mine, the two main characters, Abby and her mother Laura, both return to the village with varying emotions after many years away. Coming home can be both wonderful and hard, joyous and bittersweet, and it certainly is for Abby and Laura, especially as they have their own reconciliation to navigate.

Is the setting of a story important to you? What has been one of the most interesting or unique settings you’ve read about? To inspire you, I’m leaving you with a real-life photo of Hartley-by-the-Sea’s inspiration!

Happy reading!

About the Author


Kate Hewitt is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty books, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea novels, Rainy Day Sisters, and more recently the Willoughby Close series.

A former New Yorker, she now lives in Wales with her husband and five children. She also writes as Katharine Swartz.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away print copies of Rainy Day Sisters and Now and Then Friends, two previous novels in the series—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is answer Kate's question in the comments below:
How important is setting to you in a story?
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I think interesting settings can really pull a reader in but they aren't necessarily the most important aspect of a novel for me. Not to say I don't take setting into account when enjoying a book, but I'm likelier to enjoy a story with great characters and mediocre setting rather than the other way around.

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