Find Me at Willoughby Close
Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver… Harriet Lang had the perfect life, so she's left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double-mortgaged, her husband Richard’s been unceremoniously fired—and he’s become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant.
Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbor and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life--but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange and meanwhile her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible...
Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. But when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven—and what kind of future she is fighting for.
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Harriet Lang's perfect world is shattered when her husband, Richard, reveals he lost his job six months prior and they are swiftly going through the family savings. The Lang family is, in short, broke ... Read full review
Reviewed by Lorraine Cobcroft for Readers' Favorite
In Find Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt, Harriet Lang thought she was living the perfect life, until reading a phone bill brought it all crashing down. In a quaint little village close to London, living in her palatial dream home, Harriet juggled the heavy responsibilities of the wife of a successful hedge fund manager and a mother of three. Excessively image conscious, she decorated and maintained her home to a high degree of perfection, and managed everything from PTA fetes to children’s parties to an exacting standard – every detail checked and re-checked, and no expense spared. And then a bombshell dropped. Her perfect world fell apart.
After offering a peek into the shallow lives of women whose main priority in life is keeping up appearances, Kate Hewitt takes us to live, for a while, with Harriet in Willoughby Close - the scene of several of Kate’s charming stories of life and love in our modern world. As Harriet and her husband, Richard, stumble through a challenging few months of learning and rediscovery, the elderly Lady Stokeley reveals the secret of successful male/female relationships, and teaches Harriet a valuable lesson about the true meaning of happiness. Find Me at Willoughby Close crosses the genres of romance and women’s fiction. A genuine page-turner, it will leave the most discerning reader thoroughly satisfied, but incapable of avoiding continued reflection on the hazards of excessive ambition and materialism, and about what really matters in life.
Kate’s descriptions of the charming village of Shipstow place us in the scene, letting us delight in the beauty and charm of the Cotswolds. We relate to her characters, appreciating their kindness and caring, and sympathizing with their struggles through the challenges all of us face in real life. In the end, while cheering for Harriet and Richard, and for their growing offspring, I am certain most readers will yearn for more. Happily, Kate Hewitt has more to offer in her Willoughby Close series. I look forward to delving further into the private lives of the other residents, and building deeper friendships with the folk Kate introduced me to in Find Me at Willoughby Close. A great story! I enjoyed it immensely.