Find Me at Willoughby Close

Find Me at Willoughby Close

by Kate Hewitt

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ISBN-13: 9781946772381
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 394
Sales rank: 1,238,628
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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Find Me at Willoughby Close 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Harriet lives in a big house together with her husband and three children. She's part of the popular group of mothers at school and like all of her friends she has plenty of money to spend. Unfortunately her comfortable life abruptly comes to an end when she finds out that Richard, her husband, has lost his job and has re-mortgaged their house. They've been living on credit for months and Harriet had no idea, because Richard didn't tell Harriet about his dire situation. Instead he let himself be comforted by his much younger and very sexy assistant. Harriet is forced to move and Richard won't join her and the kids at their new home. She rents a cottage at Willoughby Close, which is much smaller than they're used to and it takes a lot of time for Harriet and her son and two daughters to adjust. Harriet sees her time at Willoughby Close as something temporary, a place they'll be leaving soon on the way to something better, but is it really so bad? Being at Willoughby Close gives Harriet a chance to recover and to think about what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Is there still a place for Richard in her world and who is she without the glamour, the popular friends and the money? Will she ever be happy again? Find Me at Willoughby Close is another wonderful Willoughby Close story. I love the magic of the place and really enjoyed reading about it again. Harriet thought she had the perfect life, but when she finally has the chance to objectively look at her situation she realizes that it wasn't as ideal as she thought. The money and popularity changed her personality and she has a hard time finding herself again now that she doesn't live in a big house with expensive furniture anymore. It was interesting to see what she would do. She and Richard have grown apart and Harriet isn't sure if they'll ever be a family again. Part of her situation is heartbreaking, but I liked her character a lot more without the arrogance and prejudice that, in her case, came with being the wife of a successful man. Willoughby Close shows Harriet what's important in life and I enjoyed witnessing its healing magic. Kate Hewitt has a lovely descriptive writing style. I love the skilled way she sets the mood of her stories. It's always exactly right and it keeps making me smile. I can easily picture Willoughby Close and think it's an amazing fictional setting, with fascinating characters, people who all have a story to tell, and a fabulous romantic atmosphere. Find Me at Willoughby Close is a great addition to the Willoughby Close series and another book by Kate Hewitt I absolutely loved.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect story to show that you don’t always know what is going on in someone else’s life. Harriet Lange had everything, or so it seemed. Then one day, it’s all gone. Her husband’s job is gone…and has been for quite a while, and the second mortgage on the house is way behind. There is no money, and to top it off, her husband’s younger assistant is his new confidant. With everything gone, Harriet finds her way to Willoughby Close, renting a cottage for herself and the kids while her husband looks for, a job that will get them into another “dream home.” After this, she starts to realize that somewhere along the way, she became a person she didn’t like. It takes time, but Harriet starts to find the person she was and wants to be. She also rediscovers her family and finds true friends that like her for herself and learns how to be a true friend. Kate Hewitt again writes a story with characters that could not only be your friend, but a story that could happen to any one of us. The connections and emotion pull you in and keep you hooked until the last page. This story is part of a series, but can be read as a stand alone. I honestly cannot wait to see what happens next at Willoughby Close. **I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Copy provided by the Publisher via NetGalley
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Harriet Lang seems to have it all. Suddenly her life implodes. She finds that her husband, Richard, is involved with his twenty-six year old assistant. The hits keep on coming. Next she finds out that he lost his job six months ago, that they're broke and are losing their dream house. What else could go wrong? Harriet is crushed when she has to move to a rental house in Willoughby Close. All her possessions are gone. Her children are angry and afraid. I understood Harriet's emotional reactions. She has trouble coping with her new reality. Her "friends" turn against her and enjoy her loss. I admire Harriet's ability to move forward and adapt to the changes in her life. She realizes that she needs to change her priorities and face her new realities. My heart broke for her. She still cares for her husband and can't cope when she realizes that he doesn't like the woman that she's become. The changes she makes are amazing. I liked how she becomes a stronger person. As she and Richard adapt, they grow closer. Will they get a second chance? This is an emotional drama that broke my heart and then healed it. I care for all the characters and wanted them to be happy. I was drawn to Lady Stokeley. She is a grand dame with unbelievable courage. Kate Hewitt wrote a beautiful story that kept me reading. I love the residents of Willoughby Close. I received a copy of this book. I voluntarily read it. My comments are my honest opinion.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
Another great installment in the Willoughby Close series. Where the first two books seemed a bit more lighthearted and romantic, this one touches on deeper subjects. It didn’t have the romantic feel like the previous books did. It is more of a women’s fiction story about starting over after you lose everything. It all started with a discovery on the phone bill. Harriet Lang found out her husband Richard had been making many middle of the night phone calls to his secretary. When she confronts Richard about the discovery and finds out he lost his job six months ago and has been confiding in his former secretary, Harriet’s world falls apart. Piece by piece, everything Harriet loved, from her prized home, to her car, the children’s after school activities, and even their horse, is stripped away. Harriet is forced to move into a three bedroom apartment at Willoughby Close which even means not every child gets their own bedroom as they were accustomed to. Richard doesn’t move with them, he gets a place in London where he can continue his job search. While Harriet and her three children adjust to their new life, Harriet realizes her friends really weren’t the best of friends as she thought they were. They turned on her when they found out she didn’t have any money and she split up with her husband. She becomes friends with a couple of unlikely characters, one is her neighbor (from the previous book) who she didn’t think much of when she first met her and another is the eccentric elderly lady who owns Willoughby Manor. Harriet also comes to terms on what is going on in her marriage and does a lot of soul searching trying to figure out her next move. She doesn’t want to lose what she and Richard had and doesn’t want to break up the family, but she has trouble moving past what Richard has done. It was interesting to watch the story unfold. The book ended up in a way I didn’t predict. If you read the previous book in this series, Harriet is mentioned many times and the author didn’t paint a pretty picture of her. I honestly didn’t like Harriet. But in this book she redeems herself and I learned why she acted the way she did. I was glad to read Harriet’s story. It all made sense then. The book is well written and kept me interested throughout.
PrincessFiona More than 1 year ago
Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. This is the third book in the Willoughby Close series. Harriet Lang is a yummy mummy. She has come a long way from her lower middle class upbringing in Birmingham, as a couple, she and Richard have come a long way from the broke young university students starting out in a crumby flat with make do furniture. They live in a show place in a small village in the Cotswolds with a population swollen by wealthy London commuters. Richard is one of those commuters, spending long hours in his job as a hedge fund manager playing with millions of dollars of other peoples money and bringing home a hefty swag of filthy lucre to fund their lifestyle. Only one day, Harriet finds it's all a lie. Richard has lost his job, the perfect house is double mortgaged and the bank is about to foreclose. Worse than that at the long phone calls late at night Richard has been making to his attractive and much younger, former secretary. With this, begins a journey for Harriet to find out exactly who she is, stripped of money, status and husband of fourteen years. The first step is the move to number two Willoughby Close, the small three bedroom rental a big comedown from one of the elite homes of the village. Harriet has to make new friends, deal with a much reduced income and grieve for all she and her three children have lost. It is a hard journey and we have to travel with her all the way. Throughout the journey is the problem of Richard and his betrayal of trust. This is a marriage that has lost it's way and whether it can be saved is a major focus of the story. Like the others in the series, this is a very real story about ordinary people leading ordinary lives and struggling with challenges that are recognizable to us all. I found Richard difficult to like at times, though he is a likeable person. The weakness he displayed was hard to excuse and the challenge of ensuring a happy ending in those circumstances was well done.