Saturday, January 16, 2021



This is the third and final story in the Amherst Island trilogy.  I could not wait to read this last book in the trilogy and I was not disappointed.  Because there was such a connection with the characters in the first two books, you continue the bond with them in this book.  

As World War I is coming to an end, former nurse Ellen returns, not to her house in Glasgow, but to her home on Amherst Island.  The evidence of the war is present on the Island and the community is struggling to get back up on their feet.  Ellen is not sure which direction her life will go, but she knows that Amherst Island is where she wants to be.  It’s the only home she has ever known.  The town was there for her when she needed them, and now she is there for them.   I loved walking along with Ellen on her journey through life.  She is a beacon of hope and her future is bright.

I truly loved this series. The trials and tribulations were very realistic. This author draws you so far into the book that you feel as if you are a part of the story. I cannot recommend this series enough.  I didn’t want the series to end, however, I was very satisfied with the way it ended. Kate Hewitt is an author to definitely follow, and I look forward to reading more from her.



Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Author:  Kate Hewitt
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: January 15, 2021 
Pages: 268 
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What would her life look like without her beloved island in it? Where would she go? Ellen had come back here-to the place she felt she belonged-thinking she would stay here. But was it home... or just a place to hide?

1918, Canada The First World War is over and those who have been fighting in Europe are heading for home, forever changed. Amongst the lost, the damaged and the broken, is former nurse Ellen Copley; who finds herself returning-not to her house in Glasgow, but to her childhood home on Amherst Island.

There, she feels sure, in the warm embrace of the McCafferty family, with her beloved Aunt Rose and her cousins, she will feel safe and loved. She will be able to escape the ghosts of the past and her loss, and find peace.

But the island is a changed place too. The war has affected life the world over, and Aunt Rose is struggling to keep their small farmstead going. The family's only hope is asking their neighbours, the Lymans, to help. But Jed Lyman is a broken man, both physically and emotionally, and his once-adoring brother Lucas is now more distant than ever.

And as Ellen fights to save the farm, she has to ask: what makes somewhere a home? And-when help comes from an unexpected place-she wonders, has the man she's destined to love been waiting for her out there all along?


Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of women’s fiction, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea series set in the Lake District, the Willoughby Close series set in the Cotswolds, and Tales From Goswell written as Katharine Swartz. Her novel A Mother’s Goodbye has been called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘the most emotional book I have ever read’ by readers. Her latest novel, Not My Daughter, is out now, and No Time to Say Goodbye is available for preorder.

She lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways on her website, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate’s Reads.

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