Thursday, August 19, 2021



Ava arrives in Greece with her heart in shambles from the loss of her grandmother.  When Ava arrives in the tiny village where her grandmother lived, she finds the house her grandmother left her in her will.  It has been vacant and uninhabited since World War II.  While Ava is there her grandmother, Sophia’s history and her stories begin to surface from a local who survived the war.  The choice’s Sophia made and the bravery she exhibited were so heartbreaking.  As Sophia’s story unfolds, Ava soon realizes why Sophia never talked about the war.  Sophia’s story is one that will forever change the path of Ava’s life.  

This story is a wonderful, must read.  It is one that will transport you from wherever you are, to Greece.  The description of the village is so vivid you feel as if you are walking through the town.  This story is told in two timelines and they are intertwined in such an amazing way.  I loved the flow of this book, it is one that you can’t stop reading until the last page is turned.  It is unforgettable and will keep you up all night reading until the end.  This emotional and phenomenal story is one that I highly recommend.

Thank you Kate Hewitt for another wonderful and emotional read.  I loved everything about this story.  The characters were relatable and the storyline was fantastic.



Rating: 5 out of 5.
Author:  Kate Hewitt 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: August 13, 2021 
Pages: 232 
Buy on Amazon 

The place seemed utterly still, the only sound was the wind rustling high in the pines above. Standing there, realizing she didn’t even know which house had belonged to her grandmother, Ava wondered just how crazy and desperate she’d been to come all this way with no hope or plan.

When Ava arrives in Greece, it’s with a heart that’s shattered into a thousand pieces. But as she pulls up in a tiny village nestled on a cliff above the glittering Ionian Sea, and steps out in front of a tumbledown house that once belonged to her grandmother Sophia, everything changes.

At first Ava almost wants to laugh at this bizarre inheritance—a home that has been uninhabited since the Second World War—that appears as close to collapse as she herself feels. But with nowhere left to run to, her only choice is to start putting the house together again.

What Ava doesn’t expect is for pieces of her grandmother’s story to emerge, as a local survivor from the war begins to share her secrets. Ava can’t help but be drawn to Sophia’s hidden past… even though the truth could change her own life forever.

Because Sophia’s story is one of devastating choices she had to make during the Nazi invasion of her beloved country. It’s a story of bravery, betrayal and tragedy. But most of all, it is a story about love…


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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