Friday, March 31, 2023



Canada, 1941 Rosie Lyman and her cousin Violet decided to join the Canadian Women’s Army Corps.  Rosie is missing her life back in Ontario and second guesses her decision to join the Army.  Soon she is selected for officer training and her first assignment sends her overseas to London.  She adapts to, and enjoys army life.  When she meets Lieutenant Thomas Crewe, they spend as much time together as possible and soon find themselves falling in love with each other.  Rosie found the one man that literally completed her.  He was the one that she lived for and found purpose in her life.  But when D-Day approaches their biggest fear is the possibility of Thomas being sent to the front line.  

An Island Far From Home is the fifth installment in the Amherst Island Series by Kate Hewitt.  This was a wonderful read and I really enjoyed the characters.  Violet seemed to have a lot of drama that followed her but I still enjoyed the storyline.  This is a wonderful book that can be read as a standalone, but I would highly suggest reading the series from the beginning.  I definitely recommend this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Kate Hewitt 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: March 27, 2023 
Pages: 345 
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Rosie realised she loved the man standing before her. She wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. And if he were to fall in France, heaven help them both, she knew she would not regret one last night with him…

1941, Canada: When Rosie Lyman and her cousin Violet join the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, Rosie is uncertain about leaving her life in Ontario behind and entering a new and challenging world of duty and service.

From the moment Rosie signs up, the intensity of the work pushes all thoughts of home from her mind. And when she is selected for officer training and a placement overseas in London, Rosie finds herself swept up into an exciting world of classified postings she could never have imagined…

When she meets handsome Lieutenant 
Thomas Crewe
, with sparkling blue eyes and a smile like a movie star, Rosie soon finds herself falling in love for the very first time. With precious moments together restricted to weekends on leave, the pair try to steal as much time together as they can.

But when Rosie hears that Thomas’s division is flying in the D-Day invasion, she feels like her heart might break. Will he survive the battle? And can she find the strength within herself to go on if he doesn’t?


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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