Welcome back to Willoughby Close, with four new residents and happy endings to deliver…
Laura Neale is determined to make a fresh start. A year after her husband’s death, she’s still left with too many questions and struggles with feelings of guilt, anger, and grief. Hoping to rebuild her family’s life, she moves to Wychwood-on-Lea with her children, Sam and Maggie, all of them struggling in different ways to fit in and find happiness.
The warm community of women in Willoughby Close welcomes Laura with open arms, and, although wary, she finds their friendship helps her to take those crucial and challenging first steps. But then a sudden, intense attraction to her son’s teacher smacks her in the face. James Hill is funny, charming, and incredibly gorgeous—but he’s ten years younger than her and completely unsuitable. Laura’s not ready to start dating again, never mind actually falling in love. But what if her heart has other ideas?
As revelations about everything she once held dear surface, Laura wonders if she’s reckless or maybe just brave enough to try for love a second time. And if she is, can James be as well?
Connection to the Willoughby Close series which included – A Cotswold Christmas – Meet Me At Willoughby Close – Find Me at Willoughby Close – Kiss Me at Willoughby Close – Marry Me at Willoughby Close
Title: Remember Me at Willoughby Close
Series: Return to Willoughby Close #4
Author: Kate Hewitt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 19, 2021
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
We return to Wychwood-on-Lea once more for Laura and James’ story. This time we find a widow along with her son and daughter moving to Willoughby Close after the death of her husband/their father a year ago. Maggie, the daughter is all teen non-cooperation at the move, yet Sam, her son is settling in much easier. Life has dealt some major changes this past year to this grieving family, but there is a chance for happiness if Laura can reach out with both hands and grab it instead of fretting and worrying about an age difference that doesn’t matter to the heart or to James.
Remember Me at Willoughby Close brings this return to a close with a charming story of finding love when you weren’t looking and overcoming having yourself be the main setback to a happy ending. I could understand this situation from every person’s viewpoint, no one was right and no one was wrong either, yet there is work to be done on any relationship in order to reap the rewards. Asking Laura to step outside of her comfort zone was a big deal, and eventually, she took control of her own life. It wasn’t easy but the steady, supportive love of James (not to mention his patience with them all) was well worth the risk.
I’ve loved this series, and we’ll get to revisit with a lot of those characters we’ve come to enjoy. Laura and James simply work as a couple no matter the age difference. That’s a message that needs to be shouted from the rooftops – age isn’t the barrier in relationships, it’s often how differently two people can view age difference that can wreck something really good. I’ve enjoyed being back in this world, and admit that I’ll miss it once again.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Available in paperback, audio, or for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.