Blog Tour and Review: A Hope For Emily by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @bookouture

Posted February 22, 2020 by sinfully in Blog Tour, Fiction, Review, Women's Fiction / 0 Comments

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Book Description:

Looking back, I wish I could find my way back to that moment. I’d snatch it and hold onto it and live in it for the rest of my life, if I could. When Emily could still throw her arms around me. Oh God, just give me that moment, or one like it again. That’s all I want.

From the moment Emily was born, reaching out with her tiny little star-shaped hand towards her mother, blinking with long eyelashes over soft blue eyes, she became Rachel’s whole world.

But Rachel’s worst nightmare comes true when a rare auto-immune illness leaves five-year-old Emily in a coma the doctors say she may never come out of. And Rachel has to make a heartbreaking decision—one that her ex-husband, Emily’s dad James, doesn’t agree with.

Terrified she’s going to lose her daughter for good, Rachel knows she must find a way to keep the hope alive for Emily. But there is only one person she can turn to for help to convince James—his new wife, Eva.

As an unlikely but powerful friendship develops between the two women, both Rachel and Eva will have to ask themselves—what is truly the right choice for the tiny, fragile little girl who lies between them?

A beautiful story that will break your heart into a million pieces, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Susan Lewis.

My Review:

It should come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of Kate Hewitt. I’ve read her last few releases and they have been all five star reads for me, so when I saw Hewitt had a new release, A Hope for Emily, coming out, I was happy and yet sad at the same time. Happy and sad, you ask? Let me explain. I was happy it was a new release I could read and yet sad because I knew it was going to make me ball my eyes out, which is nothing new for me, or for many other readers when they read a story from Kate Hewitt. There is just something about Hewitt’s writing that just stands out. I can read many good books and have many five star reads and books on my keeper shelf, but there is always that one author who goes above and beyond and writes a story that just gives you all of the feels and all of the raw emotion and can just completely break you in a heartbeat. This is what Kate Hewitt does to me – Every. Single. Time. I have said this once before and I know I will say it many many times again, there are definitely NOT enough stars in the entire universe to express how much I have come to love Kaye Hewitt’s unputdownable, heartbreaking stories.

I don’t think there is anything as powerful as a mother’s love. The things a mother will do for her child/children. Hewitt really hits home with this statement in A Hope for Emily. Rachel would lay down her life for her five year old daughter Emily who is in a state of unresponsive wakefulness and has been for the past four months. Emily’s doctors have given up hope as she continues to deteriorate. But, Rachel is willing and more than capable of fighting for her daughter, when everyone else has given up, including her ex-husband, James. Can a mother’s love save her child, or is it the right time to let go?

Kate Hewitt really writes about a sensitive topic in this story. When is a quality of life not worth continuing with life sustaining measures? I know everyone will have a different opinion on this and I have my own opinions on it as well. But, there is a part of this story that really resonated with me and made me more aware of something I had to deal with recently. Last May my dog was diagnosed with cancer and only given a handful of months to live. Yes, I know it is NOT the same thing as a child, but to me, my dog was my child. I would have done anything I could and spent any money I had on him. I ultimately decided to go with radiation treatments and chemotherapy even knowing I would only be extending his life and he would never go into remission. This story really made me think about what I did for my dog and if I was really doing it for him or for me? Was I being selfish because I couldn’t let him go? In the same token, is Rachel being selfish trying everything she can to save her daughter? It is definitely something to think about.

Rachel is a fierce mother and will go to battle for her daughter, Emily. Her ex-husband, James, recently remarried does not discuss his daughter and seems really closed off emotionally. James is not very likeable and comes across as cold-hearted and emotionless, but in a way I can also understand why James is the way he is. Eva loves her husband, James, but she can’t understand why her husband is so closed off and feels like she is missing out on a big piece of his life when it comes to his daughter. So, when Rachel seeks Eva out for help, Eva does what she can and in doing so we come to know Eva on an even deeper level. I have to say each character brought so much to the table and so much realism in their actions and beliefs. It was hard NOt to like everyone even though I may not have agreed with some of the things they did.

Author Bio:
Kate Hewitt is the author of many romance and women’s fiction novels. A former New Yorker and now an American ex-pat, she lives in a small town on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and their overly affectionate Golden Retriever. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling stories that tackle real issues and touch people’s lives.
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