No Time to Say Goodbye by Kate Hewitt

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EXCERPT: NATHAN
I didn’t take the call. I’ll never forgive myself for that, even though I learned later it didn’t matter. It was already too late. I don’t even know who the call was from – the police? A stranger?

I’d never know, but the time of the call still haunted me – 11:42. Just minutes after the moment of my wife’s death, according to witnesses. Apparently, someone was checking the time on their phone while a lunatic drew a gun and shot my wife.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Nathan West loved his wife Laura with all his heart. But now she’s gone, taken from him in a seemingly random act of violence. Laura was the glue that held their family together. And for Nathan, life without her feels almost meaningless.

As he tries to find hope in the darkness, his three young daughters express their grief in different and challenging ways – with one set on a path of self-destruction that could devastate their family all over again. Desperate to understand his own heartbreak better, he reaches out to others who had known Laura. Including her new friend Maria, whose light and warmth are exactly what their grieving family needs, and who is soon helping out and providing emotional support for them all.

But the picture Maria paints of Laura is unfamiliar to Nathan – of a wife who felt ignored, a mother who felt she couldn’t do enough – and he struggles to reconcile it with his own memories of the woman he loved. Is it possible he didn’t know his wife after all? And can he trust Maria? He can’t escape the feeling that she’s keeping something from him.

Maria is hiding a secret with the power to rock Nathan’s family to its core. Because it is about what happened the day that Laura died…

MY THOUGHTS: I finished No Time to Say Goodbye with tears running freely down my cheeks, snuffling like a child. Heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time, this book is a reminder that life can change in an instant and that we do need to take the time to stop and smell the roses, to appreciate the people we love, and to count our blessings.

And the end wasn’t the only time while reading this beautifully written story that I cried. Each copy of this book should come with its own box of tissues.

Kate Hewitt has absolutely nailed her characters. From workaholic Nathan, to sulky teen Alexa, I felt their pain, their suffering, their frustrations, their occasional triumphs.

This is no glib tearjerker of a book that ends with a ‘happy ever after’. It is written with empathy and understanding. It realistically chronicles the struggle of a family finding its tremulous feet again after having its heart torn out.

And alongside this is the story of a refugee of the Bosnian war, of the atrocities committed against her and her family. I could not imagine having to endure what Maria endured, and surviving.

And although I quite quickly realised who had shot Laura, I had no idea why.

No Time to Say Goodbye is a magnificent and emotional read, my first by this author. It will not be my last.

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THE AUTHOR: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of many books of women’s fiction. Her latest releases are A Vicarage Homecoming and Not My Daughter. Under the name Katharine Swartz, she is the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.

She likes to read women’s fiction, mystery and thrillers, as well as historical novels. She particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and two Golden Retrievers.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of No Time to Say Goodbye by Kate Hewitt for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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