Past and present intertwine in this beautiful story of love and loss.
Print Length: 395 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (May 14, 2020)
Publication Date: May 14, 2020
(By the Publisher)
She had to step outside and hold the paper up to the moonlight to read it, but when she was able to make out the words, her heart felt as if it would drop right out of her chest. Because the message was in German.
When Lily meets enigmatic GI Matthew in war-torn London, she doesn’t expect to fall in love. While her sister starts a reckless affair with another GI, Lily tries to hide her growing feelings for Matthew.
But Matthew has a devastating secret. One that could change their lives forever.
Present day, USA:
Abby lives a quiet life on an apple farm in Wisconsin. Tormented by survivor’s guilt after the tragic deaths of her mother and brother, Abby leaves the orchards as little as possible, keeping her life small, peaceful and safe… Until she is contacted by Englishman Simon Elliot, who arrives nursing a heartbreak of his own, and bearing a World War Two medal that he claims belonged to Abby’s grandfather.
Together they begin to piece together the heartbreaking story of their relatives’ war. But as the story brings Abby and Simon closer—tentatively beginning to lean on one another to heal—they uncover a dark secret from the past.
And like Lily and Matthew nearly eighty years before them, it will make Abby and Simon question whether you can ever truly trust someone, even when they have your heart…
A heartbreakingly powerful, epic love story about courage, friendship and broken trusts, INTO THE DARKEST DAY is an unforgettable story perfect for fans of Nora Roberts, Kristin Hannah and The Notebook.
Into The Darkest Day, by Kate Hewitt, is a story about loss, regret, and love.
Amidst the Second World War, sisters Sophie and Lily Mather meet Tom Reese and Matthew Lawson, two American soldiers recently deployed.
While Sophie was all about living the moment, Lily was introspective and risk-averse.
Tom and Matthew are equally dissimilar. The first is charming and easy-going, while the second is self-contained and secretive.
Each of the characters experiences the war in different ways, their coping mechanisms so distinct and yet very relatable.
There are some sad moments, but it is done in a very delicate manner. The sad facts are told more than showed, and it is not overly dramatic.
The narrative alternates between past and present.
In the present, Sophie’s grandson Simon is in America meeting Tom Resse’s grandaughter Abby to give back a war medal that was in his grandmother’s possession.
I love the idea of their descendants meeting and investigating their story, but I would have preferred to stay in the past. I was committed to the characters there, and the present felt like an unwanted intruder.
Despite that, I truly enjoyed the book, and I was sad when it was over. I wanted it to keep going just a little longer.
Overall an enjoyable read, with inspired characters and an absorbing story.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
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.
She lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers.