The Vicar’s Wife by Katharine Swartz

The Vicars Wife

The Vicar’s Wife – Book Review

What happens when you are asked to leave the life you love – the place that you call home – to sacrifice your hopes, dreams, and desires for the people around you – in a place far, far away? How will you cope? Can you adapt? Will you be able to build a new life – make new friends – pursue new dreams? Or, will you become a shadow of yourself as the memory and loss of the life that you once had consumes you?

These are the questions that Jane Hatton, a career-driven New Yorker, is faced with when she begrudgingly moves to a small village along the sleepy Cumbrian Coast, to please her husband. Andrew – who has stood in her shoes – now wants to return to his native land of Great Britain to be near his family and raise their children in a more wholesome environment.

Jane has a difficult time adjusting to life in her new home – a former vicarage that is the polar opposite of the former posh Upper West Side apartment she loved. But – when Jane finds a decades old shopping list one afternoon – she cannot help but wonder about the woman who wrote the list – the woman who lived there before her. Was she happy? Did she have a family? Or, did she feel as lonely as Jane did in the big, drafty house?

The Vicar’s Wife is the story of two women – Jane Hatton and Alice Cambridge – who lived in the same home almost 80 years apart. Although the circumstances of their lives are very different, underneath it all, they have much in common, and author Katharine Swartz weaves a beautiful tale that captures all of the longing, despair, hopes, and dreams that these women hold in their hearts. I found myself getting lost in their world as I read – relating deeply with the choices they made and the disappointments they faced as life did not turn out the way they anticipated – but, also hoping that in the midst of their circumstances, they would find a way to find happiness and hope.

The Vicar’s Wife by Katharine Swartz is a wonderful book that many women will relate to.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

The Vicar’s Wife is available on Amazon.

About Katharine Swartz

Katharine Swartz is a contemporary romance writer who writes as Kate Hewitt for ills & Boon Modern. Katharine lives in the Kake District with her husband, five children, and Goden Retriever.

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6 Responses to “The Vicar’s Wife by Katharine Swartz”

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  1. Chasing Joy
    Twitter: Chasing_Joy

    This sounds like an interesting read. Maybe I will suggest it for book club.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I think this would be a great book club read! It doesn’t have questions in the back the way some books do – but the themes and the parallel stories of the two women will provoke much discussion. It’s both a fascinating period study and an interesting study of the issues that contemporary working mothers face!

  2. Ugochi says:

    Thanks for sharing this book, it does really look like something I would love to read. Do you know if it is out in the stores? If it is I can ask someone who lives in America to help me get it, Amazon will take too long.

  3. LuAnn Braley
    Twitter: KentuckyGal

    TBR’d on GoodReads.

    Bearing in mind I live in the country, I must say that there are three churches within walking distance (and about half as far as the nearest store). There is one Church of God, one Church of Christ (old building and the new one they are building) . There are numerous Amish in the area and a Mennonite church down the road a little bit more. Reading the other comment about a book club made me think, how wonderful if the women of various faith communities in the area could come together and read this book.

  4. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    This book looks like a good read for people God calls to move elsewhere! Thanks for sharing it at Booknificent Thursday!

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