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January 28, 2022

The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Series by Kate Hewitt …..The “Vicarage” Series

Genre/Categories: Women’s Contemporary Fiction, Sisters, Family Drama, Village Life, England

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My Summary:

As the title might suggest, each of the stories in the Vicarage series focuses on one of the four Holley sisters. Their father is the Vicar of Thornthwaite and Mom is the heart of this busy and complicated family. Each book in the series deals with a substantial theme or two including infertility, grief, social anxiety, finding your soul mate, broken relationships, unplanned pregnancy, forgiveness, reconciliation, etc. The strength of the stories and the thread that ties them together is the bond between the adult sisters and their commitment to family. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but as always reading them in order is a richer reading experience.

My Thoughts:

What I love about each story:

  • light and easy reading (one perspective; one straightforward timeline with some flashbacks to fill in the backstory)
  • substantial themes ()gently told)
  • family values
  • realistic (adult) sibling (sisters) interactions
  • finding your soul mate
  • sweet romance, closed door
  • no profanity
  • likable characters
  • HEA (happily ever after) and hopeful endings
  • uplit
  • small village setting

The Vicarage Series was perfect Pandemic reading for me….engaging, poignant, and escapist.

Recommended: I wholeheartedly recommend this “uplit” series for readers who are looking for easy reading, light women’s fiction with substantial themes and a side of romance. The first book in the series, A Vicarage Christmas, is a novella (182 pages), so it’s a perfect intro to the family and the series. I have reviewed Vicarage Christmas in this post.

My Rating:  3.5-4 Stars


Find Information For the First Book Here

Meet the Author, Kate Hewitt

Author Kate Hewitt

Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of both historical and contemporary fiction. She particularly enjoys writing contemporary issue-driven women’s fiction, and her novels have been called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘the most emotional book I have ever read’ by readers.

An American ex-pat, she lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways at, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate’s Reads, to discuss all manner of books, movies, music and cooking.


Is A Vicarage Christmas on your TBR or have you read one of the books?

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