CLP Blog Tours Book Review: The Hole in the Middle by Kate Hilton

Reviewer: Samantha

the hole in the middleKate Hilton is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and The Hole in the Middle


Sophie Whelan is the epitome of the modern superwoman. When she operates at peak performance, she can cajole balky employees, soothe her cranky children, troubleshoot career disasters, throw a dinner party for ten and draft an upbeat Christmas letter — all in the same day.

But as Sophie’s fortieth birthday looms, her seamless life reveals disturbing web-like fractures. Conflict with her boss, blossoming jealousy of her husband’s femme fatale business partner and her feelings of hopeless inadequacy as a mother and daughter are cracking the edifice of her life.

Rescue may be at hand when Lillian Parker, a wealthy widow who befriended Sophie during her university days, makes Sophie an irresistible offer. Why, then, does Sophie hesitate? The answer is the reappearance of Lillian’s nephew, Will Shannon, the great unresolved love of Sophie’s life. As she remembers the vivid drama of their college romance, Sophie confronts the choices she has made in life and in love and looks for the one answer that has always eluded her: what does she really want?

The Hole in the Middle is a heartbreaking love story, a laugh-out loud portrayal of the twin demands of work and family and a fresh take on the hot debate about having it all.


The Hole in the Middle is an extremely well-written and thought-provoking novel. From the first pages I was already invested in Sophie’s story, and the stress she felt as a professional, a mother, and as a wife. The story from her past that was weaved in with the present was quite interesting, and I loved reading about the great Lillian that was such a force in Sophie’s life. While I was perfectly content and happy with this novel the first three-fourths through, the ending and the twist that came with it put this over the top for me. Five stars and I highly recommend. I’m so happy I got to meet this author in person as well, and I look forward to more from her!

5 stars

*Anyone who leaves a comment on the tour page will be entered  to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of The Hole in the Middle before  January 27 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com will get 5 bonus entries!*

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kate hiltonAuthor Bio:

Kate Hilton has worked in law, higher education, public relations, fundraising and publishing.  She has an English degree from McGill University and a law degree from the University of Toronto.  She holds down a day job, volunteers for community organizations, raises two boys, cooks, collects art, reads voraciously and likes her husband.  In her free time, she writes. On good days, she thinks she might have it all.  On bad days, she wants a nap.

The Hole in the Middle is Kate’s first book.  Kate is represented by Beverley Slopen of the Beverley Slopen Literary Agency in Toronto.

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  1. Rita Wray
    January 14, 2014 / 9:07 am

    Great review, I can’t wait to read it.

  2. Kim V
    January 17, 2014 / 10:35 am

    Can’t wait to read it!

  3. December 14, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    How could any of this be better stated? It coutnd’l.

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