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The #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Kelly brings you a refreshingly honest story about female friendship and marriage - and all the great loves of our life. Three women. Three secrets. Three tangled lives... Sid wears her independence like armour. So when she strikes up a rare connection with unlucky-in-love Finn, they are both determined to prove that men and women The #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Kelly brings you a refreshingly honest story about female friendship and marriage - and all the great loves of our life. Three women. Three secrets. Three tangled lives... Sid wears her independence like armour. So when she strikes up a rare connection with unlucky-in-love Finn, they are both determined to prove that men and women can just be friends. Can't they? Marin has the perfect home, attentive husband, two beloved children - and a secret addiction to designer clothes. She knows she has it all, so why can't she stop comparing herself to other women? Bea believes that we all have one love story - and she's had hers. Now her life centres around her son and support group of fierce single mums - the women she shares everything with. Well, apart from the one secret she can't tell anyone... In the messy reality of marriage, family and romance, sometimes it's the women in our lives who hold us together.


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The #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Kelly brings you a refreshingly honest story about female friendship and marriage - and all the great loves of our life. Three women. Three secrets. Three tangled lives... Sid wears her independence like armour. So when she strikes up a rare connection with unlucky-in-love Finn, they are both determined to prove that men and women The #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Kelly brings you a refreshingly honest story about female friendship and marriage - and all the great loves of our life. Three women. Three secrets. Three tangled lives... Sid wears her independence like armour. So when she strikes up a rare connection with unlucky-in-love Finn, they are both determined to prove that men and women can just be friends. Can't they? Marin has the perfect home, attentive husband, two beloved children - and a secret addiction to designer clothes. She knows she has it all, so why can't she stop comparing herself to other women? Bea believes that we all have one love story - and she's had hers. Now her life centres around her son and support group of fierce single mums - the women she shares everything with. Well, apart from the one secret she can't tell anyone... In the messy reality of marriage, family and romance, sometimes it's the women in our lives who hold us together.

30 review for Other Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Three women – Bea, a widow with a child who still grieves the loss of her husband; Marin, married to Nate with a life that seems perfect, but she has an addiction; Sid, independent, plucky and damaged, she hides a dreadful secret. They are all close, good friends – but each has something to hide. Other Women comprises friendship, love, angst and betrayal – with well-developed characters (quite a few at the beginning) showing their day to day lives, Cathy Kelly weaves a refreshing story of family Three women – Bea, a widow with a child who still grieves the loss of her husband; Marin, married to Nate with a life that seems perfect, but she has an addiction; Sid, independent, plucky and damaged, she hides a dreadful secret. They are all close, good friends – but each has something to hide. Other Women comprises friendship, love, angst and betrayal – with well-developed characters (quite a few at the beginning) showing their day to day lives, Cathy Kelly weaves a refreshing story of family and female friendships. A short review as spoilers would be easy to reveal in this book. A light and enjoyable read which I recommend. With thanks to Hachette AU for my uncorrected proof ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    What a great book. Cathy Kelly has become a must always read author for me. I think this book though has a somewhat unfinished ending for one of the characters. I didn't mind it, but would have liked that story-line to be more firmly wrapped up. That said, it didn't take away from how much I loved reading this story about Sid, Bea, and Marin. "Other Women" starts off with a bang. An unnamed woman shows up at the hospital to find another woman there sitting and waiting news on her husband. The ho What a great book. Cathy Kelly has become a must always read author for me. I think this book though has a somewhat unfinished ending for one of the characters. I didn't mind it, but would have liked that story-line to be more firmly wrapped up. That said, it didn't take away from how much I loved reading this story about Sid, Bea, and Marin. "Other Women" starts off with a bang. An unnamed woman shows up at the hospital to find another woman there sitting and waiting news on her husband. The hospital staff think that the other woman is the wife, and the wife comes forward saying she is the man's wife. Then we jump into the book and follow three women, Sid, Bea, and Marin. Sid we find is firmly independent, though something has happened that has caused her to avoid relationships and to spend most of her time in her apartment. When Sid meets a man named Finn, she tells him all she wants is friendship and he agrees. Bea is a widow and raising her 10 year old son. She's lonely and when she thinks about trying to date again, she finds that no one compares to her deceased husband. She's best friends with Finn and also friends with Marin. Marin has been married to her husband Nate for almost 19 years. They have two children, a wonderful home, but Marin feels constantly on edge. She worries about her daughter about to do a trip around the world with her friend. She also stresses about her clothing and not looking as great as her husband's best friend's wife Angie. Marin also is dealing with really toxic family dynamics with her mother, father, sister, and brother. The story jumps back and forth between the three women. At times the story syncs up and you get them all in the same "scene" and you also get their opinions of each other. I thought the book moved at a very brisk pace. I enjoyed each women's storyline a great deal and was just sorry when we get to the end. As I said above, I just thought one woman's story-line was a bit unfinished to me. I would love to read a sequel to this one, or at least have one of the character's pop up in a future book or something.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Other Women is a warm-hearted character-led novel, full of emotion. It follows three women - Marin, Bea and Sid. Marin is a married mum of two with a full-time job, an addiction and she stresses about not looking as good as her husband's best friend's wife, Angie. She also has complicated family dynamics to deal with involving her mum and siblings. Bea had to cope with the death of her husband and the birth of her son just one day later though now, ten years on, she’s ready to move on with her l Other Women is a warm-hearted character-led novel, full of emotion. It follows three women - Marin, Bea and Sid. Marin is a married mum of two with a full-time job, an addiction and she stresses about not looking as good as her husband's best friend's wife, Angie. She also has complicated family dynamics to deal with involving her mum and siblings. Bea had to cope with the death of her husband and the birth of her son just one day later though now, ten years on, she’s ready to move on with her life. Sid is being encouraged by her sister to move on romantically after being on her own long enough after her long term relationship fell apart but Sid is only looking for friendship. The three women’s stories partly overlap, but each of them had their own distinct voice and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how their characters evolved as time went on. Their respective journeys are all written with depth that kept me hooked until the very end. This is a fabulous book about love, loss, betrayal and family with characters I could relate to, and I found myself very absorbed in the lives of these women. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Orion Publishing Group via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Way

    I stopped reading this book as Cathy Kelly's writing style has changed over the years and her books are not enjoyable anymore, stupid characters, very disappointing as this is the 2nd book of this author that I did not finish reading. I stopped reading this book as Cathy Kelly's writing style has changed over the years and her books are not enjoyable anymore, stupid characters, very disappointing as this is the 2nd book of this author that I did not finish reading.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Umaymah

    A solid 5 star review because I've never spent more than 48 hours reading a Cathy Kelly. I cried in parts because, every woman is all women sometimes. We give away our power and often it takes a huge disaster for us to learn to take it back (Marin), we often try to do it and over compensate for our children and loved ones, only to be surprised when our natural human feelings push through (Bea) and we've been brought up with so much guilt, expected to be responsible and reliable that we don't for A solid 5 star review because I've never spent more than 48 hours reading a Cathy Kelly. I cried in parts because, every woman is all women sometimes. We give away our power and often it takes a huge disaster for us to learn to take it back (Marin), we often try to do it and over compensate for our children and loved ones, only to be surprised when our natural human feelings push through (Bea) and we've been brought up with so much guilt, expected to be responsible and reliable that we don't forgive ourselves for the hurt others put us through ( Sid). As always a Cathy Kelly reminds me to keep my heart in the right place and be true to myself and my loved ones and life in some funny way, by twists and turns will always be just OK.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Di

    A few years ago I went through a stage where I read many books by Irish authors. Maeve Binchy, Marion Keyes, and Sheila O'Flanagan were my go to authors. For some unknown reason, I never read one by Cathy Kelly. Now that I have, I look forward to more. To me, books by these Irish authors that are set in Ireland always have a “homey” feel for me. The characters are like people I know. They have familiar issues. These books are ones that I like to read on a quiet afternoon with a cup of tea. Maybe A few years ago I went through a stage where I read many books by Irish authors. Maeve Binchy, Marion Keyes, and Sheila O'Flanagan were my go to authors. For some unknown reason, I never read one by Cathy Kelly. Now that I have, I look forward to more. To me, books by these Irish authors that are set in Ireland always have a “homey” feel for me. The characters are like people I know. They have familiar issues. These books are ones that I like to read on a quiet afternoon with a cup of tea. Maybe that should an Irish Coffee! The main ladies in this book are Sid, Bea and Marin. Sid has been abandoned by her long time, live in boyfriend and is afraid to date. Bea is a widow with a child and is resisting everyone’s plans that she should date. Marin is the peacemaker in her somewhat at odds family and she has insecurities of her own. And, of course, everyone has secrets! Three distinct characters, 3 distinct stories that somewhat intertwine. They all have a connection, which isn't apparent in the beginning. The chapters are written by each voice in turn. I really enjoyed this book because the characters, their flaws and their issues all seemed so normal. It was an easy read and entertaining. I kept turning pages, waiting for the secrets to be revealed. On the surface, this book might seem like chick lit. But, it is so much more. It is about sisters, friendships, self-realization, relationships. It IS a book for and about women. I loved the non-traditional un-fairytale ending. It was a logical and natural ending. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    What a fantastic story centering three women. Sid, fiercely independent and guards her heart and space, Bea, widowed, single and not available and Marin, married for almost twenty years and steering the ship on the homefront with a steady hand. Each of these three women has a secret which they carry like an albatross. They each take turns telling their stories and at some point in the narratives, their stories entertwine and a connection is made. OTHER WOMEN interrogates all facets of womanhood an What a fantastic story centering three women. Sid, fiercely independent and guards her heart and space, Bea, widowed, single and not available and Marin, married for almost twenty years and steering the ship on the homefront with a steady hand. Each of these three women has a secret which they carry like an albatross. They each take turns telling their stories and at some point in the narratives, their stories entertwine and a connection is made. OTHER WOMEN interrogates all facets of womanhood and what it means to be a woman in this world. Workplace bullying, toxicity and harassment. Toxic positivity in relationships and widowhood, its effects on group dynamics, those who are left behind and children. Mothering and motherhood while working. Dating as a single parent and navigating the dating pool, dating sights and the danger of blind dating and dating blindly. And letting go. Of grown children, old friendships, relationships, clothes, old BAD habits and negative self-limiting beliefs. Moving out of our comfort zones and starting over. Most importantly, OTHER WOMEN is about how to be a good friend, a good person. OTHER WOMEN is not all gloomy. We get to experience pockets of joy and happiness with Sid, Bea and Marin. A page-turner of note. Briskly-paced with a pull effect. I love women-centric stories. If you are a fan of Marian Keys, Qarnita Loxton and Joanne Fedler, you will love OTHER WOMEN. Highly recommended 👌

  8. 4 out of 5

    Regina Kitto

    I so enjoy Cathy Kelly. This book made me so appreciate the women I have in my life

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anita Johnson

    I'm always happy when a new book by Cathy Kelly is released. Told in alternating perspectives, we meet three women whose lives are hugely impacted by crises that they struggle to cope with. Cathy Kelly must be the best friend to have since she writes about ordinary women with extraordinary compassion, courage and humor. I'm always happy when a new book by Cathy Kelly is released. Told in alternating perspectives, we meet three women whose lives are hugely impacted by crises that they struggle to cope with. Cathy Kelly must be the best friend to have since she writes about ordinary women with extraordinary compassion, courage and humor.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Claire Louise Taylor

    I am obviously in the minority here but I just found it boring, no am usually a fan of Cathy Kelly books but couldn’t wait to finish this one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tilly Fitzgerald

    This is such a wonderful look at the beauty and messiness of female friendships, as well as the realities of how complicated relationships can be. Our three narrators, Marin, Sid and Bea couldn’t be more different - Marin is married to the man she met at University, with whom she has two children, and she works full time whilst also carrying most of the domestic burden. Sid is single and fiercely against meeting anyone new - in fact she doesn’t trust men at all, and has developed a uniform and a This is such a wonderful look at the beauty and messiness of female friendships, as well as the realities of how complicated relationships can be. Our three narrators, Marin, Sid and Bea couldn’t be more different - Marin is married to the man she met at University, with whom she has two children, and she works full time whilst also carrying most of the domestic burden. Sid is single and fiercely against meeting anyone new - in fact she doesn’t trust men at all, and has developed a uniform and attitude to avoid them looking at her that way. Then there’s Bea, who lost her beloved husband the day before their son was born, and has just been trying to give him a “normal” life where he wouldn’t miss his father too much. Whilst the story focuses on the complexities of marriages, raising children, parental relationships, traumatic experiences, dating, and careers, the thread that connects everything is the women at its heart. Whether that’s the bond between Sid and her sister Vilma, who just wants the best for her, Marin’s fraught relationship with her strict mother, or Bea’s small tribe of single mothers who all support each other, the women in this story are anything but one dimensional, with flaws, doubts and all. The author shows so much compassion and understanding of the weaknesses we all have - everyone in this story makes mistakes or wrong assumptions but nothing is shown as black and white, right or wrong. It’s distinctly real and human. The story itself has a bit of everything - there are dark moments, laugh out loud moments, and there’s a great romantic relationship which warmed my heart. But mostly it celebrates women and the power of great female friendships - and made me extremely grateful for my support network, and setting the world to rights over a bottle (or two!) of wine.

  12. 5 out of 5

    My Little Book Hub

    My synopsis: Set in Ireland, you follow three very different women - a recently separated, a happily married and a widow - each unintentionally embark on a journey of self-discovery to find happiness again. Sid is an independent warrior who doesn’t need a man, Marin is the perfect wife with a secret shopping addiction and Bea is adamant she has had her one chance in love and focusses on her lovely little boy. All three have secrets, that they definitely don’t want people to know about. My review My synopsis: Set in Ireland, you follow three very different women - a recently separated, a happily married and a widow - each unintentionally embark on a journey of self-discovery to find happiness again. Sid is an independent warrior who doesn’t need a man, Marin is the perfect wife with a secret shopping addiction and Bea is adamant she has had her one chance in love and focusses on her lovely little boy. All three have secrets, that they definitely don’t want people to know about. My review: Oh, I just loved this book. This was the kind of book that took me longer than usual to read because I was really taking in each story that was being told about the characters. Kelly has managed to make you believe that the three characters were actually your friends - I became so attached to the three leading ladies and was dying for them all to have a happy ending. Kelly makes you really feel for these women - they all have an underlying sadness about them and they all unintentionally try to work out how to be happy again and try to figure out who in their life they can rely on and who isn’t who they say they are. I really enjoyed the fact that their lives become intertwined and new friendships are made. Each character is developed so well and each story is told so delicately. There is a mention of rape for one of the characters and it was handled so well by Kelly - she even touches on the fact of why some women do not come forward after being assaulted due to the justice system. This was my first Cathy Kelly book and it certainly will not be my last. This books was full of friendships, love, betrayal, heartache, laughter, self-discovery and so much more. If you’re a fan of Marian Keyes, you will adore this book and author! For me, this is a must read this summer!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    There's something about Irish writers of the genre that seem to capture the reader. I know that when I pick up a book by Cathy Kelly I'm in for an engaging read with lots of interesting characters. Merin has a busy life. Her teenage daughter is about to go off on her gap years, her ten year old son is a joy. Her husband loves to entertain only he doesn't like to do much to assist- unless it's a barbeque or pouring drinks. Her mother is a nag, Her father keeps his head down. Her brother is useles There's something about Irish writers of the genre that seem to capture the reader. I know that when I pick up a book by Cathy Kelly I'm in for an engaging read with lots of interesting characters. Merin has a busy life. Her teenage daughter is about to go off on her gap years, her ten year old son is a joy. Her husband loves to entertain only he doesn't like to do much to assist- unless it's a barbeque or pouring drinks. Her mother is a nag, Her father keeps his head down. Her brother is useless & immature & her sister seems intent on making herself miserable with her constant hope her married lovers will leave their wives. She also has a shopping addiction Bea has been part of their friendship circle for years. Ten years ago her husband was killed in a car crash the day before she gave birth to their son. She is now wondering if it is time to start living Sid, of the Goth clothes & prickly nature is determined that she doesn't want a boyfriend- however she is not adverse to having a friend who happens to be male which is where Finn comes in- another of Bea & Merin's friends. This is a great story of how women survive & support each other. I loved it & couldn't put it down. Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This novel begins with a dramatic prologue, which includes no mention of timing or characters’ names. With the puzzle unsolved, the tension ramps up through the story. The three main characters are loosely connected. Marin is the fixer in her family, with a tendency to put herself last. Bea’s husband died in a tragic accident, which sent her into labour with her son who is now ten years old. Sid is mysteriously defensive and afraid. Pieces of the women’s personalities are leaked into the narrativ This novel begins with a dramatic prologue, which includes no mention of timing or characters’ names. With the puzzle unsolved, the tension ramps up through the story. The three main characters are loosely connected. Marin is the fixer in her family, with a tendency to put herself last. Bea’s husband died in a tragic accident, which sent her into labour with her son who is now ten years old. Sid is mysteriously defensive and afraid. Pieces of the women’s personalities are leaked into the narrative, keeping the reader guessing. Who are the people in the prologue? The story reveals the women’s flaws and strengths, causing me to reflect on my own life, and making it a medicinal read. One of the sub-plots was confronting, but ultimately the darkness was balanced with hope. This story demonstrates the multifaceted nature of people’s behaviour,ultimately highlighting the inherent beauty of most human beings. I can highly recommend this relatable women’s contemporary novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Simmonds

    Other Women” is Cathy Kelly at her best. Writing about women, their lives, their ups and downs, their relationships with each other, their friends, their families, their lives (or lack of them). In “Other Women”, we meet Marin, Sid and Bea, who’s lives are connected through friendship and love. Marin: wife, sister, daughter, homemaker, peacemaker, Mrs Fix it who seemingly has it all together. But Marin has a secret, a secret that belies all she tries to project. Sid: Sidonie, the very antithesis Other Women” is Cathy Kelly at her best. Writing about women, their lives, their ups and downs, their relationships with each other, their friends, their families, their lives (or lack of them). In “Other Women”, we meet Marin, Sid and Bea, who’s lives are connected through friendship and love. Marin: wife, sister, daughter, homemaker, peacemaker, Mrs Fix it who seemingly has it all together. But Marin has a secret, a secret that belies all she tries to project. Sid: Sidonie, the very antithesis of her bright, hippie style upbringing and family. Dark clothes, goth like, spiky. Sidonie who has just come out of a long relationship. Sidonie who harbours a secret she has hidden from all around her for fifteen years, a secret that has held her bound. Bea: widow, mother of a son born the day his father died in tragic circumstances. Bea who has not even looked at another man since her bereavement. Bea, subject of much well intentioned match making, Other Women grips from the first page and keeps you there until the very final paragraph. I highly recommend this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    Unsure how I felt about this one I was going through a real book slump so I spent ages finishing it Liked Marin a lot - she deserved so much better than Nate the lying selfish cheat And I like Sid and I thought her and Finn were very cute Bea I can’t forgive for sleeping with Nate - even if Nate did take advantage of her she covered the one night stand up and it wouldn’t have been found out if Nate hadn’t had a heart attack the second time he came over The writing style irked me at times it was ve Unsure how I felt about this one I was going through a real book slump so I spent ages finishing it Liked Marin a lot - she deserved so much better than Nate the lying selfish cheat And I like Sid and I thought her and Finn were very cute Bea I can’t forgive for sleeping with Nate - even if Nate did take advantage of her she covered the one night stand up and it wouldn’t have been found out if Nate hadn’t had a heart attack the second time he came over The writing style irked me at times it was very wordy but I feel I would’ve enjoyed it more if I’d had read it quicker Will be giving Cathy Kelly another go in future

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    I really enjoyed this book which was essentially a story about friendships and love. Easy to read. My only small criticism is that in the early chapters there were so many characters introduced that is it was hard to keep up. However all the characters were well developed and interesting. I liked the way their lives interweaved. Each of the three main leads have something in their pasts that are being hidden which contribute to their stories. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC in I really enjoyed this book which was essentially a story about friendships and love. Easy to read. My only small criticism is that in the early chapters there were so many characters introduced that is it was hard to keep up. However all the characters were well developed and interesting. I liked the way their lives interweaved. Each of the three main leads have something in their pasts that are being hidden which contribute to their stories. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC in exchange for an independent review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Szabo

    This is a slightly different style for Cathy Kelly, but I loved it! This is a wonderful warm novel with an interesting concept and beautifully drawn characters. The main character, Marin is a well rounded, interesting woman , who is realising her worth in the world. The other female characters are also beautifully drawn and interesting. The men, particularly the character of Finn, are very believable. I really loved the novel I highly recommend it to fans of Cathy Kelly and also to readers mew t This is a slightly different style for Cathy Kelly, but I loved it! This is a wonderful warm novel with an interesting concept and beautifully drawn characters. The main character, Marin is a well rounded, interesting woman , who is realising her worth in the world. The other female characters are also beautifully drawn and interesting. The men, particularly the character of Finn, are very believable. I really loved the novel I highly recommend it to fans of Cathy Kelly and also to readers mew to her work. Thanks to Orion publishing and Netgalley for an ARC of this wonderful novel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Audiobook - heartwarming story of three women in different relationships. Story flowed well, great character development. Not too serious, was a great listen in the background for when doing mindless things or running errands Spoilers: Marin’s husband actually cheated on her, one was with a mutual friend. She finds out and eventually kicks him out of their house at the end. Sid avoided relationships after being raped by a senior work colleague years ago, ends up with Finn. Bea is a single parent, Audiobook - heartwarming story of three women in different relationships. Story flowed well, great character development. Not too serious, was a great listen in the background for when doing mindless things or running errands Spoilers: Marin’s husband actually cheated on her, one was with a mutual friend. She finds out and eventually kicks him out of their house at the end. Sid avoided relationships after being raped by a senior work colleague years ago, ends up with Finn. Bea is a single parent, husband died when she was pregnant, finally ends up dating someone her mum sets her up with.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    A story of love, lust, loss, betrayal and family. The book follows the interlinked stories of three women - Sid, Marin and Bea. Sid is damaged, Marin is married to Nate and Bea is a widow and we follow them as their stories unfold. It quite difficult to give any further information without giving spoilers, so just sit down and read this book with a glass of wine and enjoy! If you love Cathy Kelly’s book before, you won’t be disappointed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenny C

    Cathy Kelly really has a talent for writing stories full of wonderful relationships, not just romantically but strong female friendships. This book is one of my favourites so far. Each female character is strong and complex and beautifully written. Marin, Sid and Bea’s journeys are all really well written, with suspense and depth that keeps you hooked until the very end. Thank you so much for this arc in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Penze

    Easy to read and very enjoyable. Other Women focuses on the stories of three leading ladies, Sid, Marin, and Bea, while exploring themes of loss, infidelity, abuse of power, parenting, friendships and love. Slightly predictable at times, though delightfully so. Perhaps my favourite part was the ending, which was not neatly wrapped in a Hollywood bow. I would recommend it to lovers of chick literature.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    I enjoyed this book because of the strong female friendships. I liked the ambiguity of the prologue. I really felt for all three women and I enjoyed the Irish take on life. My disappointment was with the ending, it just seemed rushed and I wanted more details on one of the characters just to round it all out well.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I've been a lover of Cathy Kelly books for many years. I'm a sucker for an Irish novel! This was a very slow burner for me and I was well over half way through before I started enjoying it but once I did I loved it!! There are three main characters, their families, extended families and friends!! It took me ages to sort them all out in my mind. I've been a lover of Cathy Kelly books for many years. I'm a sucker for an Irish novel! This was a very slow burner for me and I was well over half way through before I started enjoying it but once I did I loved it!! There are three main characters, their families, extended families and friends!! It took me ages to sort them all out in my mind.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura Jones

    You always know what you are getting yourself in to with a Cathy Kelly novel. A great story about love and female friendship. This one follows Marin, Bea and Sid, three women who’s lives are intertwined. I loved the twists and turns and unexpected ending in this one. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Utterly compelling. I could not put this book down. This book draws you into these women’s lives. I cared about what happened to them and was fascinated by their relationships. Fantastic read. This is a tale woven with consummate skill. Fabulous! Thank you Netgalley.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Borthwick

    a little more gritty than usual for Cathy Kelly and I loved it! Great characters - wouldn’t have minded one more chapter for each of them but it ended strongly and pleased to see that not every happy ending requires a man!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michele Travers

    So disappointing, I have always loved Cathy Kelly books, read all of them over the years. I don't know what has happened, there were complete paragraphs that don't make, perhaps a problem with editing?? So disappointing, I have always loved Cathy Kelly books, read all of them over the years. I don't know what has happened, there were complete paragraphs that don't make, perhaps a problem with editing??

  29. 4 out of 5

    LavenderPoodle

    For me, this was too slow, too boring and predictable. The characters have almost no distinction. I know there are huge fans of the author and also this book, but it wasn’t for me, and I think it wasn’t very carefully constructed and narrated.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mindysue

    3.75 stars - Cathy Kelly doesn’t have the gift of creating characters like Maeve Binchey did but she still writes better than average chick lit.

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