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Cathy Kelly - Author

About the Author

Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. Cathy is the bestselling author of The Honey Queen, Once in a Lifetime and Between Sisters, and is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her trademark is warm and witty Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, a sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.

She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.

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Featured books by Cathy Kelly

Between Sisters

Between Sisters

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Her sister Coco runs a vintage dress shop and has shied away from commitment over the years. Coco believes men complicate things, and she's got enough to contend with. Until a face from her past returns. Watching over them is grandmother Pearl, tucked away in her little house in Delaney Square. But something is keeping her awake at night. Was she right to do what she did all those years ago? And then there's Elsa, the polished face of daytime TV, who's battled demons of her own in the past and come out on top. Now Elsa faces one final fight - but it will require more bravery than anything which has come before.

Christmas Magic

Christmas Magic

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2011

Other books by Cathy Kelly

Christmas Magic

Christmas Magic

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

A festive collection of short stories by No. 1 bestseller, Cathy Kelly. The perfect stocking filler! Lose yourself in this warm and wonderful collection of short stories from bestselling Irish storyteller Cathy Kelly. From weddings and summer holidays to Christmas with uninvited family or long-lost friends returning, this anthology captures the hopes, tears, laughter and loves of all kinds of women and their families and friends with Cathy' s inimitable warmth. The holiday season comes but once a year, so curl up by a roaring fire and let the magic reel you in... `This is perfect!' Essentials `Funny and touching... Kelly's witty writing will warm you up' Woman's Own

The Year That Changed Everything

The Year That Changed Everything

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2018

'Warm, witty and wise' Marian Keyes Three women, three birthdays, one year that will change everything... Ginger isn't spending her thirtieth the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life - or a total disaster. Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. When her waters break on the morning of her fortieth birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother? Callie is celebrating her fiftieth at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at the door mid-party changes everything... Treat yourself to the heartwarming and life-affirming new story from international bestseller Cathy Kelly *** Everyone loves Cathy Kelly: 'This book is full of joy - and I devoured every page of it gladly' - Milly Johnson 'Filled with nuggets of wisdom, compassion and humour, Cathy Kelly proves, yet again, that she knows everything there is to know about women' - Patricia Scanlan 'Packed with Cathy's usual magical warmth' - Sheila O'Flanagan 'A lovely story of life and change' - Prima 'Comforting and feel-good, the perfect treat read' - Good Housekeeping

The Year That Changed Everything

The Year That Changed Everything

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

'Warm, witty and wise' Marian KeyesThree women, three birthdays, one year that will change everything... Ginger isn't spending her thirtieth the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life - or a total disaster. Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. When her waters break on the morning of her fortieth birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother? Callie is celebrating her fiftieth at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at the door mid-party changes everything... Treat yourself to the heartwarming and life-affirming new story from international bestseller Cathy Kelly *** Everyone loves Cathy Kelly: 'This book is full of joy - and I devoured every page of it gladly' - Milly Johnson 'Filled with nuggets of wisdom, compassion and humour, Cathy Kelly proves, yet again, that she knows everything there is to know about women' - Patricia Scanlan 'Packed with Cathy's usual magical warmth' - Sheila O'Flanagan 'A lovely story of life and change' - Prima 'Comforting and feel-good, the perfect treat read' - Good Housekeeping

Cathy Kelly 3-Book Collection 2

Cathy Kelly 3-Book Collection 2

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 06/04/2017

A collection of three of Cathy's brilliant novels: The House on Willow Street, The Honey Queen, Christmas Magic, plus bonus short story: The Perfect HolidayTHE HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET: Welcome to Avalon: a quaint, sleepy town on the Irish coast. Nothing has changed here for generations - least of all the huge mansion on Willow Street; the house in which sisters Tess and Suki Power grew up. Now that the big house is up for sale, change is blowing on the cold sea wind. But before they can look to the future, these women must face up to the past...THE HONEY QUEEN: It's easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone, where two women believe they are getting on just fine. But what they thought would be an ending is actually just a beginning - all is not quite as it seems in the picturesque town.CHRISTMAS MAGIC: A festive collection of short stories from no.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Kelly.And a bonus short story! THE PERFECT HOLIDAY was originally published as a Quick Read: sometimes all we need is a relaxing holiday in the sun...

Cathy Kelly 6-Book Collection

Cathy Kelly 6-Book Collection

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 30/03/2017

A collection of six of Cathy's brilliant novels: SOMEONE LIKE YOU, WHAT SHE WANTS, JUST BETWEEN US, BEST OF FRIENDS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER, PAST SECRETSSOMEONE LIKE YOU: They all just want one thing in life - and then they'll be truly happy. But sometimes, when you wish will all your heart for a dream to come true, you risk destroying the happiness within your reach.WHAT SHE WANTS: Do you know what you'll be doing next year? Nicole, Virginia, Hope and Sam all thought they did. But they were all wrong. When life changes suddenly for each of these four women, they have to look deep inside themselves to discover what they really want in order to survive the turmoil.JUST BETWEEN US: Friends this good are hard to find... Sowhat's the secret of the fabulous Miller girls? And are they strong enough to deal with the truth about their golden lives?BEST OF FRIENDS: Good times or bad, friends are always there... So when tragedy strikes, it rocks the small town of Dunmore. Drawn together in their sadness, four women suddenly realize what is important - life is for living and they must grab it with both hands.ALWAYS AND FOREVER: Fairy godmothers do exist, even in the tranquil hills of Ireland. Carrickwell, nestled in the shadows of Mount Carraig, is an ancient, magical place. And when Leah, a woman with her own secret turmoil, opens the Clouds Hill spa, Mel, Daisy and Cleo are thrown together - and find the courage to discover what really matters to them, always and forever...PAST SECRETS: Behind the shining windows and rose-bedecked gardens of Summer Street, there are lots of secrets. But if you keep a secret too long and it will creep out when you least expect it...

It Started With Paris

It Started With Paris

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 14/10/2014

This edition features an interview with the author.It all started with Paris... At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists.With her trademark warmth and insight, Cathy Kelly weaves a delightful tale spinning out from this once-in-a-lifetime moment, drawing together a terrific cast of characters with stories of their own. Vonnie, a widow and exceptional cake-maker, is just daring to let love back into her life, but someone is determined to stop it.Leila, devotedly working for her boss, but realizing her devotion is turning to something more romantic. Grace, a divorced head-teacher, starting to wonder whether she faces a lifetime of being alone. The impending wedding of her daughter means that she's spending more time with her ex-husband. After ten years apart, is it possible she's made a mistake?Read by Olivia Caffrey

Honey Queen

Honey Queen

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2013

To discover the sweetest things in life, you sometimes have to lose your way...It's easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone - the locals wave and chat to each other, the shops and cafes are full of cheerful hustle and bustle. And amidst all this activity, two women believe they are getting on just fine.Francesca's boundless energy help her to take everything in her stride, including a husband who has lost his job and the unwelcome arrival of the menopause, which has kicked in - full throttle.Peggy has always been a restless spirit. But now, focused and approaching thirty, she has opened her own knitting shop on the town's high street. It's a dream come true, but she still feels adrift.When Australian-raised Lillie finally makes it back home to Ireland, she is drawn right into the heart of Redstone's thriving community. But what she thought would be an ending is actually just a beginning; all of Lillie's hard-earned wisdom will soon be called into play as she helps new friends navigate unchartered territory. . .

Best of Friends

Best of Friends

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2013

Good times or bad, friends are always there... In the beautiful town of Dunmore, four women understand what friendship really means. Abby's TV career is taking off, but her marriage to Tom is rocky. Meanwhile, her teenage daughter Jess despairs of ever finding a boyfriend. Lizzie has time for everyone: her grown-up children, her friends, even her ex-husband Myles, but never for herself. And then there's Erin, married and back in Ireland after eight years in Chicago. But can she face up to her past?When tragedy strikes, it rocks the small town. Drawn together in their sadness, the four women realise that life is for living, and they need to grab it with both hands...

Cathy Kelly 3-Book Collection 1

Cathy Kelly 3-Book Collection 1

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2012

Three of Cathy Kelly's bestselling novels, packaged together as ebooks for the first time.LESSONS IN HEARTBREAK, ONCE IN A LIFETIME and HOMECOMING make the perfect excuse to have some Cathy Kelly time.Three lives. Three loves. Three reasons to let go. LESSONS IN HEARTBREAK tells the story of three women and the lessons they learn - both past and present - which bring both joy and heartbreak. And the hardest lesson of all is learning to let go.In ONCE IN A LIFETIME, three women find that sometimes things can happen which change your life forever, and each learn that the chance for real joy comes only once in a lifetime...Four women, four lives, one place they all call home. HOMECOMING tells the story of Golden Square in Dublin, and the women who live there, their lives drawing ever-closer together...

Always and Forever

Always and Forever

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 14/11/2012

What makes you who you are?Your job? Your kids? Your place in the family?For Carrickwell residents, Mel, Frankie and Cleo, the answer was once clear and their roles were firmly defined. Mel had a career. Frankie was a busy mum with a college-going son. And Cleo was ready to step into the family business once she'd finished her hotel management course. Until the landscape shifted. Now Mel's job comes second to the guilt of being a working mum-of-two. Her marriage isn't even on the page. Frankie has her mothering vocation whipped out from under her feet when her son flies the nest. She's suddenly redundant and her fractitious widowed mother thinks they now have more in common and can start doing things together, dodgy hip notwithstanding. And Cleo has to watch the family business crumble along with her relationship with family. But inspiration on how to go forward comes from the most unlikely source. And the three women find that it's not what you do that ultimately defines you. It's something more...

Past Secrets

Past Secrets

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2012

Keep a secret too long and it will creep out when you least expect it... Behind the shining windows and rose-bedecked gardens of Summer Street, there are lots of secrets. There's the one that hard-working single mother, Faye, hides from her teenage daughter, Amber. And there's the one that thirty-year-old Maggie hides from herself. When fiery Amber decides to throw away her future for love, and when Maggie ends up back home looking after her sick mother, their secrets begin to bubble over. The only person on Summer Street who appears to know all the answers is their friend Christie. Wise and kind, she can see into other people's hearts to solve their problems. Except that this time, the secrets she's hidden from her beloved husband and grown up sons suddenly reappear. When the past comes alive for Maggie, Faye and Christie, they finally have to face it.

House on Willow Street

House on Willow Street

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2012

The warm, engrossing new novel from the No. 1 bestseller, Cathy KellyTess used to be happy with her lot: she lives in the idyllic Irish coastal village, Avalon, with her teenage son, Zach and nine-year-old Kitty, and works in the local antiques shop. Her only regret in life is that everything went so horribly wrong with her first love. Then her marriage falls apart and her first love returns to Avalon.Suki, Tess's sister, fled Ireland years ago to marry politician Kyle Richardon, but when Suki discovers that a biographer is planning to tell all, there is only one place she can go to ensure that her secrets stay hidden.Danae is the village post mistress in Avalon and she's worked very hard to make sure nobody knows where she came from or who she is... Her past is her business and that's the way she would like to keep it.In Galway, Mara sits with a smile glued to her face at a wedding; she only wants to ask the groom one thing: why did he tell her he loved her? Needing to put her past behind her, Mara packs up her life and gets ready for a fresh start.Can these four women lay their pasts to rest? Or do they need to look back before they can begin to live for the future?

Christmas Magic

Christmas Magic

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 10/11/2011

A festive collection of short stories by No. 1 bestseller, Cathy Kelly, the natural heir to Maeve Binchy.Lose yourself in this warm and wonderful collection of short stories from bestselling Irish storyteller Cathy Kelly.From weddings and summer holidays to Christmas with uninvited family or long-lost friends returning, this anthology captures the hopes, tears, laughter and loves of all kinds of women and their families and friends with Cathy' s inimitable warmth.The holiday season comes but once a year, so curl up by a roaring fire and let the magic reel you in...

Letter from Chicago (Short Story)

Letter from Chicago (Short Story)

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 28/10/2011

Every woman needs her Cathy Kelly time - lose yourself with this warm and enjoyable short story perfect for a relaxing break.Elsie loves her regular letters from her sister Maisie in Chicago. Maisie emigrated to America forty-five years ago but the sisters keep in touch monthly. The letters cross the Atlantic, back and forth, filled with news about their families, their hopes, dreams and successes. Of course, it's not quite as good as seeing each other in person, but they are happy enough with the arrangement.But when Maisie suddenly announces that her granddaughter wants to visit Elsie in Ireland, Elsie is besides herself with worry. A great deal has happened in the last forty-five years, and she may not have always reported it all accurately back to her sister. She can't possibly bear the humiliation of being found out for having stretched the truth, but there is no way she can refuse to play host to a member of her family, is there?A funny, heartwarming and true-to-life Cathy Kelly story - tuck in and enjoy.This story also appears in Cathy's collection of stories, Christmas Magic.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2010

The warm and wonderful new novel fromthe natural heir to Maeve BinchyEleanor Levine left Ireland seventy years ago with little more than a suitcase and her mother's handwritten recipe book. Now, a lifetime later, she's returning from New York with hard won wisdom and memories of her own. A renowned psychoanalyst, Eleanor knows there's one final journey she has to make...Lovely young actress Megan Bouchier didn't have to chase success - it arrived effortlessly. Fame was what she always wanted until a disastrous affair made her the wrong kind of headlines - now Megan needs a place to hide...Darkly beautiful Rae is a wonderful wife, a loyal friend and a dedicated community carer. From Titania's Tea Rooms she dispenses tea and sympathy to everyone - until a painful secret from her past threatens everything she holds dear.Big-hearted teacher Connie O'Callaghan has given up on love. She's cheerfully approaching forty and besides, why does no man ever match the heroes in her beloved romantic novels?As Eleanor re-reads her mother's comforting words and watches life unfold from her window in Dublin's pretty Golden Square, she slowly becomes drawn into the lives of Megan, Rae and Connie. But can treasured wisdom handed down from mother to daughter really be relevant today? And what are the ingredients for a life well lived?

Perfect Holiday

Perfect Holiday

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2010

Sometimes all we need is a relaxing holiday in the sun. For Anthony and Carole, a week in a lovely Greek hotel has helped them mend the cracks in their marriage. For widowed Jessica, it's the longest she's ever gone without visiting her beloved husband's grave. However when the flight doesn't go according to plan, they are each forced to face up to the very things they have been avoiding for so long. By the time they land, they have learnt important life lessons about themselves and each other which change them forever.

The Perfect Holiday

The Perfect Holiday

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2010

An exclusive short story for World Book Day from one of our bestselling authors Sometimes all we need is a relaxing holiday in the sun. For Anthony and Carole, a week in a lovely Greek hotel has helped them mend the cracks in their marriage. For widowed Jessica, it's the longest she's ever gone without visiting her beloved husband's grave. However when the flight doesn't go according to plan, they are each forced to face up to the very things they have been avoiding for so long. By the time they land, they have learnt important life lessons about themselves and each other which change them forever.

Once In A Lifetime

Once In A Lifetime

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2009

The compelling new novel from the worldwide bestselling author.Kenny's Department Store, with its handsome Edwardian facade, is the jewel in Ardagh town's crown. TV presenter Ingrid Fitzgerald has watched her husband David, Kenny's charismatic owner, pour his heart and soul into the family store, making it the epitome of boutique chic. She's juggled family life and her glittering career admirably. Now, as their children fly the nest, Ingrid discovers a secret that will shake her world to its very foundations. Natalie Flynn shares a flat with Ingrid's daughter, Molly. As love blossoms in her life, motherless Natalie starts to ask questions she has never dared to before. But will they help her make sense of her life and who she really is? Charlie Fallon is a passionate and motivated Kenny's employee who adores her husband and son, but her eccentric mother seems bent on wrecking her life. Now it's time to fight for her own happiness. Free spirit, Star Bluestone, who handcrafts fabulous tapestries for Kenny's, is the woman with the knowledge to help them all. Star knows from experience that the important things in life must be nurtured and treasured. She harbours many secrets and understands that the chance for real joy comes only once in a lifetime... Warm, captivating storytelling from the heart - treat yourself to some Cathy Kelly time.

Lessons in Heartbreak

Lessons in Heartbreak

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 21/01/2008

The new novel from the international no. 1 bestselling author.Izzie Silver left the small Irish town of Tamarin behind her for life in New York. She's big, beautiful, and dreams of her own model agency for plus-sized women (what her grandmother would call healthy.) Life is good - but she's just broken one of her cardinal rules and fallen for a married man.On the other side of the ocean, Izzie's aunt Anneliese discovers the pain of infidelity for herself. Her husband Edward has been having an affair with her best friend, Nell. Devastated and angry, Anneliese is facing the realisation that she is now alone.When Lily, the matriarch of the family is taken ill, the family must put their own problems aside. Izzie, intrigued by her grandmother's past begins to discover things she never knew about wise, calm Lily. Annaliese feels despair build as Lily, the one person who could have helped her, starts to slip away.And the lessons each of the women learns - past and present - bring both joy and heartbreak. Lessons they will carry with them forever.Then suddenly the girls are forced to forget their personal problems and come together as Lynne, the family matriarch, is gravely ill. Arriving in the dramatically beautiful seaside town where they all once lived, Izzie and Jane soon come to realise that we can't ever choose who we fall in love with, but we can choose how we move on in life...

Lessons in Heartbreak

Lessons in Heartbreak

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 21/01/2008

The new novel from the international no. 1 bestselling author.Izzie Silver left the small Irish town of Tamarin behind her for life in New York. She's big, beautiful, and dreams of her own model agency for plus-sized women (what her grandmother would call healthy.) Life is good - but she's just broken one of her cardinal rules and fallen for a married man.On the other side of the ocean, Izzie's aunt Anneliese discovers the pain of infidelity for herself. Her husband Edward has been having an affair with her best friend, Nell. Devastated and angry, Anneliese is facing the realisation that she is now alone.When Lily, the matriarch of the family is taken ill, the family must put their own problems aside. Izzie, intrigued by her grandmother's past begins to discover things she never knew about wise, calm Lily. Annaliese feels despair build as Lily, the one person who could have helped her, starts to slip away.And the lessons each of the women learns - past and present - bring both joy and heartbreak. Lessons they will carry with them forever.

Letter from Chicago

Letter from Chicago

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2001