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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The ups and downs of real life sparkle with an extra glint in this thoughtful, warm, uplifting read that I completely adored. We focus on one family and 42 year old Freya as she tries to juggle her family, career, and a secret that is eating a hole inside her. Cathy Kelly has the most wonderful way with words, this book feels like a friend, and friendship comes with fabulous as well as thought-provoking times. While there are some unsettling moments, the author also knows when to gather you up in the most enormous hug. Oh how I loved Freya, she has an inner voice that is rather wicked and prods Freya’s insecurities into being. Teddy is the most wonderful little pickle and along with Mildred adds some well-timed moments of humour. Perfectly bittersweet, amusing, and big-hearted, I have included The Family Gift as a Liz Pick of the Month, it’s gorgeous.
Uplifting and delightful, The Year That Changed Everything is another gorgeous read from Cathy Kelly. Three women have three milestone birthdays on the same day, they don’t know each other, yet a featherlight connection binds them together. In one day, the day of their birthdays, a bombshell shatters the life Callie knew, Sam’s waters break but she might not be ready for motherhood, while Ginger is forced to reconsider who she wants to be. These women aren’t perfect, they make mistakes, yet they are just so likeable and relatable I would be more than happy to be their friend... to hug, to console, to cheer them on. I just adore Cathy Kelly’s books, she writes with a lovely warmth and kindness, beautifully engages with women across the years, and doesn’t shy away from reality. I found myself sinking into a delicious story that wrapped itself around me, and even with heart-ache along the way, The Year That Changed Everything is ultimately a captivating, enjoyable, feel-good read.
A gorgeously warm, loving, and occasionally tempestuous tale set within a large family as they learn to cope with grief, new loves, and family revelations. Bess has found love in her sixties, Jojo is desperate for children, Cari is focusing on her job after being jilted at the altar, while Faenia is walking into the past. Relationships, love, and romance are lovingly whisked together in the mixing bowl of life, along with a healthy serving of reality. Several main stories, all link into and skip alongside some smaller ones, I love this format, with glimpses into side lives helping to cement the main stories together. Cathy Kelly writes seamlessly across the ages of the women in this tale, and the varied cast feel as though they could be friends and family. ‘The Secrets of a Happy Marriage’ encourages you to settle down, relax and just enjoy the pleasure of reading a lovely and beautifully engaging story. ~ Liz Robinson
Another lovely, heartfelt, so very readable tale from Cathy Kelly. Sisters Cassie and Coco find plenty of bumps and difficulties in their path, and slowly begin to realise how trauma from their childhood is still affecting them today. Cathy Kelly excels in creating a diverse cast of characters, with females taking centre stage. From little ones, to teenagers, sisters, Mums and Grandmothers, they all add to the inclusive cooking pot of warmth and emotion. I particularly enjoyed how several enticing small individual stories took place alongside and melded into the main one. ‘Between Sisters’ welcomes you into the pages, to become one of the family, to smile, comfort and cheer on these women, and is an engaging, charming read. ~ Liz Robinson
A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly. What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal. What happens in the book is the preparation, the family entanglements, the background to the various people involved, the moving of the day as the bride discovers she’s pregnant – the complications, the stress and then the resolutions and the big day. It is lovely through and through. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2013. October 2013 Book of the Month. The tale of Lillie finding her roots, seeking biological parents, of travelling halfway around the world and forging a wonderful bond with a brother she never knew she had. As she has been recently widowed this huge distraction does her the world of good and she eventually returns to Australia a much happier woman. This has warm, typical Kelly charm, not her best, but a lovely read.
A heart-warming novel from an author who will appeal to fans of Maeve Binchy. The setting of this book in an idyllic Irish coastal village called Avalon and it adds a warm glow to this feel-good story of four women trying to escape from their pasts to live a better life in the future. An easy to read novel that will help you escape from everyday problems.
What are the ingredients for a life well lived? The warm and wonderful new novel from the natural heir to Maeve Binchy.
When life is full of changes, your friends are the ones who really count...Warm, captivating storytelling from the heart - treat yourself to some Cathy Kelly time.
Three Lives. Three Loves. Three Reasons to Let Go - the compelling new novel from the international No.1 bestselling author.
Friendship and warmth are the hallmarks of Cathy Kelly’s novels and this one is absolutely no exception. Always and Forever interweaves the ever-changing lives of three women – Mel, a high-flying career woman who decides on voluntary redundancy, Frankie, a full-time mother and Sheba who is 23 and yet never left the confines of the hotel her family run. Together, they meet and find out who each of them really are. Comparisons: Marian Keyes, Shelia O Flanagan, Patricia Scanlan
Friends this good are hard to find...What's the secret of the fabulous Miller girls? Another bestseller full of Cathy Kelly's trademark warmth, romance, optimism and wit.
They all just want one thing in life - and then they'll be truly happy... From the No. 1 international bestseller Cathy Kelly, a novel of love and longing, wishes and yearning.
Sometimes what you want isn't always what you need When Matt decides to uproot his family and move to Ireland, his wife Hope has no choice but to go with him. But their move is a far cry from the rustic romantic life that he promised...
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.
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
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...
*THE STUNNING NEW NOVEL FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR CATHY KELLY - COMING SOON!* 'A burst of warmth and wit, twists and turns' MARIAN KEYES on Other Women 'Warm, believable women with real, messy lives' RACHEL HORE on Other Women Four sisters. One secret. A day they'll never forget... The story follows the four Robicheaux sisters as they return home for their parents' wedding, at the beautiful Hotel Sorrento where they all grew up as children. For the first time in 15 years, the sisters are back together - and it doesn't take long for long-buried secrets to surface... With her inimitable warmth and wisdom, Cathy Kelly shows us that in the messy reality of marriage, family, and romance, sometimes it's the women in our lives who hold us together. --------------------------- Praise for Cathy Kelly's irresistibly comforting storytelling: 'Honest, funny, clever, it sparkles with witty, wry observations on modern life. I loved it' - Marian Keyes '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 'Comforting and feel-good, the perfect treat read' Good Housekeeping 'With nuanced and believable characters, each grappling with complex, messy lives, the drama explodes from the first two pages of Other Women and doesn't let up until the final chapter' Carmel Harrington
'A burst of warmth and wit, twists and turns' MARIAN KEYES 'This is Cathy Kelly on top form writing about warm, believable women with real, messy lives' RACHEL HORE 'Other Women captures the stories of three modern women... A real feel-good read' HEAT 'The brilliant storyteller is back with another perfectly concocted tale' OK! --- 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, Luke, and her support group of fierce single women. But there's something that she can't tell anyone... With her inimitable warmth and wisdom, Cathy Kelly shows us that in the messy reality of marriage, family, and romance, sometimes it's the women in our lives who hold us together. --------------------------- Praise for Cathy Kelly's irresistibly comforting storytelling: 'Honest, funny, clever, it sparkles with witty, wry observations on modern life. I loved it' - Marian Keyes '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 'Comforting and feel-good, the perfect treat read' - Good Housekeeping 'With nuanced and believable characters, each grappling with complex, messy lives, the drama explodes from the first two pages of Other Women and doesn't let up until the final chapter' - Carmel Harrington
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...
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...
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. . .
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...
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...
A magical collection of wise and witty bite-size stories, stuffed full of warmth and perfect to give you mini escapes whenever you need them. This festive collection of short stories is ideal for any fan of Maeve Binchy.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Four very different women are drawn together in the warm and engaging new novel by the bestselling author of Just Between Us.