LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

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.

Author photo © Barry McCall

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.

ebook of the month
Christmas Magic

Christmas Magic

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

ebook of the month

Other books by Cathy Kelly

The Family Gift

The Family Gift

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

'Honest, funny, clever, it sparkles with witty, wry observations on modern life. I loved it' Marian KeyesFreya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house. But that's on the outside. On the inside, she's got Mildred - the name she's given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we're not good enough. And now Freya's beloved blended family is under threat. Dan's first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan's care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives. But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back. Can Freya put her family - and herself - back together? Find out in Cathy Kelly's warmest, wisest and funniest book yet... *** 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 Family Gift

The Family Gift

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2019

'Honest, funny, clever, it sparkles with witty, wry observations on modern life. I loved it' Marian KeyesTreat yourself to the heartwarming, hilarious new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Cathy Kelly! Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house. But that's on the outside. On the inside, she's got Mildred - the name she's given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we're not good enough. And now Freya's beloved blended family is under threat. Dan's first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan's care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives. But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back. Can Freya put her family - and herself - back together? Find out in Cathy Kelly's warmest, wisest and funniest book yet... *** Everyone loves The Family Gift: 'The perfect comfort read for a cold autumn afternoon' Jo Finney, Good Housekeeping Cathy Kelly shines an insightful light on female insecurity and, through Freya's journey, shows the healing power of self-belief and family support.' Woman & Home 'Heartwarming' Sunday Express 'Must-read' Daily Express

The Triplets Tale

The Triplets Tale

Author: Cathy Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2019

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: 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: The House on Willow Street, The Honey Queen, Christmas Magic, plus bonus short story: The Perfect Holiday

Cathy Kelly 3-Book Collection 2: The House on Willow Street, The Honey Queen, Christmas Magic, plus bonus short story: The Perfect Holiday

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: Someone Like You, What She Wants, Just Between Us, Best of Friends, Always and Forever, Past Secrets

Cathy Kelly 6-Book Collection: Someone Like You, What She Wants, Just Between Us, Best of Friends, Always and Forever, Past Secrets

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...