Beautiful Day

by Kate Anthony

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April 2014 Debut of the Month.

A gorgeously generous, warm-hearted read, which will hold your hand as you face a poignant wave of emotions. Take in Rachel’s everyday reality, a reality where she is desperately trying to wrest back control of her household, her emotions, her life. The author encourages you to actively care about Rachel and her extended family, you urge her to succeed and noisily cheer her on as she tackles each obstacle placed (and sometimes hurled) in her path. The descriptions, particularly of the Care Home residents, are so vivid and eloquent you can see, hear and sometimes even smell each character.  With some genuine, laugh out loud moments to be had along the way, this book is a little treasure! ~ Liz Robinson

 

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Liz Robinson

Beautiful Day Synopsis

Beautiful day is Kate Anthony's poignant and heart warming debut novel. Today is the day that things are going to change for Rachel Bidewell. She will walk through the doors of Clifton Avenue Care Home and start a new life. Rachel is returning to work. And as she discovers, juggling a new job, three children and an ex husband can feel like drowning. Someone needs to throw her a lifeline...Philip doesn't seem like an obvious lifesaver. He has just lost the one person who ever cared for him and, even as an adult, he doesn't know how to live in the real world. But might Philip and Rachel each have something the other needs? This is a story of unexpected friendship; of the messy, muddy territory of those broken by life - and what it takes to fix them. It reminds us that the very darkest of days can be funny, heart-warming and even beautiful. Rachel finds hope in the places she least expects in Kate Anthony's stunning first novel, Beautiful Day. Kate Anthony grew up in the Midlands. On graduating, she began working as a residential social worker firstly with young offenders and later with vulnerable adults. She then joined the BBC, working as a producer in comedy for some years before moving to an independent production company as a drama producer. She lives close to Brighton with her family.

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Beautiful Day Reader Reviews

  • Susan Walsh - 'A family in Turmoil. A wonderfully portrayed tale of modern day living.  The rough with the smooth (more rough than smooth). A new job could be a new beginning.' Read full review >
  • Claire Simms - 'A very modern day down to earth book with parts that will make you laugh and also cry. A very enjoyable read.' Read full review >
  • Cathy Burman - 'A very touching book with a mix of drama, romance, sensitivity and humour.  A well written easy read that you won't want to put down. Highly recommended.' Read full review >
  • Sue Burton - 'What a wonderful, funny and touching book.  I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend this to other people.' Read full review >
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'I recommend Beautiful Day because it is a funny, heartwarming novel of family life, love and friendship.' Read full review >
  • Jayne Burton - 'A wonderfully insightful book about families, divorce and what life throws at you.' Read full review >
  • Christine Schollar - 'I found myself reading late into the night.  All the characters were completely believable. I envy new readers of this book, they have a real treat in store.' Read full review >
  • Rebecca Whymark - 'A surprisingly good read, I really enjoyed it and identified with the characters in various ways.' Read full review >
  • Julie Collins - 'You will be rooting for Rachel from the opening chapter as she tries to juggle returning to work with caring for her children whilst hiding her struggles from her boss, her ex and her useless au pair.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Tilley - 'A thought provoking read.' Read full review >
  • Bethan Townsend - 'A simply beautiful look at two paths that cross and how they become important to each other. The characters, bad and good, are simply wonderful.' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Brilliant book! The cover is beautifully designed and the layout perfect. The story amazing, wonderfully told, defiantly a must read.' Read full review >
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'This is a perfect book to take with you on a summer holiday.  It’s easy to read, the story flows with a mix of humour, tragedy and sadness.  This is not a book if you want something more challenging.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Hall - 'Ultimately this is an uplifting tale which leaves you with a warm glow and keen to read more of Kate Anthony.' Read full review >
  • Joanne Nuttie - 'A great debut novel... Even though this as quite a simple story, the author had a good use of words and she made her characters believable and very true to life.' Read full review >

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ISBN: 9780718178321
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780718178321
Publication date: 10th April 2014
Author: Kate Anthony
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kate Anthony

Kate Anthony grew up in the Midlands. On graduating, she began working as a residential social worker firstly with young offenders and later with vulnerable adults. She then joined the BBC, working as a producer in comedy for some years before moving to an independent production company as a drama producer. She lives close to Brighton with her family.   Below is a Q&A with this author. You explore various themes in your novel Beautiful Day, such as the many repercussions of divorce, the challenges of being a parent and the bureaucracy of social services. Which were the ...

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