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The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly

The Year That Changed Everything

Family Drama   Relationship Stories   Sagas and Romance   
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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. ~Liz Robinson

If you like Cathy Kelly you might also like to read books by Claudia Carroll, Patricia Scanlan and Erica Young.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'This book is an amazing read, I devoured this book at every opportunity – the characters were strong and facing real life problems.'
  • Pauline Braisher - 'I loved this book - it is Chick-lit at its best. It’s a story of  friendship, love and family, of reconciliation - and of betrayal. It deserves to be a holiday “must-read”.'
  • Alison Bisping - 'Another Cathy Kelly masterpiece! How does she keep doing it?'
  • Ann Peet - 'Warm, engaging novel.'
  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'A fantastic inspirational story about 3 women, different ages, who live different lives but have something in common, their birthday celebrations don't go to plan.'
  • Lucy Hall - 'I couldn’t put this book down... and enjoyed every moment of is definitely a page turner and you will want to do ‘one more chapter’ before you go to sleep!!'
  • Carrie Jones - 'Life changing challenges faced with wit and warmth.'
  • Lynette McCann - 'A heartwarming story of three women and the friendship they come to have. A typical Cathy Kelly book, giving hours of enjoyment. Perfect read for fans of chick lit.'


The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly

Three women celebrate their birthdays . . . 30. 40. 50. But their milestone birthdays mark the start of a year that will change everything . . . Ginger isn't spending her 30th 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 40th birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother? Callie is celebrating her 50th at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at the door mid-party turns her perfect life upside down. . . Full of warmth and wisdom, this is a story about finding happiness on your own terms from international bestseller Cathy Kelly.


'Wise, warm, compassionate' - Marian Keyes

'Comforting and feel-good, the perfect treat read' - Good Housekeeping

'A heart-warming story about family, love and loss' - The Lady

'Emotional, believable and smart, this is fiction at its best' - Isabelle Broom, Heat

About the Author

Cathy Kelly

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

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Publication date

22nd February 2018


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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


400 pages


Family Drama
Relationship Stories
Sagas and Romance

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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