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A mum copes with life and a damaging secret in this perfectly bittersweet read filled to the brim with all the feels.
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.
Treat 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...
|Publication date:||15th October 2020|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Primary Genre||Family Drama|
Closing date: 30/06/2021
Heartwarming -- Kirsten Jones - S MAGAZINE, SUNDAY EXPRESS
Easy to read escapism with a very likeable heroine - Sunday Mirror
Cathy Kelly shines her insight on female insecurity and the power of self-belief and family support. -- Zoe West - WOMAN'S WEEKLY
This bittersweet story about motherhood and modern families is 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
Honest, funny, clever, it sparkles with witty, wry observations on modern life. I loved it. - Marian Keyes
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/...More About Cathy Kelly