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Every woman needs her Cathy Kelly time ... Kenny's Department Store, with its handsome Edwardian facade and unique cherry-picked goods, is the jewel in the Irish town of Ardagh's crown. Star Bluestone sells her beautifully crafted tapestries at Kenny's. Made with natural dyes, they embody her mother-earth spirit and creative vision. She has a special reason for caring about Kenny's beyond her sales. Meanwhile for Ingrid Fitzgerald, hotshot political interviewer and wife of David Kenny, the store is the 'other woman' in her marriage. With her children leaving home and her career blossoming, she is worried by the toll the store is taking on her husband. Charlie Fallon, one of David's staff, is one of the first to hear the rumour that Kenny's is facing with a takeover bid. As the threat of closure looms and with an owner who doesn't seem his usual self -- what does the future hold for the women who are bound together by its fortunes? Key title / Cathy Kelly is one of the biggest names in commercial fiction and a no.1 bestseller in hardback and paperback / A huge international bestseller / LESSONS IN HEARTBREAK spent 7 weeks at number one in Ireland / Cathy Kelly deals with the subject of death, grief and motherhood with great tenderness, honesty and warmth / Stunning new look for Cathy Kelly backlist / Cathy Kelly is the natural heir to Binchy's crown / Combined high-level marketing and PR campaign throughout 2009 to take sales to even higher levels / Competition: Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes, Sheila O'Flanagan, Sophie Kinsella, Erica James

About the Author

Cathy Kelly is the author of ten other novels, all of which were bestsellers. In 2005 Cathy became an Ambassador for UNICEF in Ireland, helping to raise awareness of the plight of 12 million children orphaned across Africa through AIDS. Cathy Kelly now lives in Wicklow with her partner and young sons.


Kelly (What She Wants), whose novels routinely hit #1 on bestseller lists in Ireland, sets her seventh heartbreaker in Kenny's Department Store in the small Irish town of Ardagh. Kenny's provides the captivating center for a sprawling saga that reads like three books slowly tied together in which a collection of women discover their inner strength through adversity. Star Bluestone is a psychically gifted artist pondering her lost love for David Kenny, a poet who left her to run the family business. He married Ingrid Fitzgerald instead, who becomes a famous TV journalist. Ingrid is shattered when David suddenly dies of a heart attack and then shocked to learn about his romantic past with Star and his all too recent affair with the much younger Steffi. Into the mix, Kelly weaves other stories, including those of Ingrid's best friend, image guru Marcella Schmidt, and Kenny employee Charlie Fallon. The magical Star is the treasure of the book, heads above the rest of the conventional cast. She only appears a few times, yet becomes the lodestone for this poignant reminder of how "once-in-a-lifetime-love" transforms lives. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Some rave reviews for Cathy's previous bestellers: / 'She writes genuinely compelling stories with a sharp eye for detail and character.' Irish Mail on Sunday / 'Kelly has an uncanny knack of drawing you in to each of her characters, emotionally attaching you to their journeys !'RTE Guide / 'A must for Kelly's many fans; a warm, moving read ' Daily Mail / 'An upbeat and diverting tale skilfully told!Kelly knows what her readers want and consistently delivers.' Sunday Independent / 'An absorbing, heart-warming tale ' Company / 'Kelly explores infidelity with searing honesty!I couldn't stop reading' Louise Bagshaw, Daily Mail / 'Kelly reels you into this addictive tale' Woman & Home

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