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The author of the bestselling Someone Like You introduces us to four new special women in a warm and funny novel about facing change in our lives Do you know what you'll be doing next year? NIcole, Virginia, Hope and Sam all thought they did. Hope Parker imagined that she'd be slogging out as a working mum, trying to fit it in quality time with her young children, and doing her best not to burn her husband, Matt's dinner. Her sister, Sam Jones, thought she'd be turning heads in her new job as a managing director of a record label, climbing to very top of the career ladder and having her photo emblazoned on the business pages as the toughest, most brilliant company boss around. Wild child Nicole Turner reckoned that she'd still be going for wild party nights with the girls, maybe singing a bit of karaoke, posibly snogging a guy here or there, and trying not to get fired for using the office phone to make personal phone calls. And grandmother Virgina Connell thought she'd still be happily married to her beloved Bill, teasing him for spending too much time on the golf course and not enough time walking the dog or cutting the grass. But they were all wrong. When life changes suddenly for each of these four women, thay have to look deep inside themselves to discover what they really want in order to survive the turmoil. And they discover that a sense of belonging, a loving family and good friends can make all the difference. / Competition: Marian Keyes, Fiona Walker, Maeve Binchy
Cathy Kelly lives in Dublin. she is the features writer for the Sunday World newspaper in Ireland. Her first novel, published by Poolbeg in Ireland and Headline in the UK, became an instant bestseller, spending eight weeks at Number One on the Irish Times bestseller list and eight weeks in the Sunday Times Top Ten. Her second novel, SHE'S THE ONE, enjoyed similar success as did NEVER TOO LATE . HarperCollins published her most recent novel, SOMEONE LIKE YOU, to great acclaim in 2000.
Hope tries to be it all. She works as a clerk at Witherspoon's Building Society, plays dutiful wife to husband Matt, and laments the lack of time she is able to spend with her children. Hope's sister Sam is middle-aged, single, and managing a record label. Virginia, who never questioned her role as wife, mother, and grandmother until her husband passed away, now needs to find a life of her own. Nicole is a party animal who just may have a voice worth marketing. Writing in a style that could be compared with that of Judith Michaels, Irish author Kelly follows up her best-selling Someone Like You with a fun tale of four women trying to cope with life. Unfortunately, she waits until halfway through the novel to introduce two of the main characters, making the connection to the first part difficult. And the cover art of a woman in a bubble bath may give potential readers the wrong impression that this is just another lightweight entry in the chick-lit genre, though it is definitely more than that. Ultimately, this is a good choice for collections of women's fiction.-Nanci Milone Hill, Lucius Beebe Memorial Lib., Wakefield, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Irish writer Kelly (Someone Like You) knows exactly what women want in their contemporary romances-to escape into a world populated by believable characters in search of more satisfying lives sprinkled with romance. Her latest, rich with the emerald allure of the lush Irish landscape and tart with Kelly's sexy, bracing humor, follows four diverse women linked to the charming Kerry town of Redlion. Hope Parker, 37 ("Mrs. Tracksuit Bottom"), is the mother of two, wife of Matt, who is an ad exec/closet novelist and heir of his uncle's Curlew Cottage in Redlion. Hope fears she will lose her handsome husband-("The seven year itch wasn't just an itch; it was a damn outbreak of eczema")-and quickly agrees to accompany him for a year's writing sabbatical during which her marriage is surprisingly challenged by her attraction to another man. Hope's sister, Samantha (Sam) Smith, "teetering on the abyss of 40," is a hip London music mogul, rattled by a doctor's diagnosis and a raging discontent that can be dealt with only when she finally admits what she needs. Virginia Connell, 58, a grieving widow from Dublin, moves to Redlion, takes up golf and finds that there is life after loss. Discontented Irish/Indian Nicole Turner, 23, loves karaoke but dreams of singing professionally. After she's discovered by one of Sam's A & R people, Nicole learns that fame and fortune pale in comparison to her need for independence and love. Surrounding these women are many thoroughly developed supporting characters and sufficient side plots to fuel a sequel. Romance fans should rejoice in this chatty, comfortable story, as warm and satisfying as Irish oatmeal. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Cathy Kelly `Warm, lyrical, fascinating and comforting...genius!' Marian Keyes 'Vintage Kelly territory - it's a book for those who believe in love' Evening Herald 'Entertaining, moving and as vivid as a screenplay - presents a picture of the lives of Irish women which, like all good fiction, brings the truth into sharp relief' Irish Independent