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  1. Kat's Review of Homecoming by Cathy Kelly

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    My Rating: 4/5

    Hooray, Cathy Kelly is back. I have read every book she has written and loved the vast majority of them. However, her last two books didn't rate that highly for me and I was beginning to wonder what had happened to this wonderful writer. Thankfully she has returned with an absolute corker of a book.

    We meet the four wonderful women who are living in Golden Square. Eleanor is the first person we meet and you soon realise that Eleanor is not the normal character you would expect to find in a Chick Lit novel. Thankfully, she is the glue that holds this story together beautifully.

    Eleanor is a wonderful and wise character, a woman in her eighties that has wisdom and knowledge on her side. From the very beginning we see extracts from her mother's handwritten cookery book. Only the cooker book is no ordinary book. It seems to teach valuable lessons to Eleanor who then in turn will share with the other three characters we meet.

    Megan is very glamorous and having realised following her disastrous love affair had gone wrong she retreats to her Aunt Nora's home. Megan is a young and very glamorous woman who we see struggle with her grief at her loss of the man in her life she loved. Rae is the mother hen of the bunch who everybody adores and Cathy Kelly has painted a wonderful picture of her. I even got to the point where I could imagine this being made into a film. Connie is also a great character who has an air of humour about her. She struggles with her lack of sense when it comes to men and spends more time helping out others.

    The story itself was wonderfully told and I adored the setting of Golden Square. The characters all had great strength without being too much, but at the same time they all had their secrets, neurosis and funny quirks. The book is a really good read and is the perfect length. I loved the way their lives all interact and there is a dose of old fashioned faith with the addition of Eleanor's mother's cookbook. This was a joy to read and I was as pleased as punch that Cathy Kelly has gone back to her (IMO) former glory. There is nothing I can criticise about this book and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read that I would highly recommend.

  2. Kat's Review of Lessons in Heartbreak by Cathy Kelly

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    Cathy Kelly Lessons In heartbreak


    Izzie Silver left the small Irish town of Tamarin behind for New York. Life is good – until she breaks her own rules and falls for a married man.

    On the other side of the ocean, Izzie's aunt Anneliese discovers the pain of infidelity for herself.

    Then Lily, the wise and compassionate family matriarch, is taken ill. At her bedside back in Ireland, Izzie discovers a past her grandmother has never spoken of, while Anneliese feels despair mount. The one person she could have turned to is starting to slip away.

    The lessons each of the women learns – both past and present – bring joy and heartbreak. And the hardest lesson of all is learning to let go.

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: This is a book set between New York and Ireland, the past and present. It follows the lives of Izzie Silver and her close friends and family. Izzie meets Joe, a married man who she falls in love with and he has a huge impact on her life and the decisions she makes. She doesn't realise that her life is mirrored more than she can imagine by her grandmother Lily who falls ill back home in Ireland whilst Izzie is making a go of her own Model Agency. We then meet Izzy's aunt Annelise, whose husband changes her life when she discovers his infidelity and this starts her off on the self-destruct route.

    The two settings of the book make it quite interesting as we delve into Lily's past and the love of her life Jamie, during World War II. The characters are real and you can empathise with one or another in this book. The book is a slow and steady read and if I am honest a little on the depressing side. Cathy Kelly has written many books and somehow manages to balance the sad with the happy; however she failed to do it with this one. I found myself at a loss as to how I felt after finishing it. I thought the writing was good and the story well thought out, however it verges on the side of being too depressing for my taste but as I still enjoyed the book I gave it a 4/5. I only hope that Cathy Kelly has a bit more happiness in her next book! This book can be picked up in hardback or paperback from Amazon and the starting price for a used book is a mere 1penny.