#Review: The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly @cathykellybooks @orionbooks #TheYear #TheYearThatChangedEverything
Release date - 22nd February 2018
Book length - 400 pages
Publisher - Orion Books
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I want to thank Elaine from www.orionbooks.co.uk for providing me with a copy of this beautiful book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Three women celebrate their birthdays . . . 30. 40. 50. But their milestone birthdays marks 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.
I'm a longtime fan of Cathy Kelly's books so I was very excited when I heard that there was a new book coming out in February and even more delighted when I received an early copy. Every time I start one of her books I always think there is no way this can be better than her last novel but each time I'm proven wrong. Well with THE YEAR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING I am going all out and saying this is her best book ever!!
Three different women from three different backgrounds at three different stages of their lives are all connected by their birthday and a little village in Ireland which has a hold on them all in different ways.
Callie has lost herself in her marriage to Jason who strives for bigger and better all the time even though they already have it all, and she worries for her teenage daughter who seems to have lost touch with reality in her designer world where image is everything. And then there is the fact that she hasn't spoken to her family in ten years, ever since that fight. But when Callie's world is turned upside down it will force her to take control and face up to everything that has happened and return to who she really was all along, that is if she can find the strength to push through it all ...
Sam has a wonderful career and a loving husband who she adores but she yearns for a baby. Now she has everything she ever wanted and she is terrified. What if she can't do this? After all, her own relationship with her detached, cold, mother is a disaster and Sam desperately wants to be perfect for her beautiful little girl. But there is no such thing as the perfect mum as Sam will have to find out for herself ...
Ginger puts on a strong facade at work and laughs off the insults and the jokes about her weight but this is not what she thought her life would be like at thirty - alone, a virgin, and unhappy with how she looks. In this 'perfect image' obsessed world, Ginger just isn't sure where she fits and having lost her mum when she was a baby, she never really had someone to show her the way. But when she overhears her oldest friend bitch about her in such a cruel way, it destroys her. So when work presents Ginger with a new opportunity, she grabs a hold of it with both hands. Will she finally realise that she must love herself in order to fall in love?
With plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, tearful moments, and oh so relatable moments, THE YEAR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING by Cathy Kelly proves again why this author is the queen of fiction. At a time when women are stepping out of the shadows and demanding to be heard, this novel really resonates and with topics like weight, image, post-natal depression and controlling relationships all expertly handled within these pages, this is so much more than a book. I loved Callie, Sam, and Ginger and their families, but I have to say Ginger held a very special place in my heart. I fell in love with these character's journeys and felt connected to them like they were my own friends which is always such a special thing to happen with a story, and I could not put this book down. This is a book that celebrates the sisterhood and makes you feel empowered and emotional all at the same time. If you only buy one book this year, buy THE YEAR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING by Cathy Kelly, and it would make the perfect gift for someone special in your life too.
Born in Belfast but raised in Dublin, Cathy initially worked for thirteen years as a newspaper journalist with a national Irish Sunday newspaper, where she worked in news, features, along with spending time as an agony aunt and the paper’s film critic. However, her overwhelming love was always fiction and she published her first international bestseller, Woman To Woman, in 1997. She did not become a full-time writer until she had written another two books (She’s The One and Never Too Late) and finally decided to leave the world of journalism in 2001, moving to HarperCollins Publishers at the same time.
Someone Like You and What She Wants followed in successive years. Her sixth novel, Just Between Us, was her first Sunday Times number one bestseller, while her eighth novel, Always and Forever, topped the UK bestseller lists in October 2005, displacing Dan Brown and J. K. Rowling. In 2007, Past Secrets in was also a number one paperback bestseller.
Lessons in Heartbreak was shortlisted for the Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in April 2009. In September 2009, Once in a Lifetime topped the UK bestseller lists for three weeks. In March 2011, Homecoming achieved the same feat. Her latest novel is It Started With Paris, published by Orion in 2014.
In Autumn 2011, Cathy headlined a search for a new writer on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Cathy’s trademark is warm story-telling and she consistently tops the bestseller lists around the world with books which deal with themes ranging from relationships and marriage to depression and loss, but always with an uplifting message and strong female characters at the heart.
Cathy also has a passionate interest in children’s rights and is an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Her role for UNICEF is a Global Parent, which means raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDs.
She lives with her husband, John, their twin sons, Dylan and Murray, and their three dogs in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.
For more information:
Website - www.cathykelly.com
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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