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Friday, February 23, 2018

The Year that Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Callie, Sam and Ginger are each spending their birthday in a significant way. They're all having milestone birthdays that change the course of their lives forever. While the new directions seem to bring plenty of difficulties, maybe some goodness can also be found in everything that's going on after the chaos the women inevitably go through on their birthdays.

It's Callie's 50th birthday and her husband has decided to throw her a big party. Callie doesn't want this at all, but her husband doesn't take no for an answer. They're living in a large house in Dublin together with their daughter and showing off is more important to him than what his wife actually wants to do on her birthday. During the party Callie gets a visit that will make her view her past in a completely different way.

Sam is about to become a mother. After many years of trying in vain she didn't think this would ever happen to her, but now that she is about to go into labor on her 40th birthday she realizes she doesn't know how to be a good mother. How will she succeed when she has no idea what to do? Her own mother wasn't a good example, will she be the exact same way? Sam is freaking out and there's nothing she can do to stop it.

Ginger's best friend has planned her wedding on Ginger's 30th birthday. That means Ginger isn't the center of attention at all on a day that should have been special for her. Instead she has to wear a hideous bridesmaid dress that doesn't do anything for her figure. Ginger is struggling with her self confidence and something happens at the wedding that makes these feelings even worse. Ginger's heart is about to be shattered and picking up the pieces will be tough.

The Year that Changed Everything is a beautiful story about three fascinating women. Callie's husband is convincing and manipulative and therefore she doesn't see what's truly happening in her life until it's too late. Sam knows how to handle any situation when she's at work, but being a mother is something she can't prepare for and this scares her so much she doesn't know what to do with herself. Ginger is a gorgeous person, but she struggles when others put her down and finding out what she's capable of is difficult when she wants to hide and be invisible. Callie, Sam and Ginger are being forced out of their comfort zone and even though this gives them plenty of obstacles to deal with, brings them many tears and makes them lose much sleep over worries they will also learn a lot from their ordeals and that was incredible to witness.

Cathy Kelly has written another fantastic story. I love how she makes her main characters come to life by exploring all of their emotional layers and peeling them off one by one. It makes her stories intriguing and incredibly compelling. I love how much she cares about the women she writes about and this makes her stories extra special. The Year that Changed Everything is a powerful story about finding the silver linings in life and discovering your true self worth. I absolutely loved this terrific book and think it's an absolute treasure.

Advice

If you love beautiful stories about gorgeous main characters dealing with life changing events you should definitely read The Year that Changed Everything.

About Cathy Kelly



Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of copies of her books in print. A number 1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia, she is one of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers.

Brought up in Dublin, on leaving school Cathy initially worked as a journalist with a national Irish newspaper, working in news and features alongside being an agony aunt and film critic. She loved being an agony aunt in particular, describing it as a bit like getting a PhD in people. Cathy juggled her job with writing in her spare time, and her first novel, Woman to Woman, was published in 1997. It went straight to number 1 on the Irish Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists.

Cathy’s trademark is warm Irish story-telling about modern life, and her books deal with themes ranging from relationships and marriage to depression and loss, but always with an uplifting message, sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.

She lives with her husband, John, their young twin sons, Dylan and Murray, 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/AIDS.

Links

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Amazon

Giveaway

Two very Lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a paperback copy of The Year that Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly.

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27 comments:

  1. The Year that Changed Everything sounds like a warm, uplifting story with some poignant moments celebrating friendship, solidarity and making you feel both empowered and emotional.

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  2. It sounds like another awesome read from this author!

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  3. Un auteur que je ne connais pas et un e histoire qui semble bien plaisante !!

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  4. love the look of this book, the cover looks fab!

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  5. Definitely an exciting and interesting novel and a book that you can't put down.

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  6. I liked the review. Sounds like a good book.

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  7. love the cover design Cathy
    jan

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  8. wow, what a great review. And I love all the adorable puppies.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  9. Sounds good can't wait to read it

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  10. I've read this book and have a slightly different opinion.

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  11. Sounds like an interesting read. And it would be interesting if Sally liked the book or not LOL...not everyone likes the same stuff and one book I loved others hated so its always good to hear others opinions as well

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  12. Sounds right up my street! Thanks for the chance x

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  13. This sounds like it would be difficult in places to read but ultimately uplifting and encouraging, which is wonderful! :D

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  14. This sounds like a fab little book, hope I get the chance to read

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  15. I'd like to see how each of the ladies handles their journey.

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  16. Great giveaway - love the sound of this book

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  17. I've loved your other books so will definitely look forward to reading this!

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  18. I keep hearing about this book on twitter, and I would love to read it, and her other books too!

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  19. I like the idea of the protagonists celebrating big milestone birthdays and the turmoil that can cause sometimes!

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  20. Thanks for the great book prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

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  21. I've read some of your books and i loved them. I would love to read this one!

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  22. OOOH this sounds amazing. Celebrating friendsbips, weddings and birthdays sounds a great read to me. :) Another major hit.

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