The wonderful and heartwarming new novel full of secrets, lies and family ties from Sunday Times best-selling author Cathy Kelly. Bess is hoping to show everyone just how happy her recent marriage is, but behind all the party planning the cracks are beginning to show. Why is joining a family so difficult?
Meet the women of Delaney Gardens, a bustling suburban village in the outer reaches of Dublin. There's Cassie, who's spent her married life doing everything right for her children, husband, and mother-in-law yet feels so exhausted that "wine o'clock" comes a little earlier each afternoon. There's her sister, Coco, who runs a vintage dress shop but has avoided the complications of romantic commitment. Watching over them is their grandmother, Pearl, who, despite caring deeply for her family, is contending with a long-buried secret.
This edition features an interview with Cathy Kelly. It all started with Paris... At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend, cheered on by delighted tourists. With her trademark warmth and insight, Cathy Kelly weaves a delightful tale spinning out from this once-in-a-lifetime moment, drawing together a terrific cast of characters with stories of their own. Vonnie, a widow and exceptional cake-maker, is just daring to let love back into her life, but someone is determined to stop it.
Kenny's Department Store, with its handsome Edwardian façade, is the jewel in Ardagh town's crown. TV presenter Ingrid Fitzgerald has watched her husband David, Kenny's charismatic owner, pour his heart and soul into the family store, making it the epitome of boutique chic. She's juggled family life and her glittering career admirably. Now, as their children fly the nest, Ingrid discovers a secret that will shake her world to its very foundations.
"Really Bad Irish Accents!"
An exclusive short story for World Book Day from one of our best-selling authors.... Sometimes all we need is a relaxing holiday in the sun. For Anthony and Carole, a week in a lovely Greek hotel has helped them mend the cracks in their marriage. For widowed Jessica, it’s the longest she’s ever gone without visiting her beloved husband’s grave. However when the flight doesn’t go according to plan, they are each forced to face up to the very things they have been avoiding for so long.
In this book, you will learn what a Midwife is, and what a Doula is - and more importantly, what they can do for you, how they can support you, and how to locate either or both to discuss your pursuit of a natural childbirth. You will learn what to expect from a Midwife or Doula during the prenatal, labor, delivery, and postpartum stages of your pregnancy. The reason I wrote this book was because I wanted to provide a way for pregnant individuals (or couples) who are considering natural childbirth options.
To discover the sweetest things in life, you sometimes have to lose your way…It’s easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone – the locals wave and chat to each other, the shops and cafes are full of cheerful hustle and bustle. And amidst all this activity, two women believe they are getting on just fine.
"The worst Australian accent ever"
The warm and wonderful new novel from the natural heir to Maeve Binchy.... Tess used to be happy with her lot: she lives in the idyllic Irish coastal village, Avalon, with her teenage son, Zach, and nine-year-old Kitty, and works in the local antiques shop. Her only regret in life is that everything went so horribly wrong with her first love. Then her marriage falls apart and her first love returns to Avalon.
"Extremely light and predictable"
It all started with Paris. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend. In that second everything changes - not just for the happy couple but for the family and friends awaiting their return in Ireland.
Izzie Silver left the small Irish town of Tamarin behind her for life in New York. She's big, beautiful, and dreams of her own model agency for plus-sized women (what her grandmother would call "healthy" women). Life is good - but she's just broken one of her cardinal rules and fallen for a married man.
Cassie has spent her married life doing everything right - making sure her children have the perfect life, being a devoted wife to her husband and a dutiful daughter-in-law to his mother, even when her patience has been tested. Although it has left her so exhausted that 'wine o'clock' comes a little earlier each afternoon. But she wouldn't change a thing, she's certain, until temptation comes her way.... Her sister, Coco, runs a vintage dress shop and sure, she's shied away from commitment over the years.
The warm and wonderful new novel from the natural heir to Maeve BinchyEleanor Levine left Ireland seventy years ago with little more than a suitcase and her mother's handwritten recipe book. Now, a lifetime later, she's returning from New York with hard won wisdom and memories of her own. A renowned psychoanalyst, Eleanor knows there's one final journey she has to make…Lovely young actress Megan Bouchier didn't have to chase success – it arrived effortlessly.
Keep a secret too long and it will creep out when you least expect it... Behind the shining windows and rose-bedecked gardens of Summer Street, there are lots of secrets. There's the one that hard-working single mother, Faye, hides from her teenage daughter, Amber. And there's the one that thirty-year-old Maggie hides from herself.
In the beautiful town of Dunmore, four women understand what friendship really means. Abby's TV career is taking off, but her marriage to Tom is rocky. Meanwhile, her teenage daughter Jess despairs of ever finding a boyfriend. Lizzie has time for everyone: her grown-up children, her friends, even her ex-husband Myles, but never for herself. And then there's Erin, married and back in Ireland after eight years in Chicago. But can she face up to her past?
Can the sisters, Dolores and Genevieve, finally break free from their mother’s powerful personality? Can Larissa learn to embrace the endurance test that is the Office Christmas Party or will this year’s be a finger buffet too far? Can Alice open her home and her heart to the one visitor that she doesn’t want this Christmas? And when mysterious Madame Lucia sets up shop with her crystal ball above a travel agent’s, will the staff be convinced that fate really can play a hand? Relax and unwind in front of a roaring fire and indulge yourself in these, and many other humorous and uplifting tales.
What makes you who you are? Your job? Your kids? Your place in the family? For Carrickwell residents, Mel, Frankie and Cleo, the answer was once clear and their roles were firmly defined. Mel had a career. Frankie was a busy mum with a college-going son. And Cleo was ready to step into the family business once she'd finished her hotel management course. Until the landscape shifted.