www.22gigantes.com - #1 International bestselling author, Cathy Kelly, returns with a heartwarming new novel 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. And then there's Elsa, the polished face of daytime TV, who's triumphed over demons before, but is now facing her toughest battle yet. At every crossroad these women face, readers are taken deeper into the heart of what it means to be a family.
Most helpful customer reviews 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful. Sledgehammer central theme.. By Fijane When I first started this book, I was excited to get back to Cathy Kelly as I have usually enjoyed her books and it seemed to start well. But as the book progressed I became disappointed. Like Cathy's previous book, It Started in Paris, and many of her others, she likes to introduce each character in a chapter of their own and then weave their stories together later. And like It Started in Paris, this book employed that method for too many characters. For example, a minor character, Phoebe, was afforded her own chapter, which I found totally unnecessary for the story. When the chapter starts, you can't help thinking "not another character who seems to have nothing to do with it?". It would have been better for Phoebe to appear when she is employed at the shop, and then later unfold her back story. And in reality, most of her back story is irrelevant.The time taken for unnecesary back stories should have been used to develop the male characters more thoroughly.However, my major disappointment with this book is that it beats you over the head with the central theme. There is no subtlety at all. This issue that is shared by the sisters is one that affects people more if they are unaware that that is the reason they act the way they do. Both sisters know they are affected this way, right from the start of the book, and they endless refer to it. Both start to sound like victims, and the theme becomes tediously repetitive.There are storylines that are inadequately completed. For example, Cassie's relationship miraculously seems to heal with no explanation whatsoever. I would have liked to understand how they resolved their conflict. I would have liked to learn more about Peter, and why Red is called by his nickname.Finally, there are many hallmarks that mark this as a Cathy Kelly book, but it would be nice to see her try to move out of her comfort zone. Once again we see far more female characters than male, especially the children/teens. The family with two girls makes the appearance in nearly all the author's books, I'd like to see some balance with some boys. Also, the teen girls are always "hormonal" which is constantly used to excuse their poor behaviour, instead of recognising poor parenting. The girls who are not yet teens are always "adorable", "sweet" and described as "poppets". The worst they ever do is leave their colouring pencils out at night. The character of Fiona was quite unbelievable. Parents of both genders know that girls can be equally as challenging as boys, and that not all teen girls turn to 'hormonal' monsters on their 13th birthday. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Beautiful and realistic By Suze Lavender Cassie and Coco had to grow up without a mother. She left them when they were little girls. Even though they're grown women now they're still not over this. Their grandmother has always taken care of them, so they had a loving childhood, but they missed having a mother. Now Cassie has her own family with two teenage daughters and Coco is single. They're both successful in their careers. Cassie always tries to be perfect, both in her personal and professional life. Coco is still in love with the man who wanted to marry her four years ago and she's never been able to admit to anyone what ended their relationship.Something in Cassie's marriage has gone horribly wrong. She wants her daughters to be happy and because she's trying to be brave so hard without relying on anyone else she's often finding consolation in a drink. Coco has her own vintage clothing shop and she's struggling with a lazy employee. When something awful happens to her best friend her life changes drastically all of a sudden. Will the sisters be able to cope and how does the past still influence their present decisions and relationships?Between Sisters isn't a light and cheerful read. It's a story about real life and people who make mistakes. I love stories about sisters and Coco and Cassie are both great women and very likable characters. They're both sweet and deserve to be happy. Other people don't always understand them very well and it takes time for them to start understanding themselves. Because of everything that's happening in their lives the sisters can't be there for each other as much as they would have liked, but they keep loving one another and they're always just a phone call away. I loved that strong connection.Every character has their own little story inside the bigger one. I really liked reading about grandmother Pearl and designer Phoebe for example. They're both talented women who want to protect everyone around them. Cathy Kelly has paid attention to every character in the book, which is something I really enjoyed. They all have their worries and their ups and downs, but love and warmth is what's pulling them through. I liked the description of emotions, both the good and the bad. The not-having-a-mother aspect has been written about in a sensitive, truthful and accurate way. I admired that very much. The animals are also playing their own important part. Cathy Kelly has paid attention to every single detail. Together this makes Between Sisters is a beautiful and realistic story. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. I found the book to be slightly disjointed, and ... By Gail Morgan-Smith I found the book to be slightly disjointed, and while in all fairness the plot did pick up in the end. In the first half of the book i found it very difficult to understand which character was which and to connect with the characters. See all 49 customer reviews...
Emotional, believeable and smart, this is fiction at its best. -- Isabelle Broom Heat Magazine A heartwarming story exploring the bonds and ties that hold a family together ... You'll finish this page turner feeling like you have new friends. ESSENTIALS About the Author Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. A No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia, her trademark is warm Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, sense of community and strong female characters at the heart. She lives with her family 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. Find out more at www.cathykelly.com or follow her on Twitter @cathykellybooks
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