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/ Key title Every woman needs her Cathy Kelly time. The warm and moving new novel from the No. 1 Bestselling author of 'Always and Forever'. / The hardback was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller for 6 weeks. The book was a smash-hit internationally, hitting the top of the charts in Aus, NZ as well as in Ireland. / Always and Forever was a number 1 paperback bestseller on the Sunday Times list and has sold over 350,000 copies to date. / Huge breadth of appeal across different generations of women. / Major retail and consumer marketing. / Published to maximise Mother's Day sales opportunities then sell-on through the summer. / Competition: Maeve Binchy, Erica James, Marian Keyes, Penny Vincenzi

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Cathy Kelly is the author of eight other novels, the most recent of which, Always and Forever, was a number 1 bestseller in hardback and paperback in the Uk and Ireland, and a top 3 bestseller in Australia. In 2005 Cathy became an Ambassador for UNICEF in Ireland, helping to raise awareness of the plight of 12 million children orphaned across Africa through AIDS. Cathy Kelly now lives in Wicklow with her partner and their twin sons.


Irish author Kelly follows up Always and Forever with this feel-good novel about the secret lives of women. From the outside, the houses on Summer Street evoke a sense of quiet tranquility. On the inside, their occupants harbor secrets that threaten to unravel their carefully planned lives. Amber is hiding her relationship with a budding rock star from her single mother, Faye, but Faye has a past of her own. Maggie arrives home to care for her failing mother while running from a cheating boyfriend and a tragic past. Sixty-year-old Christie displays a steady understanding and a guiding hand when her friends need her, but her own past comes back to haunt her. As usual, Kelly displays a stunning ability to illustrate the bonds of women's friendships. Her characters are well drawn and believable, and readers will be satisfied by the resilience that each woman shows. This will make a nice addition to any women's fiction collection.-Nanci Milone Hill, Nevins Memorial Lib., Metheun, MA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Cathy Kelly: 'A tear-pricking writer, capable of making you care about her characters! a warm, moving read.' Daily Mail 'Bursting with emotion, heartache and dreams! realistic and likeable characters that meet life-changing events head on.' Ireland on Sunday 'Totally believable.' Rosamund Pilcher 'An absorbing, heart-warming tale.' Company 'Her skill at dealing with the complexities of modern life, marriage and families is put to good effect as she teases out the secrets of her characters.' Choice

Kelly's ninth novel, a cross-generational contemporary romance set in Ireland, is packed with high drama and the emotion to match. At 60, Christie Devlin and her peaceful home and garden are the heart of Dublin's picturesque Summer Street. But when a surprising nook of art teacher Christie's past is unearthed, the 30 fulfilling years Christie has spent with her husband, James, and their family threaten to unravel. Her neighbors, meanwhile, have their own crises to attend to: single mom Faye Reid is horrified when her daughter, Amber, drops out of college to travel with her musician boyfriend, prompting Faye to follow her to try to prevent her from making the same mistake Faye made in her youth. Wounded by an awkward adolescence and a cheating boyfriend, 30-year-old Maggie Maguire wishes she could stop letting her past hold her back from self-acceptance as she returns home to care for her ailing mother. If Kelly's sins are too many peripheral characters, an uneasy transition into Amber's teenage voice and meandering passages that could have been edited out, then they are easily forgiven. Kelly's evocation of mother-daughter relationships shines, and her handle on romance storytelling combined with her characters' feel-good, empowering evolutions make this a satisfying novel. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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