Cathy Kelly is the author of six other novels all of which were No. 1 bestsellers in Ireland, as well as reaching the Sunday Times top ten. SOMEONE LIKE YOU was the Parker RNA Romantic Novel of the Year. Cathy Kelly lives in Wicklow with her partner and their twin sons. She is currently working on her eighth novel.
Irish writer Kelly (Someone Like You) knows exactly what women want in their contemporary romances-to escape into a world populated by believable characters in search of more satisfying lives sprinkled with romance. Her latest, rich with the emerald allure of the lush Irish landscape and tart with Kelly's sexy, bracing humor, follows four diverse women linked to the charming Kerry town of Redlion. Hope Parker, 37 ("Mrs. Tracksuit Bottom"), is the mother of two, wife of Matt, who is an ad exec/closet novelist and heir of his uncle's Curlew Cottage in Redlion. Hope fears she will lose her handsome husband-("The seven year itch wasn't just an itch; it was a damn outbreak of eczema")-and quickly agrees to accompany him for a year's writing sabbatical during which her marriage is surprisingly challenged by her attraction to another man. Hope's sister, Samantha (Sam) Smith, "teetering on the abyss of 40," is a hip London music mogul, rattled by a doctor's diagnosis and a raging discontent that can be dealt with only when she finally admits what she needs. Virginia Connell, 58, a grieving widow from Dublin, moves to Redlion, takes up golf and finds that there is life after loss. Discontented Irish/Indian Nicole Turner, 23, loves karaoke but dreams of singing professionally. After she's discovered by one of Sam's A & R people, Nicole learns that fame and fortune pale in comparison to her need for independence and love. Surrounding these women are many thoroughly developed supporting characters and sufficient side plots to fuel a sequel. Romance fans should rejoice in this chatty, comfortable story, as warm and satisfying as Irish oatmeal. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
'Kelly dramatises her story with plenty of sparky humour' The Times'Down-to-earth and insightful, her novels are as compelling as Big Brother' Andrea Henry, The Mirror
Hope tries to be it all. She works as a clerk at Witherspoon's Building Society, plays dutiful wife to husband Matt, and laments the lack of time she is able to spend with her children. Hope's sister Sam is middle-aged, single, and managing a record label. Virginia, who never questioned her role as wife, mother, and grandmother until her husband passed away, now needs to find a life of her own. Nicole is a party animal who just may have a voice worth marketing. Writing in a style that could be compared with that of Judith Michaels, Irish author Kelly follows up her best-selling Someone Like You with a fun tale of four women trying to cope with life. Unfortunately, she waits until halfway through the novel to introduce two of the main characters, making the connection to the first part difficult. And the cover art of a woman in a bubble bath may give potential readers the wrong impression that this is just another lightweight entry in the chick-lit genre, though it is definitely more than that. Ultimately, this is a good choice for collections of women's fiction.-Nanci Milone Hill, Lucius Beebe Memorial Lib., Wakefield, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.