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Book Title: Once in a Lifetime. Cathy Kelly|
The author of the book: Cathy Kelly
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: March 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9780007299980
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The town of Ardagh in Ireland loves its local department store, Kenny’s, run by David Kenny. But things to do with the people aren’t all rosy. David’s wife Ingrid, a politics TV Presenter is juggling her family life and work life, but she soon unearths a secret that will shatter her world. Kenny’s employee Natalie is starting to question her father about her long-deceased mother, and finds out some shocking revelations that rock her. Charlie Fallon, a make-up guru at Kenny’s is in despair at her rocky relationship with her mother, but loves her own husband and son. She’s determined to make it right with her mother, but are they both too stubborn? And finally, Star Bluestone who provides tapestries for the store, holds the knowledge to help all these women in their hours of need. Star knows how important it is to these women to find closure… but will they let her provide it?
Cathy Kelly is a very popular Irish author, and amazingly this is the 11th book she has released. She’s been writing since 1997, but since I was only 11 years old then, I’ve only just really got into her work, my first Kelly novel being her previous release, Lessons in Heartbreak (reviewed of course). I wasn’t overly impressed but hoped that this one would be more enjoyable for me. When I read the blurb, I wasn’t too sure as it sounded like a lot of characters and would therefore require a bit more concentration that I liked to give a book but still I was willing to give it a real go and head into it with an open mind. It was a rather chunky book, so was one that would take me a while, and consequently give me a chance to really get into it.
When I started the book, it really wasn’t the modern tale of a department store that I had expected straight away. Instead, we were introduced to white-witch Star, and I really struggled to get into the book at all. If I am honest, I did think about putting it down because usually I don’t persevere with it because I have so many others to read, but I decided to give it a chance for some reason. When the book got going a bit more, I found the read sort of flowed better and I very much liked the characters that were being introduced, especially Ingrid and Natalie who were interesting, modern and had great stories to read about. Although she appeared in the book’s prologue, we don’t see all that much of Star in the book (good for me because I didn’t like her) but you can see her importance as the book progresses, which is all due to Kelly’s writing talent.
After doing a bit of research on her other novels, it seems Kelly’s novels are all about women and their relationships, be it with their husbands, mothers or other family. She’s stuck to what she knows here, but perhaps too much because when discussing this book with my mum, she told me it felt too much like something Kelly has written before – fine if it’s one of your first Cathy Kelly books like me, but for my mum and nan who are long-time readers, they feel a bit cheated and weren’t all that convinced it was a good, fresh story. The story was well written, don’t get me wrong on that part, but as with all chick-lit to a degree, it was quite predictable as to how it was going to progress. One strand of storyline kept me guessing because not enough was revealed to guess the answer, but it wasn’t enough to really keep my interest in the book at its peak, and at times I felt I was just reading it to get to the end as quickly as possible.
The characterisation in the book was very good – Kelly really gets into the hearts of characters and puts on paper perfectly what you expect them to be feeling. There aren’t all that many relationships in the book to build on, mainly as they involve characters that aren’t around in the book, but the few that are there are realistic and enjoyable to read. Kelly writes in the third person, making it easy to switch between the amount of characters in the book. As mentioned, my favourites were Ingrid, the strong, business-savvy TV presenter and Natalie who is without a mother. Charlie annoyed me in ways but I did feel sorry for her, and as I said I really didn’t like Star, although I can’t put my finger on why. You would expect an author of Kelly’s history to write well, and yes she does, but the book just didn’t grip me like so many young and more vibrant writers do these days.
If I’m honest, I don’t think I’ll be looking to pick up another Cathy Kelly book in a hurry. My mum has told me to read some of her earlier books because they are far better, and I will when I have the time, but I won’t hurry to get her new ones in the future. It is a well written book with good, realistic characters but for me it seemed to drag on and on, without an end in sight. There didn’t seem to be an aim to reach and without that, the story sort of tended to amble on and on, often dipping into the past of certain characters to reveal some new storylines but even they weren’t enough to renew my interest. For fans of Cathy Kelly, you’ll probably still want to read this and may enjoy it, but if you’re not a fan, don’t rush to read this, there’s much better out there.
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Read information about the authorBorn in Belfast but raised in Dublin, Cathy initially worked for thirteen years as a newspaper journalist with a national Irish Sunday newspaper, where she worked in news, features, along with spending time as an agony aunt and the paper’s film critic. However, her overwhelming love was always fiction and she published her first international bestseller, Woman To Woman, in 1997. She did not become a full-time writer until she had written another two books (She’s The One and Never Too Late) and finally decided to leave the world of journalism in 2001, moving to HarperCollins Publishers at the same time.
Someone Like You and What She Wants followed in successive years. Her sixth novel, Just Between Us, was her first Sunday Times number one bestseller, while her eighth novel, Always and Forever, topped the UK bestseller lists in October 2005, displacing Dan Brown and J. K. Rowling. In 2007, Past Secrets in was also a number one paperback bestseller.
Lessons in Heartbreak was shortlisted for the Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in April 2009. In September 2009, Once in a Lifetime topped the UK bestseller lists for three weeks. In March 2011, Homecoming achieved the same feat. Her latest novel is It Started With Paris, published by Orion in 2014.
In Autumn 2011, Cathy headlined a search for a new writer on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Cathy’s trademark is warm story-telling and she consistently tops the bestseller lists around the world with books which deal with themes ranging from relationships and marriage to depression and loss, but always with an uplifting message and strong female characters at the heart.
Cathy also has a passionate interest in children’s rights and is an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Her role for UNICEF is a Global Parent, which means raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDs.
She lives with her husband, John, their twin sons, Dylan and Murray, and their three dogs in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.
To contact Cathy email email@example.com
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