by Cathy Kelly
Category: Fiction / J - L
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1 April 2001
Number of pages: 688
Prizes: Winner of Parker Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2001.
From the author of the bestselling Just Between Us comes this warm and funny novel about the importance of female friendship.
Three Irish women, each facing emotional deprivation and an uncertain future, meet on a holiday cruise and form a supportive alliance. Hannah, 35, beautiful, sophisticated and until now full of self-confidence, is bruised by the departure of her partner of 10 years. Leonie, 43, pretty but overweight and hiding behind a mask of makeup, whose arid marriage has ended amicably leaving her with three teenage children, has been equally shocked to hear that her dull husband is planning to remarry. Emma, 32, the only one who is happily married, wants a baby, and freedom from her domineering father. Back in Dublin, buoyed up by their new friendship, Leonie and Hannah both decide to find a man - one who will be gorgeous, offer them domestic security and lifelong devotion. Hannah strikes it lucky almost immediately; Leonie tries the small ads. Both women ignore what is right under their noses, and find themselves increasingly in need of the female friendship forged on their holiday, the only thing that doesn't let them down. Through Sex, shopping, family life, heartaches, ambitions, and dreams, each of them must learn the truth of the old adage, 'Be careful what you want-you might get it.' A big novel by a new Irish writer who has quickly learned, and firmly believes, the importance of writing the kind of books she herself wants to read. (Kirkus UK)
What the papers say:
From the reviews of previous books: 'A compulsive read' Woman's Weekly 'All the ingredients of the blockbuster are here! a page turner' Sunday Independent 'Not only one but two likeable heroines! 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, Mirror
Cathy Kelly is a number 1 bestselling author. She worked as a journalist before becoming a novelist, and has published eleven bestselling books. She is an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland and is also a patron of Chernobyl Children's Project International (CCPI). She lives in Wicklow with her partner and their twin sons.
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