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
Past Secretsby Cathy Kelly
They all hide secrets that won't go away....
From the outside, the welcoming, garden-adorned houses of Summer Street are the picture of Irish charm. But on the inside, unexpected and heartbreaking secrets swirl. At house number thirty-two, hardworking, single-mother Faye Reid conceals the truth about her marriage from her fiery daughter, Amber. But Amber, a… See more details below
They all hide secrets that won't go away....
From the outside, the welcoming, garden-adorned houses of Summer Street are the picture of Irish charm. But on the inside, unexpected and heartbreaking secrets swirl. At house number thirty-two, hardworking, single-mother Faye Reid conceals the truth about her marriage from her fiery daughter, Amber. But Amber, a budding artist, also hides something from her all-too-trusting mother: a relationship with a rock star hopeful for whom she plans to throw away her future. And at number forty-eight, Maggie Maguire arrives at her childhood home to help her sick mother, a welcome distraction from the life she left behind and the startling secret she's hiding from herself.
And only become harder to keep...
At thirty-four Summer Street, wise and kind Christie Devlin has the remarkable ability to see into the lives and hearts of others and may have the answers when her neighbors' carefully hidden secrets bubble to the surface. But when Christie's own past comes back to haunt her posing a threat to her picture-perfect marriage this time the answers aren't as clear.
Irish author Kelly follows up Always and Foreverwith 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
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Cathy Kelly is the Irish bestselling author of twelve other novels, many of which have been number one bestsellers in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. She lives in Ireland with her husband and twin sons. In 2005 she was appointed an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Contact her on Twitter at @cathykellybooks or follow her on Facebook or at CathyKelly.com.
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Cathy Kelly has a talent for making readers sympathize with characters, and while this one wasn't my favorite, I still enjoyed it.