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Book Title: What She Wants|
The author of the book: Cathy Kelly
Edition: Gallery Books
The size of the: 781 KB
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Date of issue: July 7th 2009
ISBN 13: 9781416564607
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Reader ratings: 3.5
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I needed a Halloween bingo break. This book was just the ticket. I finished this yesterday afternoon and went back to Halloween reads so I had maybe a 13 hour break if that.
Cathy Kelly has become my newest favorite Irish author. I do miss Maeve Binchy's works, but Kelly's books have filled a spot with me.
"What She Wants" takes a look at a pair of sisters (Sam and Hope) and a widowed woman (Virginia) who are connected to a town in Ireland. The main reason why I didn't give this book 5 stars was that I thought things wrapped up a bit too neatly, and the one sister's story-line (Sam) I wish that Kelly had taken more time with. I also think that the book was just a bit took long (clocked in at 593 pages people. That's a lot. This was a re-read for me though so I am not going to lie, I did skim some of the less interesting passages which is another reason why I probably rated this 4 stars.
I emphasized the most with Sam's storyline. She's a single woman who is career focused and about to turn 40. She has a new job that is starting to make her resentful and snappish since she's realizing that though she may be good at the job, it's not moving her very much on an emotional level. When she realizes all of her friends seem to be in the next stage of their lives (happily settling down, having babies) she feels a bit lost. She meets a man named Morgan that I honestly wondered why he didn't run screaming from her since she was fairy rude to him more times than I count.
Hope's storyline was very engrossing too. Happily married with two children, she is her family's doormat. When her advertising husband (Matt) decides he wants to write a novel, she agrees to pack up their kids from Bath and move to Ireland so he can just focus on himself for a year.
I couldn't stand Matt. He was selfish as the day was long. I really wanted more development with his character. Too bad Kelly gave that asshat a HEA that I don't think was remotely realistic.
The third character Virginia felt a little shoehorned in. I get why Hope and Sam had their own story-lines, but throwing in Virginia just made the book bigger. If the book had shifted POVs between Hope and Sam that would have made more sense. Also we still could have been introduced to other characters along the way such as Virginia.
The writing was really good, though the flow was a bit rough in places. Due to the book's length I can see why a lot of people just got bored with it. It takes a lot these days to make me sit and read a 500 plus page book. Luckily for me I own this and could take me sweet time re-reading my favorite parts and skimming the other parts.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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