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Homecoming [Paperback]

Cathy Kelly
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17 Mar 2011

The Sunday Times No. 1 paperback bestseller.

. . . because it’s where the heart is

Four women. Four lives. One place they call home.

Eleanor Levine left Ireland years ago with just a suitcase and her mother’s recipe book. And now, a lifetime later, she returns from New York for Dublin’s beautiful Golden Square full of hard-won wisdom. As she watches life unfold from her window, she is drawn into the lives of the women who live in the square…

Beautful actress Megan Bouchier had fame and success in her grasp – then she made the wrong kind of headlines. Now she needs a place to hide.

Big-hearted teacher Connie O’Callaghan is approaching forty and has given up on love. Why does no man match the heroes in her romantic novels?

Rae is a loyal friend and wife, dispensing tea and sympathy from Titania’s Tea Room – until a secret threatens everything she holds dear . . .

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007240465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007240463
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. A number one bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia, her trademark is warm Irish story-telling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.

She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.

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‘Warm, lyrical, fascinating and comforting…genius!’ Marian Keyes

‘Homecoming is an absolutely fabulous read, a warm, touching, funny and poignant page-turner’ Irish Independent

‘A cracking novel that ticks all the emotional boxes’ Woman & Home

About the Author

Cathy Kelly is a number 1 bestselling author around the world. She worked as a journalist before becoming a novelist, and has published 13 bestselling books.
She is also an ambassador for UNICEF in Ireland. She lives in Wicklow with her partner and their twin sons.

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner 19 Sep 2010
By Brid
I am a huge Cathy Kelly fan and have found that her last book took me a while to get into. However, Homecoming was back to true Cathy Kelly style. She introduced a world that you were instantly drawn into and a great insight into the lives of her characters. She really focused on current times by bringing in a Community Care aspect and the recession. I felt I hated to put it down cause I wanted to find out what would happen with Rae and would Connie finally find love. I felt Connie's aspect to her own love life was extremely well written as it could be associated with the way many women think when trying to find the perfect guy. Rae's situation was also well written you got a great insight into the way women were treated in the old days of Ireland. And the pain and anguish she felt when faced with the difficulty of telling her husband and son. I also loved at the start of the chapters the way a little bit of insight in Irish history was given, recipes that were used back then and how hard people worked farming and making a living. I would definietly recommend this book and hopefully you will enjoy it as much a I did.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Homecoming for Cathy Kelly 18 Sep 2010
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
If I am honest, the past 2 Cathy Kelly books that I have read have been a disappointment to me, they've been quite slow and taken too long to go anywhere for me, so I really hoped that Homecoming would be a return to the Cathy Kelly of old, with her easy to read and enjoyable stories. I think the cover is absolutely gorgeous and would definitely encourage me to pick the book up in a shop, so fingers crossed the story would match up to my expectations. This is actually Cathy Kelly's 12th novel which is pretty amazing to still be bringing out quality books, so let's see if Homecoming is worth a read!

Homecoming begins with the character of Eleanor, who I presumed was going to be the main one throughout the book but that proved not to the case. I was curious to find out why Eleanor had made the long trip from New York back to Ireland by herself, and I assumed that this was going to be gradually revealed as the book progressed. Instead, Kelly chose to really include Eleanor mainly just through her interactions with her neighbours Connie and Megan which was surprising but interesting. To be honest, by the end of the book I still couldn't quite work out why she went back there because it didn't seem to move much with her but that was really the only bad part of the book for me. It's a shame as I think Eleanor's story could have been really well developed but it didn't do it for me.

The best story without a doubt was Rae's. I can't really say too much because I don't want to spoil the story for anyone who wants to read this book, and I found knowing nothing about it when I began the book makes it all the more powerful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful 8 Oct 2010
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Although I also enjoyed Cathy Kelly's two previous books very much, I must admit that this one is the best she has written since those first blockbusters which made her a star almost overnight.

In "Homecoming" she is back to describing several women whose lives already are or are about to become intertwined. The only difference is that these are women of different ages and with very different lives.

We meet 84 year old retired psychoanalyst Eleanor from New York, who is visiting her home country Ireland searching for inner peace after having lost her husband of fifty years. 24 year old Megan, up and coming actress, is also returning to Ireland after a scandalous love affair with a much older world famous movie star. Rae, 54 year old and happily married to Will, has a youth and a secret still troubling her, and school teacher Connie, about to turn 40, is yearning for love and a family she has given up hope of ever getting. The book tells their stories, how they all meet, become friends and part of each other's search for peace and happiness.

Superbly light and entertaining reading, with lots of warmth and wisdom and not the least Kelly's wonderful sense of humour.

I said it when I reviewed her last book, and can only emphasize it even more - Cathy Kelly has grown to become one of Ireland's very best authors today. A must for her fans and highly recommended to new readers.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cathy Kelly is back with a bang 28 Sep 2010
By Best Crime Books TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Hooray, Cathy Kelly is back. I have read every book she has written and loved the vast majority of them. However, her last two books didn't rate that highly for me and I was beginning to wonder what had happened to this wonderful writer. Thankfully she has returned with an absolute corker of a book.

We meet the four wonderful women who are living in Golden Square. Eleanor is the first person we meet and you soon realise that Eleanor is not the normal character you would expect to find in a Chick Lit novel. Thankfully, she is the glue that holds this story together beautifully.

Eleanor is a wonderful and wise character, a woman in her eighties that has wisdom and knowledge on her side. From the very beginning we see extracts from her mother's handwritten cookery book. Only the cooker book is no ordinary book. It seems to teach valuable lessons to Eleanor who then in turn will share with the other three characters we meet.

Megan is very glamorous and having realised following her disastrous love affair had gone wrong she retreats to her Aunt Nora's home. Megan is a young and very glamorous woman who we see struggle with her grief at her loss of the man in her life she loved.

Rae is the mother hen of the bunch who everybody adores and Cathy Kelly has painted a wonderful picture of her. I even got to the point where I could imagine this being made into a film.

Connie is also a great character who has an air of humour about her. She struggles with her lack of sense when it comes to men and spends more time helping out others.

The story itself was wonderfully told and I adored the setting of Golden Square.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review
a most enjoyable book, fully up to Cathy Kelly's high standards! The story is well crafted around a number of characters with good links all round
Published 2 months ago by Helen Deverill
4.0 out of 5 stars good
I always enjoy Cathy Kelly books I have read several of her books and this one did not disappoint, look forward to more
Published 4 months ago by margaretJ
3.0 out of 5 stars DIFFICULT TO GET INTO
I found this book rather difficult to get into due to the number of characters and the style of writing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sharpy
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing, enjoyable read
Nicely written and with likeable, engaging characters. Would recommend if you like Marian Keyes, Sheila O'Flanagan and similar authors. Read more
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excellent book, really enjoyed reading this story. Good quality product, speedy deliv ery and good service. quite happy with all aspects of this order.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Alan Browne
3.0 out of 5 stars Home Coming
I loved this book I think it has to be one of Cathy Kellys best. I simply could not put this book down, I laughed and cried reading it. Brilliant !!!!!!
Published 7 months ago by Caroline Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Light reading and perfect if staying in chilling for a day. Very similar style to a Maeve binchy type book
Published 7 months ago by Evas
4.0 out of 5 stars A typical Kathy Kelly book
Quiet and gentle but captivating. A miriad of characters give a flavour of life in Ireland. Kathy Kelly cleverly interweaves the lives of the characters making them all totally... Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Grannell
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
love cathy Kelly and this book lives up to expatations wish the book was longer to fully finish the story
Published 9 months ago by susan sofar
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
I have been reading Cathy Kelly books for many years now and usually get a least one for Christmas. I do not know how this slipped the net but it is great. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patsy
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