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The House on Willow Street [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Kelly
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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The warm, engrossing new novel from the No. 1 bestseller, Cathy Kelly

Welcome to Avalon: a quaint, sleepy town on the Irish coast. Nothing has changed here for generations – least of all the huge mansion on Willow Street; the house in which sisters Tess and Suki Power grew up.

Now, years later, Tess is trying to save her marriage protect her glamorous sister Suki who has come back home, dreams shattered. Similarly, Mara Wilson is seeking refuge from a broken heart at her Aunt Danae’s house. And Danae, the inscrutable postmistress, is hiding some dark memories of her own.

Now that the big house is up for sale, change is blowing on the cold sea wind. But before they can look to the future, these four women must face up to the past…



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‘Utterly relaxing … left me with a warm feeling. The House on Willow Street delivered exactly what I needed’ The Bookbag

'Devotees regard Kelly as the successor to Irish fiction queen Maeve Binchy. She’s that and more' Sunday Mail Adelaide

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

'An interweaving tale of recovery and second chances … brimming with secrets, passion, tragedy and women dealing with the challenges of being a woman in our time. A book of breathtaking scope that is always realistic' Irish Independent

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‘Utterly relaxing … left me with a warm feeling. The House on Willow Street delivered exactly what I needed’ The Bookbag

'Devotees regard Kelly as the successor to Irish fiction queen Maeve Binchy. She’s that and more' Sunday Mail Adelaide

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

'An interweaving tale of recovery and second chances … brimming with secrets, passion, tragedy and women dealing with the challenges of being a woman in our time. A book of breathtaking scope that is always realistic' Irish Independent

‘One of our favourite authors delivers again with this feel-good page-turner. The character’s lives interweave as they revisit their pasts and try to build a better future, and you’ll find yourself cheering every step of the way’ Women’s Day


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1479 KB
  • Print Length: 453 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067KU1IS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,595 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

Author Photograph by Barry McCall

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The house on Willow Street 17 Mar. 2012
By SOwen
Format:Kindle Edition
I pre ordered this book and was very excited on the morning the auto delivery to my kindle was due. Well the book turned out to be very disappointing. It took me a long time to get into the book. I must have read about 40% before I became interested in any of the characters.
The book ended so quickly that the plot became predictable. I will think twice before I read any more of her books.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 4 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I couldn't wait to read this new book from one of my favourite authors, but is was so disappointing! I found it very predictable, and i couldn't 'warm' to the characters, it ended very abruptly and seemed rushed at the end. Wish i had bought the hard back as opposed to the kindle version so i could sell it on as i doubt i'll ever read it again.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I've read a few of Cathy Kelly's books in the past, and have to be honest when I say that they have been a bit hit and miss for me. However, I adored the cover for this one, and thought that the plot sounded really interesting and I was curious to find out what the secrets were that these women were hiding. Cathy Kelly has written a lot of books, and has a big fanbase so it's always quite exciting when she comes out with a new title. I'm always honest in my book reviews, so I have to confess that this book left me a little cold, and found me thinking "is that it?" when the secrets were revealed because they simply weren't as big of a deal as I expected, and I did find myself wanting to get through the book faster as it seemed to really drag in parts which was a shame, and here's why.

First of all, the cast were okay but there was no stand out character that I felt could be the leading character of the novel. It seemed at first like postmistress Danae was being set up to be the main character, but that soon proved not to be the case. We barely know anything about Danae, neither do the residents of the town of Avalon, but things are revealed about her more as the book progresses. I liked Danae a lot, she was a good character but managed to sink too much to the background for my liking, and when her story was revealed, I had sort of guessed it was something like that, and although I had sympathy for her, it wasn't as much as I had expected at all. Another main character was Tess Power, mother of two and recently separated, not really by her own choice and so is struggling with it. She also runs an antique shop. I felt sorry for Tess but also wanted to give her a bit of a shake, there was just something about her that wasn't completely likeable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I've given up hoping that Cathy Kelly will ever write anything as good as her early stuff, but even with that in mind, this book represented a shocking fall in quality. It was dull, generic and ultimately delivered absolutely nothing that it promised to the reader.

The only characters who interested me were Suki and Mara - and Mara's story becomes much less interesting once she leaves Galway for the sleepy town of Avalon where it seems nothing much ever happens - is it the place where plots come to die? Danae seemed like she would be an interesting character but really she wasn't - and her back story wasn't all that shocking - I pretty much guessed it fairly early on. Tess - who should be the natural centre of the book actually came across as a little bland - she is just the stock idealized heroine of romantic novels - beautiful but totally lacking in vanity, poor but not concerned with material gain etc. etc. I much preferred her wayward sister Suki - she might be a bit of a nightmare but at least she is interesting.

Something strange happens about 3/4s of the way through the novel. Despite the fact that much of the plot developments I'd expected hadn't actually happened - the star-crossed lovers who should be centre of the book haven't yet spoken to each other for example - suddenly the tone changes and the book becomes vague and meandering. A chapter is taken up by the description of a Christmas lunch where nothing interesting happens and several pages are taken up by a man buying a pastry from another man in a shop ??? Characters suddenly change overnight without a single explanation and the dialogue sounds different. It's almost as if CK ran out of ideas at this point and handed the book over to someone else to finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathy Kelly on top form 27 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book takes a mix of people and explores the troubles it heir lives. At first they are acquaintances or even strangers, but as the town weaves its magic they become friends and support each other through trials and tribulations.
Mara, who escapes to Avalon after a broken romance not only finds a way to mend her heart, but uses her unique style and personality to change the hearts of others,
It is a life affirming novel of love, friendship and the influence people can have on one another
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 7 Mar. 2012
By MrsAka
Format:Kindle Edition
I too was quite disappointed with this latest offering from Kathy Kelly. I found the first half of the book difficult to get into and a bit depressing. Having almost given up on it just 30% of the way through, I did persevere, but i found the pace of the book was wrong - really drawn out for the first three quarters and then wrapped up too quickly at the end. Also, as I was reading through I felt there were too many questions left unanswered and never did really warm to the characters. As their "secrets" were revealed I found myself thinking a lot of fuss had been made about nothing, even though the story tried to cover some quite sensitive issues. This would definitely make me think twice about buying anything further from this author, which is a shame as I have loved all her previous books.
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