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Erin Kaye
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Book Description

24 Jan 2011
It is New Year's Eve. Downstairs, the party is in full swing, but hostess Janice is locked in her bathroom, drinking champagne with her best friends, making resolutions for the coming year. Patsy has been stashing a bit away from her art gallery's profits. She intends to take her husband on African safari. But she hasn't reckoned on the recession. Clare vows to take up painting again and make a career of it. She's done the Mummy thing and is tired of her husband's neglect. Young widow Kirsty knows it's time to get herself a new man. Her in-laws are wonderful but every act of kindness is like a nail in the coffin of her independence. Janice actually dislikes resolutions. Since her unmarried pregnancy, she knows you can't control fate you just have to ride the wave of life, deal with it, cope. When the women exit the bathroom, in a spate of girlish giggling, they little suspect the coming year will bring disasters that will try their relationships severely. Can their friendship survive when put to such a test? Can they?

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Poolbeg Press Ltd (24 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842234501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842234501
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erin Kaye was born and grew up in in Larne, Northern Ireland in 1966 but moved to Scotland in 1988, where she now lives. The daughter of an Anglo-Irish mother and a Polish-American father, she was one of five siblings growing up during The Troubles in Ulster. Her best-selling novels are all set in Ballyfergus, loosely based on Larne. They have been compared to Cathy Kelly and Maeve Binchy and described as "way beyond the realms of chick-lit". Erin loves her dog, Murphy, redbush tea and shoes.

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"Erin Kaye…gave up a career in finance to write, and that, along with her different background, gives her a breadth that many other popular writers here don't have - and makes her one of the best."
- Ann Dunne, Irish Independent Review

"Larne writer Erin Kaye has produced a captivating story full of gritty problems and courageous characters. Readers will be rooting for them all the way."
- Evening Herald

"Way beyond the realms of chick-lit, this very readable book delves into the lives of mothers, daughters, aunts and lovers. Great writing skills here and a most enjoyable read."
- Valerie Cox, Evening Herald

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About the Author

Erin Kaye was born in 1966 in Larne, Co Antrim to a Polish-American father and an Anglo-Irish mother. She pursued a successful career in finance before becoming a writer. Her previous bestselling novels include Mothers and Daughters (2003), Choices (2004), Second Chances (2005), Closer to Home (2006) and My Husband's Lover (2008) - all published by Poolbeg Press. She lives in North Berwick on the east coast of Scotland with her husband Mervyn, two young sons and Murphy the dog.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read! 18 Feb 2010
Erin Kaye is at her best! This book is a great page turner I couldn't put it down! The book is about a group of friends, Kirsty, Janice, Patsy & Clare who have been friends for 15 years. Kirsty who is a widow and has 2 young children is trying to move on with life and trying to break free from her in-laws and find happiness. Janice who is happily married, has been keeping a devastating secret from her husband and son and now has to deal with the ghosts of her past. Clare who wants more out of life, decides she wants to work part-time but her husband isn't that supportive, she soon finds out that juggling her home life and work comes at a price and finally Patsy who is like the mother of the group has to deal with a shocking revelation from her daughter. The events which occur in their lives impacts on all of them. But can their friendship survive?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 8 Dec 2010
This is the first of Erin Kaye's books that I have read, and I will most definitely be looking out for her other novels. A really warm and well written story of four female friends, all living in a small town in Northern Ireland. Each of the characters are very well portrayed, all of them are very different, both in outlook and age but the sense of friendship and loyalty shines through.

The story starts on New Year's Eve and follows the four women through the next year of their lives. Every trial and tribulation is covered in detail, with serious issues such as abortion, redundancy and childhood issues covered alongside the everyday matters that blight people's lives.

Exploring friendships, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives and long held secrets this really is a great read, the perfect book to pick up on a chilly afternoon sitting by the fire.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Friendship 3 Sep 2010
I have read all of Erin Kaye's books and am already looking forward to the next one which can be pre-ordered with Amazon. I live in Larne, Co.Antrim the town which Ballyfergus is based on and it adds further to my enjoyment when I recognise locations in my home town. I thoroughly recommend this book and her previous ones. My favourite author by a country mile!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Art Of A Good Read...... Not this book !! 24 May 2011
I was really looking forward to reading this book as a result of the reviews , however , I have to admit that I gave up ! In general, I really enjoy books by Marian Keyes and Maeve Binchy so was really excited to discover a 'new' Irish writer I did persevere until half way through but then when I realised the story just wasn;t going anywhere I decided to quit. To be honest, I was bored and so I read the last few pages, and yep, it all turned out as I had predicted ! I will give another of her books a try , but to me this just wasn't a page turner. I like a book to grip me and I like to get engrossed in the characters but I'm afraid this just didn't do it for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 full day read 3 Mar 2011
I opened the book yesterday morning & could not stop until 11.30 p.m. when I read the last page! It's very refreshing to read something which you can easily relate to.. each of these women's story could be yours. I expect a book to make me feel things, this one certainly did. I got involved in the lives of 4 very different women and in their particularly strong frienship and I got to share their life changing experiences, their happiness & fears & sadness. It was very stong. I am going to lend this book around, share it with other women. Can't keep it for me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - shows the true value of friendship 18 Sep 2011
Nit sure what the 2 star reviewer was reading but it wasn't the smae book as me. The story went lots of places and kept me wanting more all the way through. The fact that it has more thna one key character and that you find yourself involved with each is just compelling reading. Another wonderful book from my favourite writer! More please.........
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 25 July 2011
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Light Read and funny at times. It made me reflect back on some of my so called
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed 11 July 2011
This is a readable book, albeit predictable, but is marred by a couple of faults. One is the apparent necessity of describing in detail what each character is wearing in every scene - maybe some people need this, but I certainly don't! The other is several instances of flawed writing / editing, where the setting jumps from one scene and timeframe to another very different one between one paragraph to the next, rather than starting a new chapter. Very disconcerting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Read
I had this book on my bookshelf for a couple of years and decided it was time to read it and I'm so glad I did. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eager Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars The art of friendship.
love all of her books just cant put then down. I live in Ireland so I know all the places she is talking about so I get so much in to it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by elizabeth doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
what a good read.
I felt I was with those women sorting their lives out.
As well as understanding friendship.
Published 6 months ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
If you're an Erin Kaye fan, you won't be disappointed with The Art of Friendship. The characters are interesting and believable and the plot moves on at a pace. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jean Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This is an excellent very good book that is easy to read, I didn't want to put it down or for it to end!
Published 7 months ago by Joanne Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
I do enjoy Erin Kaye, she's easy to read and you feel that you know her characters really well.I usually read detective novels, but sometimes you feel like reading something... Read more
Published 8 months ago by pink lady
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit twee
A fairly pleasant read but a bit old fashioned and twee. A predictable story which is nice to read when you are on holiday. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gillian Cameron
4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Friendship
An excellent story of Friendships tested to the limit. Sort of guessed plot. But we'll written and keeps you interested in characters.
Published 8 months ago by mandy
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
It was just so boring, the stories were not nice to read so ended up spead reading just to get to the end, waste of time! Read more
Published 9 months ago by rtcd 72
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Friendship
An easy to read book with highs and lows. Superb for holiday reading. Will look for more of her novels.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Vicky Corrieri
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