Just Between Us Paperback – 7 Jul 2003
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On the surface, Rose Miller, the heroine of Cathy Kelly's Just Between Us, has a golden life: she's just about to celebrate her 40th wedding anniversary with her lovely husband Hugh, her three daughters are all wonderful and her home in the small Irish town of Kinvara is gorgeous. So far it sounds like a feature in a glossy magazine, where everyone is happy and smiling and the only foreseeable problems ahead involve estimating the exact quantity of canapés for the party guests at Rose's ruby wedding bash. But Cathy Kelly doesn't deal in slick clichés. Her characters, despite their glamorous exteriors, face real emotional dilemmas and heartaches. As Rose says: "It was one thing to look as if your life was perfect, it was another thing for it to be so. Looks could be deceptive."
Cathy Kelly, with great warmth and compassion, begins to reveal the not-so-gilded truth about the four Miller women. Rose is questioning her marriage; her youngest daughter Holly is lacking in self-confidence and stuck in a boring job that stifles her creativity; single parent Stella is a brilliant lawyer and mum, but romance seems to be by-passing her; and Tara has a glowing television career, but her home life is turning out to be far from rosy--her husband seems to be drinking to excess. Over the course of some 500 hundred chatty pages Cathy Kelly reveals the women's secret doubts. Their problems are distressing, but the novel still has that feel-good factor; the author mixes humour with realism and the result is this compelling sixth novel from the bestselling Irish author. --Eithne Farry --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
‘The carefully structured narrative culminates in a powerfully insightful and ultimately moving denouement.’ CHOICE
‘Told with Kelly’s trademark warmth and wit, this novel will have you pinned to your deckchair.’ Woman and Home
Pre-publication review of JUST BETWEEN US:
'Kelly has earned her place on the bestseller lists with her sharp understanding of behaviour, and this splendid women's read will keep her there. The feel-good factor… is a particularly endearing trait, spreading warmth and a satisfying conclusion.' Publishing News, September 2002
Acclaim for Cathy Kelly's novels:
'A compulsive read'
'Kelly dramatises her story with plenty of sparky humour' The Times
'Down-to-earth and insightful, her novels are as compelling as Big Brother'
Andrea Henry, The Mirror
‘Totally believable’ Rosamunde PilcherSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
All in all, a good, happy & uplifting summe read. Doesn't promise anything it doesn't deliver. I will probably be reading more books by Kelly if I can find them.
Cathy Kelly has a way of writing novels that we can all relate to. Her characters and real and vibrant and their stories are wonderfully entertaining. Sitting down with Just Between Us will not disappoint anyone who wants a light read, but wants to feel as if you are simply listening in to a conversation between your oldest and dearest friends.
The book centres around the Millers sisters, Stella, Tara and Holly and their mother Rose. Each has a secret the others no nothing about, and despite being a warm and loving family they have to make their way through life's problems on their own.
In particular I identified with Holly who had no confidence in herself but the other characters were warm and wonderfully crafted that I could see something of myself in all of them.
I recommend this book to anyone.
I enjoyed it as I always like her stories-it WAS a great story but as with all e-versions it was chock-full of silly mistakes. It wears me down but especially with a bestselling author under the Harper Collins umbrella. I'd expect a lot better. It really isn't good enough. And that is what I'll remember about this book now, unfortunately.
The word rackety referring to haybarns I'd not heard of-maybe rickety ? Introduce instead of introduced was used, there were missing fullstops, apostrophes and speechmarks. Then strange gaps or hyphens added or missed as in sand-wich or elf-typecreature or j ust ot Tomneeds. Not good.
Tater was used when later was meant to be(!!). An sun umbrella is appalling English even for Irish and the same for an mini regiment.
10 days' later than a Saturday is a Tuesday according to my maths but was a Thursday here for some reason. It was just incredibly sloppy and disappointing.
There were some very funny lines in it, I must say. But please,e-reading customers really need to be taken into consideration these days, I think.
Rose is struggling to cope with the knowledge of her husband's infidelity, while Stella's new partner's daughter Jenna does her best to ruin their relationship, Tara's husband is drinking heavily, and Holly tries to find a man, only to fall for neighbour Tom, who already has a girlfriend.
Nothing very much happens until halfway through, when Rose drops a bombshell at her Ruby Wedding party. The second half is a little more lively, but even so, there is a lot of talk and very little action. And none of the characters, apart from Holly, really come to life.
It is also annoying that virtually every page - and this is not an exaggeration - have missing punctuation or silly errors. And why are two characters - a girl Holly went to school with and Tom's girlfriend - both given the name Caroline?
I was a huge Cathy Kelly fan but unfortunately Just Between Us givs the impression it was rushed out in time for the Christmas market without much thought.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read, absorbing and entertaining with well crafted characters who are easy to identify with. Well written but completely let down by some of the worst proof reading I have... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really great story and wonderful characters, couldn't help liking them all.Published 24 days ago by Miss R
As with most Cathy Kelly books the introduction of the characters and the plots keep you hooked to the endPublished 1 month ago by Mrs V M Murray
I love Cathy Kelly however I had to keep going back to place the characters in context. Took a wee while to get into it.Published 1 month ago by jencalder
Excellent reading but I think the ending could have been better!Published 2 months ago by Alma Hilditch
Enjoyed it very much. I have read lots of Cathy Kelly books and can honestly say I liked them allPublished 2 months ago by Jackie