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Just Between Us Paperback – 7 Jul 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (7 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006514782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006514787
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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‘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'
Woman's Weekly

'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 Pilcher

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Format: Paperback
You know what it's like: you've a train journey ahead and nothing to read. So you buy something in a rush at the station, cross your fingers and hope for the best. Well,this time it worked out all right for me. Cathy Kelly has written a realistic account of family life, based around a couple and their three grown-up children: a single mum, a newly-wed script writer and "the shy one" (the youngest daughter). Although I wouldn't say that it's the best of the best (hence 4 stars rather than 5) this book is well-written, sufficiently multi-layered so that it is entertaining, yet not completely predictable. Then again, it has a happy ending, which is a bit predictable, but I think in this genre one expects a happy ending. The book deals with adultery, which is not particularly original, and the reactions of the characters are (in my opinion) a bit simplistic, but overall it is a fine, realistic portrayal. Additionally, one gets to like all the characters (especially the adorable grandaughter)so a happy ending is welcome.
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.
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Format: Paperback
Just Between Us is a warm, uplifting and enjoyable novel that is perfect for reading by the fire on a cold winter night.
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.
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Apparently I'd read this already. Little bits seemed familiar....I have it marked down I have it in paperback but can't find it on my shelves even though I've others by her I kept in my paper-book purge when I moved.
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.
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Format: Paperback
While I enjoyed the book - and previous books by Cathy Kelly - I couldn't get over how many errors there were in it. By page 412 there had been so many that I wished I had circled them all (and they seemed to be increasing in frequency). There were missed-out words or extra ones so that a sentence didn't make sense. The word 'an' instead of 'a' is one example in several places - does the author not know the correct grammatical use for either? Where was the proof-reader for this book?
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Cathy Kelly has done it again! Her books always are a pleasure to delve into - especially during the hot lazy, langorous days of summer when one wants a read that will amuse, enchant, entertain, and divert. Two pages into this delight and I was hooked ... by the plot, the three sister protagonists, by the wit, by it all! To my delight (and chagrin the next day), it kept me reading well into the wee hours. If only all contemporary writers were this insightful, sharp, and clever. Cathy Kelly is decidedly one of my Must Read Brit(Chick)Lit authors, along with Jill Mansell, Zoe Barnes, Catherine Alliott, Fiona Walker, Lesley Pearse, Victoria Routledge, and Isabel Wolff. If you like any of these other ladies' books, you will love JUST BETWEEN US.
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By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was a huge disappointment. The trials and tribulations of Rose Miller and her three daughters, Stella, Tara and Holly, just failed to grip me.
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.
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