The Kicking the Bucket List Paperback – 9 Mar 2017
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‘Warm, wise and full of heart… I absolutely loved this book.’ Lucy Diamond, author of Summer at Shell Cottage
‘Funny and feelgood’ Good Housekeeping
‘Warm, funny and uplifting’ Reader’s Digest
‘The ending was a quiet joy. I loved it.’ Julia Williams
‘Funny, touching and very wise. I loved it.’ Alex Brown
‘An engaging and heart felt story about love and loss.’ Madeleine Reiss author of Someone to Watch Over Me
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About the Author
Cathy lives in Bath with her husband and three cats. In her spare time, she is happiest digging, planting or reading in the garden or on a walk with friends in the local countryside – usually ending in a pub. For more about Cathy, find her on twitter:
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When their mother dies Rose, Dee and Fleur get a bit of a surprise. Before they can claim their inheritance they have to complete her “kicking the bucket list”. In an effort to try and bring her estranged daughters' closer together and to teach them a bit about what’s important in life, Iris has left them a series of things that they need to do over the course of a year. The catch…if one of them drops out then no one gets the inheritance; will they manage to stick it out?
This book has a brilliant storyline; I was engrossed within a few pages. I think it is a really original way to deal with the subject of grief, it is, of course, a sad situation but the tasks that Iris sends them on gives the book a good dose of humor and more of a cheerful feeling than a morose one. I also liked that whilst the money was a factor in the story, it was actually more about bringing the sisters closer together and them being able to share these moments with their mother after she had passed.
The story is mostly narrated from Dee’s point of view, I think it was good that she was the main voice of the story because she often felt like the mediator between her sisters, so it felt like you were getting the most unbiased version of events. There are some parts that are told from Rose and Fleur’s perspectives and I liked that these were included because you got to see into the background of all the characters and it also makes it clear how much they assume about each other.
The only thing that I will say in way of criticism is that it would have been nice to hear a little more from Fleur, it might just be me but I felt that I didn’t get as much in depth with Fleur as I did with Rose. Her segments appeared a lot more surface and anything of more substance about her seemed to come from Dee.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Rose, Dee, and Fleur, when Dee had errant thoughts about her sisters or when she thought one of them was saying things to be hurtful, these were things that I could relate to (I’m sure plenty of people would as well). Their actions felt realistic, perhaps occasionally immature, but that’s not to say that age means maturity and there were plenty of occasions when I was reminded of ways that my sister and I have acted towards one another when someone’s been annoyed or upset.
It was wonderful to see how these relationships evolved and that they gradually started getting a little bit more in sync with each other. It was especially interesting as they were all really different personality wise, so their approaches to the tasks and situations caused some friction between them, which added to the fun.
I definitely went through a range of emotions reading this book and in my case, that usually means I have been wholly invested in it. It had me giggling one minute and in tears the next. This is a really enjoyable book; it’s easy to read and deals with a subject that many of us have experience of with a bit of humor and a different outlook. It makes you think about what happiness is and that life is too short not to pursue it.
If I could award 10 stars I would.
Cathy has put a lot of work into getting this book just right.
It's original and clever.
I applaud her for creating something different for death and grief is often such a sensitive subject.
I loved the Kicking the bucket list idea, the characters and the challenges.
I felt like I was part of the story I was drawn in from the very beginning and felt like I was on the journey with the Sisters.
The story starts with Rose, Dee (Daisy) and Fleur.
Their mother passes away and they are called in to read the will.
However their mother has other ideas!
All 3 sisters have to complete a series of bucket list challenges set by their mother and her 2 friends in order to get their inheritance.
Simple you may think!
However each sister has to participate or they all lose everything!
Slight problem with this..... None of the Sisters get on and have been estranged and barely speaking.
It quickly becomes clear. Their mum wants them to repair their relationships with each other. Part of the agreement is that they spend several weekends together completing the challanges.
Now I don't want to give any more away except, I laughed alot, I shed tears as there are some tender heart breaking moments, there is love, lust and relationships, family drama, friendship bonds, and a whole lot of sass between the Sisters which I loved!!
Each sister is own their own personal journey within the story. Dee is about to be evicted from her home and needs her inheritance, Rose wants for nothing and Fleur is desperate to be part of a family again.
Then there is Daniel. He is in charge of the Sisters bucket list. Making sure each sister participates and handles the expenses.
Daniel is charming and intriguing. But what is he's end game? There is just something about him!
My only critiscm is that it ended too quick I wanted more!
I felt there was a few questions that i needed answering for my own curiosity!
I have since spoken to the Author and she has cleared my curiosity.
I would be interested to see if anyone else felt there was answers they would of liked to of known.
But overall I absolutely loved this book.
Such a gem to read.
The chapters were short and snappy and kept me engaged the whole way through.
I loved each and every character and felt I really got to know them all on a personal level which was so nice.
I highly recommend this book as it has a great original concept.
Kicking the Bucket List is such an original idea and each challenge is perfectly thought out and researched.
You can tell Cathy Hopkins has spent alot of time researching the challenges to get them perfect for the journey each sister takes.
I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest and fair review via Netgalley
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