Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly

Posted September 7, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Between Sisters by Cathy KellyBetween Sisters by Cathy Kelly
Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Meet the women of Delaney Gardens, a bustling suburban village in the outer reaches of Dublin. There's Cassie, who's spent her married life doing everything right for her children, husband, and mother-in-law, yet feels so exhausted that "wine o'clock" comes a little earlier each afternoon.

There's her sister Coco, who runs a vintage dress shop, but has avoided the complications of romantic commitment. Watching over them is their grandmother Pearl, who, despite caring deeply for her family, is contending with a long-buried secret.

And then there's Elsa, the polished face of daytime TV, who's triumphed over demons before, but is now facing her toughest battle yet.

At every crossroad these women face, readers are taken deeper into the heart of what it means to be a family.



Cassie Reynolds is a 38-year old married working woman with two teenaged daughters who’s facing a challenge in her marriage for the first time. Issues from her past have her reacting drastically, seemingly out of character. She and her 31-year old sister, Coco, were raised by their grandmother after mother Marguerite left them when Cassie was just seven. Both have abandonment issues that are now affecting their relationships.

While Cassie and Coco are the main focus of the story, there are many, many secondary characters who play critical roles. They helped make this a much richer tale, even though at times the story was bogged down by too much detail and repetition. I liked both sisters and enjoyed their relationship as well as others who helped shape their perspectives. The conflicts were realistic and the town setting certainly gave me a strong sense of community and culture (they live in Dublin). While the ending was fairly predictable, it was a satisfying conclusion.

I enjoyed this story even though at times the story lagged because there was too much extraneous detail related to secondary characters and plots. The characterizations were outstanding as I felt I knew these people and how they would react in any situation. It’s a good story with strong themes around family and long term relationships.

About Cathy Kelly

Born in Belfast but raised in Dublin, Cathy initially worked for thirteen years as a newspaper journalist with a national Irish Sunday newspaper, where she worked in news, features, along with spending time as an agony aunt and the paper’s film critic. However, her overwhelming love was always fiction and she published her first international bestseller, Woman To Woman, in 1997. She did not become a full-time writer until she had written another two books (She’s The One and Never Too Late) and finally decided to leave the world of journalism in 2001, moving to HarperCollins Publishers at the same time.

Someone Like You and What She Wants followed in successive years. Her sixth novel, Just Between Us, was her first Sunday Times number one bestseller, while her eighth novel, Always and Forever, topped the UK bestseller lists in October 2005, displacing Dan Brown and J. K. Rowling. In 2007, Past Secrets in was also a number one paperback bestseller.

Lessons in Heartbreak was shortlisted for the Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in April 2009. In September 2009, Once in a Lifetime topped the UK bestseller lists for three weeks. In March 2011, Homecoming achieved the same feat. Her latest novel is It Started With Paris, published by Orion in 2014.

In Autumn 2011, Cathy headlined a search for a new writer on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

Cathy’s trademark is warm story-telling and she consistently tops the bestseller lists around the world with books which deal with themes ranging from relationships and marriage to depression and loss, but always with an uplifting message and strong female characters at the heart.

Cathy also has a passionate interest in children’s rights and is an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Her role for UNICEF is a Global Parent, which means raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDs.

She lives with her husband, John, their twin sons, Dylan and Murray, and their three dogs in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

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6 responses to “Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly

  1. I enoy well done sibling relationships – it’s something I wish I saw more of. Too bad the details bogged it down, I hate when that happens!