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Publisher's Summary

Izzie Silver left the small Irish town of Tamarin behind her for life in New York. She's big, beautiful, and dreams of her own model agency for plus-sized women (what her grandmother would call "healthy" women). Life is good - but she's just broken one of her cardinal rules and fallen for a married man.

On the other side of the ocean, Izzie's Aunt Anneliese discovers the pain of infidelity for herself. Her husband, Edward, has been having an affair with her best friend, Nell. Devastated and angry, Anneliese is facing the realisation that she is now alone.

When Lily, the matriarch of the family, is taken ill, the family must put their own problems aside. Izzie, intrigued by her grandmother's past, begins to discover things she never knew about wise, calm Lily. Annaliese feels despair build as Lily, the one person who could have helped her, starts to slip away. And the lessons each of the women learns - past and present - bring both joy and heartbreak. They are lessons they will carry with them forever.

©2008 Cathy Kelly (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

Critic Reviews

"A must for Kelly's many fans; a warm, moving read" ( Daily Mail)
"Bursting with emotion, heartache and dreams... realistic and likeable characters that meet life-changing events head on." ( Ireland on Sunday)
"An upbeat and diverting tale skilfully told....Kelly knows what her readers want and consistently delivers." ( Sunday Independent)

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I enjoyed this storyline and listened with interest as the characters evolved. I like the to and froing in lifetimes. But was disappointed with some outcomes ... but such is life!

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A weak story line. The characters lack integrity. The book is blatantly anti family and anti Christianity. These kinds of books are depressing in their obvious agendas rather than an entertaining read. The readers Australian accent was pretty poor more of a Kiwi crossed with a Springbok.

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Well written but Very depressing book with an unsatisfying ending. Worst Australian accent ever! Non Australians should never attempt our accent. No one seems to get it right and it’s very insulting

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Disappointed

Really struggled with this one which was a surprise as the previous book of this author was terrific.





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  • Jennifer Woods
  • 23-07-2009

Bit boring

Not a bad story just run-of-the-mill. A few of the accents the narrator used were bad, the Australian accent was appalling. Nothing particularly interesting here. Something you can listen to without really listening.

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  • Hatrack
  • 05-09-2016

Beautiful story

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narration was perfect, and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to each character.

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  • Adele
  • 02-07-2019

A bit OTT for me

I found the writing a bit too over descriptive it was irritating especially the 'love making' parts. Narration was good but that's about it.

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  • Ann D
  • 13-01-2017

Too many characters. Very chic lit!

This is mostly a nicely written book, but it is truly very sweet chic lit and somewhat over egged. Choc lit is not my cup of tea, so inevitably, it's not really for me. I love Aoife McMahon's narration, that and Annalisa's story kept me with it until quite late chapters, when I could no longer cope with the smaltz and returned it. For me there are too many characters. I found the stories of Izzy and especially of Annalisa interesting, but I'd just be getting nicely involved and we would be off on a tangent elsewhere. It felt like two books in one for me.

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