Always and Forever

Always and Forever

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The new warm and engaging novel from the bestselling author of Best of Friends. Mel is a high-flying career woman with two kids, a lovely husband and a nice line in good suits, but the juggling is beginning to get to her. She does a full day at work, in between taking care of two small children, one of whom is making it very plain that she doesn't understand why Mummy has to go out to work every day. Mel is blonde, gorgeous, a superwoman in the eyes of those around her. She keeps on trying to be do it all until one day she's offered voluntary redundancy because her boss sees that her work is suffering. Half-relieved, half-upset, she decides to stay at home for a few years and devote herself to her children. But it's not easy. Without her job, and with people's eyes glazing over when she tell them what she does now, she wonders who she is anymore. Frankie has been a mum all her life. But when 23-year-old Michael heads off for a year travelling round the world she realises that she's lost part of herself. Now her boy is grown-up, what is she?
Add to the mix a busy husband and a hilarious, sweetly-smiling but devilishly minxy mother who makes Frankie grit her teeth, and you've got an identity crisis. Frankie sees her mother getting older and begins to see that, one day, she'll also be taking care of her. Is she a carer all her life? When is there time for her? Sheba's family run a hotel in Carrickwell, the town outside the city where all three women live. She's 23 and nobody listens to her about anything, even though she's done a course in hotel management and she can see their small, shabby hotel is on the way out.To them, she's just the baby of the family. Finally, when she can't take it any more, she determines to leave them all to it and do her own thing. But without her family behind her, she feels lost. A luxurious new spa is being set up in the town and, as all three women gradually become involved with it, they form a deep and lasting friendship which helps them all find out who they really are.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 159 x 240mm
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0007156340
  • 9780007156344

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PRAISE FOR CATHY KELLY: 'An absorbing heart-warming tale.' COMPANY 'The gap in the market left by Maeve Binchy packing away her laptop has been well and truly filled by Cathy Kelly...A soap opera of tears and laughter.' DAILY MIRROR 'Warm and delightful' New Woman 'A compulsive read' Woman's Weekly 'Cathy Kelly's new book is her most compassionate and compelling sor far.' Irish Independent 'Not only one but two likeable heroines... Kelly dramatises her story with plenty of sparky humour' The Times 'Totally believable' ROSAMUNDE PILCHER
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About Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is the author of six other novels all of which were No. 1 bestsellers in Ireland, as well as reaching the 'Sunday Times' top ten. SOMEONE LIKE YOU was the Parker RNA Romantic Novel of the Year. Cathy Kelly lives in Wicklow with her partner and their twin sons. She is currently working on her next novel.
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