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Cathy Kelly is an Irish author of romance and chick lit novels.

Born in Belfast but raised in Dublin, Cathy spent thirteen years as a newspaper journalist with a national Irish Sunday newspaper, working on news, features, film criticism and spending sometime as an agony aunt.

In 1997, she however made the decision to pursue her dreams and publish her debut novel, Woman To Woman—her very first international bestseller.

Now a full-time writer, Cathy has since published millions of books around the world, becoming a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

She currently lives in County Wicklow, Ireland with her family and their three dogs.

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Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary , Romance

Born: 1953

Ireland

Website: https://www.cathykelly.co.uk/

Non Series

  • Woman to Woman (1997)
  • She's the One (1998)
  • Never Too Late (1999)
  • Someone Like You (2000)
  • What She Wants (2001)
  • Just Between Us (2002)
  • Best of Friends (2003)
  • Always and Forever (2004)
  • Past Secrets (2006)
  • Lessons in Heartbreak (2008)
  • Once in a Lifetime (2009)
  • Homecoming (2010)
  • The House on Willow Street (2012)
  • The Honey Queen (2013)
  • A Woman's Heart (2014)
  • It Started with Paris (2014)
  • Between Sisters (2015)
  • Secrets of a Happy Marriage (2016)
  • The Year That Changed Everything (2018)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Woman to Woman

Life seems to be going perfectly fine for best friends Jo Ryan and Aisling Moran.

Other than the fact that she has the most handsome boyfriend there is, Jo is also strongly independent, with an amazing career as a fashion journalist for an Irish glossy magazine.

Aisling on the other hand is blissfully married to a smart editor with whom she has two lovely ten-year-old sons. She also has a stunning home that she has decorated to her very liking.

Everything however changes one Friday morning when Aisling stumbles upon a receipt for expensive lingerie in her husband's suit pocket, while Jo’s pregnancy test turns positive.

Is it all over for the two women? Or has it only just begun?

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-1853717963
Publisher: Poolbeg Press Ltd
She's the One

Dee works as an agony aunt for an Irish newspaper.

However, veiled underneath her expertise is the fact that she actually has more problems than her readers.

Although she is engaged to Gary, her fiancé is anything but perfect, while her soon-to-be mother-in-law is getting on her last nerves.

Isabel moves back to her home in Dublin, along with her two teenage girls, after her husband loses everything in a business deal.

The one thing that both women would relish is getting the job of women's editor on the paper.

As much as it would be a dream come true for both of them, they all can't get what they want—or can they?

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 1998
Ebook: B012HUTYNY
Publisher: Headline
Never Too Late

“A lot can change in a year. Just ask Evie, Cara and Olivia.”

Evie is a hopeless romantic who doesn't need to be told that she shouldn't get married to Simon .

Cara, her sister, is just as bad at relationships as she is at the workplace.

Olivia, her best friend, is having a hard time accepting the fact that she is getting married to the wrong man. But at the end of the day, what would she ever do without him?

Upon going home for the holidays, Evie's father formally declares that he's getting remarried.

Although it shouldn’t essentially change much, they haven’t got a clue who they'll be meeting at the wedding.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0747260585
Publisher: Gardners Books
Someone Like You

Hannah, Emma, and Leonie are women who are at crucial stages in their lives. And when they cross paths while on holiday, they begin changing in the most unpredicted of ways.

Young, gorgeous and fresh from being heartbroken by her lover, Hannah accepts the single life and buries herself in her career.

Looking forward to starting a family having been married for two years, Emma continually questions her capacity to be a mom. Her parents are also constantly intruding into her affairs.

Kind and generous, Leonie wonders whether she will ever find love, more so because she has three teenage kids.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-0452283381
Publisher: Plume
What She Wants

Friends Hope, Sam, and Virginia all thought they knew what they would be doing in a year.

Hope thought that she would still be a working mom of two, stealing quality time with her husband Marc.

Sam, her sister, thought that she would be the head of a record label.

Virginia on the other hand thought that she would be making arrangements for her dream retirement home with her lovely husband Bill, and also spending time with their beautiful young granddaughter.

When everything however unexpectedly changes, the three women are forced to ask themselves what they truly want from life.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-1416564607
Publisher: Gallery Books
Just Between Us

Everyone in the Irish Country town of Kinvarra acknowledges that the Miller girls seemingly have it all. Stella is an accomplished lawyer and single mom; Tara is a TV writer, while Holly is the artistic and dreamy one.

Rose, their graceful and classy mother, is about to mark her fortieth wedding anniversary to husband Hugh, and the Irish town simply can’t wait for the celebrations.

But as the days go by, the four women begin opening up to each other, sharing their hidden griefs to one another.

Do they have what it takes to face the reality of their golden lives?

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0743490269
Publisher: Gallery Books
Best of Friends

Four friends are going through a rough patch in the beautiful harbor tour of Dunmore.

Abby’s TV career is beginning to gain momentum, but her marriage to Tom isn’t in the best of places.

Jess, her teenage daughter, on the other hand wonders whether she will ever find a boyfriend.

Lizzie always creates time for her family and friends, yet none for herself.

Erin is having a hard time coming to terms with her past, having returned to Ireland after eight years of living in Chicago with her husband.

When tragedy however strikes the tiny town, the four women are drawn together by grief, realizing that life truly is for the living.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0743490252
Publisher: Downtown Press
Always and Forever

There once lived three women, in the picturesque town of Carrickwell, who seemed to have their lives figured out.

The determined Mel would be focused on her family and career; the kind-hearted Daisy would be looking to have a baby with her boyfriend who means the world to her; while the impulsive Cleo would be completing her degree and joining the family hotel business.

However, what all these women yearn for is a much needed break from their demanding lives.

So when Leah, a woman with her fair share of problems, launches an R&R spa in the breathtaking town, the women cross paths, opening up and discovering how to truly live life for the better.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-1416531586
Publisher: Gallery Books
Past Secrets

Many secrets are veiled behind the beautiful gardens of Summer Street.

Single mom Faye hides a secret from her teenage daughter, Amber, while thirty-year-old Maggie hides a secret from herself.

When the temperamental Amber decides to pursue love at the expense of her future, while Maggie decides to head back home in order to look after her ailing mother, their secrets gradually begin surfacing.

Although Christie, their kind-hearted friend, is the only one who always seems to have all the answers, she is also hiding a secret from her family.

So when the past returns to haunt Maggie, Faye and Christie, the three women won’t have any other option but to face it head on.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0007268658
Publisher: Harper
Lessons in Heartbreak

When Izzie Silver moved to New York after leaving her tiny Irish town of Tamarin, everything was going well for her, until she broke her own rules and fell in love with a married man.

Across the Altantic, Izzie’s aunt, Anneliese, learns the real pain of infidelity.

And when Lily, the sympathetic family matriarch, becomes sickly, Izzie returns to her home in Ireland, only to discover a shocking secret about her grandmother’s past.

Anneliese on the other hand is overcome by grief, with no else to turn to.

Of all the lessons that these women learn, both past and present, the hardest lesson of them all is learning to let go.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1416586241
Publisher: Gallery Books
Once in a Lifetime

An accomplished TV presenter blissfully married with two lovely children, Ingrid Fitzgerald seems to be living the dream life. Her entire world however turns on its head after she discovers a devastating secret.

Although Natalie Flynn is finally finding love, the hidden side of her mother’s past still causes her sleepless nights. Should she ask the tough questions in order to find the answers that she so desperately needs?

There is nothing that Charlie Fallon loves more than her family and her job at Kenny’s Department Store. Her odd mother is however becoming more demanding by the day. Is it finally the right time to move on and begin a new chapter?

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1416586258
Publisher: Gallery Books
Homecoming

Megan Bouchier, a young and beautiful actress, never had to work that hard for success. Her fame however turns her life into chaos after a terrible affair.

Rae is a lovely wife, a loyal friend and a devoted community carer. A devastating secret from her past however threatens to destroy everything she loves.

Connie O’Callaghan, a kind-hearted teacher, is still single while approaching forty. Why can’t she find a hero similar to the ones in her adored romantic novels?

As Eleanor goes through her mother’s reassuring words, she is gradually drawn into the lives of the three women.

Is her mother’s advice however applicable in today’s life?

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1451616767
Publisher: Gallery Books
The House on Willow Street

Tess Power was raised in a grand house in the Irish coastal town of Avalon. But now, with the mansion crumbling, her marriage is on the rocks while her antiques business is on its death bed.

Her sister, Suki, is forced to go back to the town she swore she would never return after a scandal turns her life upside down.

Desperate to make a fresh start and forget about her newly married ex, Mara returns to Avalon.

Cashel similarly returns to the coastal town, still haunted by her past.

These troubled women are about to learn that one has to overcome the past in order to embrace the future.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1451681406
Publisher: Gallery Books
The Honey Queen

The kind and lively Frankie, who manages people for a living, is surprised by her husband’s silence on redundancy; something that puts their marriage and dream house project in the picturesque Redstone on the verge of collapse.

Just when twenty-seven-year-old Peggy opens her own knitting shop in town, her past threatens the possibility of finding love and starting a family of her own.

Lillie, their friend, has just arrived in the tiny Irish town. Given that Lillie has her own fair share of secrets, she has to first help herself and her new friends in order to find happiness again.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0007373673
Publisher: Harper
A Woman's Heart

Excitement fills the small Irish town of Bridgeport ahead of Michael and Katy’s big day.

Three women however carefully hide secrets.

Leila, Katy’s best friend, has been left heartbroken after a failed marriage.

Having been divorced for fifteen years, Grace, Michael’s mother, can’t help but ask several questions about the choices that she and Michael's father made.

Vonnie, who runs the Original Cake Company, must overcome her own past if she is to succeed in her new relationship.

This book is about the lives of modern women and the secrets that lie beneath the surface.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0007373710
Publisher: Harper Collins
It Started with Paris

A young man proposes to his girlfriend at the top of the Eiffel Tower in a single act that changes everything for the couple, as much as it does for their families back in Ireland.

Left with a shattered heart after her husband took off; Leila is determined to put on a brave face for the bride.

Vonnie, a widow and gifted cake-maker, is finally learning to love again. Someone however seems resolved to ensure that it doesn’t go far.

Grace, a head teacher, realizes there's no way she’ll be able to avoid her ex-husband, given how her son’s wedding is right around the corner. Could she have made a mistake after being separated for all those years?

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1455535415
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Between Sisters

Sisters Cassie and Coco have been close ever since their mom left them when they were kids.

Caring and responsible, Cassie can’t help but question her capacity as a wife and a mom.

A woman scared of commitment, Coco—who runs a vintage dress shop—has been miserable ever since her terrible break-up.

Although their lives are so full, why do the sisters still feel empty?

Despite their challenging quest to find long-lasting happiness, the past will crash with the present in an act that will forever change their lives.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1455540853
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Secrets of a Happy Marriage

Bess should be the happiest woman in the world, having just gotten married. That however isn’t the case, as she learns while planning a party for her husband.

Her stepdaughter, Jojo, has just become a part of her father’s life. Replacing her deceased mother is however impossible.

Cousin Cari is a passionately independent woman focused on her career. Not many things can dispirit her, except maybe facing the man who abandoned her at the altar. Worst part is that he is invited.

As the Brannigans are reunited in celebration, can they learn the secrets of a happy marriage before it is too late?

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1409153689
Publisher: Orion Books
The Year That Changed Everything

“Three women. Three birthdays. A year that will change everything.”

Ginger’s plans for her thirtieth birthday aren’t turning out the way she had hoped. Given the way things are going, tonight might either be the first night of the rest of her life—or a terrible disaster.

Sam never had much luck with getting pregnant. But now she is finally expectant after years of trying, with the reality dawning on her after her water breaks on the morning of her fortieth birthday. The labor pain aside, is she ready to become a mother?

Callie marks her fiftieth birthday with at a huge party in her Dublin home. A knock at the door midway through the celebration however changes everything.

Author: Cathy Kelly
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1409153733
Publisher: Orion Books