The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
Three women, three birthdays, one year that will change everything…
Ginger isn’t spending her thirtieth the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life – or a total disaster.
Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. When her waters break on the morning of her fortieth birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother?
Callie is celebrating her fiftieth at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at the door mid-party changes everything…
Treat yourself to the heartwarming and life-affirming new story from international bestseller Cathy Kelly
Paperback published by Orion on 18th October 2018.
Oh my, this paperback cover is beautiful (designed by Debbie Holmes) and quite different to the Hardback cover that was published in February. I have to say I prefer this one vastly, it’s full of rich colours and a deep blue contrasting with the gold leaf. I love how creative paperback covers are now and the embossing works so well.
In The Year That Changed Everything Cathy Kelly yet again delivers across the pages of this astute and mesmerizing piece of contemporary female fiction. Set in Ireland, three women, Callie, Ginger and Sam, are living very different lives, yet they all are about to embark upon huge life changes, changes that bring them back to their roots, families and true selves.
Callie lives affluently, however she’s reluctantly preparing for her lavish 50th birthday party with her husband & friends, much to the disdain of their teenage daughter Poppy, but there is more than just pretence and her absent family to be concerned about. Ginger is a journalist spending her 30th birthday as chief bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding; struggling to assert herself at work and to those around her, Ginger’s kindness is often taken for granted. Sam finally has everything she’s wished for but also has a difficult relationship with her own mother, and as she goes in to labour with her first child the day she turns 40, she vows to be the opposite kind of parent to her Mum. This is the day we meet all of the characters; how we leave them by the end of the book is far different.
Birthdays are commonly a time that we reflect upon our journeys so far aren’t they; what we have been through, where we are now, and what we hope and plan for the future? The clever tool of this book is bringing this vulnerability together for three very different characters. Exploring their flaws, their hopes, their fears and their strengths to steer you, as the reader, along on their touching and eventful milestone year.
This story is empowering, uplifting and heartwarming in that comforting, easy way that makes you feel a part of the events unfolding and deeply connected to the characters.
I felt a weight had lifted reading this book; perhaps it’s reading about women that have lost their way and had to admit their shortcomings, lean on others to steer them on to a new path forward? It just resonated and was brilliantly written to champion human fortitude, even during distressing transitions. A cathartic read.
Thank you so much to Poppy Stimpson at Orion and Cathy Kelly for inviting me along on the blog tour and providing me with a free copy of the book in order to review in my own words.