The Year that Changed Everything
Three women celebrate their birthdays . . . 30. 40. 50. But their milestone birthdays mark the start of a year that will change everything . . .
Ginger isn’t spending her 30th 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 40th birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother?
Callie is celebrating her 50th at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at the door mid-party turns her perfect life upside down . . .
It is Callie Reynolds fiftieth birthday and life has not turned out how she expected it to. The years have crept up on her, time dissolving the inner goddess and releasing an inner crone that she does not recognise in the mirror. A version of herself that is as unfamiliar as the nasty girl Poppy has turned into and as strange as the chasm that has opened up between she and husband Jason. Despite the mansion in Dublin, the best cars and clothes and trinkets, a pivotal part of Callie’s life has altered, shifted and she no longer feels she suits this material existence. With a houseful of party guests downstairs, Callie is faced with bigger problems when disaster comes knocking at her door.
After three failed IVFs and several painful years of heartbreak and flailing hope, young couple Sam and Ted Kennedy are expecting their first baby. The life they had resigned themselves to dissolving beneath the glare of their new found happiness, a joy even their wildest dreams couldn’t conjure. Now their prayers have been answered. On her fortieth birthday, Sam goes into labour and a torrent of fear ambushes her. What if she isn’t a good mother? What if she can’t care for her baby? What if she does it all wrong? As she welcomes her new addition into the world, she is afflicted by thoughts of doubt. Her mother didn’t give her the warmth and affection she craved growing up, what if she can’t give it to her baby.
Ginger Reilly is convinced that she has found the man of her dreams. Intelligent, handsome, charming. Stephen is the one. The person fate has brought to her. And at her friends’ wedding of all places. He is everything she has ever wanted. Ginger never had what the other girls took as a given growing up. The absence of not only a mother but friends and lovers has anchored her heart for thirty years. But now, life is on the up. That is until she overhears something terrible. Something heartbreaking and the future she thought was hers turns into tatters.
I loved the three characters for different reasons. Callie is the older of the trio and she is missing her estranged family and feeling disjointed by life and betrayed by her husband, wondering how she got to where she is. Sam is a first time mother, trying to give her baby everything she could ever want or need, all the while nursing a deep-seated worry that she will morph into a younger version of her own cold mother. Ginger is the one who stood out the most for me. She is self-conscious of her body image and after a barrage of pitfalls and embarrassments, her life is beginning to fray around the edges. These three women are at pivotal points in their lives, and they are so easy to connect with because their hopes and fears I think are shared by so many, their positions mirrored by women everywhere. The Year that Changed Everything is an emotional tale about three wonderful people whose lives are starting to shift around them and the changes they go through to find a life not stripped by pain and heartache but gilded with love, joy, strength and above all, friendship.
The Year that Changed Everything is a very emotional read, imbued with Cathy Kelly’s signature warmth and wisdom. A fantastic book!
Warm. Compelling. Witty.
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About Cathy Kelly:
Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. Cathy is the bestselling author of The Honey Queen, Once in a Lifetime and Between Sisters, and is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her trademark is warm and witty Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, a sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.
She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.
Find out more at http://www.cathykelly.com or follow her on Twitter @cathykellybooks
Huge thanks to Elaine Egan and Orion for my review copy!