Other Women, a review by Di

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Other Women
Cathy Kelly

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354 pages
April 15, 2021
Orion Publishing Group

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A few years ago I went through a stage where I read many books by Irish authors. Maeve Binchy, Marion Keyes, and Sheila O’Flanagan were my go to authors. For some unknown reason, I never read one by Cathy Kelly. Now that I have, I look forward to more.

To me, books by these Irish authors that are set in Ireland always have a “homey” feel for me. The characters are like people I know. They have familiar issues. These books are ones that I like to read on a quiet afternoon with a cup of tea. Maybe that should an Irish Coffee!

The main ladies in this book are Sid, Bea and Marin. Sid has been abandoned by her long time, live in boyfriend and is afraid to date. Bea is a widow with a child and is resisting everyone’s plans that she should date. Marin is the peacemaker in her somewhat at odds family and she has insecurities of her own. And, of course, everyone has secrets!

Three distinct characters, 3 distinct stories that somewhat intertwine. They all have a connection, which isn’t apparent in the beginning. The chapters are written by each voice in turn.

I really enjoyed this book because the characters, their flaws and their issues all seemed so normal. It was an easy read and entertaining. I kept turning pages, waiting for the secrets to be be revealed.

On the surface this book might seem like chick lit. But, it is so much more. It is about sisters, friendships, self-realization, relationships. It IS a book for and about women.

I loved the non-traditional un-fairytale ending. It was a logical and natural ending. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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  1. Annika Perry

    Excellent review of an author I’ve not come across. I too went through a phase of Irish authors, just the ones mentioned here and after a few years of hiatus homely mixed with deeper themes sounds perfect!

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