Babies, Bikes and Broads: The third book in the Cat Rising series Paperback – Oct 1 2008
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About the Author
Although born and raised in New Jersey, Cynn Chadwick has lived in the South for twenty years. Prior to earning her MA in literature and MFA in fiction at Goddard College, she worked for one of the first women in the US to become a master carpenter, an experience that continues to inform her writing. She teaches Creative Writing.
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Cat Hood is finally coming home after five years abroad in Scotland. For the fan of this excellent series, reading Babies, Bikes, and Broads also feels like coming home to a community of friends and family. Author Cynn Chadwick has created a place, the little town of Galway in the hills of North Carolina, filled with characters we've come to know and love, from the slightly mysterious Arlo, to quirky Sophia, Cat's friend and neighbor Delores, Cat's best friend Lily, brother Will.
Cat is summoned home due to a death in the family. She is settled in Scotland; she will make a quick trip, do what is necessary, and leave again. At least that's the plan. Her sister-in-law's death leaves her brother with five-year-old twins to raise alone. Cat doesn't like kids. Even best friend Lily has become a mother. Everywhere Cat turns, there are babies, it seems. Cat feels surrounded by changes she can't adjust to, or doesn't want to accept. A quick retreat seems best.
Of course, family ties have a way of entangling us even when we don't want them to. The reappearance of an old girlfriend also complicates Cat's decision. Her growing affection for the twins lends weight to the ties that bind, while those that reach across the Atlantic seem to grow slimmer each day. As usual, Cat is the last one to see her choices clearly.
Chadwick is a skilled writer. You'll find humor and love, grief, laughter, tears, old betrayals and new challenges, all handled as deftly as Cat handles her carpentry tools, as if they fit in the hand comfortably. I hope she lets us visit Galway again someday.
Cat's lover in Scotland is married. She reconciles with her husband and then changes her mind. That confuses and maddens Cat.
Cat runs into Janey, an old friend whose husband has recently died and left her a lot of money. That money seems to be buying up and developing much of Cat's rural home town, but things aren't always as they appear. There is friction between the women immediately, but they need each other for practical reasons and their relationship develops.
Lily is different from when Cat left. Five years and children will change anyone. In fact, Lily and her partner Hannah help Cat work through her aversion to children even if they are her brother's children.
This is just an outstanding series. It is emotional. It is engaging. It is exceptionally well written.
Bottom Line - If you read nothing else in this genre, grab this three-part series. You'll never regret enjoying these books.
This reviw first appeared in Curve Magazine.[...]