Homecoming Paperback – Nov 14 2011
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'Warm, lyrical, fascinating and comforting...genius!' Marian Keyes Homecoming is an absolutely fabulous read, a warm, touching, funny and poignant page-turner' Irish Independent 'A warm and engaging tale of love and belonging' The Sun (Buzz) 'A cracking novel that ticks all the emotional boxes' Woman & Home 'Homecoming is a delicious read' Choice 'I couldn't put it down' Daily Mail
Praise for HOMECOMING: 'Warm, lyrical, fascinating and comforting!genius!' Marian Keyes Homecoming is an absolutely fabulous read, a warm, touching, funny and poignant page-turner' Irish Independent 'A warm and engaging tale of love and belonging' The Sun (Buzz) 'A cracking novel that ticks all the emotional boxes' Woman & Home Praise for ONCE IN A LIFETIME: 'Wise, warm, compassionate, full of characters that I loved and identified with, it's like having a great gossip with your best friends. Her best book yet.' Marian Keyes 'This top-notch storyteller once again cuts to the quick of modern women's lives and their relationships'Woman & Home 'A modern fable of love and belonging that feels utterly timeless' Take a Break 'Vintage Kelly territory -- it's a book for those who believe in love' Evening Herald 'Entertaining, moving and as vivid as a screenplay -- presents a picture of the lives of Irish women which, like all good fiction, brings the truth into sharp relief' Irish Independent 'Engaging reading for these recessionary times' Irish Times 'Cathy Kelly is at the top of her game here - a great read' Belfast Sunday Life --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Homecoming intertwines four women, but at no point was I ever confused. It flows seamlessly and I was eager to see how each woman would resolve their particular conflicts. I loved the cross section of women portrayed. There is truly something in this novel for everyone. I enjoyed Connie's character immensely and loved her sarcastic humour about herself and her situation and cheered for her to open her eyes. I also loved Rae's story with her secret and how it unfolded. I found the relationship that developed between Eleanor and Megan's touching.
I could picture the square they all lived on vividly and wanted to move into a flat there too, although can't recall much time in the novel spent on too much detail. More attention is paid to each character and their particular plights, which I appreciated, rather than overly descriptive prose about the setting.
Homecoming made me realize how much I loved these stories and that I'll definitely have to make a point to pick them up more often! I had a smile on my face for most of this novel and that's such a lovely way to read a book!
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Kelly's characters are well fleshed out, their lives are full with work, friends and family and it is easy to relate to both their worries and their happiness.
One of the things I enjoyed most about Homecoming is the sense of community that Kelly invokes. I can just imagine sitting in the tearoom on the square, watching the children play in the park, chatting under the dryer at Patsy's hair salon. It's an idealised but comforting scenario when neighborhoods such as these have all but disappeared.
Homecoming is a satisfying chick-lit novel from one of my favourite Irish writers of the genre. Curl up on the lounge with a few chocolates and enjoy this light and easy read.
Eleanor, the respected professional who left Ireland 70 years ago, returns when she faces the greatest tragedy of her life and feels she can no longer survive. Will she be able to find a fresh start in the land of her youth? Megan, the young and beautiful movie star, escapes to Ireland when the paparazzi discover her illicit love affair and hound her relentlessly. Will her wise Aunt Nora provide the solace she desperately craves? Rae, the native Irishwoman with a broad smile and kind heart who runs the local tea room, has a long-buried secret which is now surfacing. Will there be recriminations when her husband and son discover her past? Connie, the broken-hearted school teacher approaching her fortieth birthday, thinks love has passed her by until a precocious young neighbor becomes fascinated by her. Will little Ella's widowed father measure up to Connie's Dream Man?
Cathy Kelly has created a warm and inviting neighborhood in Golden Square, the type that has virtually disappeared today and seems more reminiscent of the 1950's. As the women converge on this idyllic area, friendships are borne, family ties are strengthened, and overwhelming problems are confronted.
Tying all the chapters together are excerpts from Eleanor's mother's journal, a keepsake of lessons on life, pain, happiness, food, and homespun wisdom. One of my favorite bits of advice and one which sets the tone for this story was: "...the mushroom is proof that sometimes the best things in life are growing wild and free right under your nose. Don't rush so fast that you can't see the wild mushrooms around you."
Eleanor seeks isolation in her new life, but can't help getting involved in the affairs of her neighbors: Rae, the coffee shop owner, who is hiding from her husband the secret that she gave birth to a daughter as a teenager and gave her up for adoption; Connie, who has given up on love (and herself) and has substituted taking care of her extended family for having a husband and family of her own; and Megan, a young actress forced to hide from the papparazzi after an ill-advised affair with a famous married actor. Eventually, as Eleanor helps the others solve their personal dilemmas, she regains her own confidence and readies herself to continue a full life as a widow.
The plus side of the novel is that the characters are well- drawn and their stories are compelling. I was disappointed, however, that the novel makes so little use of its Irish setting. Perhaps that is because Kelly is initially writing a contemporary story for an Irish and British audience who don't require that background.
Cathy Kelly has a happy knack of using modern settings and attitudes to portray the pressures of modern day life.
The lesson learnt from the book was that life goes on, even when things seem completely hopeless. Through her writing Cathy Kelly has a way of offering hope to everyone, that things will work out in the end.