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Homecoming [Paperback]

Cathy Kelly
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Nov. 14 2011
The warm and wonderful new novel from the natural heir to Maeve Binchy Eleanor Levine left Ireland seventy years ago with little more than a suitcase and her mother's handwritten recipe book. Now, a lifetime later, she's returning from New York with hard won wisdom and memories of her own. A renowned psychoanalyst, Eleanor knows there's one final journey she has to make...Lovely young actress Megan Bouchier didn't have to chase success - it arrived effortlessly. Fame was what she always wanted until a disastrous affair made her the wrong kind of headlines - now Megan needs a place to hide...Darkly beautiful Rae is a wonderful wife, a loyal friend and a dedicated community carer. From Titania's Tea Rooms she dispenses tea and sympathy to everyone - until a painful secret from her past threatens everything she holds dear. Big-hearted teacher Connie O'Callaghan has given up on love. She's cheerfully approaching forty and besides, why does no man ever match the heroes in her beloved romantic novels? As Eleanor re-reads her mother's comforting words and watches life unfold from her window in Dublin's pretty Golden Square, she slowly becomes drawn into the lives of Megan, Rae and Connie. But can treasured wisdom handed down from mother to daughter really be relevant today? And what are the ingredients for a life well lived?

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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

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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cathy Kelly Never Disappoints! Dec 20 2011
By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I thoroughly enjoyed Homecoming! I can't recall how long it's been since I've read some Brit Lit, or Irish Lit and this was a great, fun read. There is something distinctly different about this genre and the novels always make me want to move to a small town across the pond and cozy up with my neighbours. There is something so friendly and honest with these books and even the `villains' never seem so terrible.

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and comforting July 19 2011
By Shelleyrae - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy the warmth and relaxation that Cathy Kelly's books offer. They are wonderful escapist reading and Homecoming is no exception. Kelly brings together a disparate group of people who reside around the Golden Square, featuring the stories of Eleanor who is mourning the loss of her husband, Megan who is hiding from the paparazzi after an ill-considered affair, Rae who is terrified of her lifelong secret being revealed and Connie who has given up on finding love, without neglecting an array of siblings, aunts, in laws, daughters, friends and husbands that these women interact with.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Reader April 16 2012
By Pleased grandmother - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the novels by Cathy Kelly and Homecoming didn't disappoint. The characterization and development made me really care about the people.. The theme was interesting, warm and soothing. A great read for pleasure which I really enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cozy and Comforting Story of Four Irish Women at a Crossroads July 20 2012
By Antoinette Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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Cathy Kelly has a gift for creating realistic Irish women who reach out and bond with their female counterparts. In HOMECOMING, she once again gives us four well-delineated characters that each have a serious problem that needs to be dealt with.

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."
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! July 11 2014
By Gallery700 - Published on Amazon.com
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Almost lost me at first but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. The characters were interesting and I found myself in that lovely described Square as if I was there myself. This was my first Cathy Kelly book and I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be reading more Kelly!
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read! June 12 2014
By Susiem - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book very much. I read somewhere that if you like Maeve Binchy books, you would enjoy Cathy Kelly books, and I was not disappointed! Loved the characters and their interwoven stories.
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