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Someone Like You [Paperback]

Cathy Kelly
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July 5 2004
The fourth novel from the major bestselling author of WOMAN TO WOMAN, SHE'S THE ONE and NEVER TOO LATE. EMMA, HANNAH AND LEONIE Three very different women meet on holiday and become close friends. Each is at a different stage in life and has different ambitions. Hannah -- young and beautiful, wants to forget the man who betrayed her and throw herself into the excitement of the single life -- but is she deceiving herself? Emma -- two years married and desperate to have a baby. But what kind of parent would she be when she still allows herself to be bullied by her own parents? Leonie -- generously proportioned and big-hearted. Can there ever be romance for her, after fast growing-up teenaged children and a divorce? Over the next few years, as they work out their needs and desires and come to terms with their situations, their lives become inextricably entwined.
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opular Irish columnist and author Kelly makes her U.S. literary debut with a soap operatic novel about three very different Dublin women who become fast friends while on holiday in Egypt. After their return, they meet regularly and commiserate with each other over mishaps, regale one another with triumphs and rage together over life's vicissitudes. Emma Sheridan is 31 and happily married, but obsessed with her failure to get pregnant. As the cowed daughter of a passive-aggressive mother and a viciously boorish father, she deserves sympathy, but her friends wonder why she refuses to seek a doctor's advice about fertility and also why she doesn't stand up to her abusive father. Hannah Campbell, a chic career woman in her mid-30s, has a lusty sex drive and works out regularly to keep her figure, but is still recovering from being dumped after a 10-year affair. Leonie Delaney, a divorced veterinary nurse and animal lover, is a devoted mother of three teenagers who, after six dateless years, finally resorts to a personal ad to find a man, calling herself voluptuous rather than overweight. Indigenous expressions like nappies, loo and shagged aside, the details of the novel designer clothing, characters stricken by Alzheimer's and bulimia and, of course, the single career woman's search for an ideal mate suggest that it could as easily be set in Chicago as Dublin. After nearly 500 pages, readers will have gotten to know these three women intimately all are believable and memorable. Part Bridget Jones, part Ann Landers, this saga of hope and disillusionment is fully equipped with soul-searching, sex and, above all, comforting female friendship. Agent, Ali Gunn of Curtis Brown. (July)Forecast: A cozy jacket photo fails to suggest the scrappier story within; this engaging but unremarkable novel may escape the radar of most American readers.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The best-selling contemporary women's fiction author in the U.K and her native Ireland makes her U.S. debut with a warm and lighthearted novel that follows the trials and tribulations of three women who become close friends after a chance meeting during a vacation in Egypt. Through their friendship, the women discover that each has a secret goal over which they endlessly obsess. For Emma, it is escaping her domineering father and finally conceiving a child with her husband; for Leonie, divorced mother of three teenagers, it means finding the elusive true love of her life; and for Hannah, it's the pursuit of independence and security--qualities she doesn't think she'll ever be able to trust any man to provide. After their return home to Ireland, the three women meet once a month, detailing their hopes and dreams as they form deeper bonds and console and provide mutual support. Kelly's female archetypes transcend national boundaries, and her book will appeal to readers who favor warm and funny contemporary women's fiction about realistic women. Kathleen Hughes
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three Irish Girls Find Friendship and Romance July 20 2002
Author Cathy Kelly gives us three very distinctive women in this book. They all have their personal ups and downs and all are in need of a good friend/confidante. How fortunate that this is just what they find on a vacation in Egypt. They bond in the blistering Egyptian heat and, since they all live fairly near one another, continue the friendship once they are back in Dublin.
Hannah is the insecure career girl who has been dumped by her boyfriend of ten years. Can a career replace her need for romance? Will one-night stands be enough to satisfy? Can the handsome actor who fancies her provide lasting happiness?
Emma is a pathetic woman who even though married is being emotionally and verbally abused by her parents. When the tables are turned and a catastrophic illness causes them to need her, will she be there? Can she ever face the fears she has about not being able to conceive a child?
Leonie is the flamboyant mother of three teens who touched me the most. She has to face flying to America to see her ex-husband marry the perfect woman while she herself is reduced to looking for love in the personal ads column. Share her joy and sorrow as each of these dates leads to even more problems. Will Leonie be able to referee life at home and still find satisfaction for herself? And just who is that mysterious neighbor who walks his two dogs?
There's plenty of heart-touching situations in this one as three grown women find the courage to confront life's problems----the everyday ones and the major ones. After all, with friends like these, you know that hope and happiness is just around the corner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable female buddy novel June 28 2002
Thirty-seven year old American Hannah Campbell is not really enjoying her trysts with her younger perfect male specimen though the muscle bound stud helps her somewhat forget her former spouse whose off traipsing somewhere like the Amazon. Though Jeff Williams would have been the leading model for an Ancient Rome statue, a bored Hannah leaves him to visit Egypt. At the Pyramids, Hannah meets a forty something mother of three teens (packed off to their father) Leonie and the younger too tall and plain Emma chaperoned by her obnoxious parents.

The three women become friends and when they return home to Ireland surprisingly stay in touch with one another. Leonie uses the personals to find dates that always end in the toilet. Emma wants to become pregnant, but has no success at conceiving. Hannah falls in love with a too die for actor, but doubts whether she can stay the course and commit to anything beyond a cup of coffee fling. Troubles for the trio multiply as family members make things worse for each one, but they have one other to lend a crying shoulder.

Though the tale of female friendship has been told often especially of late, SOMEONE LIKE YOU retains freshness due to the lead characters. The trio feels so genuine as they struggle with their respective situations in life specifically with relationships outside those with their two new pals. Though the story line oozes with much angst, Cathy Kelly adds humor to ease the tension so that the audience has an enjoyable female buddy novel.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful Nov. 13 2002
There's a new crop of Irish authors gaining international success -- and Cathy Kelly is one of them. Kelly's literary debut in the US, Someone Like You, is an endearing story that centers in the lives of three rather different women.
Hannah: a career-oriented, gym-obsessed beauty with a penchant for unreliable men.
Emma: a happily married woman who hopes to have a baby. The doormat of a self-centered sister and a manipulative father, Emma's relationship with the aforementioned family members worsens when her mother suddenly becomes ill...
Leonie: a middle-aged divorced mother of three children whose ordered life shatters when her ex-husband announces his pending nuptials.
Having met on vacation in Egypt, these women stick together through the rough patches in their lives. Their togetherness makes for a poignant and endearing read. Cathy Kelly is a great literary voice that will capture readers' hearts. I recommend this wonderful novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ever been a three musketeer? Aug. 2 2001
Someone Like You is an insigtful novel about an unexpected friendship between three very different women. A sisterhood develops between these women- each now has people who they can be themselves with without prexisting expectations and history that can cloud long-standing relationships. It Explores the ups an downs experienced during their search to find that something that is missing in their lives. During their search, they discover what they were looking for all along as well things that they didn't even realize were missing. It provides an honest and modern depiction of friendship and that search to make life meaningful. The author draws you in to the relationship between these women and into their quests for individual happiness. All human beings can relate to that quest. I truly had trouble putting this book down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Summer Reading ...... Aug. 4 2001
By Gerry--
....if you have nothing better to do. The characters were kind of cute and their settings were probably right on-- but the story as it unfolded, had its ups and downs. I found myself eager for this long read to end. It was not a book you simply could not put down. I put it down and walked away for several days and did not miss the story or the characters at all. But-- when you had time to fill, it was just "ok." I think I bought it because the book jacket had a comment from "Rosamund Pilcher" (one of my favorite authors). So-- there you have it-- if you need to grab a book to fill in some summer hours-- and you've read all the other good reads of the summer-- go for it-- but I would probably have gotten it at the library instead of springing for the full price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life..
I have read 9 or 10 of her novels so far. There isn't one I have not enjoyed thoroughly. I love how she writes about every day people in every day situations, and not one of these... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lorrah
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book
Three women meet on a trip to Egypt. They are all at different phases in life, but become fast friends. The story unfolds as they come back home and their relationships continue. Read more
Published on July 14 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
What was so wonderful about this book, aside from the basics: great plot, great characters, great development, were the characters themselves. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by "megs1234"
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This was definitely one of the best books I have read. I love that not only are you reading about the stories of these three amazing women, but you are reading about the lives of... Read more
Published on June 23 2003 by Jeannette
3.0 out of 5 stars No surprise here
After the introduction of the three main characters and a few chapters into the book, if you could not figure out how it would end, you have certainly never read a book before! Read more
Published on June 20 2003 by J. Kreuser
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging!
Hannah, Leonie and Emma stole my heart from the first pages of this wonderful book. I was immediately drawn into their lives, felt their pain, laughed alongside each of them and... Read more
Published on March 19 2003 by "sylsbooks"
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book...
This is the first book by Cathy Kelly I have ever read & I have to say I absolutely loved it... I did not want it to end. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2003 by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelly does it well!
I was bought this as a present and as I hadn't read a Cathy Kelly book before I was dubious before reading it.... BUT I found it was great. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely treat
If you like Rosamund Pilcher or Maeve Binchy, check out Cathy Kelly. She writes in the same homey, heartfelt style that made me both laugh out loud and brought me to tears. Read more
Published on March 8 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
I liked this novel quite a bit. It was a satisfying substitute while I wait for the next Maeve Binchy book! Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by Samantha W. Mckevitt
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