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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Life.. Oct. 4 2013
By Lorrah
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 situations/themes have been repeated in her next novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book July 14 2005
By A Customer
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. One thing that is nice about this book is each woman is well sketched and the reader is interested in hearing each story. I think I liked Leonie the best though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! Feb. 6 2004
What was so wonderful about this book, aside from the basics: great plot, great characters, great development, were the characters themselves. There are three main characters in this book and I loved all three equally.
Cathy Kelly did a wonderful job of letting the reader see each of these very different women as who they were, and yet also let us see how such different women could form such a strong friendship and bond.
The pace of this book was very well done. Many authors skim over details and only focus on the big things...but not so with this novel. Cathy Kelly took her time, while all the while not creating a slow-read.
Great writing!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing June 23 2003
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 the characters sorrounding them. I cannot wait for another of her books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No surprise here June 20 2003
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! The book was too predictable. It did hold my interest and I did read it to the end, but I like books where the ending is a little more of a surprise. Cathy Kelly is no maeve Binchy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging! March 19 2003
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 cheered them on to the finish.
A chance meeting on an Eygptian vacation leads these three women into the world of true friendship. An unlikely threesome from the beginning, each woman discovers a deep and compassionate sisterhood that gives each of them the strength to deal with their own lives on a deeper level.
This is my first Cathy Kelly book. I was very impressed by the depth of the character development and the insight that Ms. Kelly exhibits in her writing. I will be checking my book store for more of this author. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book... Feb. 13 2003
By Jane
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. After finishing this one I would love to read all of Cathy Kelly's books.
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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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