Homecoming – Cathy Kelly
There are so many books on my TBR pile and sometimes I really don’t know which one to pick. Luckily I follow some great ladies on Twitter and they’ve got plenty ideas available. So last week I read about reading books with a blue cover and it’s as good a reason as any to pick a book by color if you haven’t picked a new book yet. The first book I came accross was ‘Homecoming’ by Cathy Kelly. I am not sure if I have ever read a book by her before. I think the cover of this book is really pretty and I like stories that are based in Ireland so I had picked my book.
What the book is about
Four women. Four lives. One place they call home.
Eleanor Levine left Ireland years ago with just a suitcase and her mother’s recipe book. And now, a lifetime later, she returns from New York for Dublin’s beautiful Golden Square full of hard-won wisdom. As she watches life unfold from her window, she is drawn into the lives of the women who live in the square…
Beautful actress Megan Bouchier had fame and success in her grasp – then she made the wrong kind of headlines. Now she needs a place to hide.
Big-hearted teacher Connie O’Callaghan is approaching forty and has given up on love. Why does no man match the heroes in her romantic novels?
Rae is a loyal friend and wife, dispensing tea and sympathy from Titania’s Tea Room – until a secret threatens everything she holds dear . . .
What I thought about the book
As the book is about four women, it takes a little longer to find out who they are and what they do, but as it’s such an easy read I was flying through the first chapters. I love how Cathy Kelly starts every chapter with an entry of the recipe book of Eleanor’s mother. They are not just recipes, but pieces of advise and wisdom and they really fit the chapters.
The women all live (or end up on) Golden Square and slowly become a part of each others lives. Even though that are all so different in age and personality, they can learn from each other and help each other. Each of them is facing something tough and is going through a difficult time in life and they all cope in their own unique ways. I thought it was beautiful how their lives sort of come together after a while and how new friendships are formed.
So this is basically just a beautiful story about life, friendship and love and it makes me want to read more books of Cathy Kelly.