Book Review: The Year that Changed Everything, by Cathy Kelly

Book Review: The year that changed everything, by Cathy Kelly
Book Review: The year that changed everything, by Cathy Kelly

I recently read a blog post in which the book blogger said that this book is in her top 5 so far for this year. Well on the very next day when I saw the book in the bookshop I just had to buy it! Actually I hadn’t even read the synopsis, basically I just grabbed it and went to the till.

Book Blurb

Book Review: The year that changed everything, by Cathy Kelly
Book Review: The year that changed everything, by Cathy Kelly

Three women celebrate their birthdays . . . 30. 40. 50. But their milestone birthdays marks the start of a year that will change everything . . .

Ginger isn’t spending her 30th the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life – or a total disaster.

Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. When her waters break on the morning of her 40th birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother?

Callie is celebrating her 50th at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at the door mid-party turns her perfect life upside down . . .

Book Review

So few days later when I start reading it I finally looked at the back cover where it says that it’s about 3 women – Ginger (30), Sam (40) and Callie (50) and that everything begins on their birthdays.

Book Review: The year that changed everything, by Cathy Kelly
Book Review: The year that changed everything, by Cathy Kelly

Ginger has issues with her weight, Sam is trying to get over her postpartum depression and Callie is dealing with family problems. Well If I had read that before I bought the book I guess I never would’ve taken it because it just doesn’t sound interesting to me, but now when I’ve already read the book I’m not disappointed with my choice.

Book Review: The year that changed everything, by Cathy Kelly
Book Review: The year that changed everything, by Cathy Kelly

Callie’s story was the one that I like the most. She has the perfect life, a lovely little family, great house and she can afford everything she wishes for but everything changes at the night of her birthday when uninvited guests are knocking on the door.

At the very same night Ginger who just turned 30 hears how her best friend is talking behind her back and those words seems to be the end of a long long friendship but you know how people say that the end is just a new beginning, and so it is for Ginger.

Sam’s story is a heart touching too. She struggles with the cares for her baby and feels insecure about motherhood since she doesn’t have a great example in the face of her mother.

Book Review: The year that changed everything, by Cathy Kelly
Book Review: The year that changed everything, by Cathy Kelly

While reading the book I wish there were more suspense, especially in the middle of it I was expecting something huge to happen. I think it would be even more interesting but anyhow I really enjoyed reading it. Especially at the end when we realise the three stories were all connected.

There was this warm feeling that no matter how messy life can be, that if you don’t give up and have the right people next to you, you can overcome any of life’s obstacles. Still I have this feeling the there was something missing in the book and that it could be even better.

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