My grateful thanks to Elaine Egan at Orion Books for a copy of The Year That Changed Everything in return for an honest review.
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The Year That Changed Everything
Three women celebrate their birthdays . . . 30. 40. 50. But their milestone birthdays mark 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 . . .
My Review of The Year That Changed Everything
When Ginger, Sam and Callie celebrate their respective birthdays on the same day, they can have little idea what the next year will bring.
I have to confess that I was slightly disappointed in The Year That Changed Everything. It’s a well written, heartwarming and entertaining story with three strong female characters whom I came to know as real people but I felt the men in the story, especially Jason and Zac, were too stereotypical for my taste. That said, I’d rather like to meet Will in a darkened room and I really liked the minor characters like Grace.
I’m the least maternal person I know so perhaps Sam’s story didn’t quite resonate as emotionally with me as it will for other readers. I much preferred Ginger and Callie’s stories. Ginger in particular felt like someone I’d like to meet in real life and I enjoyed the empowerment she discovered. Indeed, all three women find their place in life well as the plot unfolds, even if it isn’t all plain sailing so that there is much to enjoy in the story.
I liked the way in which the three narrative elements were blended so that there’s a satisfying conclusion to The Year That Changed Everything although I’d have liked their stories to come together more rapidly. I thoroughly enjoyed the natural nature of the dialogue that really brought the story to life.
Cathy Kelly explores so many themes in The Year That Changed Everything, that appeal to a wide range of readers; including female dependency – on men, on drugs, on friends – and how that dependency might be overcome, but I did feel these issues were slightly too obviously handled at times, so that I was a little bit irritated, especially by Callie’s interactions with Glory.
I have to say that The Year That Changed Everything has all the trademark elements of a Cathy Kelly novel that fans will love. There’s a wonderful Irish warmth to the writing and an uplifting and life affirming approach that many readers will find perfect. Sadly, it didn’t quite hit the mark for me.
About Cathy Kelly
Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. Cathy is the bestselling author of The Honey Queen, Once in a Lifetime and Between Sisters, and is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her trademark is warm and witty Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, a sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.
She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.