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New love, old love, tragedy and skydiving hijinks abound in this ensemble paean to female friendship, a U.K. bestseller from veteran Irish author Kelly (Someone Like You). In lovely Dunmore, Ireland, Abby Barton, the middle-aged star of the surprise hit TV show Declutter, aims to make a better life for her husband, Tom, and shy teenage daughter, Jess, but when an old love resurfaces, she risks throwing it all away. Salon owner Sally Richardson has a wonderful husband and wonderful sons—and then she learns she's got breast cancer. Blissfully married and newly pregnant, Erin Kennedy moves back to Ireland from Chicago; she hasn't been there since she discovered that her mother was actually her grandmother. And Lizzie Shanahan, divorced mother of two, is nearly bankrupting herself by planning the wedding of a lifetime for her self-involved, manipulative daughter, Debra. Kelly should have confined herself to Abby's and Erin's stories: the glimpse of a family struggling in infidelity's wake is heartfelt and moving, and Erin's fear of facing her abandoned family is beautifully drawn. But additional, unnecessary plot lines stuff an overlong book, and paper-thin, unbelievable secondary characters slow the pace (learning of Sally's death, Debra panics that now her mother's nails won't look as nice as her future mother-in-law's). But fans of Marian Keyes will savor this satisfying testament to the power of friendship and romance to soften life's blows and bolster its joys.
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"A compulsive read."
-- Woman's Weekly

"Warm and delightful."
-- New Woman

"Compassionate and compelling."
-- Irish Independent

"A warm and cozy comfort read with a timely message gently delivered: Never take happiness for granted. Cathy Kelly has a very tender heart."
-- New York Times bestselling author Pat Gaffney
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Downtown Press (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743490258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743490252
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gigilicious on November 3, 2005
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Cathy Kelly is known for writing about engaging women characters and following them through the various trials of their lives. She does it again with this book. Her style and choice of topics reminds me very much of the bestselling Irish author Maeve Binchy.

Best of Friends follows four women of different ages as they struggle with families, careers, infidelities, and even death in their small town in Ireland. Cathy Kelly's descriptive storyteling makes you feel that you know each of these women personally. I was attracted to some characters more than others but by the end of the book I cared about them all. She is especially adept at moving from one character to another without ever creating confusion or disjointedness.

If you want a nice leisurely read with a satisying ending then this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Serena on February 5, 2007
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Not a "page turner", but the kind of book you want to read when you burrow into your cabbage-rose upholstered armchair that has the lace doiles on the arms and at the back. I'm a sucker for Irish friendship books which is what this one is. Yes, a bit like Maeve Binchy or maybe like Isabelle Wolff or Marian Keyes after their main characters have grown-up.

You have sweet, naive Lizzie who is stunned when her husband leaves her. Her spoiled rotten daughter demands an expensive wedding that Lizzie can't afford. There's Abby who sort of accidentally fell into hosting a hit TV show, but gets a new boss who decides young stars are better. Abby's 15 year old daughter and her husband aren't as happy with her success and high income as she is. Then, there's Erin who ran away from Ireland when she was 18 because she discovered that her parents who raised her were her grandparents. And then, there's wonderful and wise Sally who owns a beauty salon, has outstanding parties and discovers she has advanced breast cancer.

You get more than your money's worth with this delightful long book. (With this book long is good!)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E Anderson on December 26, 2006
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This book goes from happy to sad and back again, it's a little bit emotionally draining. It begins through the eyes of four very different women. Abby, a national TV celebrity; Erin, a young married woman with a troubled past just moving back to Ireland; Lizzie, a divorcé trying to help pay for her daughter's elaborate wedding; and the woman who brought them all together, Sally, a happily married mother of two young boys who recently found out she has a very developed form of breast cancer.

After Sally's death, the three other women attempt to see the positive in their own lives and bond together to pay tribute to their friend.
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By mrsgillies on February 24, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Best of Friends is about three different women: Lizzie, Abby and Erin and how through shared grief they come together to help each other through and change their lives for the better.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and had a few different story lines that were all intertwined so your interest was constant throughout.

The characters were enjoyable and realistic. I really enjoyed how they all grew throughout the book however I was disappointed and slightly frustrated that Lizzie was unable to stand up to her daughter and everyone else had to for her.

The book was a decent length however I don’t feel it dragged at all. I was sad when it ended because I wanted it to keep going!

There was some slight sexual content however it was on the line for me.

I would like to mention that I feel that the blurb misleads you slightly about the friendship between the women. They aren’t as close as the blurb seems to make out. Plus is the fourth woman the daughter? I was slightly confused.

I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it to those who like chick lit. It wasn’t exactly a lighthearted read however it wasn’t super depressing – it just had some themes where you might need a tissue box handy :)
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By L Murphy on September 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
To be honest I couldnt get into this one at all. . it was a struggle to finish which is unusual for me when it comes to Cathy Kelly Books.

I mean the death of one of the character (wont say who) is spoken about throughout the whole novel, even though the characters didn't even seem to know her that well. The novel goes on like each of the characters have lost a family member. To make matters worse, the reader doesn't get a chance to get to know her either.

Also, in some cases Cathy Kelly uses a lot of America language, which is grand, except she's Irish! Things like gas bill, 80 *F etc. Why? I know its a small thing.

Anyways it wont stop me from reading Cathy Kelly books, usually her books are great, this one just didn't appeal to me. If you haven't read a Cathy Kelly book before, id start with something else.
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This was certainly an engaging story of a group of women thrown together by geography and other circumstances. The story focuses on the individual women's stories and struggles, yet all of their lives are intertwined throughout the book. I was drawn in almost immediately and stayed interested throughout. This is great "chick lit", but I would say has more depth than much of traditional "chit lit". An overall great read.
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