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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Downtown Press (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743490266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743490269
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Miller sisters are close despite their differences. Stella, the oldest, is a single mother discovering love again with a divorced client. Tara is a successful scriptwriter adapting to life as a newlywed. Holly, the youngest, struggles to overcome her shyness at work and around men. Their whole familial framework is shaken when their devoted mother, Rose, reveals on her fortieth anniversary that she's fed up with her husband's philandering and is leaving him. Kelly interleaves the heartbreaks and triumphs of the four Miller women, effortlessly capturing the challenges women face at different stages of life. Readers will find it easy to relate to the engaging, realistic characters. Though the novel treads on some heavy territory--including divorce, adultery, depression, and alcoholism--it never becomes overwrought, and the happy endings don't seem tacked on. Kelly offers a refreshing, honest approach to romance that readers will appreciate. Aleksandra Kostovski
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"It's easy to see why Kelly is such a success.... She has a gift for revealing the humor in life's most challenging moments."

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If you enjoy reading Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, you will enjoy this book.
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Witty dialogue is just stupid, characters are sterotypes or underdeveloped or uninteresting and the book is way too long.
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Afterall, a true friend is one who knows all your faults, your deepest/darkest secrets and still loves you for you.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you enjoy reading Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, you will enjoy this book. Unlike Pilcher and Binchy's books, this story is set in present day Ireland. In the Irish country town of Kinvarra, Rose and Hugh are preparing to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. We meet their children, Stella, single mother, Tara, newly married and Holly, youngest of the three daughters. We also meet a number of other people, both "straight laced" and very modern. Characters in this book are enjoyable and most important believable. The plot flows smoothly. I am looking forward to reading more books by Cathy Kelly.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E Anderson on March 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love this book! All of Cathy Kelly's books give the point of view of a few different people and it keeps you so interested. The main characters this time were that of a well known family in a small town. Rose, the matriarch is just approaching her 40th wedding anniversary and has kept the fact that her husband unfaithful to herself for almost all of the 40 years. Her oldest daughter, Stella, is raising her young daughter on her own and is just falling in love for the first time since the birth of her daughter. Rose's middle daughter, Tara, is blissfully newly married, or so she thought. Tara is struggling through her whirlwind marriage and learning her husband has a few secrets of his own. And Rose's poor youngest daughter, Holly, has a lack of self confidence all stemming from Rose's own problems when Holly was a baby.

It's such a good book that takes you into the minds of each of the woman and they gain control of their lives.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on November 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Cathy Kelly is someone I had never read before, and I'm anxious to see what else she has written. She started with a funny and self-deprecating dedication to all the people who kept her going and helped her to keep on track in finishing the book, and you would never know it, because it held my complete interest for well over 400 pages.

The story of a modern Irish family of three grown women and their parents, Just Between Us is as contemporary as it is heartwarming. Rose and Hugh Miller are about to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Rose is still lovely and a pillar of her circle: charity work, gracious parties, committee attendance, and all the rest. Affable Hugh, well-off and from an old monied family, is equally charming. But is something wrong beneath the surface?

Daughter Stella is divorced with one winsome daughter, Amelia. A successful attorney, Stella shuns all men, preferring to give her daughter a stable life instead. But Stella is young and beautiful--can this last? Middle daughter Tara is a writer on one of Ireland's most successful soap operas. She is madly in love with her husband Finn, whom she married after only 6 months of courtship. Now, she is learning things about Finn that could tear them apart. Youngest daughter Holly sees herself as fat and unattractive, not realizing her beauty and appeal. A sweet, funny and smart woman, she lives in a flat with two fun friends (funky designer and gay fashionista) right across the hall. They cook, hang out, and confide. Until a handsome male stranger moves into the flat one floor above...

Told with compassion, humor and a bit of sass, Just Between Us is a great book to read on a weekend day when it's too cold outside to rake the leaves. Yes, it has a happy ending, and no, I won't apologize for loving the heck out of it.

Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Set in present day Ireland, Just Between Us weaves a tale of three sisters and their loving parents. As the story opens, the family seems to have it all: the parents are celebrating 40 years together, eldest daughter Stella is successfully raising her daughter while practicing law, middle daughter Tara is a script writer who has married the man of her dreams, and youngest daughter Holly has taken a job in a department store that promises her a bright future. But is this what is really going on? Kelly masterfully peels back the layers until we see beneath the careful facades and can get to know each of these characters on different levels.

Evocative of Rosamund Pilcher, Kelly writes a strong family drama that entertains and engages. I became entangled with these characters; I could feel the torn feelings of the parents as they faced life-altering decisions, as well as feeling gripped by the traumas each of the girls encountered. If at times the author could have used a better editor to keep the story more focused, overall this book is very well written and pulls you in easily and fully. Not normally the type of book I read, I found myself wondering about the characters' lives during free moments and I am sure I will continue to wonder how their lives have gone now that I've closed the last page. I certainly will seek out more by this author. Recommended reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leah Marie Brown, Author VINE VOICE on November 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Cathy Kelly's novel, Just Between Us, is as warm and satisfying as a bowl of Irish Oats. Set in the Emerald Isle, Just Between Us tells the story of three sisters. Stella, the oldest, is a hard-working, lonely single mother. Although she adores her daughter and enjoys being a mother, she yearns for something more. She does not realize it, but she is looking for love. Her feelings of longing, lonliness, and hopefulness are feelings we can all identify with...and that's the brilliance of Kelly's novel. Each sister experiences feelings and challenges that the average reader can identify with. Tara, the middle sister, is newly married and still caught up in the whirlwind of her romance. So caught up, in fact, that she does not see her new husband for what he is: a sad, conflicted soul who indulges in destructive activities to cope with his pain. Holly, the youngest sister, is a twenty-something with a whole trunkload of baggage. She is swan who is gliding along, believing she is the ugliest duckling in the pond. These feelings of inadequacy keep her (for a time) from reaching her potential, from succeeding professionally and personally.

But, like a bowl of Irish Oats, this hearty tale ends deliciously and satisfyingly. The sisters find peace and happiness in their lives and learn that familial love is the strongest bond of all.
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