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What She Wants [Kindle Edition]

Cathy Kelly
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ireland’s #1 bestselling author Cathy Kelly weaves a heartwarming tale about a group of friends who discover that when life gets comfortable, unexpected surprises are just around the corner.


Do you know what you’ll be doing next year? Three friends—Hope, Sam, and Virginia—all thought they did. Hope would still be slogging it out as a working mom, snatching quality time with husband Marc and her two small children. Her sister Sam was going to be the acclaimed boss of a record label, turning heads as the toughest, most brilliant music mogul around. Virginia would be planning her dream retirement home with her beloved husband Bill and doting on their little granddaughter. But destiny had other plans for them.

Suddenly everything drastically changes for each of the three women, and they have to look deep within themselves to find out what they really want from life. And in surviving the turmoil ahead, they will discover that a loving family and good friends make all the difference....


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Irish writer Kelly (Someone Like You) knows exactly what women want in their contemporary romances-to escape into a world populated by believable characters in search of more satisfying lives sprinkled with romance. Her latest, rich with the emerald allure of the lush Irish landscape and tart with Kelly's sexy, bracing humor, follows four diverse women linked to the charming Kerry town of Redlion. Hope Parker, 37 ("Mrs. Tracksuit Bottom"), is the mother of two, wife of Matt, who is an ad exec/closet novelist and heir of his uncle's Curlew Cottage in Redlion. Hope fears she will lose her handsome husband-("The seven year itch wasn't just an itch; it was a damn outbreak of eczema")-and quickly agrees to accompany him for a year's writing sabbatical during which her marriage is surprisingly challenged by her attraction to another man. Hope's sister, Samantha (Sam) Smith, "teetering on the abyss of 40," is a hip London music mogul, rattled by a doctor's diagnosis and a raging discontent that can be dealt with only when she finally admits what she needs. Virginia Connell, 58, a grieving widow from Dublin, moves to Redlion, takes up golf and finds that there is life after loss. Discontented Irish/Indian Nicole Turner, 23, loves karaoke but dreams of singing professionally. After she's discovered by one of Sam's A & R people, Nicole learns that fame and fortune pale in comparison to her need for independence and love. Surrounding these women are many thoroughly developed supporting characters and sufficient side plots to fuel a sequel. Romance fans should rejoice in this chatty, comfortable story, as warm and satisfying as Irish oatmeal.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Ah, the age-old question: What do women want? Though men may be clueless, women are supposed to know. Yet in the case of Kelly's heroines, four very different women struggling to cope with strikingly similar challenges, the answers are not always obvious nor easily found. There's terminally timid Hope, whose ingrained insecurities cause her to sublimate her own needs in favor of those of her self-centered husband and demanding children. On the other hand, her resolutely self-reliant sister, Sam, a record-industry executive, sublimates her personal happiness for the sake of her career. Recently widowed, Virginia tries to honor her husband's memory as she forges a new life for herself, just as rising young pop star Nicole falls head-over-heels in first love while trying to keep her career-feet firmly planted on the ground. Set in the contrasting venues of a quintessentially quaint Irish village and vibrant, urban London, Kelly's lengthy novel of personal growth and discovery empathically communicates highly charged yet recognizable emotional issues through resilient and realistically drawn characters. Carol Haggas
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 738 KB
  • Print Length: 593 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416564608
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002E58OM0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape to the World of Happy Endings July 26, 2003
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Cathy Kelly is a most enjoyable author to read. Her contemporary stories feature likeable women facing problems we can easily relate to, and the characters grow with a lot of self-motivation and help from dear friends. WHAT SHE WANTS follows this pattern beautifully as readers meet Hope, Sam, Virginia, and Nicole and are intimately drawn into their lives.
Hope is a young mother with two small children and a handsome husband she never feels worthy of. Hope lacks the courage of her convictions and meekly adjusts her life to whatever Matt decides, even when it comes to uprooting her family, quitting her job, and moving to a strange town where she knows no one so that Matt can "find himself" and become the author he has always dreamed of being.
Her single sister Sam is a career-driven executive at a major record company in London. She has an impressive resume, money in the bank, a designer wardrobe, but lots of fears as her fortieth birthday arrives.
Virginia is a widow with three grown sons. The unexpected death of her husband Bill leaves her alone and depressed. She struggles with finding the strength to face each day and becomes a virtual recluse until a chance meeting sets a new life in motion for her.
Nicole is young, beautiful, and talented. When a colleague of Sam's discovers Nicole at a karaoke bar, the possibilities of fame and fortune open up for her. But does she have the ability to leave her mother, grandmother, and little sister behind?
You will enjoy spending time with these four plucky women and the friends and lovers who enter their lives. Follow them as they each confront a personal crisis and find fulfillment in unexpected ways.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Feel-Good Book July 18, 2003
Format:Hardcover
Open Cathy Kelly's newest novel and you enter a world full of characters you would like living in your neighborhood. They instantly warm the atmosphere around you with fresh cooking aromas, English gardens and pets so adorable you'll ache to cuddle them. Curling up with WHAT SHE WANTS is an ideal way to pass the lazy days of summer. It's a great feel-good book.
Hope Parker has a gorgeous husband, Matt, and two children whom she yearns to spend more time with. But when Matt unilaterally makes the decision to uproot his family and transplant them to Redlion in County Kerry, Hope balks at the idea. He argues that he needs the freedom and atmosphere to write the great novel that is bottled up inside him. Always compliant, Hope bites her lip, smiles and agrees. Writer's block isn't the only problem that faces the couple in Ireland.
Hope's sister Sam lives the life of the high-powered businesswoman in London, pushing herself through a daily grind that constantly assaults her physical and mental well-being. It takes a medical scare and a trip to Redlion to make her step back and see herself as those around her do. A surprising change comes into her attitude and, ultimately, her life. What had at first seemed a pesky new neighbor blossoms into an enchanting new male friend. Their verbal sparring lessens, but there are still rocky roads to travel.
Meanwhile, Nicole --- young, beautiful and talented --- has hopes of becoming the newest pop star. Darius, Sam's business colleague, discovers Nicole at a karaoke bar one night and falls hopelessly in love with her and her husky voice. Nicole, feeling her usual responsibility for her mum and little sis, wrestles with her conscience over her newfound love and freedom. She wants to share any success with all of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version missing an entire plot line! August 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have owned this book in paperback form for years, and I love it. I was excited to get it in Kindle version. However, it's missing Nicole's entire story! She's even listed in the Kindle book description- how can you just cut her out? In addition to leaving out one of the 4 main characters outlined in the book description, it leaves out minor items, like when Hope buys her chickens, and when she discovers the cottage yard has rats. They are a small part of the story, but they still added to it. If this is how they translate Cathy Kelly's books to Kindle, I will NOT buy any more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comfy Pleasure October 23, 2007
By Serena
Format:Paperback
You know her books are going to have happy endings which is the kind of book I want sometimes. This book, which I think is the best Cathy Kelly book I've read, is full of interesting people who are all connected or become connected in some way. It made me want to move to the town of Redlion in Ireland which is where much of the action takes place.

Cathy Kellys' books aren't literary triumphs--they're sort of middled-aged chick-lit. However, they are entetainment triumphs. I don't think many writers can keep readers interested for over 700 pages like Ms. Kelly can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT CONTEMPORARY WOMAN'S BOOK July 4, 2007
By Suzi
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have become a big fan of Cathy Kelly's books and have read six of them and enjoyed them all. Her ability to bond women of all ages (from a young aspiring singer, a single businesswoman, a married mother of two, and a widowed woman) all meeting in a small town in Ireland, sharing modern situations that probably everyone can relate to, either in their own life or someone they know. Cathy Kelly can show you that women can make changes in their lives, especially with a good support team!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
Cathy Kelly weaves her magic and invites the reader into the characters' lives. A lovely romantic story with a feelgood ending.
Published 4 months ago by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars It had a great and somewhat unexpected ending for all
Entertaining tale of 4 very different women, and how they evolved during the story. It had a great and somewhat unexpected ending for all.
Published 6 months ago by Kitchen Chikky
2.0 out of 5 stars This is an abridged version of the book!
I bought the kindle version of this book to replace my paperback. One character and her entire story have been removed from this version! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Regina M Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
she gets better and better
Published 7 months ago by Mary Farries
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Easy reading with likable characters. Shes one of my favorite authors. A really nice heartwarming story.
Published 10 months ago by cilla de vogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A terrific story !! Very well written and easy to read. Each chapter made me want to read on and on. I was sorry to have it end. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ELLEN ARSENEAULT
5.0 out of 5 stars What she wants
Cathy Kelly's writing is so easy to follow. Her books are good light reading, and you feel like her characters are your friends.
Published 20 months ago by Norvi Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars What she wants
A heartwarming story,and the characters were really true to life. I found this book could not be put down. Read more
Published 21 months ago by shey
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed.
Happy to discover this author. Like when books draw you in. I love Maeve Binchy books and CK is along those lines.
Published 22 months ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars What she wants
I loved it and wished it was twice as long. A real human story and a good read when you dont want to do anything but enjoy it. Totally stress free
Published on March 4, 2013 by Gale Philip
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