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Kelly's ninth novel, a cross-generational contemporary romance set in Ireland, is packed with high drama and the emotion to match. At 60, Christie Devlin and her peaceful home and garden are the heart of Dublin's picturesque Summer Street. But when a surprising nook of art teacher Christie's past is unearthed, the 30 fulfilling years Christie has spent with her husband, James, and their family threaten to unravel. Her neighbors, meanwhile, have their own crises to attend to: single mom Faye Reid is horrified when her daughter, Amber, drops out of college to travel with her musician boyfriend, prompting Faye to follow her to try to prevent her from making the same mistake Faye made in her youth. Wounded by an awkward adolescence and a cheating boyfriend, 30-year-old Maggie Maguire wishes she could stop letting her past hold her back from self-acceptance as she returns home to care for her ailing mother. If Kelly's sins are too many peripheral characters, an uneasy transition into Amber's teenage voice and meandering passages that could have been edited out, then they are easily forgiven. Kelly's evocation of mother-daughter relationships shines, and her handle on romance storytelling combined with her characters' feel-good, empowering evolutions make this a satisfying novel. (Jan.)
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Praise for Cathy Kelly: 'A tear-pricking writer, capable of making you care about her characters! a warm, moving read.' Daily Mail 'Bursting with emotion, heartache and dreams! realistic and likeable characters that meet life-changing events head on.' Ireland on Sunday 'Totally believable.' Rosamund Pilcher 'An absorbing, heart-warming tale.' Company 'Her skill at dealing with the complexities of modern life, marriage and families is put to good effect as she teases out the secrets of her characters.' Choice --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 489 pages
  • Publisher: Downtown Press (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416531599
  • ASIN: B001P5HD54
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,758,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chic VINE VOICE on September 8, 2008
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I have read numerous Cathy Kelly novels, and this does not disappoint in following her typical recipe. That does not make it any less good or worth reading, but it is starting to indicate to me that it may be time for a change. All of her books center around a group of women with different issues (in Past Secrets everyone has some sort of secret) that are somehow either strongly connected at the beginning or will be by the end. This was an entertaining book, with good characters that were all more or less likeable, even if you wanted to kick some of them for their stupidity at times. It was, however, very predictable. I do want to stress that in spite of its predictability, it is still good book, and fun to read. It isn't Kelly's best effort in my opinion, but if you know what you are getting into, you will not be disappointed - it is a solid story.
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I love Cathy Kelly's books and I was so excited to see a new one. The four main characters all had something to hide from the ones they loved and had to overcome them in order to be happy and move on. As the story unfolds you learn of each secret and how it affects the lives of the four women. Although, none of the secrets are anything as horrible as you're led to believe. It's a really cute summer book with interesting characters and a good storyline. I can't wait for more!
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Such a heart warming story! I just love the way Cathy Kelly gets all the different personalities in her story and then how it all works out in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it touch all different emotions in me.
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This is a very nice read......easy to follow and charmingly interwoven individual stories.of Irish folk....I'm enjoying this very much... Irish background so appealing ...I'm thrilled that I discovered Cathy Kelly books and will buy more !
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This book was the first book I read of Cathy Kelly's. It was cute and a very easy read. I thought that the book flowed very well and each character came full circle. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes easy reads.
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By Daphoz on December 27, 2011
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It took some time to get into the story, but once I was in, boy was I in! The characters were all so full of life, they could be real people living down your street. Everything blended well together although some things dragged on a little too long for my taste. Over all, I liked the book a lot. I'd never read a Cathy Kelly before and will definitely look for other books from her.
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This was my first Cathy Kelly book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters had depth, their problems and the ways they worked through their problems and life situations were very interesting. I found the setting, Ireland, to be intriguing. But I would have enjoyed more detail about Ireland. Living there has to be vastly different from living in the United States, but nothing indicated that fact. Living in Los Angeles, I can say that the part of Amber coming to Los Angeles was very credible. The author has either been to L.A. or picked someone's brain who has lived here. I did notice that everyone resolved their secrets and problems tidily, but I found that satisfying. Who wants to read a book with a bad ending? I don't! I purchased several other books of Cathy Kelly's at the same time I got Past Secrets and am looking forward to reading them.
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The characters in this story were all so likable, it made the story that bit better to read.

Each of the main characters has been keeping secrets that could change their lives. All women have secrets that are quite surprising giving their personalities. Christie, a kind women, who seems to have it all has been holding onto her secret for the past 25 years. Beautiful Maggie has her own surprising secret that really hits a nerve with readers has been holding on to it for over a decade and Faye who has spent 18 years lying to her daughter feels that by telling her the truth now could ruin there relationship which is already falling apart.
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