Cathy Kelly Books In Order

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Woman To Woman (1997)
  2. Never Too Late (1999)
  3. She’s the One (1999)
  4. Someone Like You (2000)
  5. What She Wants (2001)
  6. Just Between Us (2002)
  7. Best of Friends (2003)
  8. Always and Forever (2004)
  9. Past Secrets (2006)
  10. Lessons in Heartbreak (2008)
  11. Once In a Lifetime (2009)
  12. Homecoming (2010)
  13. The House on Willow Street (2012)
  14. The Honey Queen (2013)
  15. It Started with Paris (2014)
  16. Between Sisters (2015)
  17. The Year that Changed Everything (2018)
  18. Secrets of a Happy Marriage (2018)
  19. A Woman’s Heart (2020)
  20. The Family Gift (2021)
  21. Other Women (2021)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. Letter from Chicago (2002)
  2. The Perfect Holiday (2010)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. Christmas Magic (2011)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Irish Girls About Town (1995)
  2. The Sunday Night Book Club (2006)
  3. Over the Moon (2009)

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Cathy Kelly Books Overview

Someone Like You

Bestselling author Cathy Kelly makes her eagerly awaited U.S. debut with a novel that speaks to the hopes, dreams, and desires of women everywhere. Leonie, Emma, and Hannah are three women at a critical turning point in their lives waiting for the final puzzle piece to fall into place, that one elusive thing that will leave them fulfilled. They meet on a holiday in Egypt and find themselves changing in completely unexpected ways. For Leonie, a forty something divorced mother of three, taking a vacation she can’t really afford could be her last chance to find true love. For Emma, newly married, it means escaping the yoke of her domineering parents. But Hannah, an indepen dent career woman involved with a younger lover, doesn’t believe love can buy happiness. Meeting once a month despite the distance between their homes, the bond among these new friends deepens and we come to love Leonie, Emma, and Hannah as old friends. As each woman builds a life a love, a family, a career she learns there is worth and support for each dream, and with friends like these life blossoms in rich and often surprising ways. Someone Like You is a celebration of all life has to offer, and firmly establishes Cathy Kelly as a compelling and captivating new voice in contemporary women’s fiction.

What She Wants

Hope Parker is married to gorgeous Matt, has two enchanting toddlers even if little Millie wants to run the family, and a successful job. But childhood insecurities keep Hope worrying that she’s not good enough. When Matt suddenly decides to take a sabbatical from his high paying ad agency and move the family to a tiny cottage in County Kerry, she agrees despite crushing doubts. Strangely, though, it is Matt who flounders in Ireland: The book he’s always wanted to write is depressingly wooden, and the writer’s life is not all he’s dreamed of. Hope, on the other hand, is flourishing in the village of Redlion, falling in with a wonderful pair of Irish women: town pharmacist Mary Kate and her niece, Delphine, who take Hope and another newcomer, the widowed Virginia Connell, under their wings.

But with Matt growing coldly distant, and her older sister, single career woman Sam, who has always been there by phone and email, having crises of her own, Hope is starting to think she’s the only one in the family who’s keeping a straight head. Then Christy De Lacy, the hunk who runs the local posh hotel, tries to sweep her off her feet. Hope has spent her life trying to please others. Now she needs to ask What She Wants for herself…

Just Between Us

From international bestselling author Cathy Kelly, a heartwarming story of three sisters who are about to discover that even within a close knit Irish family looks can be deceiving.

Look at them go!

In the Irish Country town of Kinvarra, the Miller girls are generally perceived to have it all. Single mother and brilliant attorney Stella looks like a Renaissance Madonna and is about to get a second chance at love. TV soap opera writer Tara has just married the love of her life the charming Finn after a whirlwind six month romance. And shy, beautiful Holly is living an enviable bohemian life, with artistic friends and a beautiful apartment where her creative talents find an outlet. Have there ever lived three more fabulous sisters?

Now look more closely.

The Miller girls’ mother, Rose calm, elegant, and unchanging is about to celebrate her fortieth wedding anniversary. But as plans for the party of the decade take shape, it’s revealed that nothing in the lives of Rose and her daughters is as it seems. And as the secret heartaches the four women have kept hidden from each other begin to emerge, they’re set to discover whether they’re strong enough to handle the truth and whether greater happiness awaits them still.

Best of Friends

You can have it all!

Abby Barton’s TV career is taking off and now she and her husband can have the life they’ve always dreamed of in a lovely Irish town at least, in theory! But when your husband takes you for granted and your teenage daughter hates you, an adoring old flame can spell danger to your seemingly perfect life. Fortunately, Abby has her friends to keep her sane. For starters, her best friend, Sally, owns a beauty salon, and Sally and her husband throw fantastic parties, where there are still more friends to be made.

Just be sure to share.

Sally’s friend Lizzie makes time for everybody: her gal pals, her grown children, even her ex husband. But when her ex finds someone new, Lizzie can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever love again. The women are all thrilled to meet Erin, who has moved home to Ireland from Chicago for her husband’s new job. But is she cut out for small town life, and what of the family she left behind years ago? Together and on their own, these four women are about to face highs and lows they never anticipated. Only from each other can they learn that life is for the living and that they need to grab it with both hands…

Always and Forever

When the going gets tough…
In the Irish town of Carrickwell, with its lush, endlessly rolling hills and authentic country tranquility, three women’s lives are anything but calm. There’s Mel, a compulsively ambitious mother/publicity manager at a high powered PR firm living proof that balancing motherhood and a full time job is no walk in the park. The hot headed, indomitable Cleo, just out of college with a degree in hotel management, would like nothing better than to modernize and revive her family’s dwindling hotel but faces a constant battle with her old fashioned parents. And finally, there’s the stylish, sweet tempered Daisy, a self consciously curvy fashion buyer for an upscale clothing boutique, who has been struggling and longing to have a baby with her absolutely perfect boyfriend. Although unconnected, these three women have one thing in common: they all need a break from their stressful lives…
. these tough gals hit the nearest spa! So each one sets out for a little R & R at the new Clouds Hill spa, built by an American woman with her own secret turmoil. It is there that Mel, Cleo, and Daisy meet their worlds and troubles colliding forming an intimate bond that helps them to realize what matters most in life, Always and Forever.

Past Secrets

They all hide secrets that won’t go away…

From the outside, the welcoming, garden adorned houses of Summer Street are the picture of Irish charm. But on the inside, unexpected and heartbreaking secrets swirl. At house number thirty two, hardworking, single mother Faye Reid conceals the truth about her marriage from her fiery daughter, Amber. But Amber, a budding artist, also hides something from her all too trusting mother: a relationship with a rock star hopeful for whom she plans to throw away her future. And at number forty eight, Maggie Maguire arrives at her childhood home to help her sick mother, a welcomedistraction from the life she left behind and the startling secretshe’s hiding from herself.

And only become harder to keep…

At thirty four Summer Street, wise and kind Christie Devlin has the remarkable ability to see into the lives and hearts of others and may have the answers when her neighbors’ carefully hidden secrets bubble to the surface. But when Christie’s own past comes back to haunt her posing a threat to her picture perfect marriage this time the answers aren’t as clear.

Lessons in Heartbreak

You can take the girl out of Ireland…

Izzie Silver a warmhearted Irishwoman with a mane of chestnut hair and a zest for life is a New York success story, a highly successful booking agent at a top notch modeling agency. But while she dreams of starting an agency for plus sized models, at heart she’s still the convent schoolgirl from the exquisite Irish coastal town of Tamarin. Which is why falling in love with a married man is something Izzie couldn’t possibly imagine herself doing until it happens. And it’s something she feels she could never tell her beloved family.

but you ‘ll never take Ireland out of the girl.

Meanwhile, back in Tamarin, there’s heartache, too. Izzie’s aunt Anneliese is trying to hide her pain at her husband’s betrayal of their marriage. And Lily family matriarch and still feisty despite being nearly ninety is taken ill. In her hospital bed, she reveals a tantalizing hint of a secret she has kept for decades, from her time as a 1930s servant girl at the local big house, before she ran off to London during World War Two to train as a nurse. Will the family be torn apart by the secrets they can’t reveal…
or will they have the courage to share their heartbreak and their joy?

Once In a Lifetime

Every woman needs her Cathy Kelly time…
Kenny’s Department Store, with its handsome Edwardian facade and unique cherry picked goods, is the jewel in the Irish town of Ardagh’s crown. Star Bluestone sells her beautifully crafted tapestries at Kenny’s. Made with natural dyes, they embody her mother earth spirit and creative vision. She has a special reason for caring about Kenny’s beyond her sales. Meanwhile for Ingrid Fitzgerald, hotshot political interviewer and wife of David Kenny, the store is the ‘other woman’ in her marriage. With her children leaving home and her career blossoming, she is worried by the toll the store is taking on her husband. Charlie Fallon, one of David’s staff, is one of the first to hear the rumour that Kenny’s is facing with a takeover bid. As the threat of closure looms and with an owner who doesn’t seem his usual self what does the future hold for the women who are bound together by its fortunes?


From 1 international bestselling author Cathy Kelly comes a witty, warmhearted novel about friendship, forgiveness, and second chances…
. Sometimes the only way forward…
They say you can t go home again, and truth be told, Eleanor Levine never planned to. Yet here she is, back in Ireland after a lifetime in New York, moving her treasured possessions including her mother’s handwritten book of recipes for living into a cozy Dublin apartment. With its picturesque Georgian villas, redbrick houses, and central garden, the Golden Square is just large enough for anonymity. At least, that s what actress Megan Bouchier hopes, when a tabloid scandal sends her fleeing the paparazzi, back to the place she felt safest as a child…
. is the road that takes you home. Rae, manager of the local caf , has noticed the lovely, sad eyed girl. There s little Rae doesn t notice, and every customer feels nourished by her food and her kindness, yet Rae s own secret remains hidden. Connie O Callaghan with her fortieth birthday looming has a secure teaching job, an abundance of blessings…
and a deep seated loneliness only her new neighbor Eleanor understands. And as the lives of the four women intertwine, each in her own way is learning about love, letting go and that finding your way can lead to the last place you expected.

Letter from Chicago

An original short fiction by a popular writer of novels for young women Witty novella from a seasoned storyteller on competition between sisters. Elsie and Maisie live on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Regular letter writers, they tend to boast about their respective families. Over time, the gulf between fact and fiction grows immense, until a letter arrives from Chicago saying that Maisie’s granddaughter is coming to stay with her Irish family. With no fancy house and little in the way of luxury, Elsies working class family sets to work on inventive interior design. and the truth.

Irish Girls About Town

Ah go on…
tell us. New York Times bestselling authors Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes top an impressive roster of the Emerald Isle’s most popular women writers and prove that when it comes to spinning a good yarn, the Irish are the best in the business. Showcasing dazzling wit and remarkable insight in short stories that run the gamut from provocative to poignant, these Irish women will tug at your heartstrings and have you crying with laughter in no time. She did what?! In Maeve Binchy’s ‘Carissima,’ a longtime ex pat and free spirit returns to Ireland from Sicily and shakes things up for her family, who finds her life utterly scandalous. In ‘Soulmates,’ by Marian Keyes, one woman’s relationship is so bleedin’ perfect in every way that it’s driving her friends up the wall. In Cathy Kelly’s ‘Thelma, Louise and the Lurve Gods,’ two women on a madcap, Stateside road trip have completely opposite reactions to a pair of insanely good looking men. In these stories, and throughout this fabulous collection, Ireland’s finest women authors celebrate the joys and perils of love, the adventure and constancy of female friendships, and their own irresistible brand of Irish charm.

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