The Year that Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly started rather promising. Three women celebrate birthday on the same day.
It’s Ginger thirtieth when she is a bridesmaid on her best friend’s wedding. Fitted into an ugly dress she overhears her friend speaking of her very pejoratively. Devastated she runs home and decides to give up on her social life, as she only seems to be successful at her work.
On the same day Sam turns forty when her waters break. She has been trying for so long to have a child and now that it has arrived she is terrified that she isn’t going to be a good mother.
Callie is having a fiftieth birthday party, one that she didn’t want but her husband insisted on throwing. Surrounded by people she doesn’t much care for, some actual strangers she waits for the evening to end. But before it does the Gards arrive looking for her husband. He is nowhere to be found and wanted for fraud. With all their assets frozen she packs the essentials and along with her daughter runs to seek shelter, away from the curious questions of the press.
The idea of all three women sharing a birthday was a nice touch. The three plots were interesting to begin with. However I didn’t much enjoy how they story lines progressed, and was rather disappointed towards the end. Ginger story plot turned out to be rather naive and more suitable for an adolescent audience and someone that has just turned twenty, rather than thirty. Sam’s problems were easily cured at the end. Callie’s life, despite the trauma, turned out for the better. Perhaps not financially but but on all other levels. And to make matters even more fairy tale like, all three women met at the end and became good friends.
I will grant 3 coffee cups, bowls of ice cream or chocolate bars as it was an easy and pleasant read, just not very high flying.
Coffee cups, bowls of ice cream or chocolate bars rating:
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time