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The House on Willow Street

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,584 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
Every picture-perfect village tells a story. . . .

The Irish seaside town of Avalon is a tourist’s dream of quaint shops and welcoming cafés. Avalon House, perched at the end of Willow Street, was in Tess Power’s family for generations. Now Tess ekes out a living from her antiques shop while the crumbling mansion awaits a new owner. Her marriage and business may be flound
Hardcover, 441 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Elphaba J
Aug 12, 2013 Elphaba J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4.5 estrelas)

Entre as várias, muitas, autoras que já tive o prazer de ler publicadas pela Quinta Essência, Cathy Kelly é uma das que mais estimo pela forma sensível como trata a vida através das palavras. As suas histórias, particularmente direccionadas para um público feminino, envolvem o leitor de uma forma poderosa, de tal maneira que as suas personagens se transformam em velhas amigas de quem escutamos, atentamente, receios e segredos, repletos sorrisos e lágrimas, relatos que têm tanto de
Janna Wong
Mar 09, 2013 Janna Wong rated it liked it
The author does a nice job of setting the environment. I loved the town of Avalon and getting to know the people who live there.

But...I was somewhat disappointed with the overall experience. Part of this is the author's structure. She waits so long to make her reveals that I began to lose interest in the characters. For example, I liked the story of Tess and Cashel but the author waits until near the end of the book to let us know what kept them apart all these years. After all that time apart
Nov 03, 2013 Terri rated it it was ok
Thought I enjoyed the book, but the more I got into it, the less I liked it. It is the story of 4 women, connected by a small Irish village. The setting is good, the story unfolds maybe a bit to slowly, but I found that one of the main characters that was supposed to be the upbeat, young woman who makes friends easily and wants to take care of others was just a nosy girl who pushed and pushed. One of the main story lines ended just as the book did, and while the 'secret' was hinted at and danced ...more
Isabel  Almeida (Os Livros Nossos)

Leia a crítica completa no Blog Os Livros Nossos :)

" O romance mostra-se escrito num tom que evidencia uma rara sensibilidade, o leitor entra na história como se esta desfilasse na realidade perante os seus olhos, as reviravoltas da vida, personagens realistas que podiam morar ao nosso lado, uma paisagem encantandora envolve o decurso da narrativa.

Ficamos embrenhados nas páginas, e vemos problemas reais retratados nas personagens como: a recessão económi
Mar 12, 2012 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: heart-warming
Cathy Kelly never disappoints. It did take me a few chapters to get into the swing of this one and get to know the main characters, and then I nearly died when I read a chapter that was very very familiar and I started wondering ... have I read this before?

Then I realised it was only one chapter, and that it must have appeared in "Christmas Magic" which was short stories I read at Christmas time, phew.

Then I kept reading until I was finished, literally. I didn't put it down.

If you love Cathy Kel
Jul 02, 2013 Gerda rated it liked it
I would have given this book 4 stars if it wasn't for the "revelation" at the end what all the fuss was about between Tess and Cashell. A storm in a teacup. I am a bit disappointed Ms Kelly could not come up with a better reasons why these two would not talk to each other for 19 years. Apart from that this book is just another fluffy cozy read by the fire on a cold day.
May 23, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it
I did like this book although I was a little disappointed with it. I felt that much drama was created around two of the characters and I spent the whole book trying to guess or imagine what had happened between them years ago and when I finally found out (near the end of the book)I was disappointed, feeling that the whole lead up was just too dramatic for the outcome.
Tara Cunnane Niland
Mar 30, 2012 Tara Cunnane Niland rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, as always Cathy Kelly doesn't disappoint readers. This book follows the lives of four very different women who's lives have taken different paths, they all have secrets that they want to leave in the past hidden away but they might have a lot more in common then they think!! Follow these womens journeys in an entertaining and gripping read x
Ana Luisa
Jul 28, 2013 Ana Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“A Casa de Willow Street” foi a minha estreia com esta autora e as palavras faltam-me para descrever aquilo que este livro me transmitiu.
Cathy Kelly não é uma novidade no mercado literário português, na verdade os seus livros têm sido um sucesso e esta nova obra apenas vem confirmar aquilo que já tinha lido em vários blogues literários. A autora tem um estilo de escrita muito própria das autoras contemporâneas irlandesas e por isso, ao termos conhecimento
Aug 26, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
The House On Willow Street
Cathy Kelly

My " in a nutshell" summary...

This book is about the lives of Danae, Tess, Mara, Suki, and Cashel and their connection to the town that they are living in as well as the complicated lives that they all sem to be living.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Everyone is sort of finding themselves or learning how to live with the changes that are happening within their lives. Divorce, new relationships, past marriages, starting over...all of this is happening
Carolyn Hill
Feb 06, 2013 Carolyn Hill rated it liked it
Two and a half stars, rounded up. Irish chick lit on the order of Maeve Binchy (though not up to her standards). Not a bad story, but totally predictable. The setting is Avalon, a coastal village in Ireland which sounds idyllic. The plot centers on four women: Tess and Suki, who are sisters who grew up in Avalon House, the large manor house that had been in the family for centuries; and Danae, the humble postmistress, and her lively niece Mara, who comes to stay with her. Of the four, Tess is th ...more
Apr 13, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing
I loved Homecoming by Kelly and knew I had to read more from her. I think I enjoyed The House on Willow Street even more. The plots are very similar...strong women characters, each going through a difficult time who will come together to create a wonderful story of love, friendship, determination, and strength. Add to that the setting of a delightful village in Ireland and you have a Kelly book.
The characters Kelly creates are people you know (by other names, of course), or people you want to me
Feb 12, 2013 Charlotte rated it really liked it

Once again Cathy Kelly allows the reader to immerse themselves in the charm of a quaint little Irish village while meeting unique and wonderful characters. The story takes us between four characters, Danae, Mara, Tess and Tess's sister, Sukki. They are various ages at various stages in their lives and I think all readers will find something to relate to in each character. Of course my favorite part of the book was the picture that Cathy Kelly painted of Av
Carla Geraldes
Sep 15, 2013 Carla Geraldes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: empréstimos
Mara, Tess, Suki e Danae. 4 mulheres sofridas, todas elas com segredos no passado. Em comum têm as suas raízes a Avalon.
Tess e Suki, irmãs a viverem em continentes diferentes separaram-se porque Suki sempre se sentiu mal em Avalon e saiu de lá ara procurar o sucesso. O que aconteceu, mas que tambem a deixou pelas ruas da amargura. Tendo tido tudo, tendo sido casada com um "ricaço" perdeu tudo no divorcio. Agra vê-se a braços com uma situação que ameaça destruir-lhe a vida por completo.
Tess, dep
Debbie Shoulders
Jul 05, 2014 Debbie Shoulders rated it really liked it
Set in Avalon, a seaside village in Ireland, this is the story of Tess, a recently separated wife and mother who owns an antique shop, her sister Suki, a transplanted American feminist writer, Danae, a private person who is the village post mistress, and Mara, Danae's niece who has come to Avalon to get over a broken heart.

As with other Kelly books, this one highlights the ups and downs of regular people. The ending is predictable but satisfying as the the women learn from their pasts to create
Apr 12, 2012 Fiona rated it really liked it

I love this author and was delighted she published another book. I did find it slow to start and felt the four characters could have been explored in more detail, at times I found it sketchy.

Danae's secret was heartbreaking and for me Tess and her made the book. All very realistic situations which made this a believable and enjoyable read.

The downfall was the rushed ending, it felt like it had just been tagged on at the end and would loved even a further few chapters telling the eventual tale. Y
Mar 07, 2012 Maxine rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book although the ending seemed a little abrupt. Look it isn't full of twists and turns and it is predictable. If you are looking for something light that isn't a strain on your brain then pick it up. I always enjoy Cathy Kelly's books simply because they are so light. They make a nice break in between heavier, meaty books. I would prefer her to write about one or two main characters and develop them a little more rathe than the usual four protagonists. I think Kelly could do even ...more
Ingrid Fasquelle
En quelques années, Cathy Kelly, anglaise d'origine irlandaise, s'est imposée comme la digne héritière de Maeve Binchy et de Rosamunde Pilcher. Elle est aujourd'hui traduite en quinze langues. La maison de Tess est son dixième roman publié aux éditions Presses de la Cité.

Cathy Kelly y met en scène des personnages féminins de tous âges et de tous horizons dans lesquelles bon nombre de lectrices se retrouveront.

Il y a, dans le destin de ces quatre femmes que tout oppose, tellement de chaleur humai
Aug 22, 2013 Mafi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pt, emprestados, 2013

Na verdade gostei mas o que mais me aborrece é que, e volto a repetir, já li esta história nos três livros anteriores da autora. Simplesmente muda o espaço e o nome das personagens. Queria ler algo diferente, algo que me surpreendesse pois já sei à partida o que esperar, sempre que pego nos livros desta autora. E eu gosto de ser surpreendida.

Anita Johnson
Jan 23, 2013 Anita Johnson rated it it was amazing
Cathy Kelly is one of my favorite authors and I thoroughly enjoyed her latest novel. The setting is Avalon, a tiny village on the Irish coast and is about the lives of four women: Tess; her sister, Suki; Danae, and her niece, Mara. Cathy Kelly always writes about strong Irish women who conquer their fears and problems with grit and warmth. I feel good for having met these ladies and wish there were more stories like this.
May 06, 2014 Priya rated it really liked it
This was my first book of Cathy Kelly's, and it will not be the last. I am not sure why I haven't read her until now; I've had several of her books in my possession for some time. In the aftermath of losing Maeve Binchy, and seeking authors who might (possibly? hopefully? somehow? magically?) write like Binchy, my research led me to Kelly.

It has not been a let-down. I sank within the pillowy comfort of Kelly's prose, the way she writes was/is definitely similar to Binchy's, and yet retains its
Nov 10, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
A read alike for Maeve BInchy with the Irish setting and a village of interrelated character. The sisters Tess and Suki Power, who sold their ancestral home that is now owned by the old housekeeper's son and Tess' first love. And Danae, the postmistress who keeps to herself out of guilt and sorrow, and her niece Mara, who brings joy and friendship back into Danae's life.
Dale Harcombe
I won't be rating this book and it has nothing to do with the book's content or the author. It was a library book and in such dreadful condition that I felt grimy after touching it and so decided to give up. A shame and I might see if I can get hold of another copy another time. But I can't bear to read this ragged copy.
Mar 19, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
It has been a while since i've read a Cathy Kelly book - I did enjoy this book although i would put it in the 'light read' category - very good for between those heavier books. But it is full of loveable characters who you can both laugh and cry with - it's like going out with a handful of girlfriends for a good gossip!
Sep 14, 2015 Mariazita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um romance terno , feito com personagens que poderiam ser bem reais.Esta autora é das minhas preferidas pois escreve sobre a realidade e sempre com uma mensagem positiva para todos os problemas.
Tess sempre viveu em Avalon, vinda de uma antiga família , casada e com dois filhos, Tess vais ver a sua vida ser alterada depois de resolver separar-se do marido por um tempo para ambos repensarem a sua relação.Esta separação vai ditar o fim do seu casamento, o que a deixa na dúvida se realmente era assi
Mar 04, 2014 Adelheid rated it really liked it
I love Cathy Kelly books, and I read every one that comes out. The pleasing thing about The House on Willow Street was that it finally has a title that actually covers the story. Of previous books, I can never seem to remember which is which because the titles are so generic.
This book was hard to put down, however I was a bit disappointed in the ending. The whole love/ hate relationship between Cashel and Tess, hardly seems justified by its explanation. Such strong hate cannot be the result of o
May 17, 2012 Teresa rated it it was amazing
LOVED this always, Cathy Kelly pulls you into the world of her characters and makes you never want to leave. Great storylines - even though you know how it will end, she still manages some surprises along the way.
Feb 02, 2014 Hasna rated it liked it
Cathy Kelly is good storyteller obviously, I enjoyed her descriptive well-written story, but I thought She was used too many words to describe situations/emotions of her character on these books and I got quite surprised that the main character this book(on my mind) isn't Tess Power but Mara and Danae. Mara and Danae's stories are better than Tess, I thought, it has the sad and the joy, while Tess' are mainly sad story.. I got bored on the middle of the book and feel a little exhausted with the ...more
Vanessa Montês
Nov 16, 2013 Vanessa Montês rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestaram-me
Gostei :) Surpreendeu-me e bem pela positiva este livrinho e visto que nunca tinha lido nada da autora foi um bom começo ^^
Dec 18, 2013 Inês rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lido-em-2013
uma história fantástica sobre como e impossível seguir em frente sem resolver o passado
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Born in Belfast but raised in Dublin, Cathy initially worked for thirteen years as a newspaper journalist with a national Irish Sunday newspaper, where she worked in news, features, along with spending time as an agony aunt and the paper’s film critic. However, her overwhelming love was always fiction and she published her first international bestseller, Woman To Woman, in 1997. She did not become ...more
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