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Once In A Lifetime

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  1,342 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Kenny's Department Store, with its handsome Edwardian facade, ist he jewel in the town of Ardagh's crown.
TV presenter Ingrid Fitzgerald has watched her husband David pour his heart and soul into the family store. She's juggled family life and her glittering carrer admirably. Now, as their children fly the nest, Ingrid discovers a secret that will shake her world to its ver
Paperback, 469 pages
Published 2009 by Harper Collins
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The town of Ardagh in Ireland loves its local department store, Kenny’s, run by David Kenny. But things to do with the people aren’t all rosy. David’s wife Ingrid, a politics TV Presenter is juggling her family life and work life, but she soon unearths a secret that will shatter her world. Kenny’s employee Natalie is starting to question her father about her long-deceased mother, and finds out some shocking revelations that rock her. Charlie Fallon, a make-up guru at Kenny’s is in despair at her ...more
Niet mijn ding, komt erg traag op gang en pas op het einde komt er wat leven in de zaak waardoor je dingen gaat snappen. Het laatste deel was goed, de rest een beetje saai.
This has to be one of the most unfortunate titles and cover art I've seen, the picture of a carefree young woman on a swing is misleading, a lesson in "don't judge a book by its cover". It appears to be a romance, or chick-lit, but it's actually a very well written, thoughtful, satisfying work of fiction for women. Yes, there are a few young women in the story, but the majority of the book focuses on middle-aged women, women who are in (or entering) the autumn of their lives and find that it's n ...more
Tea Jovanović
I adore her, but this one is not among her best ones... :(
Louise King
By golly this book was hard work. I very nearly gave up on it on more than one occasion, however, by the time I was three quarters of the way through I figured I might as well continue. The book conceptually shows promise however it doesn't quite deliver. The book very unsatisfactorily jumps around a multitude of characters and concurrent story lines in such as way that it is difficult (almost impossible) to develop any kind of attachment, interest or empathy for all of the different characters. ...more
The town of Ardagh in Ireland loves its local department store, Kenny’s, run by David Kenny. But things to do with the people aren’t all rosy. David’s wife Ingrid, a politics TV Presenter is juggling her family life and work life, but she soon unearths a secret that will shatter her world. Kenny’s employee Natalie is starting to question her father about her long-deceased mother, and finds out some shocking revelations that rock her. Charlie Fallon, a make-up guru at Kenny’s is in despair at her ...more

Mais um livro maravilhoso e doce da autora.
Mais quatro personagens com história sofridas e interligando-se entre si.Vidas com dramas e alegrias, descritos de uma maneira suave pela autora.Os livros de Cathy Kelly transmitem-me serenidade, e este em especial, pois vem carregado com a magia da personagem Star.Por mais difícil e triste que seja os momentos da vida das pessoas que habitam na pequena Ardagh, existe sempre uma lição de vida especial, que nos faz pensar .É um romance realista, do que p
Sandra Ponte
O título e a capa são enganadores. Quem é a rapariga a baloiçar? E uma vez na vida o quê? Embora detalhes, são aspectos importantes e podem fazer a diferença.
Esta é a história de três mulheres que se vêm a braços com alguns problemas, cuja solução passa por uma quarta mulher. Assim sendo, acabamos por ter quatro histórias.
A bem da verdade, foi isso o que senti que era: quatro histórias diferentes, pois, se, de alguma forma as quatro mulheres estão interligadas, esta ligação é muito superficial
Dawn Brierley
Before reading this book, I was a 'Cathy Kelly' virgin having read none of her work ever. However, despite the slow start (and rather lengthy opening chapters) by the turn of the last page I was a full convert and scooped up her "The Honey Queen" in my local supermarket for more of Cathy's magical wordage.

I've always been a HUGE chick lit fan, and "Once in a Lifetime" was a grown up version of this which is why I have included this on the blog (and because I simply LOVED it!). Weaving life in a
Marija Andreeva
First of all, I will start and say that the book is ok, it really is. And for people who want to relax and to spend some of their free time in reading, it is a fair book. There are some beautiful quotes and the stories of the women are interesting. And in other circumstances I would have probably given it 3.5, or even 4, but then something happened.
I started reading the book and I had a familiar feeling, and after 30 pages I realized that I have read this book before, few years back, but I comp
I must admit the opening chapter did not captivate me. I could not take to Star Bluestone - her name seemed too fanciful, and she came across as an aging hippy. I was also uncertain initially about the period she was living in. And then she disappeared from the storyline for about 150 pages. In the meantime we reverted to familiar Cathy Kelly territory of weaving the lives of different women, and exploring the themes of friendship and mother/daughter relationships. In this instance, they were li ...more
Really enjoyed this book. Very readable, with well-defined realistic characters. Some lovely heart-warming people in here. Cathy Kelly is always a great author, her work can be counted on to be good. Another hit for Kelly. Love this.
Sarah Sammis
Successful woman happily married to successful man must re-examine her life after husband's untimely death. With lots and lots of mundane padding.
"Star Bluestone had talked to bees all her life." This is the opening sentence in the prologue. As I continued reading the prologue I began to wonder if I had chosen a book that I didn't like.
It was set in Ireland, which I like and a good friend from Goodreads had recommended it so I kept reading. I am glad that I did.

David Kenny owns Kenny's Department Store, which is not at all like chain stores. He and his buyers took pride in finding unique and one of a kind items that you just couldn't purc
Leanne Hunt
While the substance of this novel pleased me, I found it a disappointment overall. It wasn't what I was hoping for in terms of a satisfying Irish read. Irish women's fiction generally inspires me with its description of close-knit communities, beautiful landscapes and innovative people, yet this book seemed to gloss over all that in favour of exploring the dynamics between characters.

There is a large cast of characters in the novel. Most of them are connected through the department store owned b
Is it just me or do the women (and I quote) "roar" and "shriek" quite a lot in this book? What happened to "talking" and "shouting"?

That put aside, I found "Once in a Lifetime" to be a pleasant novel. Sure, there were a lot of characters to keep track off, and sure they all managed to recover from their "wounds" in surprisingly short time, but somehow I couldn't help but like them.

Though it was rather strange for me to read about characters who are forty and fifty something. I think Cathy Kelly
Sam Still Reading
Apr 04, 2009 Sam Still Reading rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: your nanna
I'm really not sure about this one. I've liked some Cathy Kelly books, but others I've thrown across the room for their simple, childish indulgence. This is the world where bad things happen but there's always a happy ending.

This book touches on Issues (yes, I did capitalise that on purpose)- we read about infidelity, sexual abuse and alcoholism but it's all in rather a light manner. Why skim over so many 'Issues' without tackling them in the face?

Another thing is the sex. We hear about women in
The cover and title don't tie into the storyline at all, but I do find that to be a common theme with Cathy Kelly books. Because of that I find it hard to remember which ones I've read and why they were about. It took me almost half of the book to get into the story and in my opinion just started to get good when the flashback chapters appeared. From then on, I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen. I like that the story lines were wrapped up well and the magic of Star was unusual ...more
Juliana Graham
I didn't really like this book that much - it was readable but didn't leave much of an impression and like many other reviewers on here, I found parts of it rather far fetched. I particularly disliked the 'magical' aspects such as Star being able to get flashes of other people's lives just by touching their hand, or the fact that a character's hair turned white overnight. That doesn't happen! Fair enough, in a fantasy book, a ghost story or any other book with supernatural elements, have unexpla ...more
Carolyn Hill
I'm always drawn to books from "over the pond" and this Irish women's lit was enjoyable. There were multiple characters and points of view, but they were all tied together by their relationship to the special department store Kenny's. Wasn't sure about a story centered on a department store, but the store was peripheral to the characters. I liked it that several of the main characters were older -- late forties, fifties and sixties -- instead of all about young women's issues like so much of the ...more
I was a little disappointed in this book. My first Cathy Kelly book was "The Honey Queen" and, after reading that book, I thought the stories about her becoming "the next Maeve Binchy" were correct. This book, Once in a Lifetime, was just an ordinary story about 4 women that happened to take place in Ireland.

The story revolves around a department store named Kenny's: the owner, his wife, his old girlfriend (who is clairvoyant), an employee of the store, and another young woman who doesn't have
It was my first Cathy Kelly read and I loved it :) What is it about Irish authors, they write such warm and friendly stories. Have always loved Maeve Binchy (rest in peace dear Maeve) and now I have another fav to add....yay!! I'm from Australia and I really hope to visit the beautiful Ireland one day.
Once In A Lifetime
by Cathy Kelly

Ingrid Fitzgerald is a TV reporter married to David Kenny who runs and owns the family store in Ardagh, Ireland. Kenny's Department store is at the heart of the story. This is a novel about the women of the town. Charlie Fallon works at the store. Star Bluestone, the most interesting character, makes beautiful tapestries and is rumored to be a white witch. She really needs her own book. All these women, and more, have secrets and connections to David. This all com
Cathy Kelly's novel 'once in a lifetime' is true to it's title- it is a once in a life time novel!

Beautifully written, Kelly tackles the subjects of alcoholism, child abuse and bereavement with heart-breaking sincerity. The book also explores the dynamics of the mother and daughter relationship.

I like Kelly's entanglement of the characters. They are all connected by Star Bluestone ( I wish this lady was real!!) and Kenny's Department Store. I think the book is a masterpiece for women's literatur
sigh. yet another middling british isles chick lit book. I would like to note for the record that once again this book was given to me as a gift! I'm not sure if the large number of so-so books I've rec'd reflects poorly on me, or poorly on the givers. but again, nothing special - small irish town, multiple narratives, melodrama, alcoholism. the irish tourism board should try to recruit some stronger authors.

this book does have one interesting twist [SPOILER:] - after one of the main characters
Even though this was a second time reading I loved it just as much. A heart warming tale of interesting characters told with much love and compassion.
an interesting but somewhat disappointing read. good premise; takes too long to get to the point.
Tammy Armstrong-trozzi
Good storytelling of modern day women's lives and their relationships.
I've enjoyed other books by Cathy Kelly more than I enjoyed this book.
I am really between 3 and 4 stars but I'll go with 3 :)
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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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