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Beautiful Day

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Rachel is looking for her beautiful day. She's worried about everything: being a good mother, money and starting a new job.

Philip is a lost soul in the world and he could do with a friend.

They are just about to meet and when they do everything will change. Rachel and Philip don't know it yet, but they each have what the other needs. They can save one another, and not in
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 2014 by Penguin
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Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on: http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

This novel explored so many poignant themes that I really wasn't expecting from this beautiful book. The cover and the title had me thinking that it would be a love story, but it was actually an emotionally honest and heartfelt story.

Rachel has recently gone through a divorce from a man she has loved since she was 19 years old; a man she thought loved her. She now finds herself a single Mum with three children to look after and has to
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Bidewell decides it is time to work again for the first time since the arrival of her three children Jess, Luke and Alec. Rachel is divorced which has changed the financial situation for her. For Rachel returning back to work meant that she will need a routine in getting the children collected from school. When Rachel arrived at her new job she was disappointed with Clifton Avenue Residential Care Home, it looked tired and scruffy.
I recommend this novel beacause it is a funny,heart warmin
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - 2.5 days

Publisher - Penguin

Pages - 384

Source - Realreaders

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Rachel is looking for her beautiful day. She's worried about everything: being a good mother, money and starting a new job.

Philip is a lost soul in the world and he could do with a friend.

They are just about to meet and when they do everything will change. Rachel and Philip don't know it yet, but they each have what the other needs. They can save one another, and not in the way you might expect.

Margaret Madden
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review........

Rachel is starting a new job after being out of the workforce for years. Her husband has left her and her three children, for a younger model, and finances are tight. An Au Pair is hired, and soon she swaps the school run for a part time job as a link worker in a care home. She is given the job as key worker for Philip, a grown man with learning disabilities who has arrived at the home following the death of his elderly mother.
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rachel Bidewell is a thirty something mum of three children, her husband Dom has left her for a younger woman and she needs a job. She finds work as a Residential Care Assistant at Clifton Avenue Residential Home, which helps adults of all ages with learning disabilities. So, armed with an unreliable and miserable live-in au pair to help look after the children, Rachel starts her new job with some trepidation.

Also new to the Centre is Philip. He is in his thirties, and has spent his entire life
Jo Barton
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was rather surprised by this story as on first glance I thought perhaps that the story would be a little bit fluffy. However, very soon into the book there is a real temptation to read through it very quickly, not because the book is light on content but because the story takes hold and makes you want to know what’s going to happen next.

On the surface it’s a gentle story about Rachel, who is a young single mother, trying to support her children by taking a job in a care home looking after vuln
Frank Parker
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whilst reading this book I kept asking myself: why is a book that spends so much time recounting daily domestic disasters so riveting? After all, I am an old man and this is a book obviously intended for a readership of thirty-something women. The answer is in the sheer quality of the writing. And the fact that domestic crises, especially those that arise when a couple with a young family become estranged, are only a part of it. There are also problems in the principle protagonist's work place.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was lovely, heart-warming (but not saccharine) book. Even though some of the themes in the book were 'domestic' (a lot of getting kids ready for school, dealing with incompetent au-pairs, discussing rules with the other parent), none of it was sugar-coated and I especially appreciated the fact that the main character had some distinct flaws. You know, like a real person. The only downside was that, unfortunately, some of the other characters weren't as complex: Denise, for instance, was so ...more
Susan Golding
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really good book. Funny, emotional and addictive. Could have kept reading.Rachel's husband has just left her and we read about the trials and tribulations of balancing work life (working in a care home) and looking after children.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story and characters were engaging, and I wanted to keep reading to find out how everything would turn out.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I received a proof copy of Kate Anthony’s debut novel Beautiful Day, it came as a bit of a surprise. I knew nothing at all about the book, it’s not one I’ve seen on Amazon, it was a total non-event. But I quite liked the look of the book. It has a lovely cover, a pale yellow with a massive tree dominating the space and the title Beautiful Day inserted into the tree. It’s something I could imagine hanging on my bedroom wall, actually, the tree is that magnificent, with blues, oranges, greens ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Beautiful day is a beautiful read, in fact it's a beautiful offering altogether from Penguin with a delightfully pretty cover and the sheer readability which grabs you from page one.

I read a couple of reviews for this by bloggers whose judgement I trust and whose reading tastes I share, so I was delighted when my request to Netgalley for this debut novel was approved and rather than consigning it to my to be read pile to wait its turn I opened it immediately and began reading - I finished it in
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The cover art for Kate Anthony's Beautiful Day is absolutely gorgeous, add the enticing blurb on the back of the book and this has the potential to be the most wonderful of reads.

It is! That old well-worn cliche really does apply to Beautiful Day, I honestly did resent having to put it down for even a moment, and if it had been possible, and I had no work to do I would have sat and read the whole thing from cover to cover.

Rachel's life has gone completely and utterly belly up. Her husband and fa
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted to my blog:

This is a stunning novel and I am not just talking about the strikingly beautiful cover. I expected it to be heavily focused on a romance storyline, but instead it's a much more raw and honest look at the purest form of human connections and some of the very heart-breaking flaws that seep into the British care system, despite so many people working tirelessly and in an almost inconceivably selfless way to try and make a
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book review: Beautiful Day by Kate Anthony

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Rachel Bidewell can only be described as bitter… Her world is turned upside down when her husband and father of their three children, - Alec, Luke and Jess, - leaves them for another woman. Struggling to make ends meet while he is living a new life Rachel is forced to go back to work and support herself. Taking everything in her stride Rachel heads off to work in a local residential care ho
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was sent an advanced reading copy of this debut novel to review by Real Readers.

This is the first novel by Kate Anthony, who used to work within social care. It focuses upon Rachel, who has been struggling to manage her house and 3 young children after her husband Dom left her for a younger model. Rachel begins to work at a residential care home and meets new resident Philip. Philip has severe learning disabilities and had lived alone with his mother until she passed away. Now it is up to Rach
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book for review from RealReaders - hadn’t read any of the author’s book previously, so this was a new venture for me. Rachel is the primary character in this compelling tale of modern life. She is recently separated from husband, Dom, and struggling to juggle the demands of parenting their three children with the need to re-enter the workplace after an extended break.
The book starts as Rachel approaches her first day of work at a residential home for
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first glance I thought this must be a light, fluffy book, probably more “hen” than “chick” lit and probably not to my taste…but I was so wrong as I read/devoured it in two sittings – would have been one sitting but children need fed etc! It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel as it is so self-assured and engaging but Kate Anthony has expertly drawn on her experience as a residential social worker in this tale of domestic adjustments and new beginnings.

Our narrator is Rachel Bidewell, sing
Rachel Hall
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it

Beautiful Day by Kate Anthony

Kate Anthony's debut novel tells the story of Rachel Bidewell and successfully manages to provide a wry look at the challenges faced by a woman who for the first time in her mid-forties finds herself apart from the only man she has ever loved, coping with three children and a new job whilst also being unexpectedly insightful and moving. Rachel is rife with bitterness and needs something or someone to help her keep her head above water. Financial constraints after the
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I find this tale of the after-math of the break-up of a marriage and the effect that it has on the young family and mother left behind difficult to review. For me the first half of the book wasn’t an enjoyable read. I felt very angry for the abandoned wife, having watched a similar situation at close hand and seen the devastation one stupid, selfish male can wreck on the children and ex-wife, not just immediately, but for years to come. If I hadn’t been sent this book to review by Real Readers, ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are several themes in Beautiful Day. Unconditional regard we have for those vulnerable members of our society, unconditional love we have for our children, the love in a relationship and those in a position of power who abuse it … and all are capable of bringing us pain and heartbreak but also pushing us to be the best that we can be.

Kate Anthony’s writing is heart-breaking – it is so real. I found myself so into the story that Rachel’s life became my own (even though I haven’t experienced
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Penguin have done it again – another debut novel in Beautiful Day by Kate Anthony, and another that I absolutely loved from the opening pages and Rachel’s first experience of Clifton Avenue Residential Care Home through to its quite perfect ending.

Rachel is really struggling with everything life has thrown at her – her husband having left her for a younger woman, we watch her growing increasingly frustrated in her attempts to get her three children where they need to be on time, let down by her
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story starts as Rachel who has recently divorced is starting a new job at Clifton Residential care home.
Kate Anthony portrays the mother of three children who is struggling with grief and loss of her marriage and how the separation has impacted on the whole family. Her oldest son is also suffering trying to adapt and please both parents and not succeeding.
Having to return to work due to her financial situation Rachel struggles when she is made key worker for Phillip who has learning difficul
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book in a couple of days, which is most unlike me as I am a slow reader, and usually don't manage more than a couple of pages each night before I drop off with exhaustion!

I fancied a lighter read after finishing the Book Thief, and this one was just the ticket. I read it on recommendation from a friend and other reviews on here, and was not disappointed.

In many ways Rachel's life mirrors my own, as a single mother who struggles to balance work with being a good mum. At the start I
Anne Mackle
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

I thought this book was a lovely read starting from the eye catching cover that makes you want to pick it up.
This is a story of how hard it is when your husband leaves you for another woman. Rachel has to start again, working and caring for her three children one of whom is finding the split especially hard. She has to deal with loneliness and jealousy at the thought of her husband's girlfriend involving herself with Rachel's children.
Her job in the care home is a mixed bag, she enjoys it but sh
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novel tells the story about Rachel, a newly single mother of three who’s husband Dom has left her for another someone else; a younger woman.

It is told from the perspective of Rachel which makes it a more personable read, telling you the struggles of a woman trying to juggle her priorities between work and her children.

Rachel begins working at a care home, where she starts caring for Philip, a vulnerable man who has come to the home after his mother died. He was totally dependent on his mot
Kate’s Book Spot
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.

Rachel’s introduction to Clifton Avenue Care Home was rather amusing, as was her journey home after the first day there – I knew then that I would enjoy this book if it carried on in the same way!

Rachel was super likeable and such a real character, throughout the book her ex-husband was a difficult presence in her life and there were times when I wished she would stand up for herself. Juggling fami
Cheryl M-M
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
What it lacks in literary prowess the author makes up for with blatant honesty and core emotions. It is very he said, she said and doesn't flow very well.
It gives a no holds barred look at what it is really like when a family falls apart.

When it comes to the daily struggle of dealing with the breakdown of a relationship and consequently also a family. No one sees the anxiety, the fear, the distress, the feeling of helplessness and the anger the children go through in these situations. When paren
Sarah Farmer-wright
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I had not received an advance copy of this book to review, I doubt it would have been something that I would have picked up to read - if that had been the case, I would have missed out on an absolute gem of a book!
The story revolves around Rachel, divorced mother of three children, and her journey to regaining her confidence after her husband left her for another woman. She begins work at Clifton Avenue Care Home for people with learning disabilities - here she meets Philip, a giant of a man
Karen Taylor
Mar 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is one of my favourite genres and I was really looking forward to this when it appeared. What a disappointment. As far as I am concerned the best thing about this book is the cover. It gets one star from me because it is well written, but I read to escape from normal life, the grief with the kids, the hassle from work, I certainly don't want to live it then come home and read about it! And this is exactly what this book does. Rachel is a single mother of three who's husband has run off with ...more
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