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The Year that Changed Everything

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,740 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Three women celebrate their birthdays . . . 30. 40. 50. But their milestone birthdays marks the start of a year that will change everything . . .

Ginger isn't spending her 30th the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life - or a total disaster.

Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. When her waters b
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Orion Fiction
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Three women. Three milestone birthdays. Three different lives. And yet so much in common, and not just the shared birthday.
The Year That Changed Everything is just wonderful. Comforting, heart-warming, emotional with believable characters, it's everything you want from a good read.
Cathy Kelly wrote a beautiful and wise book about three women faced with life-changing experiences. Callie, Sam and Ginger are relatable and I could easily identify with them. Through their lives we get to
This was a complete mixed bag but I rather enjoyed it, overall.

Three women, three birthdays:

Callie, 50, who is betrayed and has to re-write life for herself and her 14-year-old daughter.

Sam, 40, who gives birth to her first child and is faced with the challenge of being a mother.

Ginger, 30, who is dealt a crushing blow and consequently has to face all of her self-doubt.

The storyline that hooks you the most is likely to be the one you can most relate to - for m/>,/>,/>,
Nicola Clough
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was really looking forward to reading this book as love the author so much and she certainly didn't disappoint me at all very well written with three main characters who have to find happiness with themselves and life's. Excellent characters and has you hooked from the first page and I struuggled to put it down.
It's based on three main characters Sam, Callie and Ginger and they all share the same birthday but all are unhappy with life. You have Sam who has always wanted a baby and finally she
Paula Sealey
I thought this book had potential at the start with major events shaping the lives of three different characters, and I read the first few chapters happily. Sadly it went downhill though and turned into a rather drawn out and unexciting read. The characters stories were very cliched, larger lady finds man, downtrodden woman finds life after husband leaves, a new mum struggles, and I found it hard to care about the ladies enough to root for any of them. I knew I'd read all this somewhere before a ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well this was ultimately a delightful read. I really got a kick out of following Ginger, Sam, and Callie. I thought it was an odd writing choice that had Kelly go back one month before their birthdays and then jump forward again. Other than that, I enjoyed this book and found Ginger to be the character that I felt for and wanted to read more about. That said, I still enjoyed the characters of Sam and Callie.

"The Year Everything Changed" follows Ginger, Sam, and Callie, on their 30th,
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Year that Changed Everything is a feel-good novel about three women, all with the same birthdays but each 10 years apart, and each with their own problems. It addresses various themes, including (and I don't feel that including these ruins the plot as you know or can easily see what's coming with these themes pretty early on): body image & positivity, post-natal depression, betrayal, family life and much more, all wrapped up in this positive, warm read.

The ch
Suze Lavender
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Callie, Sam and Ginger are each spending their birthday in a significant way. They're all having milestone birthdays that change the course of their lives forever. While the new directions seem to bring plenty of difficulties, maybe some goodness can also be found in everything that's going on after the chaos the women inevitably go through on their birthdays.

It's Callie's 50th birthday and her husband has decided to throw her a big party. Callie doesn't want this at all, but her hus
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

Right at the beginning, let me confess something. I'll be honest with you, I was a little afraid to read this book. The last few novels by Cathy Kelly were, let's just say, not up to my expectations and I really wanted to love "The Year that Changed Everything". As you will see, I didn't have to worry - it was not a quite perfect read, but it was a lovely, hooking and realistic story that I truly enjoyed. This book was almost like the old Cathy Kelly's novels that I was devouring.

Cathy Ryan
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sam, Callie and Ginger, three women who don’t know each other and live in different places, but have one thing in common. Or two if you count the fact that they will each experience life changing events on their milestone birthdays.

As far as outward appearances go, Ginger Reilly is spirited at work, answering the quips and jokes about her weight and dress sense with a smart retort. Privately she is self-conscious and insecure, hiding her true feelings and self behind large shapeless clothes and
Theresa Smith
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a very long time between Cathy Kelly’s for me and I have no explanation for this. I loved her novels and read them voraciously in my late twenties and early thirties. Not sure why I stopped, but when my bookclub suggested her latest, The Year that Changed Everything, here at last was a reason for me to get back in touch with the words of Cathy Kelly. And it was a warm and wonderful return.

The Year that Changed Everything follows three women who share the same birthday and a
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a heart-warming, wonderful read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Each of the three women who we alternate between chapters are equally as captivating as each other and I loved them all. The three women haven’t met yet but all share a birthday and on their special birthday something happens to each of them, and later in the book their lives intertwine. The changes for them are life-changing and I felt their pain and achievements equally. A great read to get lost in for a few days with character ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved reading this book and following the three women through the aftermath of the dramatic events of their birthdays. I am much closer in age to Callie than the other characters and yet it was Ginger who was my favourite. I was enraged on her behalf on more than one occasion and would have loved to be able to tell her just what a wonderful person she really was. In common with the other two women, a real lack of confidence affected her life in so many ways and it was wonderful to see ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, firm and sparkling:))
One of "feel good" books. A bit of fun, a bit of light read, and a bit of good story.
Not too fluffy to be totally unrelated to real life, and not too seasoned with boring passages "how to be happy".
Three women, three real lives with their good and bad moments, their characters, their weaknesses and strength. They are very different, but they have more than just their birthday to share. They have courage to face the stormy days and they have the streng

Not a BookTrail book in the strictest sense but the sense of Irish Charm and Irish magic IS woven throughout it. Cathy Kelly does write some heartwarming and heartbreaking stories and this is no exception.Three women approaching the big O birthday - 30, 40 and 50.Lots of people tend to sit and reevaluate their life at a landmark birthday but sometimes this can lead to more problems that it solves. Here. three stories weave together in the most unexpected of ways which I thought was nice. It felt
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is first book I have read by author Cathy Kelly and certainly won't be the last. Sometime reading something completely different to your normal reads give for a brilliant change and this certainly did this. A warm look at how life can change who and what you think you are in such an epic way.
Three women, three different lives, all having a mile stone birthday and finding their lives change because of betrayal, lack of confidence and becoming a mother. Ginger, Callie and Sally, all women wh
Emma Crowley
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although not quite back to the Cathy Kelly of old, where years ago upon discovery of her books I devoured one after the other and then was left anxiously waiting for something new, The Year that Changed Everything is certainly heading back in that direction. Admittedly, I haven't read the last two or three books that Cathy has published because the last one I did read just didn't feel up to the standard of all the others I had previously read. Sometimes, I feel the need to take a break from an a ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Year that Changed Everything was a lovely read. I did like the jump between the three different main characters which kept the story at a brilliant pace. I always wanted to know what would come next. Hopefully not my last book by Cathy Kelly.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a longtime fan of Cathy Kelly's books so I was very excited when I heard that there was a new book coming out in February and even more delighted when I received an early copy. Every time I start one of her books I always think there is no way this can be better than her last novel but each time I'm proven wrong. Well with THE YEAR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING I am going all out and saying this is her best book ever!!

Three different women from three different backgrounds at three different stage
Karen Whittard
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three woman who are all very close friends are all going to experience a year that will change and alter their lives forever.

It is a celebration of friendship, femal solidarity and the importance of strength in all situations.

This is a really good book that at times was sad. But mostly happy. It is a book that is pure escapism. There were a few loose ends that I wanted to have answers for but didn’t. But other than that it was a very good and enjoyable read. Which is what I have come to know a
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well Cathy Kelly has done it again with another great read. Her characters are very real and likeable and so is the story line. The whole story is really 3 stories in one as it tells of three different ladies that are only the same in the fact that they share the same birthdate. Each woman has their own lives that only collide near the end of the book. I did feel that Callie's story was the main one which seemed to be the longer one through out the book but both Sam and Ginger's tales were equal ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book about Ginger,Sam & Callie. Three women celebrating their 30th, 40th & 50th birthdays. Cathy Kelly has created three great characters & I couldn’t wait to finish the story to see what happened. Will have to read more of Cathy’s books.
Sally Stackhouse
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Following the lives of three women who have milestone birthdays on the same day, 30, 40 and 50. Each woman’s story would be worthy of a separate book.

It was quite confusing as the book jumped from woman to woman therefore the reader had to ‘reboot’ and remember who the characters in that particular woman’s life were which was quite discouraging. I kept expecting a thread to tie them altogether but this didn’t happen until of the way through the book.

Spelling mistakes and typos lessened the re
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Year that Changed Everything was another lovely book by Cathy Kelly about 3 women from different backgrounds. The only link between the 3 women is that they all share the same birthday but are each 10 years apart.

I love a Cathy Kelly book and loved being able to read her latest release, I found the initial few chapters slow as I was trying to get my head round who each of the individual women. Once I knew who they were then I was keen to get to know more about them and see where
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love cathy kelly books and she's really outdone herself with this latest one, I couldn't stop reading, such a compelling and true to life storyline. There's no quick fixes, all the characters are real and you can really identify with them.
B. Fleetwood
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by Cathy Kelly. I was drawn by the premise: three women celebrating their 'big' birthdays, ten years apart and about to undergo a life-changing experience.
Whilst the author has an engaging style, peppered with humour (funny and rather glib in equal measures), I found myself disappointed with both the pace and the characterisation.
Some chapters were really easy to read whilst others were quite laboured.
The minor characters appeared rather one-dimensional
Sara Oxton
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Year that changed everything by Cathy Kelly a four-star read that is warm and full of wisdom. I don’t know if it was because I was expecting so much from this book as I have read and loved the author previously or what as I enjoyed the read but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. I will be honest and I did have to re-start the read twice to get into it, but third time was definitely a charm as I enjoyed it. So if like me it takes a time to get into, keep at it, I promise the story of these thre ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
If I’m looking for something light to read that doesn’t involve concentration I’ll sometimes pick up a Cathy Kelly book. Although this is definitely an improvement on her last few books it’s let down by the silly and soppy chapters towards the end.
Predictable happy ever after book. Pure escapism.
Michelle Ryles
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
I love Cathy Kelly books, they always make me feel warm and squidgy inside; but they're not all sunshine and rainbows, as the characters have to go through some tough times to come out the other side stronger and happier. Cathy's writing is as bubbly and effervescent as a bottle of Prosecco so I couldn't wait to get stuck into her new novel: The Year that Changed Everything and I positively whizzed through it as fast as a cork shooting out of a bottle.

Three women, unknown to each other, celebrate milestone
Lauren Tess'x
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first venture into a Cathy Kelly novel and it most certainly won't be the last.

The Year That Changed Everything follows three different women who share a birthday but subsequently, it's also a year that in reality changes everything for them, all in different ways but they all get the same thing from it.

Callie thought she had everything until a knock on the door at her fiftieth birthday party, arranged by her husband. This in turn tips Callie over the edge and she must face up to t
Fabulous Book Fiend
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such an original premise for a book. Three women all having milestone birthdays and not all of them quite living up to expectations. For me the strength of this book lies right here, things not living up to expectations. Cathy Kelly really sheds a lights on what being a woman at these milestone ages is actually like compared to what society deems it should be.

This book tackles some difficult issues as well and does so very well. It covers what happens when marriages end unexp
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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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