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Just Between Us

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,471 ratings  ·  107 reviews
From internationally bestselling author Cathy Kelly comes a heartwarming story of three sisters who are about to discover that—even within a close-knit Irish family—looks can be deceiving.

Look at them go!

In the Irish Country town of Kinvarra, the Miller girls are generally perceived to have it all. Single mother and brilliant attorney Stella looks like a Renaissance Madon
Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Gallery Books (first published October 7th 2002)
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May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I felt like I was reading the first draft of this book. It needed serious editing - there was way too much unnecessary detail (the book is over 500 pages) & so many spelling & grammar mistakes that at times made it very difficult to read. The characters didn't have enough dimensions & the story was very predictable. I would not recommend this book to a friend (unless I wanted to punish them)! ...more
Jun 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Irish author Cathy Kelly is my summer palate-cleanser this year, just the thing to clear your head after a dense or demanding read elsewhere. Her novels have something of the same comfortable, low-stress quality as Maeve Binchy and Rosamund Pilcher’s, so they don’t require a lot of effort in the reading, but her voice is hipper and funnier, and that contemporary energy keeps her stories from sinking into the treacle of sentimentality that can so easily plague this kind of essentially cozy “chick ...more
Apr 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really hope this shelf stays small because I try very hard to finish every book I start.

I just could not finish Just Between Us. It was very poorly written, childish almost. It tried very hard to be descriptive but the amount of detail was so overwhelming it would make me feel dizzy at times. It would have been fine with so much less detail. Every character was introduced in one big run on paragraph rather than Kelly slowly introducing them throughout the book. There was so much time spent de
Leanne Hunt
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
I kept thinking something was going to happen in this book, but after getting halfway through and still feeling as if there was no actual crisis or problem to solve, I gave up. Each of the four women in the story have challenges, it is true, but they are so gently dealt with and so padded up with mildly amusing though not captivating conversations that they scarcely seemed to count. For a novel to be gripping, there must be a constant threat of things falling apart. When the reader has to really ...more
aaliyah Rafeeq
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Really good plot and many aspects i could really relate to but i found it dragged a little bit!!
Jean Street
The story itself was quite good but it went on too long and got a bit boring in places.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Why I decided to read this book: I decided to read this book because just recently I had for the first time experienced the wonders of Cathy Kelly in the form of her book, Best of friends, and was eager to discover if her other books were as good as her first. I was not disappointed.

The categories this book fills are 'a book with a female main character' and "Diaries".

Everyone is jealous of the Miller girls, successful lawyer and single mom, Stella, witty TV writer, Tara, dreamy artistic Holly a
Kristy Trauzzi
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sappy girls at heart :)
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Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Cathy Kelly's "Just Between Us" is a richly textured tale of a "perfect" family that begins to slowly reveal itself as one with all the ordinary flaws and foibles that plague most people; it is this probing beneath the surface that yields a peek into the intriguing aspects of each of the primary characters.

As the story begins, Rose and Hugh Miller are approaching their fortieth anniversary, and as the celebratory moment nears, we learn more about the two of them; Rose uncovers a secret, and whil
Jul 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Feb 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
I am a little torn about how I feel about this book. I was very drawn into each character's story, but at the same time, some of the emotions and dilemmas did not seem like they had enough support--others seemed to be left hanging. One of the the major conflicts for a character did not even seem to be nearly as big of a deal as some of the others, which bothered me, and there was a backstory that seemed to come and go as needed. Again, I really did enjoy this book, and had difficulty putting it ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Well I made it thru to p 87 but it was a very tough go. The characters are nice but nothing was happening, no plot to speak of. I didn't feel compelled to finish over 500 pages of this book. Very disappointing. I may try another Cathy Kelly, if she has written anything shorter and with a more engaging plot ...
Story of three adult sisters, and their mother, who appear at first to be leading perfect lives but ultimately confide their problems with one another. Anyone who likes Maeve Binchy would like this one. Not quite as good as her’s, but certainly a pleasant enough read.
Colleen Honey
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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Mar 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Didn't finish it, was so hard to get trough for some reason..
Sep 17, 2015 added it
A comfortable read about mother and daughters. Surprising turn of plot and evidence of mature resilience. Enjoyable.
Shonel Teke
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Cathy Kelly weaves an interesting tale about the Miller family where appearances are everything. Apparently, Hugh and Rose Miller have had a wonderful marriage, the envy of the little town of Kinvarra. Their 3 beautiful daughters, Stella, Tara and Holly have equally enviable lives but nothing is what it seems. Each of the Miller women harbour secrets that they dare not voice.

Kelly asks valid questions: Is this what family ties are all about? How transparent can one be? And if you can't turn to
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-onwards
This book follows four women.
Rose and her three daughters Stella, Tara and Holly each have their own problems in life, but are always able to rely on each other.
The book follows each woman over several months as they all try to deal with their problems and live a happy life.

I really enjoyed this book.
It was quite a long book, which gave me time to get to know each main character well and so it was easy to become involved in the various storylines.
Theresa Stevens
Sorry guys, I tried and tried, but I could not get past the first chapter …. even skimming over the 600+ pages to the end, I still could not get the jist of this novel and I have a couple more of her titles on my book shelf … family, brother, sister (one in particular who has a much too familiar 'like' of her brother) .. unfortunately that is as far as I got … oh well on to the next time I encounter Cathy Kelly!
Donna Linton-Palmer
Another easy and feel-good read by Irish author Cathy Kelly. Characters are well developed and the story line reflected real life situations so there is more depth than in a one-off romance novel. The challenges that each of the three Miller sisters, as well as their mother, faced in life and relationships added interest and kept the story moving.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even without any act of suspense, thriller or adventure, a simple every day life story of one normal family!
Very well spread out, no where it gets boring and i did not want the book to end!
I have always read suspense and mystery fiction, and after reading this book, i have started buying more of Drama and Romantic novels too.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great novel to escape within.... got wrapped up in the lives of the Miller women (mother & her 3 grown daughters) as they deal with the challenges and heartbreak of each of their relationships. Heartwarming story, although verbose at times, that proved to be an overall enjoyable read. ...more
Julia Doherty
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a nice easy read about family and their ups and downs then this is for you. Includes a storyline about post natal depression, alcoholism and adultery.
Corinne Johnston
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Cathy Kelly, with lots of insights into life, family, marriage and love.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it
Jean Zucker
This was okay. Story lines, and characters were fine. What I didn't love was the repetition of the adjectives describing them.
Marie Keane
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
About 3 sisters living in modern Ireland focusing on their relationships with family and friends, jobs, struggles and aspirations. Really enjoyed.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Ruba Saleh
I didn't enjoy reading this book, it was the first book I read for Cathy Kelly, I am not keen to try another one of hers
Vanessa Mozayani
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
An Irish family saga. A very long book, felt it could have been heavily edited as the story started in the middle.
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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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