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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,731 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Après soixante-dix ans passés à New York, Eleanor Levine revient s'installer dans sa ville natale : Dublin. Avec ses maisons en briques rouges, son petit parc et son salon de thé cosy, Golden square est l'endroit rêvé pour un retour aux sources. Eleanor y rencontre Megan, une actrice fuyant les paparazzis, Rae, qui cache un lourd secret et Connie, jeune femme en mal ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by HarperCollins UK (first published 2010)
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Sam Still Reading
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cathy Kelly fans
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: read other books by the same author
Cathy Kelly is back on track in this latest heartwarming tale (is it just me or is she becoming more like Maeve Binchy as time goes on)? This is the type of book you can snuggle up with, a cup of tea and biscuits in one hand. Its easy to read, the plot is interesting but not exceptionally brain-taxing and its fun.

Like other Cathy Kelly novels, this book is set in Ireland and has several main female characters. Theres Eleanor, returning to Ireland after a life in New York; Rae, whose happy face
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
It had potential to be a comfortable and comforting book. The writing is flat, though. The plot is mediocre. It's written with a pretty blah voice. The characters are pretty cool. I would hope this author could get better but this one just didn't have much personality.
While no author can ever replace Maeve Binchy in my heart, I think I have found my next favorite Irish author. I love this book for its simple storytelling. I am looking forward to reading more of this author's work.
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
3.5 stars

The first half of Homecoming by Cathy Kelly was to some degree tedious and there were multiple characters to keep track of I was struggling to keep them straight however, just a little more than halfway through I could then easily identify all the various characters and from then on the story flowed and following each of the protagonists life was enjoyable.

The four heroines in this slow but interesting tale live and work in and around Golden Square, Dublin, theyre each facing a few
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I enjoy the warmth and relaxation that Cathy Kelly's books offer. They are wonderful escapist reading and Homecoming is no exception. Kelly brings together a disparate group of people who reside around the Golden Square, featuring the stories of Eleanor who is mourning the loss of her husband, Megan who is hiding from the paparazzi after an ill-considered affair, Rae who is terrified of her lifelong secret being revealed and Connie who has given up on finding love, without neglecting an array of ...more
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Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hooray, Cathy Kelly is back. I have read every book she has written and loved the vast majority of them. However, her last two books didn't rate that highly for me and I was beginning to wonder what had happened to this wonderful writer. Thankfully she has returned with an absolute corker of a book.

We meet the four wonderful women who are living in Golden Square. Eleanor is the first person we meet and you soon realise that Eleanor is not the normal character you would expect to find in a Chick
Aisyah Samuin
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Homecoming is my first book from Cathy Kelly. I've talked about the book cover design on my social media before, and how the author's name overshadowed the book title. I think I have the answer now. Who cares about the title if the author is Cathy Kelly? I certainly won't; the result of reading just one book. I think I'm a fan.

Lately, I haven't picked up many books. The previous book took me 2 months or so to finish. I thought I have lost interest in books but turns out, I had just picked up the
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I hadn't read any Cathy Kelly before "Homecoming" but I will certainly be reading more now!
The story follows four women, each at crisis point in their own lives, who are all brought together by one place: Golden Square. The narrative style is reminiscient of Maeve Binchy's multiple narratives - one omniscient narrator, cutting between the four protagonists who each, in their own special way, help each other out. However, Kelly adds her own sense of style to the narrative - it's gentler and less
Valerie Campbell Ackroyd
Great in parts, otherwise good

This book is about 50 pages too long for me. I have said that about several books lately--maybe I am losing my concentration. But overall I enjoyed it very much. It is a "happy" book--has loads of the challenges that women face in the forms of several different women that are all resolved to everyone's joy at the end of the book.
It is the kind of book we often need to buoy us up but we turn to chocolate instead. I am glad I spent the hours with the book :) I
Jan 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I did like this book in the end but it has taken me over a week to read it which is unusual for me with a Cathy Kelly book. I loved Connie, Rae and Megan's storylines but wasn't fussed with Eleanor's bits as I skipped most of the recipe book entries at the start of the chapters because I just wanted to get on with the story. The story itself was nice but I just didn't get drawn in as quickly as I normally do and kept putting it down and picking it up whilst reading other books in between. Still ...more
Anita Johnson
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Cathy Kelly's books, but especially Homecoming, where you not only read about strong, gutsy women, you get to know them and care about them. Each of the four main women has her own problems that she tries to keep private but learns that sharing with friends strengthens her and makes life not only bearable but joyful. The author has a real talent for talking to the reader and sharing great bits of wisdom. She is very much like a young Maeve Binchy.
Linda Barry
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, what a tale of what we as women can learn from each other and gain from each other. I fell in love with the receipe book, so much so that I might try my own hand at it. My mother is also gone, too early in this life, but left behind may ideas and ideals that I think I have used (and maybe improved upon).

I really enjoy books, that make me want to meet the charecter's for a cup of tea (and maybe a cupcake!).
Angela Gascoigne
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this heartwarming story with the subject of family and home at its core. If like me you want to be left with a warm and fluffy feeling once you've finished a book then this is one for you.
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Another fantastic read by one of my fav authors.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2019
Set in a small community in Dublin, this novel follows the lives of four very different women. There's an elderly woman seeking her roots, a young film star who is in hiding after doing something stupid, a delightful school teacher who feels she should give up on the idea of love, and a generous, hard-working woman who works in a tea-shop, but has a deep-rooted secret which threatens to destroy her peace of mind.

It took me a couple of weeks to finish it because I was very busy with guests, and
Caroline G'wattage
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
I loved this 📖 book,
It was so well written, Cathy Kelly has a happy knack of using modern settings and attitudes to portray the pressures of modern day life.

Eleanor Megan Rae and Connie are the four main characters, they are different ages and various stages of their lives.
Each of them needed to reconnect with their past, in order to find how their lives could be fulfilled.
Old fashioned wisdom, was sprinkled through the novel by way of a diary from the past.
Life lessons were disguised as
Ann Boytim
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Eleanor Levine is a lady now in her 80's and left Ireland to move to American with her family at a very young age. Now Eleanor has lost her husband she has a desire to go back to her roots and discover more about her mother;s hand written recipe book. Eleanor arrives in a small village in Ireland at Christmas time and settles in and meets different women with secrets to hide and she becomes drawn into their lives. Eleanor helps others to understand their issues and in return deals with her own ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Homecoming by Cathy Kelly

I'm really enjoying Cathy Kelly's novels. I will be on the lookout for more from my library. In "Homecoming" there are 4 women who live in the same little neighbourhood in a little Irish town. At first glance they have little in common but their lives intersect and they become good friends that really help each other do life better together.
Linda Bendiksen
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

You really never know how or why you will connect with the characters in a book, but you read because you do and you will...I felt several connections in this book. It was a good read!!
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Binchiest non-Binchy book I've read.
Danielle Bizjak
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This was different to the usual chick lit I read because it wasn't particularly dramatic. All the characters main struggle was internal. Still a nice story.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Eleanors story was poignant at times, as well as Raes, but Connies was insufferably self-pitying and without real growth. ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are many characters in the book. Took a bit to separate them out. However, it is still a good read. Really enjoyed it.
Julie Tombs
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Entertaining but light hearted read. Great characters as always. A good read but not a great one.
aaliyah Rafeeq
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Heartwarming story that is both sad and happy rather like life!! Well written easy read this s gread holiday book
Regina Kitto
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a nice story about peoples lives ...more
Cheryll Butters
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think I've read this before... Before Goodreads! Not the most engaging book I've read this year but I reached my target for the year!
Hayley Town
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not one of my favourites but still a good read.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
An easy read. Read while on holidays and liked it enough.
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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 papers 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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