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    Repetitive Rubbish

    Although I usually enjoy tbe Author, this book covers the same themes, over and over again. I had to make myself finish it. Sorry
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    Wise & Joyous

    International bestselling author Cathy Kelly has written a wonderfully witty and wise novel about ordinary people coping with day to day problems. The Family Gift the author's 20th novel, is a story of family politics, relationships, self-doubt, and trauma. This delightful tale deals with complex family relations within the context of careers, relationships, life and altered circumstances. Freya Abalone is not coping with all of the problems that arise from living within an extended family. When her husband’s ex-wife, Elisa, arrives on the scene and causes trouble, it severely takes its toll on Freya. She must find her inner resolve so she can mend the broken pieces of her shattered family. The Family Gift revolves around the life of Freya, a woman with many complications in her life when the reader first gets to meet her. Her life is chaotic and I didn’t envy her at all. As the story unfolds, narrator Freya hits rock bottom and she must regain the upper hand over her fractured life. Developing parallel with Freya’s story, her family are experiencing their own complicated life battles that see Cathy Kelly pull in some powerful themes for the storylines of an abundant character set, including abandonment, custody, marital issues, and trauma. I managed to keep track of the array of characters and their respective foibles, traits and troubles and I was intrigued as to how Freya and her family's stories would eventually conclude. Intermittently, I have puttered with Cathy Kelly's books, and I appreciate the touches of soft Irish humour she adds to her insightful tales. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Orion Publishing Group via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.
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    misleading

    Not as good as her usual stories, very bland and to me, boring
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    Superb as always

    Great storytelling like Cathy Kelly always manages to do. Loved the book following a family with their unique problems. A must read story.
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    A good easy read

    I really enjoyed this. Is descriptive and shared a family story.
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