Today I am sharing my review for The Family Gift, I love to read Cathy Kelly books and have read them all over the years so I jumped at the chance to read this for the blog tour.
The Family Gift is the story of Freya and her family, set in Ireland just outside Dublin. Freya is a parent we can all connect with on some level, juggling to keep all the balls in the air with 3 kids and her own career. During this story you get to know Freya and her alter ego Mildred and you gain in insight into the grief she is experiencing due to a series of events that have taken place over the last 12 months.
A wonderful reminder of how fragile life is and how when you scratch below the shiny surface that life isn’t always as it appears on social media and how everyone chooses to tackle their grief in different ways. In a world where mental health is now being recognised and peoples views and opinions are slowly starting to shift to not shaming people. This books is a powerful reminder to the damage social media can cause to everyone regardless of their age and how people still feel they are weak or an inconvenience when they need to reach out for help.
Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house.
But that’s on the outside.
On the inside, she’s got Mildred – the name she’s given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we’re not good enough.
And now Freya’s beloved blended family is under threat. Dan’s first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan’s care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives.
But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.
Can Freya put her family – and herself – back together? Find out in Cathy Kelly’s warmest, wisest and funniest book yet…
Available to purchase here
About the Author
Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. Cathy is the bestselling author of The Honey Queen, Once in a Lifetime and Between Sisters, and is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her trademark is warm and witty Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, a sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.
She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.
Find out more at http://www.cathykelly.com or follow her on Twitter @cathykellybooks
Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the invite to take part, please remember to like and share to spread the book love for The Family Gift