My Blog List

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

It Started With Paris by Cathy Kelly

An absolutely interesting family saga. We have it all here. Single mothers, married and divorced, live in partners, complicated teenagers, mixed up adults! it made for a very very interesting book.

The youngest couple are Michael and Katy partners and young love at its best. Faithful from the age of 16 the climax of the story is their marriage. The proposal took place at the Eiffel Tower duplicating Michael's parents own love story - though they are now divorced and Stephen is with Julia who is quite opposite to the pragmatic Grace. We have Katy's parents - the obnoxious Howard and Birdie his put upon wife who stolidly takes all the abuse thrown at her. We have Leila and Susie sisters who have now become estranged and stiff with each other and only the sudden ill health of their mother makes them realise how far apart they have become.

Every character in the story other than our young lovers has a personal, very personal issue to deal with. They all know that something has to be done about it and how they go about solving it to have some contentment and peace in their lives is the greater part of the book.

This is the story of most families - the twists and turns replicate so many of the everyday happenings in any extended family and this was what made it very good reading.

The book was sent to me by Netgalley courtesy of Grand Central Publishing.


  1. It's set in Paris ... I think I'd love it, besides I do like family sagas. I haven't read a Cathy Kelly for years.

  2. I love family sagas and the Paris setting too!

  3. Like Kathy family drama and Paris are two things that would make me pick this up!