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Hope, Sam, Virginia, and Nicole are four women trying to cope with the vicissitudes of life. Struggling to fit her family in with the hectic demands of her career has made Hope feel like a stranger to her husband, Matt, and their two small children. Her unconventional sister Sam has big plans to be the first female music mogul, running her own record label exactly the wayHope, Sam, Virginia, and Nicole are four women trying to cope with the vicissitudes of life. Struggling to fit her family in with the hectic demands of her career has made Hope feel like a stranger to her husband, Matt, and their two small children. Her unconventional sister Sam has big plans to be the first female music mogul, running her own record label exactly the way she pleases. Virginia and her husband Bill can't wait to build their retirement dream home and spend more time with their granddaughter. Nicole is the wild child, tossing her fate to the winds as she sings and parties her way through life. Now a day of reckoning is coming, as each of them confronts a shattering crisis that will change them in ways they couldn't have predicted. But can they survive the fallout? With spirit and passion, Cathy Kelly gives us a lively, bighearted novel about friends, sisters, families, love, and all the challenges, joys, and what-ifs of life....

Title : What She Wants
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ISBN : 9780006514770
Format Type : Audio Book
Number of Pages : 201 Pages
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What She Wants Reviews

  • Obsidian
    2019-03-14 11:21

    I needed a Halloween bingo break. This book was just the ticket. I finished this yesterday afternoon and went back to Halloween reads so I had maybe a 13 hour break if that.Cathy Kelly has become my newest favorite Irish author. I do miss Maeve Binchy's works, but Kelly's books have filled a spot with me. "What She Wants" takes a look at a pair of sisters (Sam and Hope) and a widowed woman (Virginia) who are connected to a town in Ireland. The main reason why I didn't give this book 5 stars was that I thought things wrapped up a bit too neatly, and the one sister's story-line (Sam) I wish that Kelly had taken more time with. I also think that the book was just a bit took long (clocked in at 593 pages people. That's a lot. This was a re-read for me though so I am not going to lie, I did skim some of the less interesting passages which is another reason why I probably rated this 4 stars.I emphasized the most with Sam's storyline. She's a single woman who is career focused and about to turn 40. She has a new job that is starting to make her resentful and snappish since she's realizing that though she may be good at the job, it's not moving her very much on an emotional level. When she realizes all of her friends seem to be in the next stage of their lives (happily settling down, having babies) she feels a bit lost. She meets a man named Morgan that I honestly wondered why he didn't run screaming from her since she was fairy rude to him more times than I count. Hope's storyline was very engrossing too. Happily married with two children, she is her family's doormat. When her advertising husband (Matt) decides he wants to write a novel, she agrees to pack up their kids from Bath and move to Ireland so he can just focus on himself for a year. I couldn't stand Matt. He was selfish as the day was long. I really wanted more development with his character. Too bad Kelly gave that asshat a HEA that I don't think was remotely realistic. The third character Virginia felt a little shoehorned in. I get why Hope and Sam had their own story-lines, but throwing in Virginia just made the book bigger. If the book had shifted POVs between Hope and Sam that would have made more sense. Also we still could have been introduced to other characters along the way such as Virginia.The writing was really good, though the flow was a bit rough in places. Due to the book's length I can see why a lot of people just got bored with it. It takes a lot these days to make me sit and read a 500 plus page book. Luckily for me I own this and could take me sweet time re-reading my favorite parts and skimming the other parts.

  • Christine
    2019-02-21 10:49

    I almost didn't make it through this book. The characters are almost insultingly stereotypical. Hope is a depressed housewife. Her sister Sam is a lonely workaholic. And if I just stopped my review right there I bet you could guess the happy ending. Yes, it's that predictable.I kind of hated most of the characters (especially Hope) for the first 250-300 pages of the book. That's a lot of pages to be hating on the main character. I was bored to tears reading about Hope having no backbone when it came to her husband. And declining invites from new friends because she didn't want to intrude. I get it. Her self-esteem is lacking. You really don't need 300 pages for me to pick up on that. I figure that out in about 50 pages. Now let's move this story on and tell me how she deals with it.Plus new characters were introduced frequently, which meant my already bored mind had to try to keep them all straight. Half of them brought nothing to the story and could have been eliminated.Also, for some reason, not a single one of these female characters was capable of telling a man how she feels. Instead they all just made assumptions and jumped to conclusions. It was exhausting and frustrating to read. Yes, some of us gals struggle when it comes to communicating with men, but EVERY SINGLE ONE? No. Just as I was about to put myself out of my misery and give up on this book (and I almost never give up on a book), we finally got to a little action. You could pretty much guess what was going to happen, but I'm not totally against predictability in a chick lit book as long as I can relate to the characters and truly want them to get their happy ending. As the story progressed I started to like the characters more and was rooting for their happiness. But it sure took a long (way toooo long) time to get to that point in this book.I wouldn't recommend this book, but at the beginning of the book I was thinking zero stars and by the end decided it was probably worthy of 2 to 2 1/2 stars. That being said, I put it in my "donate to the library" box because I doubt I'll ever read this book again.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-11 12:29

    Its hard for me to not love a book. This one was just kind of long & drawn out and the story wasn't even deep enough to keep me going. It took me almost a month to read this book. When I'm used to reading books this length in 3 or 4 days, that says a lot. Plus the ending (on both sisters parts) were kind of predictable and anti-climatic. In my opinion anyway.

  • Rhonda Rae Baker
    2019-03-20 16:27

    This is a wonderful read! I was pleasantly surprised at how real-life the characters were and what happens to them is believable like the story of many lives yet it wasn't boring at all, infact it was relaxing and encouraging.Sometimes I don't pick up the 'thicker' novels because they tend to ramble on and on but this one was the perfect length. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was happy that there was more to tell. Many characters to relate to and beautiful prose to carry you off into their world. All of us go through seasons in our lives where we wonder if the path we've chosen is the right one for us. It's a fact of life, but as the story unfolded I found myself thankful that we don't always get what we pray for. Things have a way of working themselves out as long as we stay out of the way and not try to manipulate our own preconceptions.Extremely thought provoking and satisfying...I can't wait to read more from this author. She is talented and has a voice that resonated with my heart and soul.Thanks Cathy for such a great story...look forward to experiencing you again!

  • Michelle Sallay
    2019-03-08 17:31

    This was the second Cathy Kelly book I read, and I am not sure I am interested in another. I found myself enjoying this book ok when I managed to sit down and read it, but I had a hard time finishing it.Kelly was constantly introducing new characters that were going to be around long enough for them to be described and then they were never heard of again. Usually by page 300 I don't want to hear anymore two page long character descriptions.I did gain a fondness for the little town that was described, and one of the main characters was charming, but overall a disappointing read for me.

  • Belinda
    2019-03-06 12:39

    The whole I was reading this book, I was disturbed by this niggling thought that I had read about these characters and storylines before. Either I had read this book before and forgotten all of it or Cathy Kelly tends to recycle protagonists and story arcs. I think it's highly unlikely that I'd forget a 600-page novel, so I'm guessing it's the second option.This book is completely harmless. It's a good way to occupy a few hours with becoming overly engaged with the characters or, really, caring too much. Like a refreshing sorbet after a heavy meal, What She Wants does the job it's required to and nothing more. Neither good or bad, just inoffensive.

  • Lynda
    2019-03-21 10:30

    What can I say..this book is so long winded ..You just know there will be (A happy ever after} at the end..Hope her sister and all the people in Redlions..a village in Ireland.. gossip through the book from start to last page. Jobs, Boyfriends. moods. babies. husbands.affairs,family.that's it..then happy ending.Not my sort of book.

  • Terrie
    2019-02-25 11:34

    1st of Cathy's books that I read and WOW - in a million years I would not have thought this was "my type of book" and yet it is now one of my favorites!

  • Dianne Selwood
    2019-03-23 10:27

    Really wanted to love this book, but it took a long while to get into and to relate to the characters, once I did it was a good read, though not a "page turner" for me

  • Carolelewislucy
    2019-03-21 12:26

    Loved this book couldn't put it down it gets better and better as it goes on.

  • Lo
    2019-03-05 12:43

    I think she should have dumped the guy. Period.

  • Ulla Saar
    2019-03-18 12:42

    my bad mood / comfort go to book.

  • aaliyah Rafeeq
    2019-02-28 14:36

    It wasnt my cup of tea as they say but that was just plot but writing really good

  • Carolyn Hill
    2019-03-24 10:44

    Every so often I like to indulge in Brit chick lit (or Irish as the case may be). Cathy Kelly objects to the term 'chick lit' as too limiting - generally focusing on a young twenty-something in search of love. By that definition this isn't chick lit. Should it be termed women's fiction or romance? I'm more comfortable with women's fiction rather than romance, for I find this different from American genre romances, which typically I don't care for. Cathy Kelly is often compared to the late Maeve Binchy, that paragon of Irish women's fiction, and I find this apt, though Kelly feels more modern with a little more emphasis on romance and a little more sex (though not much; thankfully, her books are not bodice rippers). Kelly's style is a bit breezier and wittier but she shares with Binchy the ability to make her characters relatable, relevant, and likable. In this novel it is easy to relate to the character of Hope, a working mother with young children who feels inadequate as well as resentful that her husband dictates everything. Without consulting Hope, her husband Matt decides to leave Bath and go on sabbatical with the family for a year to the village of Redlion in Ireland where he has inherited a cottage. He wants to take a leave from the advertising business to write the serious literary novel, while Hope must give up her job and pull up stakes and deal with a picturesque but nearly uninhabitable house and taking care of the children. Hope's sister Sam is the tough-as-nails career woman working in London in the competitive music industry. Sam is about to turn forty and wondering if her life choices will bring her satisfaction in the future.Though Hope at first feels that she is isolated in the back of beyond, she soon meets the understanding and friendly pharmacist, Mary-Kate, who takes her under her wing and finds her a part-time temporary job, as well as introduces her to a circle of fun, friendly women. Of these, we come to know Virginia the best. Virginia is an older widow who has moved to the village to start a new life not encumbered by painful memories associated with the loving husband she has lost, or feeling like an obligation to her grown sons. She has bought a large home, formerly a B&B, but is still learning to cope on her own and has not yet tackled the business of refurbishing the gracious house. In taking up golf, her late husband's favorite pastime, she meets a handsome widower, Kevin. Will their losses draw them together or remain a barrier to a new relationship? Cathy Kelly is wonderful at grounding her characters in the normal tasks of daily living, illustrating their thoughts, frustrations, and attitudes. Her protagonists are well-drawn. On the other hand, her villains are rather cartoonish over-the-top stereotypes. Her novels end on a happy note with ends neatly tied up, though here not every romance comes to fruition. I found the book very engaging and raced through the 572 pages. I enjoyed being immersed in an Irish village with characters who, though exasperating at times, grew in self-awareness and understanding of others. Isn't that what we read for?

  • Roxanne
    2019-03-06 12:24

    A really fun romantic novel. I knew 300 pages before the end who was going to end up with whom, but it was fun getting there. Although it bothered me that huge portions of the plot hinged on the protagonists being really horrible communicators - if you don't freakin' tell somebody about the problem, or listen to why things happened the way they did, then you deserve what you get (which according to this book is a really hunky man, so hopefully no one's getting their relationship tips from novels like this). Hope's wishy-washiness bugged me too, and there was way too much setup before Hope and Matt actually arrived at the charming Irish village that would change their lives. (view spoiler)[I was also bothered by the absolute ease with which Matt not only wrote a novel - in the evenings over the span of about six weeks while he worked at a demanding job all day?! - but also found an agent who loved the book and placed it with a publisher for a considerable advance. As a writer myself with a lot of novelist friends, that's insaneballs. But some suspension of disbelief is needed when you're reading a romantic novel, so Matt's magical book deal was less bothersome to me than WHY DON'T YOU JUST TELL HIM HE'S BEING A JERK OMG.(hide spoiler)]But, don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed reading this.

  • Nicole
    2019-02-22 11:29

    Good book - a little long and some characters were not nearly as engaging/endearing as others. For example I really enjoyed reading about Hope and her issues in Redlion but when it switched to Sam, her workaholic sister...hmm, not so much - a little too predictable. Overall a good read and because I was cheering for Hope I was able to finish in two days - if she would not have been such a realistic, likeable character I'd probably still be struggling to get through it.My issue is with the cover - it has NOTHING to do with the book! I think a cover change would seriously help the marketing of this is a modern day piece of fiction, yet the cover implies historical/coming of age. One more thing...when I looked up this book to review I found another version, same title same author, but with an additional character 'wild child Nicole'...what the heck? I would think that it would be difficult to develop a following if you're misleading your audience.

  • Chris
    2019-03-05 13:28

    Started off nicely but draged a bit at the end. Speaking of the end, it was too ' Happily ever after' and a bit unrealistic. Would have altered the story lines slightly. Hope's story was pretty good and interesting. Liked Sam's too, but it would have been an altogether better story line if her diagnosis was delayed till the very end of the book. Virginia's storyline went really bad towards the end. One moment you're Reading of her extreme grief and the next she's dating and all in a matter of months. Would have left the dating line out. Worst was Nicoles story. Her success as a recordind artist was by far too fast, I didn't feel her character brought anything to the book.Overall a fair read. She has written better.

  • TheCuriousDeer
    2019-03-11 15:44

    For some reason, I decided to go and pick up some chick lit for a bit of lighter reading over the holidays. This book was slightly better than I anticipated and I found myself quite liking Hope and her story. However, I will admit to nearly skipping the parts about her sister Sam and her woes. It was just too damn predictable and a far too overused stereotype for me to handle. Virginia was ok when there were other characters involved and Nicole, well I pretty much forgot about her. She wasn't needed and for me, added even less to the story than Sam.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-18 13:23

    So I read Someone Like You by Cathy Kelly, which I thought was her debut novel, but apparently is her fourth. I really liked it, but not, perhaps, as much as Best of Friends.Then I read What She Wants, and amazingly enough, I noticed the trend...all her stories have women (mostly three, but this had more) who're friends, who're finding themselves, careers, and love. Thankfully she's got enough characters and ideas for plot, storyline, etc., to make the pattern new and interesting with each novel. I wonder what her other books are like...must make a list of them...

  • Pernilla
    2019-03-11 14:27

    I was slightly put of this book when I saw how thick it was but it sounded like a read that I would enjoy so I thought I'd give it a chance. Took a little while before you got to know all the characters but once I did I absolutely loved this book. Great storyline, interesting and loveable characters set in this magical/idyllic village of Redlion. Predictable maybe, but I'm a sucker for a happy ending. Highly recommended. My first book by this author but definitely not the last, I will be on the lookout for more of her books.

  • Erin
    2019-03-14 11:25

    A bit of a departure for me, but I wanted something light. Hopefully I am not reminded why I am so picky when it comes to books... UPDATE: I finished this over the weekend. It was pretty good. At first the characters were a bit stereotypical, but then they became believable and likeable. By the end, I didn't want it to end and wanted to continue following their lives. This book didn't have amazing life lessons or profound to add to the world but it did underscore the importance of female friendships which in itself is something many womem need to be reminded of.

  • Lara Maskell
    2019-02-25 16:38

    This book looked daunting as it was handed over to me from a dear friend from Kerry, Ireland. She said read this you will find it be thoroughly enjoying. I looked at it as if i would take me a year. I started it on vacation in key west and finsihed sitting at the beach in Beverly. I honestly got so wrapped up in these women's lives and was inspired by them. I was actually sad when it ended. One book I would recommend to every woman i know to read!

  • Jann Wabick
    2019-02-22 18:38

    A solid 3 and 12, maybe a 4. This book takes a long time to tell its story. The main characters are all a little flawed, but well meaning. One character in particular really needs a good shake early on, as she is so obsessed with the opinions of other people, instead of focusing on her own needs. Fortunately, they all reveal themselves, and sort themselves out to varying degrees. Not a bad read, but not the best either.

  • Phoebs58
    2019-03-12 14:26

    Not a bad read, just very very very long. Normally I can breeze through a 500-plus page book in 2-3 days. This one took me about 2 weeks. It might've been better if it was about 200 pages shorter. Typical characters, typical ending. I found myself putting it away after 50 or so pages and doing other things.

  • Janet
    2019-03-19 17:40

    First, the dust jacket blurb was a little off, especially in the case of Virginia-the blurb leads the reader to think that Virginia and her husband move to Ireland, but that's not quite the case. But the book was good, but it took just about the whole book for Hope to grow a spine. Made me wish that I could find such a nice group of friends in my own area.

  • Blair
    2019-03-13 15:35

    Honestly, it took me months of picking up and putting down and eventually I have decided to call it a day. Disappointing, firstly because I actually enjoyed the town, the characters, pretty much everything except for the lack of climax and.... Well, Oh how it dragged on, and on, and on, with the end too far in sight I put it in the goodwill bin.

  • Robin
    2019-02-24 18:20

    572 pages. This should have been two books instead of one. Too many characters and side stories. The friendship between the women was warm and fun. The description of the countryside put you right there.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-26 15:24

    Chick lit at its mediocre best. I have read other books of hers and I find them all very similar and perfect happy little endings, which i ususally like, I guess I am done with chick lit for a bit now and should try something a little less perfect.

  • I Read
    2019-03-23 14:45

    I can only rate this as 'okay' because although written fairly well, I didn't feel the storyline provided enough to warrant extra stars. It was more one of these 'on-going soap opera' type books. Modern and a bit nothingy if you ask me but a relaxing read if you don't want something to taxing.

  • Domsrevenge
    2019-03-03 15:47

    I do like Cathy Kelly for a light read, but surely her editors could have picked up on the shocking overuse of the word "utterly"! Once noticed, it's as grating as listening to a teenager whose every second word is "like" - you're always braced for it and it's "utterly distracting"!