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Blog Tour: The Family Gift – Cathy Kelly*

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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…

My thoughts:

I love these big hearted, warm and cosy books, especially as we head into winter. Kelly is one of those writers, like Marian Keyes, Lucy Diamond and Jojo Moyes, who writes clever, funny books with a lot of heart. It annoys me when these books are dismissed as “chick lit” and not seen as proper literature. There’s a lot to be said for books that offer comfort and speak to how a lot of readers feel about their own lives.

I completely identified with Freya’s having an inner critic, I suffer from anxiety and depression and my inner critic is a bitch too. However, unlike Freya I asked for help and it helps keep my inner critic quiet, something Freya feels unable to do.

Freya is the sort of woman I’d like to be friends with, she has a warm heart, is creative and clever, and loves her family with everything she has. Kelly is an immensely brilliant writer and this is her twentieth book, so is as accomplished as you’d imagine. I will be re-reading this curled up with a mug of hot chocolate this winter.

 

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*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour, but all opinions remain my own.

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