Always and Forever by Cathy Kelly

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When the going gets tough...

In the Irish town of Carrickwell, with its lush, endlessly rolling hills and authentic country tranquility, three women's lives are anything but calm. There's Mel, a compulsively ambitious mother/publicity manager at a high-powered PR firm -- living proof that balancing motherhood and a full-time job is no walk in the park. The hot-headed, indomitable Cleo, just out of college with a degree in hotel management, would like nothing better than to modernize and revive her family's dwindling hotel -- but faces a constant battle with her old-fashioned parents. And finally, there's the stylish, sweet-tempered Daisy, a self-consciously curvy fashion buyer for an upscale clothing boutique, who has been struggling -- and longing -- to have a baby with her absolutely perfect boyfriend. Although unconnected, these three women have one thing in common: they all need a break from their stressful lives.

...these tough gals hit the nearest spa!

So each one sets out for a little R & R at the new Clouds Hill spa, built by an American woman with her own secret turmoil. It is there that Mel, Cleo, and Daisy meet -- their worlds and troubles colliding -- forming an intimate bond that helps them to realize what matters most in life, always and forever.

About Cathy Kelly

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Cathy Kelly is the Irish bestselling author of twelve other novels, many of which have been number one bestsellers in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. She lives in Ireland with her husband and twin sons. In 2005 she was appointed an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Contact her on Twitter at @cathykellybooks or follow her on Facebook or at
Published January 2, 2007 by Pocket Books. 454 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Curled Up

Told with alternating chapters for its three main female characters, Always & Forever is a poignant novel set in the historical yet blossoming town of Carrickwell, Ireland.

Jul 10 2015 | Read Full Review of Always and Forever

Kelly always follows a tried and trusted formula, creating her story around three or four very different women who are linked somehow through friendship or family, and a change from the formula would be welcome, as Kelly has proved her credentials as a writer.

Apr 19 2005 | Read Full Review of Always and Forever

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