THE KICKING THE BUCKET LIST by CATHY HOPKINS @CathyHopkins1 @HarperCollins #Review #New Release


Warm, wise and full of heart… I absolutely loved this book.’ Lucy Diamond

Meet the daughters of Iris Parker. Dee; sensitive and big-hearted; Rose uptight and controlled and Fleur the reckless free spirit.
At the reading of their mother’s will, the three estranged women are aghast to discover that their inheritance comes with strings attached. If they are to inherit her wealth, they must spend a series of weekends together over the course of a year and carry out their mother’s ‘bucket list’.

But one year doesn’t seem like nearly enough time for them to move past the decades-old layers of squabbles and misunderstandings. Can they grow up for once and see that Iris’ bucket list was about so much more than money…


What a super book this is. I can’t think of anything more heart breaking for a mother than knowing that her children just do not get on together and haven’t done for the last three years and the only time that they do communicate is to arrange visits to see her that will not coincide with each other. So when Iris, their mum, died not only did she leave her three daughters, Rose, Daisy (Dee), and Fleur  equal shares in her substantial Will, she also left a condition, which if it wasn’t fulfilled would mean no one received any money.

I love good feel books that get me emotionally involved with the story and this story just pushed all the right buttons for me. It is told by each of the sisters so I knew what was happening in all of their personal lives even if they oblivious  to each others. Every other month the women had to meet to complete tasks, or as you could say a bucket list complied by their mother. The tasks were described to them by video recordings Iris and two of her friends made before her death. Like she says it was inevitable that it would happen one day, and I thought what a lovely idea, especially not having a mother myself now. How precious would that be.

This is a journey of discovery for the three sisters, a second chance to make amends because you never know when death will come, there is no age restriction. Well what I can say is Iris had a wicked sense of humour. I loved the tasks she set for her girls. The question is can they change their ways and not only get the money from the Will but also make amends with each other.

When you finish the story do please continue to read to find out what Cathy Hopkins Ten Steps to Happiness would be. It is a lovely little piece to read.


Cathy started writing in 1986. Since then, she has written five series for the teen market (including the Mates Dates series which was published in thirty five countries) and four stand alone novels.
Cathy’s first novel for the women’s fiction market, The Kicking the Bucket List, will be published in March 2017 by Harper Fiction.
Cathy lives in Bath with her husband and three cats. In her spare time, she is happiest dressed as a bag lady, digging, planting or reading in the garden or on a walk with friends in the surrounding countryside – usually ending in a pub. On rainy days, she likes box sets like True Detective, Orange is the New Black or House of Cards.
For more about Cathy, you can see her twitter page: @CathyHopkins1
or find her on Facebook: Cathy Hopkins where she spends far too much time looking at dog rescue clips. Alternatively, you could go to her website at


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