The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly @cathykellybooks @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #NetGalley #BlogTour #NewRelease #TheFamilyGift

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly.


Honest, funny, clever, it sparkles with witty, wry observations on modern life. I loved it’ Marian Keyes

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…


The Family Gift


Freya on the outside seems to have it all. A gorgeous husband, three beautiful children, a successful career and a massive new dream house but inside she has a raging voice inside her wanting to scream, ‘I am not coping!’

A few weeks before she had been mugged and left injured, what’s more, is that the person who attacked her had not been caught. This completely destroyed her confidence in herself but to the world, she seemed her old self and she hated herself for it. Her life consisted of lying to her family that knew what had happened, that she was alright while pretending to the rest of the world that nothing had ever happened. In the meantime, her own inner voice was shouting to be heard and beg for help. I loved that she had a name for her inner voice of Mildred, which did give her doctor a cause for concern!

The thing is once one thing crumbles it is a little like Jenga, everything else seems to crumble around it too.  The molehills become mountains that just seem to get bigger. There are some lovely characters in the story that Freya meets on the way, that she wouldn’t have known if tragedy hadn’t brought them together.

Even in tragedy, some people see it as a way to make extra cash because of who she is. It is a real learning curve for Freya in so many ways. Realistic characters with real family and personal problems to overcome. It is learning not just to talk but also to listen to others too.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. Cathy is the bestselling author of The Honey Queen, Once in a Lifetime and Between Sisters, and is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her trademark is warm and witty Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, a sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.
She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.


Twitter: @cathykellybooks


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