The Family Gift

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What to expect

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


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An uplifting story about one mother trying to hold it all together – told with Cathy Kelly’s trademark sparkling warmth, humour and honesty.

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Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family. She has an exciting career as a celebrity chef. She has a new home that makes her feel safe.

But behind the happy front, Freya feels pulled in a hundred directions. Life has thrown Freya some lemons – and she’s learned how to juggle! But she’s keeping a secret from her family, and soon something is going to crashing down…

All families have their struggles and strengths. So can Freya pull everyone – and herself – together when they need it most?

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You’ll love Cathy Kelly’s feel-good, relatable stories of family life!

‘Honest, funny, clever, it sparkles with witty, wry observations’ Marian Keyes

‘This book is full of joy’ Milly Johnson

‘A lovely story of life and change’ Prima

‘The perfect comfort read for a cold autumn afternoon’ Jo Finney, Good Housekeeping

‘Cathy Kelly shines an insightful light on female insecurity and, through Freya’s journey, shows the healing power of self-belief and family support’ Woman & Home

Escape with a comforting, relatable and funny story about real family life – perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Milly Johnson, Shari Low and Ruth Jones.

Critics Review

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

    Marian Keyes
  • Cathy Kelly shines an insightful light on female insecurity and, through Freya’s journey, shows the healing power of self-belief and family support.

    WOMAN & HOME
  • This bittersweet story about motherhood and modern families is the perfect comfort read for a cold autumn afternoon.

    GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
  • Cathy Kelly shines her insight on female insecurity and the power of self-belief and family support.

    WOMAN'S WEEKLY
  • Easy to read escapism with a very likeable heroine

    Sunday Mirror
  • Heartwarming

    S MAGAZINE, SUNDAY EXPRESS

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