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‘The House On Willow Street’ by Cathy Kelly

Icon image for Teaser Tuesdays postsTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:


  1.  Grab your current read.
  2.  Open to a random page.
  3. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  4. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  5. Remember to share the title and author too.
  6. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.


My teaser lines are taken from page 230 of my paperback print copy.

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

She and Kyle went to charity balls, dinner parties and Republican party fundraisers where the wives of party bigwigs wore Chanel suits and worked the room.

This last statement, and the way Kyle had hissed it at her, stuck in Suki’s mind: did his father’s absolute control over the whole family rankle with Kyle, or was he merely angry that she’d threatened to upset the applecart?

As this book was a publisher review request, this print copy was sent to me free of charge by HarperCollinsPublishers.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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    • Hi Vicki,

      ‘The House On Wilow Street’, is an excellent, contemporary, multi layered story. So if you enjoy books about human relationships, with the characters discovering just who they are and where they fit in the scheme of things, then you would be sure to enjoy this one. I haven’t quite finished the book yet and it is still difficult to work out the entire outcome of all the individual stories, although they are all starting to gel together quite nicely.

      Suki and Kyle are two of the most irritating and sefish characters, but that’s just where the half way point happened to fall!!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I hope that you like the sound of the synopsis enough to want to read more.

    • Hi Beth,

      We are just discovering how far down the path of self-ruination Suki has travelled, since her childhood days in Avalon and it doesn’t make for comfortable reading.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Stuti Rai,

      First of all, let me welcome you to Fiction Books. Thanks for stopping by, I love ‘meeting’ new people, your visits and comments will always be appreciated.

      Suki obviously has a problem with her ‘in-laws’ and if you were to carry on reading, I don’t think you would be particularly enthralled by them, I know I wasn’t!! Those lines really do make you want to know more about Suki’s situation, don’t they?

    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      I checked out some of the reviews for this book and I have to say that it has met with a mixed reception.

      I too, enjoy reading Cathy’s books and personally, I think that ‘The House On Willow Street’ stands up well to its predecessors. If you have read and enjoyed any of Cathy’s previous books, then I should think that this one won’t fail to please.

      There are plenty of great snippets like this, no matter which page you open the book at.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always welcome.

    • Hi Sandra,

      If you enjoy books that have several individual storylines, which converge at the end, then you will enjoy ‘The House On Willow Street’. Cathy Kelly is also typical of the Irish storytellers, who can spin a good yarn and keep the reader enthralled with their characters’ seemingly effortless banter.

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I am really enjoying this Irish saga so far and although I don’t have too many pages left to read, I am still in limbo a little, as to just how everyone’s individual stories are going to conclude. One or two of them are drawing to obvious conclusions, yet Cathy has done a great job at keeping the suspense going on the rest.

      Thanks for your continued support and valued comments.

    • Hi Naida,

      Almost every page has some excellent teaser lines, as there is so much going on all the time, in this great story. I shall almost be sorry to get to the end of the book, but my next project is beckoning to me, so delay is not an option!

      I hope that you are well and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I still haven’t quite finished the book, but even so, I can thoroughly recommend it to your mother-in-law, which is exactly where my print copy is heading just as soon as I have written up the review.

      The book seems to have received some very mixed reviews, but personally, I think it is Cathy Kelly at her best.

      If your mother-in-law is a follower of Cathy’s, then keep an eye open for my next post (hopefully tomorrow), as there is news of her next book.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are welcome and appreciated, as always.

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