Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly

A family gathering, a moment of celebration, a time to come together – and fall apart…

Recently married Bess should be blissfully happy, but as she plans a party for her husband, the cracks are beginning to show.

Jojo, Bess’s stepdaughter, has a point to make: Bess has swept into her father’s life but she won’t ever replace Jojo’s late beloved mother.

Cousin Cari is a strong career-woman who isn’t unnerved by anything – apart from facing the man who left her at the altar – and he’s on the guest list.

As the party brings them all together, can the Brannigans discover the secrets of a happy marriage before it is too late?


I needed something nice and light to read after finishing The Babysitter, so I thought I’d try this Cathy Kelly book that I’d bought a while ago.

Cathy Kelly always writes great family stories, with excellent characters, and deals with all sorts of topics. But I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as usual. There were so many characters and it seemed like in every chapter we were introduced to someone new. I found it took me ages to get into the book and figure out who was who.
Once I finally got into the story it was quite enjoyable, with some great chatacters. I liked Bess, who married Edward and was so happy with him, but was really struggling with her relationship with his daughter Jojo.

I found it difficult to sympathise with Jojo, who despite being a grown woman in her thirties, was acting like a spoilt child about her father re-marrying two and a half years after his wife’s death.

Cari’s story was interesting, and I liked the insight into the publishing world.

Overall, a good book, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as her others.



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