What She Wants

What She Wants

Ireland’s #1 bestselling author Cathy Kelly weaves a heartwarming tale about a group of friends who discover that when life gets comfortable, unexpected surprises are just around the corner.

Do you know what you’ll be doing next year? Three friends—Hope, Sam, and Virginia—all thought they did. Hope would still be slogging it out as a working mom, snatching quality time with husband Marc and her two small children. Her sister Sam was going to be the acclaimed boss of a record label, turning heads as the toughest, most brilliant music mogul around. Virginia would be planning her dream retirement home with her beloved husband Bill and doting on their little granddaughter. But destiny had other plans for them.

Suddenly everything drastically changes for each of the three women, and they have to look deep within themselves to find out what they really want from life. And in surviving the turmoil ahead, they will discover that a loving family and good friends make all the difference....
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 592 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416564607 | 
  • July 2009
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Reading Group Guide

What She Wants 
Cathy Kelly


Hope is a doting mother of two toddlers and is married to a handsome man she adores but is afraid of losing.  Her ambitious and prickly sister Sam has just landed her dream job as managing director of a hip London-based record company and her love life is suffering as a result.  Virginia, an elegant widow, doesn’t believe she’ll ever get over the loss of her beloved husband.  Beautiful and talented Nicole dreams of becoming a pop star but must take care of her mother and little sister.

One short year will change the lives of these women forever, as each learns she is stronger than she ever imagined.  Set in both a beautiful Irish village and the glamorous London working world, What She Wants is a story of dynamic women facing life’s biggest challenges, achieving seemingly impossible dreams, and forming lifelong friendships.  

Questions and Topics for Discussion

  1. There are four main protagonists in this novel—Hope, Sam, Nicole, and Virginia.  Did you identify most with any of the four?  Which character did you like best?  Whose story did you find most intriguing?  Most realistic?  Which character did you like least?
  2. Who are the important minor characters in the book?  Which ones were you m
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About the Author

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Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is the #1 bestselling author of fifteen bestselling novels in Ireland, which have all hit the Sunday Times’ top ten in London. She lives in Ireland with her husband and twin sons. In 2005 she was appointed an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Contact her on Twitter at @CathyKellyBooks or follow her on Facebook or at CathyKelly.com.