The Honey Queen by Cathy Kelly

To discover the sweetest things in life, you sometimes have to lose your way…

It’s easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone – the locals wave and chat to each other, the shops and cafes are full of cheerful hustle and bustle. And amidst all this activity, two women believe they are getting on just fine.

Francesca’s boundless energy help her to take everything in her stride, including a husband who has lost his job and the unwelcome arrival of the menopause, which has kicked in – full throttle.

Peggy, on the other hand, has always been a restless spirit. But now, focused and approaching thirty, she has opened her own knitting shop on the town’s high street. It’s a dream come true, but she still feels adrift.

When Australian-raised Lillie finally makes it back home to Ireland, she is drawn right into the heart of Redstone’s busy, close-knit community. But what she thought would be an ending is actually just a beginning – all is not quite as it seems in the picturesque town.

Soon, Lillie’s hard-earned wisdom will be called into play as she helps new friends navigate unchartered territory…


The Honey Queen


This book very nicely brought a little piece of Australia to Ireland, and it blended very well.

There seemed to me to be many main characters in this book…each character proving to be valuable to the complete story, although I do think Cathy intended Lillie visiting from Australia to be the central figure.

The strength was evident from the beginning, of the others such as Freya (adorable and who wouldn’t want such a teen in their home?), Opal the loving motherly soul who didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone, including her son’s rude mother-in-law to be. Along with these strong characters were Peggy – from a troubled home ruled by an arrogant, mind-game playing father – Frankie, the career woman and her husband (Lillie’s newly found brother) Seth and of course Bobbie and Fifi and of course the poor mixed up Meredith.

Totally lovable characters who left me with the longing to live in such an area with so many caring friends.

I feel Cathy is on her way back to writing stories like her first much loved books, and it’s wonderful to see.

A lovely feel-good book and very enjoyable.

Cathy Kelly




One thought on “The Honey Queen by Cathy Kelly

  1. Jane Risdon June 2, 2013 at 7:54 am Reply

    An interesting book by the look of it. I can see the attraction for you – Australia and Ireland. So many books, so little time Jo….

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