I’ve not read a Cecelia Ahern book for years. I’d forgotten how much I love her books. I’ve now picked up a couple more from the charity shop and added them to my TBR bookcase after really enjoying 100 names.
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
Scandal has derailed journalist Kitty Logan’s career, a setback that is soon compounded by an even more devastating loss. Constance, the woman who taught Kitty everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor’s bedside, Kitty asks her, “What is the one story you always wanted to write?”
The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance’s office—a list of one hundred names—with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can ask her friend, it is too late.
Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, tracking down each of the names on the list and uncovering their connection. Meeting these ordinary people and learning their stories, Kitty begins to piece together an unexpected portrait of Constance’s life… and starts to understand her own
It made a lovely change reading a feel-good story after reading my usual thrillers.
I loved the idea of there being 100 names with a connection that Kitty somehow has to find. After receiving false information and wrongly accusing a teacher of inappropriateness with a student, her TV career is finished. Her job on the magazine she works for is hanging by a thread. She’s having to deal with the backlash from the public as they paint messages or smear dog muck on her front door.
She only has 2 weeks to find the connection between a list of 100 names on a sheet given to her by her late mentor, Constance. Kitty had asked her, while she was ill in hospital, what story she wishes she’d written and Constance asks her to get the list from her home office. Unfortunately, Constance dies before she can tell her any information about the names.
There aren’t any notes or clues as to what the connection may be; she doesn’t even know where any of the people live.
It seems to be an impossible task but Kitty manages to work it all out and write a story for the magazine that Constance would have been proud of.
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