Women’s Fiction | The Kicking the Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins

Have you ever clicked on something you thought you were finding out more about in an email and then realise that you’ve downloaded the novel on Netgalley?  The Kicking the Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins was an unintentional download for me but I’m so glad I clicked that button!  This story had me on a roller coaster of emotions.

The Kicking the Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 1015 KB

Print Length: 383 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 000820067X

Publisher: HarperCollins (9 Mar. 2017)

Language: English


Meet the daughters of Iris Parker. Dee; sensitive and big-hearted; Rose uptight and controlled and Fleur the reckless free spirit.

At the reading of their mother’s will, the three estranged women are aghast to discover that their inheritance comes with strings attached. If they are to inherit her wealth, they must spend a series of weekends together over the course of a year and carry out their mother’s ‘bucket list’.

But one year doesn’t seem like nearly enough time for them to move past the decades-old layers of squabbles and misunderstandings. Can they grow up for once and see that Iris’ bucket list was about so much more than money…

Rose, Dee and Fleur.  Close as younger siblings, then drifting apart and finally their mum’s stroke and not being able to agree causing an irreparable rift between them.  We first meet them at the solicitor’s office for the reading of Iris’ will and it is clear straight away how different they are from Dee’s observations.

Dee is the main narrator however we also get to read Rose and Fleur’s points of view.  Not everything Dee perceives is correct …

How the sisters receive their tasks from the kicking the bucket list is poignant but also humourous!  For the next year, one weekend every other month, the sisters must stay together undertaking the quests their mum has set.  A key player in delivering the tasks is Daniel.  Don’t you just love it when your opinions change about a character!  There’s a scene later on in the story that although had me anxious also had me punching the air 🙂

Despite the sadness, there are plenty of laugh out loud moments during the ‘How to be happy’ programme.  One scene that continues to make me laugh is in Fleur’s flat in Knightsbridge.  So funny.  I’m not going to share with you any of the tasks only to say that they’re brilliantly conceived and all for a reason.

The story isn’t just about the weekends the sisters spend together.  I couldn’t warm to Fleur but I did find it so easy to get caught up in Dee’s and Rose’s lives as the year unfolds.  So many emotions!

The Kicking the Bucket List is a story that had me laughing one moment and tearful the next.  The list is very uplifting and a pure tonic.  I loved the ending …  although it had me in tears, there is hope with new beginnings.  I’m looking forward to seeing what Cathy Hopkins writes next.

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Married with two sons in their early 20’s, by day I’m an Inclusion Lead in a local school. I recharge my batteries by reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet.

I’ve been blogging for six years, four of those years exclusively about the literary world and during that time awarded Romance Blogger of the Year at the inaugural Festival of Romance. I’m enjoying the freedom of lifestyle blogging and sharing my love of anything that makes life easier! As well as a lover of words, I’m a stationery addict and lifelong learner.

I feel passionate about early help for special educational needs, disability and families who are struggling. I’m a member of my local Early Help Operational Board and it’s an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.