The Kicking The Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins


Synopsis: Three sisters. Their mother’s dying wish. One last chance to be a family. 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 very tricky 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’s bucket list was about so much more than money.

Kat’s Rating: 3/5

Kat’s Review: I was looking forward to reading this as it was slightly different from what I usually read. Three sisters all of whom are different are brought together at the will reading for their Mum. Dee, Rose and Fleur haven’t spoken for many years and as they sit in the solicitors office they think that they can go another few years without speaking to each other once the will is read. However, their Mum has other ideas and has made it a condition of the will that before they are eligible for their inheritance they must complete a series of tasks over the coming year.

Initially it took me a while to get into the story and at times it was a little slow going. However Dee seemed to be the main character written about even though we see the POV chapters from all three sisters as the story continues. I liked the 3 sisters but not overwhelmingly so! For some reason I didn’t feel like I could really connect with any of them and wished I could. The tasks see them meeting up every two months and this element of the story was fun, but not fun enough. For me there was a sense of too much gloom and to be honest it just depressed me a little bit.

Some moments in the book were sad, and we saw a lot of the sisters bickering but there wasn’t enough laughter and too few light up moments. That aside the writing was great and the story flowed well. By the last quarter of the book I had warmed up more and felt like the sisters were really bonding and the moments when you saw them stick up for each other were lovely but there were just too few of those for my liking. I think maybe I would love other books by this author in the future as there was nothing wrong with this book, but for me I just didn’t connect enough with the characters and was hoping for a little more humour and fun within its pages.

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