Beautiful Day by Kate Anthony

Beautiful day
Published on 10th April 2014 by Penguin/Michael Joseph.

“Today is the day that things are going to change for Rachel Bidewell.

She will walk through the doors of Clifton Avenue Care Home and start a new life. 

Rachel is returning to work. And as she discovers, juggling a new job, three children and an ex husband can feel like drowning.

Someone needs to throw her a lifeline…

Philip doesn’t seem like an obvious lifesaver. He has just lost the one person who ever cared for him and, even as an adult, he doesn’t know how to live in the real world.

But might Philip and Rachel each have something the other needs?”


Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.

Rachel’s introduction to Clifton Avenue Care Home was rather amusing, as was her journey home after the first day there – I knew then that I would enjoy this book if it carried on in the same way!

Rachel was super likeable and such a real character, throughout the book her ex-husband was a difficult presence in her life and there were times when I wished she would stand up for herself. Juggling family life with her new job just wasn’t easy. Her three children were an important part of the storyline for me, I found myself smiling with familiarity at her descriptions of the school morning mayhem and other family events.

Working with Philip seemed to be therapeutic for Rachel and I liked their connection as she worked with him to overcome his fears. Issues with other members of staff at the care home complicated her otherwise enjoyable work-life, there were times when she seemed to be at war both at home and at work.  A touch of romance brought a light side to the book though and gave hope to Rachel when she most needed it.

There were lots of laugh out loud moments which I have to say I wasn’t expecting, my favourites included: a late encounter with the running club, a disastrous game of bingo, a race to pick up a poorly child and an awkward nipple problem.

Towards the end there was a twist that I hadn’t seen coming followed by a wonderfully honest letter which allowed me to delve into Rachel’s head even further. The author’s writing enabled me to connect with the characters easily.

This was a very honest read which captured the essence of family life beautifully.


Kate Anthony grew up in the Midlands. On graduating, she began working as a residential social worker firstly with young offenders and later with vulnerable adults. She then joined the BBC, working as a producer in comedy for some years before moving to an independent production company as a drama producer. She lives close to Brighton with her family.

Twitter @KateLAnthony



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