A C Coady
the bumble bee key

The Bumble Bee Key


Cathy had been married to Sean Devon for one wonderful year. They had their whole lives ahead of them and had big plans for their future together. But tragedy struck and Sean was killed in a plane crash. Cathy's world falls apart, she leaves her job and almost loses the will to live. Finally after three horrendous years, with the help of her friend Sharon and her family, Cathy finds the strength and courage to face the world again. She applies for a job that she sees in her parent's local newspaper. The position is for a full time live-in nanny. Cathy discovers that Robert, the employer, has been recently widowed and has three children. She is interviewed by Robert and a few days later by Robert's mother Anna. She gets the job and quickly realizes that there are people a lot worse off than herself. Robert is a broken man and barely makes time for his family choosing to work overseas as much as possible. Jane the eldest child struggles with the loss of her mother and claims she has an invisible friend called Dabble. But strange things are continuously happening at the house named Serendipity and Cathy uncovers hidden family secrets and finds that she has strong connections to the house in her past. She has been there before and she wonders what force has brought her back and why. Cathy delves deeper and tries to find answers and finally after confiding in Anna and Robert they strive to uncover the truth. A wedding takes place and all is revealed.


A C Coady was born in Dublin. She resides in the small seaside village of Sandycove with her husband John and cat, Sonny. For most of her working life she was involved in the creative advertising environment. Her passions include reading, writing, travel and creative projects. She loves children and animals and is the middle sibling of five. Her nephew Kevin, inspired her to author "The Bumble Bee Key”.


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Mid West Radio Interview

Rolling Sun Book Festival
Westport Nov 5th 2016


"I laughed, I cried, I felt like I was having a cup of tea with Cathy in her kitchen in Ireland!"



I really loved this book for its originality  

What a gem! I really loved this book for its originality. The plot is really cleverly developed and unpredictable. The characters come to life from the very first page and I was absorbed from then on. I was unable to leave it down as I was so intrigued by the mysterious goings on. I found Cathy really likeable and had to find out if she would find happiness again. A really enjoyable read and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a unique twist on the romantic novel.........

By Ms. C. Gallagher on April 29, 2016



Sweet As Honey    


A gorgeous gentle gem of a novel! Captivating from the start, Cathy's story is a universal tail of loss & the search for hope. Love shines through the pages with a fine cast of characters in a deftly drafted read. This is a real page turner with subtle twists of plot & an ample sprinkling of pure unadulterated MAGIC! Turn the key & enjoy the read.


by Rosie Lowe. February 18th 2017.



I loved this easily-read yet captivating book   


I loved this easily-read yet captivating book. The characters are utterly believable and likeable, while the apparently simple tale takes some unexpected and interesting twists and turns, with a plausible and well-paced ending.. .. With its vivid imagery and elements of fantasy, there is definitely potential for a movie!


By Elizabeth Healy on December 29, 2016





What a charming, feel-good story with well drawn, believable characters and lots of lovely detail. Although, not the type of book I normally read, I was completely drawn in and carried along with Cathy as she tries to unlock the mystery while, at the same time, managing to gradually get her life back together. Lovely twist at the end.


By Magenta on 23 December 2016



I thoroughly enjoyed this book   


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was heart warming and original. I loved the characters and actually cared about them. I will be looking out for other books by this author.


By Lynn O'Connor on 18 Nov. 2016




If you are a Maeve Binchy fan you'll love The Bumble Bee Key  


If you are a Maeve Binchy fan you'll love The Bumble Bee Key. A lovely heartwarming story of lost loves, mystery and eventual happiness. Family and food are very central to the Irish culture and these sections of the book are handled beautifully. Had to keep reading to see how characters developed. Waiting for the next book,


By Paula Kennedy on July 1, 2016




Wonderful Book  


A thoroughly enjoyable book which I would highly recommend.


Great story, gripping and emotional. The author describes the characters and scenes in such perfect detail that I grew to love Cathy, the main character


I found it hard to put this book down and stayed up till all hoursof the night reading it


Looking forward to the next book.


By Barbara Murray on June 22, 2016




Made For Each Other


Life stretches ahead for you and yours?  Oops, maybe it doesn’t.  An early bereavement means that the life you saw yourself leading - a life of ‘made for each other’ is suddenly reduced to a single focus.


The memories are now highlights.  And all too soon the highlights become merely memories.


Such is the case with Cathy- not very much further into married life, just over a year, when tragedy strikes.  But there are other memories - scenes from a forgotten childhood - and a feeling of ‘I’ve been here before’ in at least one aspect of her new life, working as a childminder to the offspring of a grieving widower.


Writer A.C. Coady moves her story and her characters through scenes of family love, involving seemingly simple lives to some unusual experiences that have her believe that there are faeries at the bottom of their garden.


Over more than 250 pages of incident and imagination, the emphasis is on love and on the happiness, rather than the tears - though these can never be completely absent.


A family book?  Yes. it is.  A book about family and for pretty nearly all the family.


Frank Sheerin - Copywriter 5/4/2016


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