I would recommend reading the book, but not listening to it.
Barbara Caruso should have narrated this novel.
I love Maeve Binchy, and while this is not her strongest novel, I did enjoy the story and hearing from her other characters. The narrator choosing to read the twins as automatons is inexcusable. Listen to Barbara Caruso read them - they are loveable and quirky.. The way Sile Bermingham reads them is worse than annoying.
I love the idea of bringing back characters in Binchey's previous novels. I was particularly pleased to follow along with the twins' (from Scarlet Feather) development. However, the reading of the twins in this book was so disappointing. They sounded like automatons and not real people. Barbara Caruso read them so well in Scarlet Feather...quirky but endearing and loveable. I hope someone else will take on the narration of this book, so I can truly enjoy all that it has to offer.
Wonderful portrayal of characters interacting while working at a new medical facility, They seem as real as our own personal friends. Dr. Clara Casey must deal w/ two adult daughters living at home, an ex husband and all of her staff at the new clinic.
As usual, Maeve Binchy has written yet another wonderful story that encompasses some of her past characters and introduces you to new ones you'll enjoy just as much. I can't explain how she does it, but she makes every story funny, interesting and heartfelt. I've never read one of her books that I didn't feel a loss when it came to an end. This particular book takes place at a heart clinic and as usual, the story is woven through the lives of the characters. If you like Maeve Binchy, you won't be disappointed. Let's face it... are we ever? :D
It's not necessary but you may want to read Scarlett Feather and/or Night of Rain and Stars first. That way you will know many of the characters and have a more in depth background of their lives.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
i was 50/50 about purchasing after reading the blurb about the story ... the book, however, is excellent and engagingly narrated.
I love Maeve Binchy books and how she is able to take a few (6 to 8?) random characters and interweave their lives. This book would have been great if she hadn't felt the need to rachet up the number of characters to 15 (or so). I was enjoying the book til midway a whole new cast was introduced with a story of their own and it was quite a while before the original people returned to the story. And then she referred back to characters from another book (luckily I had just read "Nights of the Rain and Stars") and briefly included them in this story without describing who they were (Tom and Elsa especially). And does everyone really need to be paired up?
It was a nice story but too neatly tied up and desperately in need of an editor.