I love the books by Maeve Binchy and look forward to her new selections. I liked the way the characters in this story all were able to act in the best interest of each other. It was uplifting to read and is a goal we can all apply to our relationships in life. The importance of support of community and the trust of others is a central theme that makes "listening" an enjoyable experience.
Maeve Binchy's gifts are her excellent eye and ear for character. Each of the people in this engaging novel is finely drawn and believable. Binchy makes the reader care about them and their lives. I particularly enjoyed the character of Emily, the American cousin who seems to have a knack for untangling other people's messes. Her ingenious and practical tactics are a pleasure to consider. The action in this story revolves around relationships and feelings. I listened to this book as I was driving, and it made me eager to get back into the car. My few minor quibbles involve a somewhat inaccurate description of a baby's development (she is speaking in two-word sentences before her first birthday) and the lack of foundation for the romance Emily eventually finds, but overall this was a charming book that I enjoyed immensely.
I couldn't get past the first half hour.I could tell in that short time that the story was shaping up to be contrived, with details wrapped up in an obvious way. Wasted my $...
I love this cast of characters, many old friends, a few new ones- you are pulling for them, wanting to give them a pat on the back in celebration or a hug for comfort for their sorrow. I know who will always be minding Frankie- what a lucky kid. Are we going to get to see her again as she grows up? Narration was great.
Really good story of an Irish town and its people. Loved the brogue and language. Fan of Maeve Binchy!
this is a great story,typical Maeve Binchy warmth and intrigue. The narrator has a lisp, but you get used to it.
Addicted to Audible!
Maeve Binchy writes books that speak about family and relationships, dont expect exciting storylines. Her books show us that no matter where we live and what languages we speak, we share the same hopes,fears and dreams. This book is all about how it "takes a village" to raise a child. So true!
I think I'll place Author Binchy at the bottom of my wish list. It was a pinball of characters and subplots. The story line too fragmented with new characters popping up continually. It's hard to keep track of 20+ individuals. Sile Bermingham scores high. I would be pleased to listen to another reading.