Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing the underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on for a year. She has plenty on her plate already - two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her exhusband - but she assembles a wonderfully diverse staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients: the infectiously cheerful nurse; the indispensable office manager who can't quite manage her own life; the Polish girl who's come to Ireland to put a bad love affair firmly in her past and the booming Irish economy in her future; the young doctor who has a special touch with his patients; the physical therapist who undertakes a very different kind of therapy involving a local priest and a stalker.
Before long, they manage to establish the clinic as an essential part of the community and Clara must decide whether or not to leave a place where lives are saved, courage is rewarded, and humor and optimism triumph over greed and self-pity.
Heart and Soul is Maeve Binchy at her heartwarming, storytelling best.
©2009 Maeve Binchy; ©2009 Random House Audio
"The collective, charming effect of these story lines suggests that individuals are more connected than they might think." (Publishers Weekly)
"Only a curmudgeon could resist this master of cheerful, read-by-the-fire comfort." (Kirkus Reviews)
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