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Minding Frankie | [Maeve Binchy]

Minding Frankie

When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she's born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can't do it alone.
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Publisher's Summary

Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.

When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she's born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can't do it alone.

Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors: Lisa, his unlucky-in-love classmate, who moves in with him to help him care for little Frankie around the clock; his American cousin, Emily, always there with a pep talk; the newly retired Dr. Hat, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with; Dr. Declan and Fiona and their baby son, Frankie's first friend; and many eager babysitters, including old friends Signora and Aidan and Frankie's doting grandparents, Josie and Charles.

But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it's up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.

©2011 Maeve Binchy (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

“Binchy is a national treasure in her homeland of Ireland, and her latest novel is a perfect illustration of why.…Your heart will have no trouble recognizing the landscape [of this] touching saga.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Reading a Maeve Binchy novel is like settling in for a cozy visit with an old friend. In vintage Binchy style, a cast of colorfully eccentric characters living in a snug Dublin neighborhood seamlessly weave in and out of each other’s lives, united by family, faith, friendship and community....Readers will need a box of tissues handy as the good-hearted residents of St. Jarlath’s Crescent prove that it does indeed take a ‘village to raise a child.’” (Margaret Flanagan, Booklist)

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    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 03-06-11
    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Top Notch Binchy"

    If you are a fan, this is yet another fine example of her craft. At all times Maeve is optimistic. I listen because I know there will be the best ending there can be. She does not shrink from the hard fact of modern life but if there is a positive spin, it will be there. Thank you Maeve for continuing the stories of an Ireland we wish we could visit and people we would love to meet.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rebekah 05-12-11
    Rebekah 05-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A Beautiful Story"

    At the beginning I was restless, waiting for the author to get to the meat of the story. She goes to great lengths to describe the backgrounds of each character. But then I decided to relax and let the book unfold as it was written...then, I began to love it. When I wasn't listening, I would feel like I was missing something like my keys, glasses, something important...but no, I was missing my friends from Chestnut Court and Dublin, Ireland. This to me is the sign of a great book. It had pulled me so far into the lives of these characters, I did not see myself as separate from them.

    The narrator is excellent. The Irish accent makes things that much better.
    If you love stories about tragedies bringing people together, mixed with humor and small town charm, where everyone seems to know eachother....this book is for you!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Grateful Lass 03-24-12
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    "LIke going home to a small town"

    The story wanders a little, but it is another entertaining story from Ms. Binchy. She is a wonderful storyteller!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Penney Florida 08-25-11
    Jeanne Penney Florida 08-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Hit!"

    Loved this book, the characters are still dancing around in my mind. Read "Scarlet Feather" first if you can because some of the characters pop up again in this book a little older and wiser

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 07-06-11
    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2006
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    "contrived"

    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 $...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Laguna Beach, Ca, United States 11-03-12
    Lisa Laguna Beach, Ca, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sweet Story"

    I enjoyed this book but maybe not as much as some of her others. it was just okay.

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    Lori Burlington, ND, United States 08-02-12
    Lori Burlington, ND, United States 08-02-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "This is the good stuff."

    Minding Frankie is a wonderful read, filled with Maeve Binchy's signature characters - there is no way not to love them.

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    Valerie Tacoma, WA, United States 04-30-12
    Valerie Tacoma, WA, United States 04-30-12
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    "Far too many characters!"
    Would you try another book from Maeve Binchy and/or Sile Bermingham?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration!


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    Sarah Neenah, WI, United States 01-20-12
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    "Might have been better in print..."

    I am a longtime Maeve Binchy fan, but I couldn't finish listening to this. The narrator was utterly distracting. Even while reading passages of dialogue from characters expressing clear delight, she sounded depressed. When she gave the young Australian man an upspeak, I turned it off for good. (Why did she do that? Does she consider that to be an integral part of the Aussie accent? I couldn't tell if it was an attempt at character development or just a jab at Australians.)

    The book itself was classic Binchy, with solid character development that leaves you constantly wondering what the characters are up to when you're not with them, and loads of characters from other books, a treat for those of us familiar with her work and hungry for an update from old friends. Although it's become a bit formulaic, I will continue to be a fan of her books - in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caren Basking Ridge, NJ, United States 10-14-11
    Caren Basking Ridge, NJ, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2006
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    "decent story but..."
    Where does Minding Frankie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was annoyed by the narrator.. She had a horrible lisp and I found it so annoying. If I hadn't paid for the book and liked Binchey so much I wouldn't have finished it. I didn't love the characters the way I did in some of her other books. Maybe I am just getting bored with this author. She had been one of my favorites but this book is not. I would recommend trying some of her others rather than this one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Speech therapy! Seriously, I hated this narrator. Binche's daughter I believe narrated some of her other books and she was far superior.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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