Maeve Binchy delivers a timely and topical tale on the fickle nature of docu-soaps in Quentin's. In an age in which everyday people are becoming overnight celebrities via the medium of television, Ella Brady is a documentary film-maker who wants to bring the tale of the eponymous Dublin restaurant to the screen. Quentin's has had its fair share of ups and downs over the years and has become the meeting point for a lot of characters, including some familiar faces from previous Binchy novels. As Ella makes more and more headway with her documentary, the secrets, betrayals and stories of love that emerge make her question whether or not she wants to bring the tale of Quentin's to the screen after all; especially as she is also forced to confront a devastating dilemma from her own past.
Regarded by many as the true queen of the romantic Irish drama, Binchy has once again produced another fine novel that will please her army of loyal fans and, we hope, win her many more. She has a real eye for character and exploring the often painful choices people are forced to make in their everyday lives.
This is a tale of normal people - ordinary folk - and the heartaches that have made them who they are. Fans will welcome the return of some familiar Binchy characters, and Ella is a strong, likeable heroine, a woman who, in exploring the lives of these people, is forced to consider some choices she has made. So make a reservation at Quentin's, sit back, and relax - you'll be in very good company.
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Kate Binchy is a good narrator. I have listened to several of Maeve Binchy's novels.
I like to listen at night and they are simple stories which don't keep me awake (that's a good thing!) However, I didn't think this was one of her better books. With several stories being presented, it became rather disjointed. I much preferred Scarlet Feather and Tara Road.
This was the last of my listen through Maeve Binchy's greatest hits- and I have to say that it was not my favourite.
All the usual Binchyness was there- but she had also added an edge of Danger and Suspense which didn't suit her.
Basically Ella Brady- a rather chick-lit heroine- falls for a man she knows to be charming married and potentially dangerous (had she read previous works by her author she would know that all charming Binchy men are ultimately feckless)
This charming man, whose name escapes me, proves even more feckless and fraudulent than most and scarpers off to Spain- leaving behind a lap-top...
Now here is the problem- for there is absolutely no reason- to any rational mind- why Ella does not take this laptop to the fraud-squad immediately- but she doesn't- hence the 'suspense' that doesn't work...
In between times we have the history of Quentins restaurant and a series of short stories- This sort of structure worked well in 'Evening Class' Here it doesn't- it all ties together- and then it doesn't...
Meanwhile, for the colourless Ella Brady a new man emerges... charming, rich, but not feckless (we know he's not feckless because he's still on good terms with his ex-wife and he likes dogs) and everyone lives happily ever after.
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