Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have decided to create the best catering company in Dublin. They have the perfect premises, heaps of talent, and even a few contacts - but not everyone seems as pleased by the idea of 'Scarlet Feather' as they are. Tom's parents are disappointed that he has turned his back on the family business.
Cathy's husband buries himself in work, becoming ever more distant, whilst his mother thinks Cathy should stay at home to look after him. And Tom's relationship with his beautiful, ambitious girlfriend becomes fraught as she struggles to realise her dream of becoming a model. As Cathy and Tom strive to maintain their emotional ties amidst catering triumphs and disasters they are supported - and undermined - by an enchanting cast of classic Binchy characters.
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I've not read the hard copy of Scarlet Feather, however, I've listened to enough audio books and read enough hard copies to know sometimes you need to do both. I don't feel compelled to buy the book in this case. Kate Binchy does an exquisite job changing voices and scenes as if it were coming to life before your eyes. Maeve Binchy's smooth style of transition into the next scene makes you feel as though you were teleported from home to home & scene to scene. The emotions she evokes-fear, anger, joy, etc, makes you feel as if you are in each character's skin.
Tara Road is the only other book of her's that I've read. I'm on to Quentin's next.
The world's that Maeve Binchy creates aren't perfect worlds, but they're worlds in which you want to escape. They offer you alternatives to situations within your own life.
"A Lovely Read!"
A wonderful portrayal of Irish life in busy Dublin with a poignant yet humorous touch. I was listening every spare moment! Narrator is truly excellent!
"Characters are brought to life"
I had previously read this book and had enjoyed it but listening to the audible book has brought the characters to life. I laughed out loud at some of the narrative.
A very well written book that pulls at the heart strings and makes you fall in love with (most of) the characters.
"Lost in Ireland!"
I loved every part of this book. Sadly it's so mor wish that it's over too quickly! Love the narration and love the gentle and kind plots and sub plots.
You come away feeling a better person... And wanting to live in Ireland!
I read this book when it first came out, after listening to another Maeve Binchy book I knew I wanted to go back and listen to story, the narrator is superb, I worry she has spoils me for any other narrators! She really brings the characters to life. The story is real and very touching. I do,wish I had more on what happened to all,of them but I always think thats the mark of a good book, you believe they are real and want to know what happens in their lives!
The twins were excellent!
Everything, I have read the book and Kate's reading of it just brings it all to life. She is one of the best narrators I've had the pleasure to listen too. She makes the books so much richer in her telling of the story, brings an intamacy to the characters. I couldn't recommend her more!
No because it's an enjoyable read, the story flows beautifully, like talking with friends or family, you become part of it.
It's just great.
"Cosy escapism by Meave Binchy"
Like slipping into a warm bath, all the comfort of characters you have met before, a storey that touches on difficult times but you know all will be alright in the end
The book is a comforting book to go to sleep to, with the appearance of old friends. You soon know your way round Binchy's Dublin and the people who live there.
Kate Binchey's performance brings the characters to life and softly lulls you to sleep.
The book is warm and cosy only mild drama here.
If you need something to lull you to sleep, a book that takes your mind off the troubles of the day, this is a good listen.
"If you enjoy Maeve........"
The characters, particually the children!
there wasn't one I enjoyed the whole book, fast paced and well read.
Kate has a lovely reading voice which makes her easy to listen to.
Laughed at the children, they say such strange things
More books with the children please.
"Yet another Maeve Binchy classic!"
In the process of working my way through all the audible Maeve Binchy Collection, loved Scarlet Feather, based on the home catering business built up by two old college friends, Cathy Scarlett and Tom Feather, well written. Yet again enjoyed every minute of it! x
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