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As a child Elizabeth is sent from her war-torn, rather loveless home in London to stay with a big, boisterous family in a small town in Ireland. There she meets Aisling and begins what becomes a long-lasting friendship.

Over the next 20 years, Aisling and Elizabeth's paths will cross and recross. As they face their loves, their marriages, and their disappointments, they realise that not all problems will be solved nor all wishes granted by lighting a penny candle.

©1982 Maeve Binchy (P)2000 Audible Ltd

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Denise
  • 08-22-10

Light a penny Candle

Wonderfully read with Kate Binchy bring the story to life. At times you feel like you are in the changing world of Elizabeth and Ashlenna. Elizabeth and Ashlenna friendship helps them through the trails of love, hate, saddness, happiness, marriage and breaks ups.
The story shows how two young girls who are brought together because of the war grow into strong women, cope with the beliefs and expectations of their parents, and learn how to live their lives in a world that is changing.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • CantVal
  • 04-07-13

A wonderful heartwarming, life affirming book

This was, I believe the first of Maeve Binchy's books I read it many years ago and decided, on a whim, to download it as an audible book. I am so glad that I did so, Kate Binchy's gentle and loving narration does great justice to the book and is a joy to have spoken in your ears.



The story is about an enduring friendship between two women but it is also about life with its love, joys and disappointments and moments of real anguish. Maeve Binchy had the art and craft of the storyteller and her deceptively simple prose will carry you into the boisterous and loving arms of the O'Connor and then away again to the stifling constraints of life with Elizabeth's Father. It made me laugh and cry and want it not to end and I cannot think that there are many people who would not find their life enriched with an encounter with Maeve Binchy's folk and this is a good place to start. Although it is easy to 'read' it is not an easy read - a book with no depth, it deals with real issues but in a loving non judgemental way, perhaps it is not too much to say that it makes you feel a better person to have spent time with the characters in the book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Tara Mcgrath
  • 07-10-13

Great Start...Disappointing Ending

What did you like best about Light a Penny Candle? What did you like least?

Narration was top of class, great character development. Rushed and out of character for the characters ending.

If you’ve listened to books by Maeve Binchy before, how does this one compare?

I've listened to Firefly Summer & Circle of Friends both had more rounded characters and a more believable plot/ ending.

What does Kate Binchy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She really does understand the characters, every book she narrates she takes me to Ireland and back, her accents and interpretations of the characters are spot on.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Possibly but they'd need to change the ending!

Any additional comments?

If you haven't read Binchey before I wouldn't necessarily start with this one, Circle of Friends is a better starting point. To be honest I think 3 stars is a bit mean- if I could I would have given 3.5 but 4 stars is just a step too far.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr
  • 12-23-12

light a penny candle

This is a well written book which was brilliantly brought to life by the narrator. The intertwined lives of the characters superbly developed and it kept me gripped to the end. Being narrated meant a companion on dog walks, whatever the weather.

Looking forward to listening to more from the same author.

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  • Ja Boucher
  • 11-20-12

So sad but absolutely gripping.

I have become totally addicted to listening to my Maeve Binchy audiobooks.They are amazing and bring hours of total enjoyment.Really wonderful reading as well.By the end of this book the characters had come to life and I was feeling all their joy and sadness as if they were friends.What a gifted author she was.

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  • Jeanette x
  • 12-23-12

Very good but not her best

I love Maeve Binchy. She is a fabulous writer. I enjoyed this book but it is not her best work. It is a very long book with lots of detailed information about all the characters as usual but it ends too quickly for me with many questions unanswered !! If there are other Maeve books you haven't read, read those first and come to this one last. If you a new reader then definately don't listen to this one first !! I still enjoyed it though but please bear my comments in mind. Merry Christmas !! x

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  • Janet
  • 12-12-12

Awesome!

Have listened to many audiobooks and have listened to several by Maeve Binchy, find her books so well written and her ability to make her character come alive is second to none! However this book is something else, the relationship between the two main characters was so cleverly intertwined and I found myself looking forward for the next opportunity I had to listen to just a little bit more of the story. I listen to my audio books in the car and one evening found myself sat in the driveway as I didn't want to get out of the car until I found out just what happened next! Fantastic book! x

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  • Mrs
  • 04-29-18

Ending

loved the book, but would have loved the end being the girls buying the shop

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-25-18

Great book

Loved it from beginning to end. Sad but beautiful story. Well narrated. would highly recommend

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  • Krissy
  • 03-22-18

Great Book

Kate Binchy made this bok come to life. I loved it. I look forward to my next Maeve Binchy book 😊

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  • Trish
  • 07-17-16

incredibly frustrating

All good until chapter 19 when the recording wasn't in correct sequence. Terrible purchase.

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  • Sharon
  • 04-11-16

Good but confusing

I enjoyed the book although it took a couple of chapters to get into it. The presenter was pleasant to listen to and her characters where we'll read.
Not sure why but a chapter or two were skipped in the middle and where then read out of context before the last chapter. The last chapter finished very abruptly and you were left hanging, I am not sure if it was the authors intent or another glitch, so this left me disappointed and wondering where Elizabeth and Ainsling lives ended up.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-17

Took me through every emotion

I loved this story. Maeve Binchy is an amazing writer. I found myself so attached to the main characters and so invested in their story.
The narrator was fantastic, she seemed to effortlessly stay in character and her accents where on point. I will miss Elizabeth and Aisling like they were my own friends! It’s like you just want to know what they’re doing now.