Full House by Maeve Binchy. Chapter One. It had been a long day for Dee Nolan. Up at four in the morning and a quick clear-up of the kitchen, then down to the. About the author. Maeve Binchy was born on 28 March in Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland. She spent her childhood in Dalkey and often. Echoes Maeve Binchy - [Free] Echoes Maeve Binchy [PDF] [EPUB] "Maeve Binchy has a gimlet eye for the seething cauldron of emotions.
|Language:||English, Spanish, Arabic|
|Genre:||Health & Fitness|
|ePub File Size:||25.61 MB|
|PDF File Size:||14.43 MB|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Regsitration Required]|
Freda,. The card I sent the other day was for the neighbours. Or rather for you and your paranoia about the neighbours. Anyway, its purpose was that it could be. Maeve Binchy (Author) Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin, and went to school at the Holy Child Convent in Killiney. She took a history degree at UCD and taught. Irene had loved Jim for seventeen months before he said that he loved her. “You do?” she said in delight. “That's not much of an answer” Jim grumbled. “You're.
They laughed at the same things, they believed the same sort of beliefs, they liked the same kind of people. One of the best things about Maeve Binchy's books is her ability to incorporate richly detailed and sometimes quirky characters into gorgeous settings—usually in Ireland. The main characters are people whom readers can empathise with. The primary connection is the St. When I'm past the halfway point and I begin forcing myself to pick up and read and I'm hoping every time that NOW I'll get lost in the story, but then don't, it's time to pick a new book. Annie The list of characters is too numerous to list!
This book was an exercise in frustration for me. I was relieved to finish it. I don't think that's the emotion you should feel when you finish a book. It wasn't a novel, really. It was a bunch of little stories, with the characters all having some connection to a place in Ireland- Whitethorn Woods.
Some of the stories and characters intertwine, but it's very hard to keep track of everyone. Though Binchy is good at characterization, I kept forgetting them before they came up again, so I felt like This book was an exercise in frustration for me.
Though Binchy is good at characterization, I kept forgetting them before they came up again, so I felt like I was always needing to go back and try to find them. I do like some of Binchy's earlier books, but just wasn't crazy about this one. Apr 20, Cathy rated it liked it.
Binchy's books tend to fall into two categories: This one is the latter. She writes stories about a bunch of loosely connected individuals. If you're not into that, this would be frustrating. But her writing is entertaining and generally pleasant.
Some books are more upbeat and "happy endings" than others. But mostly, she makes for fun, relaxing reading that's fairly easy. Fun character studies. Jun 10, Laurel-Rain rated it liked it.
One of the best things about Maeve Binchy's books is her ability to incorporate richly detailed and sometimes quirky characters into gorgeous settings—usually in Ireland.
Each character is introduced in a series of vignettes told from that indivi One of the best things about Maeve Binchy's books is her ability to incorporate richly detailed and sometimes quirky characters into gorgeous settings—usually in Ireland. Each character is introduced in a series of vignettes told from that individual's first person perspective.
Some of the characters' lives intersect throughout the book, but often there is no attempt to show how the characters are connected to one another. The primary connection is the St.
Ann's well and its fate, since there is an issue of whether or not a road should traverse the town and "cut off" the well. Except, of course, for some recurring characters, like Father Brian Flynn, Neddy Nolan described as "not the sharpest knife in the drawer" , and a few characters connected to them, these series of individuals could be passersby in the drama of this village and its events. While I enjoyed the usual Binchy-style characterizations and the lovely settings, the cast of characters felt too large and disconnected, and the point of the book seemed lost along the way.
Therefore, while enjoyable, I would grant this story 3. Those expecting the usual Binchy drama will probably be disappointed.
View all 5 comments. Aug 29, Ryan rated it liked it. In Whitethorn Woods, Maeve Binchy strings together a series of short stories centered around the small but expanding rural town of Rossmore that depict the tension between traditionalism and modernization in Ireland. Reminiscent of her earlier novel Copper Beech, the overall narrative of the story gets bogged down by the number of characters and perspectives included in the book.
While Copper Beech does switch between different narrators frequently, these smaller stories overlap frequently enoug In Whitethorn Woods, Maeve Binchy strings together a series of short stories centered around the small but expanding rural town of Rossmore that depict the tension between traditionalism and modernization in Ireland.
While Copper Beech does switch between different narrators frequently, these smaller stories overlap frequently enough to keep all the characters fresh in the readers mind.
In Whitethorn Woods, however, the twenty plus different narrators make up thirteen distinct storylines that rarely if ever converge until the final chapter of the novel.
While it is a fairly satisfying payoff, most readers may be confused or forgetful towards the end of the book when trying to recollect information about characters introduced twenty narrators before in the book. There are some standout stories within the book, however.
While I have yet to read a Binchy novel I have not enjoyed, Whitethorn Woods was at times frustrating. I kept waiting for an overriding connection or plot to materialize, and when it finally does in the last tenth of the book it is too little too late.
An entertaining read, nonetheless, but not her best. I had loved 'Scarlet Feather' so much that I was absurdly excited for this one. But though this book isn't bad, it isn't great either. It seems like a collection of short stories set in the same place and very loosely connected to each other. By the time you get to the end, thanks to the number of characters, you just forget what is going on in which track.
I wish I liked it better but you know what they say. Not everything works out the way you want it to. Jul 02, Emily rated it liked it Recommends it for: Maeve Binchy is one of my favorite writers, though recently she has been letting me down.
My last favorite of hers was Scarlett Feather--I cried at the end of that book, and I am not really a book cryer. Not because it was so sad, but because I didnt want the book to end! I felt like the characters were my best friends!
In Whitehorn Woods, Binchy continues her quaint Irish story-telling, but for me, I dont love Binchy's books that dedicate each chapter to a new character-she does this alot. Each Maeve Binchy is one of my favorite writers, though recently she has been letting me down. Each chapter deals with a new character in this town, where the big to do is that a road is going to be made through to make life easier, meanwhile destroying this well and shrine of the local church that people come and pray to.
The story is a little lame and while some of the stories were cute, the Irish charm that I love in the other books was missing. View all 3 comments. Jun 07, Nancy Cook-senn rated it liked it.
A variety of characters -- some likable, many not, and a few truly endearing -- live and mingle and affect each other in a contemporary Irish town. I absolutely loved reading this novel from start to finish.
Binchy did a masterful job of telling a story through the eyes of so many people affected by the happenings in Whitehorn Woods. The ending was extremely satisfying. I would put this book in the category of great vacation and beach reads.
May 29, Nicole rated it did not like it Shelves: Didn't finish this one, as I really didn't care about the characters or the story. She introduces SO many characters and the story line that connects them is thin and uninteresting. She gives me little reason to care about whether this road goes through their town or not.
When I'm past the halfway point and I begin forcing myself to pick up and read and I'm hoping every time that NOW I'll get lost in the story, but then don't, it's time to pick a new book. As both a student and teacher, my discr Didn't finish this one, as I really didn't care about the characters or the story.
As both a student and teacher, my discretionary reading time is too rare and precious. Delightfully fun yet powerful It's been a long while since I enjoyed a fiction story this much. It's really a series of character sketches or vignettes centering around a shrine to St.
Ann tucked in the Whitethorn woods around the town of Rossmore in Ireland. The town is entering upheaval as plans for a bypass come into play, which would ease congested traffic to those coming from all over to visit St.
Ann's Well, but which would likely run right through the shrine itself. Flynn tries to go a Delightfully fun yet powerful It's been a long while since I enjoyed a fiction story this much.
Flynn tries to go about his business without taking a side in the matter--not an easy task. While near the shrine, wondering what to do about his ailing mother, the fragile curate, and a brother involved in a sort of love triangle, Fr.
Flynn also marvels as at all the voices and requests prayed and wished for at the well. The interspersed stories follow various lives from Rossmore and surrounding locales and span across decades and all the way to America and back.
Each is a complete little story in itself, full of wit, or charm, or pain, and yet they intersect in delightful and sometimes surprising ways-- from the simple and naive Neddy and his clever wife Clare, to the family destroyed by grief over their infant stolen from a pram 23 years earlier to the woman who bequeaths a sum to St Ann for giving her a child equally long ago, to American businessman Chester building a clinic as a tribute to a grandfather her never met while vying with curmudgeonly Dr.
Sermon over the affections of a middle-aged lady. The link that binds them all is St. Ann's Well. With each story I read I eagerly turned the page for the next to see which character would have a mention in the next vignette to further connect the lives to mimic the complexity of real life.
The are vivid with authentic voices especially the children and teens , offer insight into real life and relationships, and delight in their wisdom. I am going to suggest this book as required reading in fiction writing workshops for the characterization as well as weaving complex, intricate plot lines.
Highly entertaining and delightful reading. Apr 22, Donna rated it really liked it Shelves: People in and around the town of Rossmore Ireland tell their stories in paired sets.
This is the first fiction book I've read by Maeve Binchy I've read a book of her essays which I enjoyed. I've often wondered if I'd like her works but there were so many I had no idea where to begin.
A book club nudged me into this one. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the people, the town, and their interactions. It wasn't an idealized small town - it included jealousy, alcoholism, and even a murder - but it made People in and around the town of Rossmore Ireland tell their stories in paired sets.
It wasn't an idealized small town - it included jealousy, alcoholism, and even a murder - but it made you feel relaxed and able to tone down the 'rushing around' all of us do now. I liked the paired stories. You would get a bit of information from one person's point of view, then immediately follow that with someone who was involved in the first story but looked at through their eyes. I most enjoyed Father Flynn, who is trying to stay meaningful.
I'll definitely give this author another try when I'm ready for a sweet story. Book 5 for the March Irish Readathon which I participated in and found through Aoife's youtube channel - for the prompt "read a book by a female Irish author" and "read a book with green on the cover": My very first encounter with Maeve Binchy's works and I finished reading with very mixed feelings.
The first few stories were good but I found myself losing interest as I kept on reading. I enjoy short stories collections and this one had a very intriguing set-up, because all stories were t Book 5 for the March Irish Readathon which I participated in and found through Aoife's youtube channel - for the prompt "read a book by a female Irish author" and "read a book with green on the cover": I enjoy short stories collections and this one had a very intriguing set-up, because all stories were told from two points of view sometime very different and they all revolved around one thing - St.
Anne's Well in Whitethorn Woods.
I really enjoyed different perspectives but having so many characters introduced made it a little hard to warm up to any of them, and lots of stories just didn't grab me. There was one particular story that actually left a bad taste in my mouth, but luckily the rest wasn't as bad. Overall, I'm glad that I didn't give up on it, because the stories at the end piqued my interest again, but I cannot rate it higher than 3 stars.
Jun 06, Alice Neilson rated it liked it. I finally figured out that I had read this a while ago. Nice light read. Mar 30, SandyFrom Nj rated it it was amazing. Enjoyable story with different characters that intertwine. Feb 23, Erin Quinney rated it liked it.
I like these kinds of books every once in a while. It's nice to read something that's not depressing.
I enjoy a collection of charming vignettes. From what I gathered from reading other reviews, this isn't even Maeve Binchy's best. Or maybe this is just more of the same? I haven't read anything by her, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I liked it well enough. Anything halfway decent that can be read in fits and starts is good for me. Feb 16, Christopher White rated it it was amazing.
So, a friend recommends a book to you. You add it to your reading list, not because you find the book appealing you don't , but you really do like the friend. After a while, it comes up next on your list, and you think, 'Hmmm Do I really want to read this, or can I get away with skipping it? This book is great! How it weaves together a whole commu So, a friend recommends a book to you. How it weaves together a whole community by taking a tertiary character from one story and giving her her own story and so on, and so on Really some brilliant writing!
I did not want it to end. And I loved the Irish brogue of the voice actors on the audiobook. Oct 11, Sue rated it liked it Shelves: A big new road is planned to ease traffic in Rossmore, but this road will cut through Whitethorn Woods.
In Whitethorn Woods, there is a cave with a well which has become a shrine to St. Here countless numbers of people come to pray and find their own miracles. The town is divided: I struggled with the first third of this book because I couldn't see how anything fit with the town. Once in awh A big new road is planned to ease traffic in Rossmore, but this road will cut through Whitethorn Woods.
Once in awhile there would be a reference to Rossmore or to the rumor of the new road, but none of the chapters and none of the people seemed to fit together.
I hung in, though, and gradually the individual tales wove themselves together and lives overlapped. I've enjoyed some of her other books more, but for a light read this isn't bad. Apr 06, Grammarsheriff rated it it was ok. Oh Maeve Binchy, I had such high hopes. He supported a different team and so had endless conversations about this with her father.
Jim liked cooking and would debate with her mother ways of making bread. He said you could do great things with yeast. In many ways Jim was part of her family already. Not in the whole two years they had been going out. The subject had never come up. But now that they were going to get married of course it would. He was vague. It was saved for, planned for, discussed. Everyone knew.
Jim went home about four times a year. But that was boys for you. He had a brother in America and a brother in England. Did they stay in touch with home? They kept in great touch with him and came back for matches and to sleep on the floor of his flat in Dublin.
They were nice fellows, much like Jim.