- Publication Date:
- 03 August 2006
- Modern & Contemporary
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I think every time I read a Maeve Binchy book I have a new favorite. Well, not quite. But this definitely ranks high on my list of favorites of her books. The cast of characters is miles long and by the fourth chapter you feel like you've known them all your life; the story is just complicated enough and with enough twists to keep it interesting without feeling too contrived. The driving strength in most of Binchy's books is, for me, the dialogue. Nobody writes it like she does, so naturally and with just enough of an Irish sound to it to make it seem quirky to my American ears, without being overdone. The interactions between her characters, and her characters themselves, are so real that the strange circumstances in which they will always find themselves as long as she is writing about them seem as familiar to me as my own life does.
An American businessman arrives in a small Irish village and opens a hotel, impacting financially and otherwise on the other residents.I followed Kate Ryan's story - this was excellent, but the author lost me with some of the sub-plots.Otherwise, a decent read. I liked the way the American characters were not simply portrayed as bad-guys, the inter-relationship between them and the locals was depicted well.
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