- Publication Date:
- 01 June 2006
- Modern & Contemporary
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The main focus of this book is on the anticipated silver wedding celebrations of the two main characters, who live not in Ireland, this time, but in 'Darkest Pinner'. Each chapter concentrates on a different member of the family/friends, expanding the picture to include the characters' own individual sub-dramas.The triumph of this novel is in the creation of so many characters you can empathise with and care about, and the shades of light and dark in all their personalities.
I read this book so long ago I almost don't remember it therefore I rate it only 3 stars because I can't be sure that it deserves more. I must have liked it or I wouldn't have continued to read Maeve Binchy.
At points during this book, I questioned why I continued to read because I wasn't sure that I actually like the book. But the focus of one character per chapter bit worked and I enjoyed the depth of each chapter. The author also brought home everyone at the end and that worked for me too. It was a quick read and after thinking about it, a pretty enjoyable one as well.
Desmond and Deirdre Doyle are about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Binchy's novel profiles each of the important people involved in the original wedding and the couple's three children. The groom, bride, each of the adult offspring, the best man and the maid of honor all have individual chapters telling their story. I've always had a soft spot for Binchy. I love her character-driven tales and have read almost everything she's written. This is definitely not one of my favorites. It's a quick read with some interesting aspects, but I won't remember the characters. If you want to try her out I would recommend Evening Class, Circle of Friends or Tara Road.
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