Lilac Bus, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Each Friday, Tom Fitzgerald drives the same people home from Dublin to spend the weekend in Rathdoon.

Nancy, Dee, Kev and Celia - each has their own secret story, unknown to their fellow passengers. And of course Tom himself has his own reasons for returning home so regularly... Once again, Maeve Binchy has conjured up a cast of very human characters with real joys and real sadnesses, portrayed with her trademark wit, compassion and warmth.


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The author of this book has a similar problem to me - she writes the summaries, and tried to expand them into a story, or in this case, a group of stories.<br/><br/>The novella is reasonably well done. Interesting stories, yet I feel the back cover copy did not accurately portray what the story was about. An interesting look at three days through the eyes of eight different people.<br/><br/>The biggest problem with this book is the fault of the publisher: Once you reach the four short stories included at the end, you think it is an extension of the original novella - perhaps six months, or a year later. There is no notice at the beginning of the book that it is one novella with four unrelated short stories following.<br/><br/>The four short stories are good, though a few could use more development.

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