Everything is changing in Rossmore. No longer a sleepy Irish town, where the young people leave to travel the world; nowadays it's a prosperous place, so busy that a new bypass has been proposed. The people of Rossmore are divided, particularly since the road will go right through the Whitethorn Woods and the well dedicated to St Ann - a well ...
Everything is changing in Rossmore. No longer a sleepy Irish town, where the young people leave to travel the world; nowadays it's a prosperous place, so busy that a new bypass has been proposed. The people of Rossmore are divided, particularly since the road will go right through the Whitethorn Woods and the well dedicated to St Ann - a well thought by some to have near spiritual properties, and by others dismissed as a superstition. No one is more concerned than the honest and well-meaning curate Father Brian Flynn, who has no idea which faction to support. Surely Neddy Nolan's family should take the compensation being offered for their land? But wasn't Neddy's mother given a cure at the well many years ago? And what about the childless London woman who came to the Whitethorn Woods, begging the Saint for help, with the most unexpected consequences? Lifelong friends who first met on an Israeli kibbutz visit the shrine to sort out their marriages; a wealthy American seeks advice; and a murderess and her mother have both considered consulting the saint...
Maeve Binchy knows how to weave a story around several characters, drawing them all into the story. At first they seem to be ordinary people, but after a while you realize they're not just ordinary, they have something special to offer to the story. I truly enoy all of her books.
Jul 12, 2007
The 3 stars (average rating) is only because I had difficulty in getting into the book, and that probably due to the Statue(Shrine)??? in the woods and/or that each chapter was dealing with a character and their life individually. This sounds trite.Truthfully, I gave up 2 or 3 times and have yet to go back to it. When I get it back, I will try again.
Apr 20, 2007
Quick, Easy Reading!
Only Maeve can write about a single event from two such different viewpoints! Each account is a story in and of itself, but relates to an event of which other characters relate their own account. It's a fast moving, fun book to read. And Maeve fans, we'd better enjoy each one as we have no idea how many more books she will offer!
Apr 2, 2007
Maeve Binchy Fans
Not Binchy's best book, but still lots of her insights into people. She does a nice job of intertwining the lives of people in two small Irish towns. Good characterization. Nice light summer reading.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-01-08 Aproposed highway near the Irish town of Rossmore will mean the destruction of St. Ann's Well, a shrine in Whitethorn Woods thought to deliver healing, husbands and other miracles. The shrine resides in the parish of Fr. Brian Flynn, curate of St. Augustine's. As a fracas erupts between shrine skeptics who want the highway and shrine believers who want the shrine preserved, Flynn, unsure of where he stands on the issue and questioning his place in an increasingly secular Ireland, goes to the shrine and prays that he might "hear the voices that have come to you and know who these people are." Binchy (Tara Road) goes on to deliver just that: a panoply of prosaic but richly drawn first-person characters, such as Neddy Nolan, a not-so-simple simpleton; 60-something Vera, who finds love on a singles trip meant for those much younger; and unassuming antiques magnate James, whose wife of 26 years is dying. Stories of greed, infidelity, mental illness, incest, the joys of being single, the struggles of modern career women, alcoholism, and the heartbreak of parenting span generations, simply and poignantly. Binchy takes it all in and orchestrates the whole masterfully. 400,000 announced first printing. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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