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Minding Frankie

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15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Magic!

Minding Frankie is the story of little Frankie Lynch whose mother died as she was giving birth. Her mother tells Noel Lynch that he is the father not long before she dies. A drunk who is unhappy in his work, he works hard to pull himself together for Frankie's sake. Hel...
Minding Frankie is the story of little Frankie Lynch whose mother died as she was giving birth. Her mother tells Noel Lynch that he is the father not long before she dies. A drunk who is unhappy in his work, he works hard to pull himself together for Frankie's sake. Helping, and occasionally, hindering him, are Binchy's usual cast of loveable, quirky characters - his parents who are obssessed with building a statue of Saint Jarleth, his long lost American cousin Emily who has just appeared, and those irrepressible twins. Everyone pitches in with advice and babysitting help until a cold and efficient social worker threatens to put Frankie in foster care.

Minding Frankie is standard Maeve Binchy fare which is to say magic. As always there is the unusual but thoroughly engaging cast of characters, the lessons in love, and the heartwarming ending. The twins and Muttie provide plenty of humor to lighten things up. Reading this book is like crawling into a warm bed on a cold winter night, bringing comfort and contentment.

posted by Frisbeesage on March 3, 2011

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28 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

Love Maeve Binchy, but not for my NOOK!

I bought the nook but can't share with anyone, and now these books are costing more for my eyes only! I still don't understand how the Nookbooks cost more than a printed copy that is shipped in trucks, put on shelves, sold by cashiers, and all managed by many levels of ...
I bought the nook but can't share with anyone, and now these books are costing more for my eyes only! I still don't understand how the Nookbooks cost more than a printed copy that is shipped in trucks, put on shelves, sold by cashiers, and all managed by many levels of management....and cost more via internet?

posted by 7047034 on February 22, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Boring

    I like many of her books, but this wasn't one of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Kind of a sad story

    The social worker always trying to take away the child was sad. Personally I like a little more happyness in my life, and the stories i read.

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    disappointed

    I love Maeve Binchy's books, but this one was hard to read. Way too many charactors, old and new. I couldn't keep up. I felt like the book wasn't really about Frankie, but, the people around her. I'v noticed that in some of her other books as well. Even though there was a lot going on between the charactors, I felt the story line was rather bland and boring.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Not bad

    I felt like this book rambled on with too many side stories. It would of been better and shorter if it stayed on topic. I have heard that the author carries characters to other books. That could be the reason for detail on so many side characters.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    can't lend

    i agree go to library

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    Same Story, Different Title

    Oh how I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book! I love her stories. This one felt like I had read it before. It was okay, but far from original. I didn't like the characters as much. If she wanted to write a book with past characters I wish she'd just do it instead of keeping some of her more interesting ones on the periphery. Noel is a diterhing dud. His parents made me want to pull my hair out, and the social worker Moira is a witch. Why did no one report her stalking and obsessive attention to her superiors? I'd rather have read a good follow up to "Tara Road" or "Scarlet Feather", unfortunately too many years have gone by.

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