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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Love Maeve Binchy

For some reason, she is one of my favorite writers. Maybe because you just feel like you are in Ireland, and sitting there with the characters having tea, or at the pub for a pint. This is written in a form that uses each chapter as a story, and each story has different...
For some reason, she is one of my favorite writers. Maybe because you just feel like you are in Ireland, and sitting there with the characters having tea, or at the pub for a pint. This is written in a form that uses each chapter as a story, and each story has different people from the village, or connected to it in someway, and all of the stories are interlocked to each other. It is a fun read, and I recommend it if you just want to get away.

posted by just-a-thot on May 6, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Whitethorn Woods falls short

This was my second reading selection by author Maeve Binchy. After recently finishing and enjoying her work "Quentins", I picked up Whitethorn Woods. I am sorry to say that Whitethorn Woods didn't live up to the expectations previously set in Quentins. Although Ms. Binc...
This was my second reading selection by author Maeve Binchy. After recently finishing and enjoying her work "Quentins", I picked up Whitethorn Woods. I am sorry to say that Whitethorn Woods didn't live up to the expectations previously set in Quentins. Although Ms. Binchy once again filled the pages with varied, interesting and likable characters in a small Irish village, I felt that it took too long to get to the actual storyline. The theme of the Bypass coming through the Village seemed to be pushed aside through a large portion of the book. Then it seemed rushed at the end piecing it all together.
I do love her presentation of the characters, their background and their surroundings. They are all realistic, individual and varied personalities who you could see yourself meeting on the street. How she eventually ties them into one another is a puzzle falling into place.
Althugh I enjoyed Quentins enough to have recommended it and passed it on to others, I did not feel that way about Whitethorn Woods. It was a good read for a rainy day, or while waiting in a reception area, but not one I'd pass along.
I would make another selection by Ms. Binchy when looking for a quick read with great characters. However, I would recommend Quentins if you want to read one of her works.

posted by Samson1 on May 10, 2010

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

    I have read every one of Maeve's books and enjoyed each one thor

    I have read every one of Maeve's books and enjoyed each one thoroughly. Whitethorn Woods has been very difficult for me to read all of the way through-still working on it. The books appears to be all of these individual stories that are not connected. Very Unfortunate - I hear Chestnut street is pretty much the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2010

    DUMB and PREDICTABLE

    Not the caliber I'm used to from Binchy. I don't know why I kept reading. It was horribly predictable and the stories were just stupid. I seriously wondered if she had a ghost writer. Won't read Binchy again after this-not willing to pay for that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Not worth the time

    I've read quite a few Maeve Binchy books and this one is not worth the time. It's like a book of short stories, I didn't even finish it. At first I thought she was just introducing characters but it went on and on.
    If you like Maeve go ahead and read the other books but pass this one by, you will be dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    A reviewer

    I eagerly waited for Whitethorn Woods and was hugely disappointed. There are 2 short stories making up each chapter and they involve different characters. I couldn't keep it straight and finally gave up. Night of Rain and Stars was a disappointment as well. The rest of Maeve Binchy is excellent. That last two just weren't very good.

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