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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2008

    Disappointed

    I have always enjoyed Binchy - but this book was disjointed, difficult to follow, and not compelling in any sense. It feels like she knows her characters so well, she forgets we don't.. and it was more trouble than it was worth to flip back and forth to remember who she was talking about. It reads more like a collection of short stories - and I just didn't enjoy it at all. I'm incredibly easy to please as a reader, so I was disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    No need to put this one on your list.

    Not my favorite but she does develop lots of characters, some more loveable than others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2008

    Very Boring

    I have read all of Maeve Binchy's books and I was totally disappointed in this book. It was so boring...I kept thinking it would get better but it never did. I finally gave up and went on to another book, another author.

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    Posted May 20, 2010

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