Light A Penny Candle

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As a child, Elizabeth White was sent from her war-torn London home to a safer life in the small Irish town of Kilgarret. It was there, in the crowded, chaotic O'Connor household, that she met Aisling-who would become her very best friend, sharing her pet kitten and secretly teaching her the intricacies of Catholicism. Aisling's boldness brought Elizabeth out of her proper shell; later, her support carried Elizabeth through the painful end of her parents' chilly marriage. In return, Elizabeth's friendship helped ...

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Overview

As a child, Elizabeth White was sent from her war-torn London home to a safer life in the small Irish town of Kilgarret. It was there, in the crowded, chaotic O'Connor household, that she met Aisling-who would become her very best friend, sharing her pet kitten and secretly teaching her the intricacies of Catholicism. Aisling's boldness brought Elizabeth out of her proper shell; later, her support carried Elizabeth through the painful end of her parents' chilly marriage. In return, Elizabeth's friendship helped Aisling endure her own unsatisfying marriage to a raging alcoholic. Through the years, they always believed they could overcome any conflict, conquer any hardship. They believed they could survive anything, as long as they had each other. Now they're about to find out if they were right.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451222640
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 238,397
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Maeve Binchy
Maeve Binchy is the author of Whitethorn Woods, Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Tara Road, Circle of Friends, Echoes, and many other bestselling novels. She lives in Dalkey, Ireland, and London with her husband, writer Gordon Snell.
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    1. Hometown:
      Dublin, Ireland, and London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 28, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland
    1. Education:
      Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    This was my sister's favorite book, so I decided to re-read it s

    This was my sister's favorite book, so I decided to re-read it since she and Ms. Binchy both died in August. I know I read it a long time ago, but I didn't remember much about it. I did enjoy the friendship and the story kept me interested and was very fast paced. A lovely story about the cards we're dealt, which are not always good ones, and the choices we make as a result of those cards. Through it all, friendship is the one thing that survived all the bumps in the road. Two girls thrown together because of a war end up closer than sisters. We should all have friends like that.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2009

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    A great read!

    I just re-read this book recently, and was as enthralled with it as I was the last time I read it (and the time before that....). This is a wonderful book, showing what life used to be like. If you enjoy books about a way of life that existed before you were born, or unlike any you have ever known, you will enjoy this book. The characters are deeply developed and you grow to care so much for them and the lives that Ms. Binchy creates, it's hard not to be a little disappointed when you are finished!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    One of my favorite books by Binchly.

    I enjoyed this book of two families and the dynamics of each. I also enjoyed the continuing friendship of the two girls who were thrown together in world War ll.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2010

    Who wouldn't want to go to Ireland now?!

    This is the third Maeve Binchy book I have read and I simply love her. She has been able to capture my attention with how she humanizes the characters in her books. The friendship between Elizabeth and Aishling was endearing and relative to many women I'm sure. There's always that ONE friend that will go through life with you...both in good and bad. I have started my 4th book and plan to read all of them. Thank you Mrs. Binchy. I hope to one day go to Ireland and possibly see you at an autographing session.

    Best Regards,
    SquintyDeb

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Pretty good

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    Posted July 11, 2013

    Firepaw

    Name firepaw
    Gender tom
    desciption a ginger tom with a flame shape on his pelt
    Crush Lilypaw from ashclan

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 11, 2013

    Blazingstars bio

    |•|NAME~ BlazingStar |•| AGE~ 20 moons |•| LOOKS~ A black tom with a white muzzle and a white tail. |•| PERSONALIty~ meet him. |•| HISTORY~ ask him. He might not tell you tho.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Five stars

    This was the first book I read by this author. What a beautifully written story. I proceeded to read just about all of her others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    What a horribly depressing book. I felt like I needed therapy b

    What a horribly depressing book. I felt like I needed therapy by the end. Normally I enjoy Maeve Binchy's books, but not this one. Wish I could give it no stars.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    My sister reommended this book to me. She remembers reading it

    My sister reommended this book to me. She remembers reading it in high school and really enjoyed it. How childhood friendship grows stronger through the years. I really felt connected to Aisling and elizabeth. I couldn't put it down once I started it. Maeve Binchy makes you feel like you really know the characters. I would highy recommed this book to anyone.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    highly recommended - exhausting

    wow what an epic book. be prepared to be exhausted emotionally after reading. I liked empathizing with Ashling's character - knowing I'm not the only person who's husband can't / won't have sex.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    Bad ending

    I have been a Binchy fan a long time and have enjoyed all her books up to now. After getting through almost three decades of the lives of these characters, near the end of the book, everyone completely goes out of character and the ending leaves many unresolved issues. I may read a sequel, if it promises to give some explanations of the actions of the characters.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    Luv'd It

    When my neighbor lent me this book i thought i would fall dead asleep on the first page! But when i got into it i saw that this is a really great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2000

    GREAT BOOK!

    I loved this book,first time I read a book from this author.great story about a friendship that survives all the trials and relationships that occur in there lives. it ended to quickly ,and was hard to put down.I look foward to reading more of Binchy's book's.

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