Light a Penny Candle

Light a Penny Candle

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by Maeve Binchy
     
 

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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

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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 Aisling endure her own unsatisfying marriage to a raging alcoholic. Through the years, they always believed they could survive anything, as long as they had each other. Now they're about to find out if they were right...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517484838
Publisher:
Value Publishing
Publication date:
12/11/1985

Meet the Author

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. Author website: maevebinchy.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Dublin, Ireland, and London, England
Date of Birth:
May 28, 1940
Place of Birth:
Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland
Education:
Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

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Light a Penny Candle 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
NancySBrandt More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Grammy31 More than 1 year ago
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.
SquintyDeb More than 1 year ago
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
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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sunshine52LM More than 1 year ago
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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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.