Echoes

Echoes

by Maeve Binchy
3.8 43

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Echoes 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read almost all of Binchey's novels and this is one of her best. She is very skilled at creating numerous characters and somehow managing to intertwine their stories. This is evident here, with the main characters being Claire and David who are from the same town of Castlebay but from distinctly different upbringings. To put it simply, Claire was raised poor to a family that works round the clock in their little shop, and David comes from money with a doctor as a father. They discover love while in college, as Claire is very bright and won several scholarships to school and David is studying to be a doctor. When Claire discovers she is pregnant, their lives change forever. They believe love will overcome everything in their way, which is a great concept but idealistic. The reality is that being married with a newborn baby can be mundane and demanding. Good read.
Rainlee More than 1 year ago
I was somewhat disappointed in this book. It didn't seem to be up to her usual standard of writing. The story seemed to go on and on, and then it went on some more. The only two characters I really found interesting were minor ones. In short, it read like her first novel. When I finished the book, I discovered it was the third of her books to be published. And very likely was the first novel she wrote. If you read it in that light, that it may easily have been her first novel, it becomes somewhat more interesting, and one can see the progression to her later books. If you're a fan of Binchy, and I am, at least for the most part, buy this one, read it, but understand it is nowhere near the quality of her later books. Echoes reads like she's just learning how to walk on an uneven path, but once she gets her stride, her books become, well, marvelous.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
loved this story, some heart break but sweetness too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way she writes. Not to descriptive, just enough to put you in the moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story, however i found the ending to be very dissapointing
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PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
    This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for quite some time. The synopsis on the back of the book really drew me in, and thats why I originally bought it. I have never read anything else by the author, but I definitely will now! I really enjoyed Binchy's writing style: so simplistic, yet so detailed. That might sound a bit odd, but her she didn't use overly big words to try to make the story more elegant or classy; she simply wrote her story and it came across beautifully. I really enjoyed the main characters, Clare and David. Clare was a sympathetic character and I felt for her struggles. She was such a sweet girl who wanted more out of her simple life than just getting married off. She worked so hard to get her scholarships and become an independent woman. David, on the other hand, didn't have to work too hard to earn his way to university. He came from an affluent family of the town doctor. Yet he didn't come across as being snobbish or entitled. He enjoyed what he had, but still made the most out of his life. I also really enjoyed the two personalities of Clare and David.         I was a little disappointed with the ending, however. There isn't a clear ending of what happens in the lives of Clare or David. There are some hints throughout the last third of the book, but I was still unsure of what happened. I can probably guess at the ending, but sometimes I like being more certain as to what occurred. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read more from Maeve Binchy!
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