Whitethorn Woods

Whitethorn Woods

by Maeve Binchy
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Whitethorn Woods 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Samson1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually love Binchy's books, however, this one read more like a book of short stories. Each chapter is the story of another character, and it was difficult to keep them all straight. While the stories were interesting and the characters memorable, I would have preferred to read an indepth story about just a few characters.
just-a-thot More than 1 year ago
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.
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Ivylandeyes More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite but she does develop lots of characters, some more loveable than others.
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LinRupp More than 1 year ago
The characters were mostly two faced and had a hidden agenda for all they thought or did. My book club also thought there were too many characters that added nothing to the plot. The preview about the plot concerning building a road was sort of a background plot.
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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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