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The Builders (Open Door) Paperback – June 1, 2009
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(1) At 87 pages, this hardly qualifies as a novel.
(2) At the Amazon price of $9.00+ for the book....the reader is paying over ten cents a page.......and not getting much for the money either in quality OR quantity.
(3) The story was mediocre at best and might have fared a little
better if it had been published with 2 or 3 other tales held together with a common thread (like London Transports or The Lilac Bus).
I would say that this book is a waste of your time as well as your money, but the book is so short it only takes about a half an hour to read from cover to cover.....so I guess the time element has to be dismissed.
We could all learn from this story as a mother and a daughter.
Nan has worked hard, raising her 3 children alone with a husband who "loved lots of other ladies" until he left her. Now, with adult children who stop by, it seems, only when they need her and want to run her life, her daily world has dwindled to a humdrum existence. That is, until the house next door, empty for 2 years, starts to undergo renovation. Something new to look forward to each day, especially watching the handsome builder, who eventually comes to daily tea. I won't reveal all that ensues, but in the end, Nan becomes a "builder", too, and finds her voice.
I'm a loyal fan, but this was a big disappointment. I've never checked the number of pages prior to purchasing a book from Amazon. From now on, I will.
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I love Maeve Binchy's books, this is a short and charming a story as I've ever read. You'll enjoy it!Published 3 days ago by A. Ziner
I didn't order or receive this item. I think I have been hacked or my late wife's daughter is using our account.Published 18 days ago by LARRY TANNER
When I saw this novella was about some characters in Chestnut Street I was thrilled! I thought Chestnut Street was the last work of Maeve Binchy I would ever read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cheapskate
Wonderful story about honesty. A bit like a fable. I downloaded this book to read during a bus trip, and it was the perfect read!Published 6 months ago by Mainepod II
This is a typical great short story by Maeve Binchy, one as a seasoned citizen I can appreciate, a story that reaffirms that love can appear ar any age!Published 6 months ago by Lifetimelearner
Very good, beautifully written, the personalities of the characters were so beautifully depicted and the emotions were so real.