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The chaos of World War II London sends preteen Elizabeth White to the safety of Ireland and into the lives of the much larger and emotional O'Connor family. The enduring friendship she finds with her counterpart, Aisling, forms the framework of this novel, offering clear contrasts between the two families and countries. The early chapters of Binchy's 1982 debut novel are engagingly humorous, filled with solid characterizations of these two very different but compatible adolescents. The girls sustain their friendship and distinct personalities through regular letters, but unfortunately they must grow up and the novel may strain under the conventionality of the genre and some inconsistency, perhaps due to Binchy's inexperience as an author at the time she wrote the original story. Her cousin Kate Binchy reads the book well, capturing the innocence, yearning, and growth of the girls. Recommended for larger fiction collections.
-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A find...so rich and engrossing you can forget your own problems. -- Glamour
An Irish Thorn Birds...complete and rewarding. -- Newsday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It was a good story, but I felt the ending could have been a little different. In reality doesn't seem like both husband would suddenly die. However I did enjoy the book.Published 7 days ago by lucy shallow
Maeve Binchy is my favorite writer. I know she's gone, but I sincerely doubt that anyone will take her place. All her books, and I've read all, touch me deeply.Published 9 days ago by Iris Bentley
The female characters always seem week in her books, I don't know what the point is, the book ends abruptly, and it contains the same recurring theme in Maeve's books where the... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Lora
I first read this book 30 years ago when it first came out. I loved it so much I proceeded to read every other book by Ms. Binchy as they came out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book Lover
Maeve Binchy books were recommended to me by a friend. The first book in the series is a little boring I M O. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yvonne Karkkainen