Saturday, December 20, 2008

Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

From the dust jacket...When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, and to speak their prayers.

This is a lovely Maeve Binchy read - gentle tales of a variety of people with an Irish setting. The format of this book was most interesting. Each vignette was told from the viewpoint of the featured character and then the next vignette would be a character somehow related to the first - although they may not even know each other. (It reminded me of the movie "Crash" just with Binchy's slow paced, small town, charm rather than drugs and gun and violence!) I didn't always discover the connection between the vignettes so perhaps she was inconsistent or I was reading too fast.

1 comment:

Kim said...

Binchy is my all time favorite author. Did you know she has a new book coming out? I think it is scheduled for February and is called Heart and Soul. I am giddy with anticipation!