Friday, March 9, 2007

Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

St. Ann's Well near the town of Rossmore has been a spot for people from all over Ireland to come and wish for changes in their lives. Now the well is threatened with plans for a bypass road that will go right through Whitethorn Woods. Binchy's novel is really a collection of vignettes about people in the area and around the world with some connection to Rossmore or the well. Unfortunately, the stories are paired in twos and a lot of the time have no connection with any of the other stories. It was also hard to keep the characters and time periods straight. I'm a fan of the Binchy books with in-depth characters and more substantial stories (Firefly Summer, Circle of Friends, Glass Lake). It's been a while since she's written a book that good. An author that writes books like classic Binchy is Jojo Moyes. Another enjoyable book is A Breath of Fresh Air by Erica James.

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