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Light a Penny Candle
Light a Penny Candle
Author: Maeve Binchy
Evacuated from Blitz-battered London, genteel Elizabeth White is sent to stay with the boisterous Irish O'Connors. It is the beginning of an unshakeable bond between Elizabeth and Aisling O'Connor with will survive 20 turbulent years.
ISBN-13: 9780099196518
ISBN-10: 0099196514
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 600
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3.5 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Arrow
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 5
fast paced, engrosing, two women caught between teh past and the future...in love with the same man. True Maeve Binchy romance!
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Helpful Score: 4
I've read all of Maeve Binchy's books and I still had this one as it is probably my favorite of hers
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Helpful Score: 3
Light a Penny Candle is one of the best books I have ever read. It sucks you in over and over. I have reread it countless times. The story starts out in the middle of WWII. Elizabeth is sent from London to the Irish countryside. She lives with a distant friend of her mother's and becomes best friends with that family's dtr, Aisling. This is isn't a war story! It's the story of two girls who grow up and learn the consequences of choices, hard decisions, and making ones life their own. Maeve Binchy is a master at character development. She writes highly nuanced characers. You learn why each character does what it does, but not in a psychobabble way. I finished this book with a feeling of completion yet still wanting more! Binchy does that to you. I highly recommend this book for someone who wants an engrossing read!
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Helpful Score: 3
One of my fave Maeves.
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A great story of 2 women in Ireland, their childhood and their lives as grown women.
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I always like Maeve Binchy's books. This one covers a lengthy period of time for two young women, starting in their childhood during WWII. You get to see the contrast between a very much alive (and lively) Irish family and the rather sad existence of a couple with no real sense of "family". The young women share their ups and downs as they cope with growing up, parents, lovers, and marriage - with some unusual twists along the way. The ending was completely unexpected - you'll have to read it!
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Writing with her usual warmth, wit and great compassion, Maeve Binchy tells a magnificent story of the lives and loves of two women, bound together in friendship.
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The marvellous first novel of Maeve Binchy about the lives and loves of two women, bound together in friendship.

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