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Light a Penny Candle
Light a Penny Candle
Author: Maeve Binchy
As a child, Elizabeth White was sent from her war-torn London home to a safer life in the small Irish town of Kilgarret.  It was there, in the crowded, chaotic O'Connor household, that she met Aisling -- who would become her very best friend, sharing her pet kitten and secretly teaching her the intricacies of Catholicism.  Aisling&...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780451211439
ISBN-10: 045121143X
Publication Date: 8/5/2003
Pages: 592
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3.1 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: New American Library
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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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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From Library Journal:
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
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As a child, Elizabeth White was sent from her war-torn London home to a safer life in the small Irish town of Kilgarret. It was there, in the crowded, chaotic O'Connor household, that she met Aisling--who would become her very best friend, sharing her pet kitten and secretly teaching her the intricacies of Catholicism. Aisling's boldness brought Elizabeth out of her proper shell; later, her support carried Elizabeth through the painful end her parents' chilly marriage. In return, Elizabeth's friendship helped Aisling endure her own unsatisfying marriage to a raging alcoholic. Through the years, they always believed they could overcome any conflict, conquer any hardship. They believed they could survive anaything, as long as they had each other. Now they're about to find out if they were right...

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